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LTFC first team fixtures 2017/18
13th Jul, 2017 at 12:06pm
LTFC first team fixtures have been released (as always subject to change due to weather and cup replays etc):

Sat Aug 12 Leatherhead A
Tue Aug 15 Billericay Town H
Sat Aug 19 Worthing H
Sat Aug 26 Harlow Town A
Mon Aug 28 Leiston H

Sat Sep 2 (TBC) FA Cup 1st Qual Rd
Sat Sep 9 Kingstonian A
Tue Sep 12 Needham Market A
Sat Sep 16 Folkestone Invicta H
Sat Sep 23 Staines Town A
Tue Sep 26 Thurrock H
Sat Sep 30 Harrow Borough H

Tue Oct 3 Billericay Town A
Sat Oct 7 Burgess Hill Town A
Sat Oct 14 Leatherhead H
Sat Oct 21 Merstham A
Sat Oct 28 Worthing (A) FA Trophy 1st Qual Rd

Sat Nov 4 Metropolitan Police H
Tue Nov 7 Needham Market H
Sat Nov 11 Dulwich Hamlet A
Tue Nov 14 Thurrock A
Sat Nov 18 Margate H
Sat Nov 25 Hendon H

Sat Dec 2 Tooting & Mitcham United A
Sat Dec 9 Enfield Town H
Sat Dec 16 Wingate & Finchley A
Sat Dec 23 Harlow Town H
Tue Dec 26 Leiston A
Sat Dec 30 Worthing A

Mon Jan 1 Brightlingsea Regent H
Sat Jan 6 Tonbridge Angels A
Sat Jan 13 Dorking Wanderers H
Sat Jan 20 Folkestone Invicta A
Sat Jan 27 Staines Town H

Sat Feb 3 Margate A
Sat Feb 10 Dulwich Hamlet H
Sat Feb 17 Tooting & Mitcham United H
Sat Feb 24 Hendon A

Sat Mar 3 Wingate & Finchley H
Sat Mar 10 Enfield Town A
Sat Mar 17 Harrow Borough A
Sat Mar 24 Burgess Hill Town H
Sat Mar 31 Kingstonian H

Mon Apr 2 Brightlingsea Regent A
Sat Apr 7 Merstham H
Sat Apr 14 Metropolitan Police A
Sat Apr 21 Tonbridge Angels H
Sat Apr 28 Dorking Wanderers A
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Re: LTFC first team fixtures 2017/18
Reply #1 - 13th Jul, 2017 at 9:38pm
Such a same there's no Sudbury maybe 2018/19 season or well meet again in a cup game  Wink
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Reply #2 - 14th Jul, 2017 at 4:27pm
In the space of five weeks in early 2018 we visit the three Kent clubs Tonbridge, Folkestone and Margate. Our record against these clubs is not great and alongside Billericay, I would expect one or more of these outfits to be challenging again for a play off spot at the very least.

Having said that I came across the article below which lifts the lid on the travails of Margate.

In my eyes they have always been one of non-leagues 'bigger' clubs but their recent demise just goes to show what goes on behind the scenes and how badly it can go wrong........whilst wishing them better fortunes in the future that precludes their visit to the Amber Dew Meadow (sic) and our visit to them on Sat Feb 3rd.


A salutary tale of hopes dashed and promises broken. Sadly they are not unique in this respect at our level and we don't have to look far from home to see comparisons. 🤔
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Reply #3 - 14th Jul, 2017 at 11:59pm
The Margate story was a difficult read.  Just so much bullshit exists within football and so much of it descended on Margate.
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Reply #4 - 29th Jul, 2017 at 6:17pm
Having lost Canvey and Grays along with Sudbury, the ILP gains two completely new faces in Brightlingsea Regent and Dorking Wanderers, both recently formed clubs. In the case of Regent due to Brightlingsea United folding in 2004/05.

It's some 25 years since we last visited Brightlingsea during their fleeting two year spell in the ECL whilst we were still members in 91/92 and 92/93.

They returned to their spiritual home the Essex and Suffolk Border League for the 93/94 season and amalgamated with Regent Park Rangers in 2005 to form Brightlingsea Regent. A thriving community set up that prospers both on and off the park running a number of teams, from under sevens to the Senior squad.

Much of their recent success can be attributed to their manager James Webster.
They were a mid table side when he took over in 2009/10 : their record since......

