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An Ebbsfleet Look at the fixtures

Yesterday saw the announcement of the fixture list. We caught up with David Bryom, news shopper journalist and owner of the blog the Conf blog to discuss Ebbsfleet.

Recently relegated Ebbsfleet United will start their 2013/14 Conference South campaign at home to Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday 17th August.

The match will signal the start of a new era for The Fleet after an eventful off-season that saw them nearly go out of business before being rescued by KEH Sports, who immediately installed former-Charlton Athletic Chief Executive Peter Varney as Executive Vice Chairman.

Departed Fleet boss Liam Daish photo by Chris Turner

Departed Fleet boss Liam Daish
photo by Chris Turner

The change of ownership also ushered in a switch in the dugout, as the club’s longest-serving manager Liam Daish was replaced by former-Charlton defender Steve Brown, with ex-Addicks manager Steve Gritt as his assistant.

Brown attracted criticism from some in the league due to the fact he signed six players he used to coach at Dover Athletic, where he was previously Assistant Manager, and Brown and those players – including highly-rated midfielder Dean Rance and striker Ben May – will renew acquaintances with Dover in just their second game of the season as they head to The Crabble on Tuesday 20th August.
The Fleet and Dover will also play each other over the Christmas period, at Stonebridge Road on Saturday 28th December. This match is sandwiched in between a Boxing Day and New Years’ Day double-header against Bromley.

Ebbsfleet have retained four players from the last time they were in this division, in the forms of defenders Paul Lorraine and Joe Howe, midfielder Tom Phipp and star goalkeeper Preston Edwards. These four players will face thirteen teams that they also faced when the side won promotion back to the Conference Premier, meaning they will feel confident that their experiences will stand them in good stead to fight for promotion this season, especially when the squad has been bolstered by signings such as midfielder Stacy Long, who played for the club when they won the FA Trophy at Wembley in 2008.
The season ends with in April 2014, a month that will prove crucial to The Fleet, as they visit the likes of Staines Town and Sutton United, both of whom will be aiming to challenge for promotion this season.
As well as playing their first match at home, Brown’s men will also finish the season at Stonebridge Road, against Dorchester Town, when Fleet fans will be hoping they have plenty to cheer about.


Hyde FC staying in the Conference

As Part of my Magazine writing creative content portfolio for Uni. I wrote and article about Hyde FC, which never got published despite sending it off to a couple of publishers. So I thought for the fans of Hyde FC it will be nice of them to see what was actually written. So here it is.

When looking at the history of Hyde FC it could be summed up as a mix bag of success and failings as well as a stay of execution. But now they are living at the top table of Non-league football, as they are rub shoulders with the likes of Luton Town, Hereford United, Grimsby Town and Macclesfield Town in the Blue Square Premier.

Hyde FC (formerly Hyde United) were promoted from the Blue Square North in the summer of 2012 after winning the league and were making their debut this season in the Blue Square Premier this season.

Ewen Felid- ground of Hyde FC

Ewen Felid- ground of Hyde FC

Hyde is a town in Tameside; it is 7 miles east of Manchester. The club plays its matches at Ewen Fields-, which has been the home of ‘The Tigers’ since 1885. The club were also on the receiving end of a 26-0 at the hands of Preston North End in 1887, which holds the record of being the biggest lose by a club in English football.

Boss Scott McNiven has built together a squad with a mixture of player with football league experience such as former Blackpool striker Matthew Blinkhorn and Preston North End winger Chris Sedgwick. While having brought in a number of players who have played in the lower reaches of Non-league football such as right back Scott Hogan and second choice keeper Ashley Firth.

The Tigers all but secured a second season in the Blue Square bet Premier (abiet to the tannoy announcer thinking it was a Blue Square North match) with a 1-0 wins over relegation rivals Ebbsfleet United.

The only goal of the game was scored by Matty Blinkhorn who finished off a nice counter-attacking move. Just before half time after the Hyde captain Andy Griffin was dismissed after a mass brawl took place.

In the second half Hyde held on, as the visitors didn’t really look like scoring as were caught offside more times then shots they had. As the Tigers held onto see out the game and all but see them survive in the Blue Square Premier.

One player who impressed for Hyde had to be winger Louis Almond (whom at the game received player of the month for March). He is currently on loan from championship side Blackpool FC.

Hyde looked to get the ball out to him at every opportunity and the winger deserves to at score but he can take some credit for setting up the winner.

After the game Scott McNiven, who took over last season from Gary Lowe who had resigned after winning the league (Conference North) with Hyde, summed the season up as “Topsy turvey we had the up and our downs being on good runs then a bad run but I am pleased with the points total we put together.

This season Hyde have recorded some results that not many fans will have dream of- a 2-1 win at Luton a mere few weeks ago, before a 2-1 win at Hereford (and in the reverse fixture were 5-2 winners) and a 2-0 win at home to Wrexham.

But what was the secret to the Tigers win in these games. Well Scott was quick to point out that there was no secret and that it was all down to belief, hard work and having got talented player in the way they play.

These results were made even more remarkable by the fact that Hyde are a part time outfit and are beating teams who are not only full time but are former Football League clubs.

At the start of the season many of the pundits felt that Hyde were going to be taking a few hydings and would have ended up being relegated but have proven them wrong although boss Steve McNiven didn’t want to speak about it until they had actually had their Blue Square Premier status confirmed.

But it looks as though they have a second season in the Blue Square Premier, which for a club of Hyde size (the attendance for the Ebbsfleet game was on 375) is fantastic and they deserve another season in the pinnacle of non-league football.

Hyde had their status in the Blue Square Premier retained despite a 3-1 loss at Neaunton with other results going their way.