Ebbsfleet United FC, or should that be My Football Club after the 2007 fans takeover, are enjoying their first season in the BSP. 27,000 football fans pledged £35 (circa £700k) to each own an equal share in their club as well as the decision making down to even team selection initially. The fruits of their wisdom and labour quickly ripened (maybe we Imps should try it ) as the club went on to win the 2007/8 FA Trophy at the end of a somewhat historic season on and off the pitch.
Although membership has now fallen to 3,500 a play-off win last season sees the Kent club continue to rise. My FC are mid-table and come to us fresh from a 1-3 home reverse to Darlington. The defeat had brought to an end a six match unbeaten BSP run, although on the road The Fleet have won two, drawn 2 lost two of their last 6 with 7 goals for and the same against. This mirrors the Imps home record with the goals for and against IMPwise 8 apiece.
Manager Liam Daish has built a tough side who can play a bit, although they are not imposing themselves as much as he would like, starting slow and having to come back from behind in 8 of their last 10 games. Captain Paul Lorraine is very vocal and leads by example ensuring there are are passengers carried in this Fleet Prior to the Darlo defeat Fleet beat Stockport 2-1 thanks to two late goals and a spirited comeback born of a stubborn will to win we could well do with in Impdom.
Justifiably the manager feels they are now no longer pushovers as the BBC audio interview here will atest.
With 3 current internationals in the side the Kent side are no mugs as Holdsworth’s East London contacts will have briefed him. Winger Ricky Shakes scored the first for Guyana in their 2-0 win over Trinidad whilst keeper Preston Edwards and midfielder Michael West are in the England C team. West picked up his first cap in the 3-1 defeat to Gibraltar on Tuesday night and Edwards his second.
|Last 5 Home||5||2||1||2||8||8||0||7||12|
|Last 5 Away||5||2||2||1||7||5||2||8||8|
Highs & Lows
|Biggest Home Win||3-0 Bath|
|Biggest Away Win||AFC Telford United 0-2|
|Heaviest Home Defeat||1-3 Fleetwood Town, 1-3 Darlington|
|Heaviest Away Defeat||Cambridge United 2-0|
|Highest Score||Braintree Town 2-3|
|Highest Gate||1651 Luton Town|
|Lowest Gate||816 Bath|
|Total Turnstile clicks||12123|
Heroes & Villains
Lincoln Ladies manager looks to push the club forwards under his
stewardship.Harris, who took over at the end of the last WSL season, has
introduced Paul Campbell, Hannah Dingley and Dean Wheatley to the team
as he prepares for the new season next year.
Paul Campbell will be the new Strength and Conditioning Coach, and
having worked with the first team squad since last September, he
already knows what to expect in his new role.
He said: “It is a real pleasure to work with the ladies on a regular
basis. They’re a very hard working group of players with a lot of
focus in every session.
“My experience of the WSL last season was excellent and I am really
looking forward to what the next season brings. There is a lot of hard
work to do between now and the start of the season but the ladies have
started very positively and are progressing well so far”.
Hannah Dingley is a UEFA A licenced outfield coach, as well as holding
a B licence in coaching goalkeepers. She will now be taking up the
role of First Team Coach, having previously held this position at
Nottingham Forrest Ladies.
The prospect of working alongside Harris is something that she said
influenced her decision to join the Lady Imps, despite reaching the
Premier League Cup Final with Forrest only last season.
“Lincoln Ladies FC not only have some of the best players in the
country, but also have one of the best youth systems. Glen Harris has
a reputation of being an excellent coach and he wants to play the game
the right way and I think Lincoln offers me the best opportunity to
develop as a coach”.
It is not just the team that excites Hannah though, as she looks ahead
to challenging for the WSL title next season.
“It is a fantastic challenge to be pitting your wits against some of
the best coaches in the country. All the players are obviously
technically very good however at this level it is about getting teams
to gel and play together as a team”.
Last and definitely not least, Dean Wheatley has been appointed as the
club’s new Technical Consultant, as he returns to the club after
almost 17 years.
Dean also worked for Lincoln City Football Club for a decade before
moving abroad where he headed football in the Northland region of New
Zealand where he was also head coach of second tier side, North Force
Now he returns to his hometown to a club that has grown, to say the
least, since he was last a part of the set-up, where he will take up a
very different role this time around.
“My title is Technical Consultant which covers a broad range of things
from working with Glenn with the 1st team, which will be one of my
priorities, to working with the coaches and players in the Centre of
“It’s brilliant to be a part of the team regarding the upcoming
season. We have some great players here and will be looking to achieve
something this year after the very positive first year last year.