2009/2010 - Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div - Finished 4th

2010/2011 - Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div Winners (Promotion)

2011/2012 - Eastern Counties Div 1 - Finished 3rd (Promotion)
First Division Knock-Out Cup Winners

2012/2013 - Eastern Counties Premier Div - Finished 4th

2013/2014 - Eastern Counties Premier Div - Runners-Up (Promotion)

2014/2015 - Isthmian League Div 1 North - Finished 9th

2015/2016 - Isthmian League Div 1 North - Finished 8th

2016/2017 - Isthmian League Div 1 North - Champions (Promotion)

Four promotions in eight years is some achievement at any level.
Quite a record and essentially achieved using home grown talent,
they certainly haven't bought their way to where they are.

Webster puts the success down to the proverbial 'hard work' done by the coaches at under 13 level. This is where the basics can be instilled into the aspiring youngsters as they make their transition to youth teams footballers. He certainly has benefitted with six of last years promotion side coming through the ranks. Whether they possess the strength and nous to compete in the ILP remains to be seen but Webster is clear that they won't be lacking in the spirit department....


They start away at Tooting, which is never an easy outing, and follow that with
Leiston and Tonbrige at home. A testing welcome to Step 3!!

We don't meet until 2018 so plenty of time to track their progress.
Our New Years Day encounter could be one to pencil in as a not miss, as will be the visit to North Road on Easter Monday. 😎

ps...for those looking for 🦀🐟🍻🍾 Mersea Island looks favourite. 👍
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Reply #5 - 24th Aug, 2017 at 8:58pm
Another new face in the Isthmian Premier this term are Dorking Wanderers.

Formed in 1999 and initially playing in the Crawley and District Football League they achieved promotion in their first season to Division Four of the West Sussex League, winning that division at the first attempt. In 200102 the club finished as Division Three runners-up, earning a third consecutive promotion. After winning Division Two in 200304 they were promoted to Division One, and a third-place finish in Division One in 200505 saw them promoted to the Premier Division

In 200607 Dorking won the West Sussex League's Premier Division, winning the title with a win on the last day of the season and gaining promotion to Division Three of the Sussex County League.

They went on to win Division Three in 201011, earning promotion to Division Two. A third-place finish in Division Two the following season was enough to see them promoted to Division One. However, the league initially denied them entry to the division as their ground was not deemed to meet the requirements. The club appealed against this decision to the Football Association, and after an independent ground grading visit, it was confirmed that the ground reached the necessary standards for Division One football.

Although the team initially struggled in Division One, finishing third-from-bottom in 201213, they finished second in 201415, earning promotion to Division One South of the Isthmian League.
In Dorking's first season in the Isthmian League they finished as runners-up in Division One South, qualifying for the promotion play-offs, going on to lose 21 to Faversham Town in the semi-finals. The following season saw them finish second again; in the play-offs they beat Hastings United on penalties in the semi-final after a 11 draw, and then won again on penalties against Corinthian-Casuals in the final following a 00 draw, earning promotion to the Premier Division.

Are you keeping up?
I make that seven promotions in 17 years, but it could be more.
Only Concord have come anywhere close to competing with such a meteoric rise through the divisions. From park football to Step 3 in less than two decades.

Their success has been built on strong community foundations and many of their founders still retain links to the club. In fact the Chairman, Mark White, also manages the side.

It would be wrong to draw comparisons between Billericays Tamplin and White though. Any similarities are merely superficial.
White has been hands on from the beginning and there is no room in his tent for Lions, Tigers or clowns. Rather his philosophy has been to build the club step by step with dedication and hard work. It has brought reward and glory for the Surrey side without vast capital resources or personal vanity. His summing up on last seasons efforts prove the point.....

So where does this leave us now? Well, not a bad season eh? Our tenth promotion in 18 years, a brand new academy brimming with talent and ready to start and a new ground on the horizon as part of a united Dorking football scene, after just 2 seasons spent in Ryman South (one as runners-up and one as joint Champions). We are very proud of this.

Hard work brings success and luck, and we will need to step up considerably on all levels to be able to compete at the next step. Ultimately we will continue to progress as much as resources and talent allow us to........

A realistic and respectful response to their continuing success.

Their inaugural season in the Isthmian Premier brings with it a move from their aptly named Westhumble ground.

Sadly, after 127 unbroken years in existence the demise/merger of their rivals Dorking FC, will see the Wanderers having exclusive use of the revamped Meadowbank stadium. http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/dorking-s-137-year-old-football-club-is-closing-do...

As a result of delays in the building work at Meadowbank the Wanderers continue to play at Westhumble. We visit Dorking on the last day of the season...as likely as not the Meadowbank facility should be up and running by then...http://www.molevalley.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=22181 .....and with the Surrey FA due to headquarter at the ground in early 2018 the future for football in Dorking looks secure.
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