A Note Of Thanks
Saturday 26th April 2014
—Hendon 2 Margate FC 3—
Sadly, I wasn’t able to be at this game due to illness, so this last blog of the season will be somewhat shorter than usual. I was delighted with the final score, and was extremely grateful to have Dan updating me – thanks mate! Finishing 11th with a positive goals difference, considering where we were before Terry Brown & Stuart Cash came in, is a testament to their managing abilities – they even got Luke Medley scoring again, too!
In an action packed last day, many issues were still to play for in our League & elsewhere – I don’t want to bore people too much here, so I’ll try to keep it as brief as possible.
Champions – Wealdstone
Playoffs – Kingstonian, Bognor Regis Town, Lowestoft Town & AFC Hornchurch
(Kingstonian play AFC Hornchurch, & Bognor Regis Town play Lowestoft Town on Wednesday 30th April)
Relegated – Wingate & Finchley, Thamesmead Town, Carshalton Athletic & Cray Wanderers
I feel the playoffs will be a hard one to call – at the risk of upsetting Bognor fans (who are a great bunch, it must be said) I hope they don’t go up, from a purely selfish point of view – I really enjoyed the weekender there this season, & am hoping to do the same next year! In all seriousness though, I’ll be one of the first to congratulate them if they do gain promotion.
You have to feel for Wingate & Finchley, who beat Billericay 5-0 but still went down, owing to East Thurrock’s dramatic comeback against Bognor – from 2-0 down, they came back to win 4-2.
Ryman South :
Champions – Peacehaven & Telscombe
Playoffs – Folkestone Invicta, Leatherhead, Guernsey & Hastings United
(Folkestone Invicta play Hastings United, & Leatherhead play Guernsey on Tuesday 29th April)
Relegated – Redhill, Crawley Down Gatwick & Eastbourne Town
I think it’s safe to say that most Gate fans are hoping for Guernsey to come up – ‘Away day par excellence’ in the words of Terry – although I’d happily settle for Folkestone or Hastings as a joint second choice.
Ryman North :
Champions – VCD Athletic
Playoffs – Witham Town, Heybridge Swifts, Harlow Town & Needham Market
(Heybridge Swifts play Harlow Town, & Witham Town play Needham Market on Tuesday 29th April)
Relegated – Wroxham (remember them?) Waltham Forest, Erith & Belvedere
Not too sure who I’d prefer to come up out of the playoffs – although apparently Olly Murs used to play for Witham Town, which is enough to taint them in my eyes! I’ll hope that Harlow Town come up – even if it does mean playing on another 3G pitch!
Tonbridge and Hayes & Yeading United both drop down to Margate’s League, having been relegated from the Skrill South.
With all the stats done, I’d like to turn to more important matters – namely giving my thanks to everyone that has read this blog over the season – it’s been a long hard struggle (and that’s just reading it on a Sunday!) but if people would like me to, I’d be happy to carry it on next season.
I’d also like to say thanks to everyone that suggested me for the Thanet Gazette MFC Column – although I will never be as good as Gareth Anstice (his latest Margate match report headline is further proof of that!) I’m truly grateful for the chance to do something that makes me feel useful.
I don’t want to embarrass people by mentioning their names here – but I’d like to thank literally everyone at the club for everything they’ve done for the club, myself, & others – I do know I wouldn’t have been lucky enough to make a few home games and lots of away games without the kindness of people offering lifts – I’m indebted to you all, and it really is a pleasure knowing such a great bunch of people – proud to be a Margate fan, & already looking forward to next season!
I’m also looking forward to seeing the great support & songs next season too – both the Choir & especially the Mini Shark Lads have done themselves proud this season – all credit to you all – & thanks for putting up with my random squeaks!
With all this said, over the course of the season, both burgers & keeper’s bottoms have been graciously reviewed – all credit to Dan, George & Stu for the burger reviews, and Terry, Mel & Wendy for the bottom reviews.
For your pleasure, I present the best of the best (and the worst of the worst)
‘Buns Of Steel’ Award 2013-2014 (as voted for by Terry, Mel & Wendy)
Darren Behcet (Cray Wanderers)
“A decent arse, scoring 8 – however his added banter pushed it up to a 10 out of 10“
‘Bunner Up’ Award
Dave Smalley (Met Police)
“His arse was quite nice – when this was pointed out to him, he emphasized that he had heard our compliment by slapping his butt with both hands, much to our amusement. He started out as a 5 or 6, but his banter & dancing has earned him a 9.5 out of 10“
‘Tragic Tush’ Award 2013-2014 (again, as voted for by Terry, Mel & Wendy)
*The dubious honours were shared between two keepers, here*
Josh Vickers (Canvey Island)
“He had no arse (is that physically possible?) – 2 on the Arse-O-Meter, and 1 of those points was for his Movember effort! He was friendly, though – a 2 out of 10“
Grant Smith (Bognor Regis Town)
“Didn’t have anything about him, to be honest – 2 out of 10“
So a hearty congratulations to Darren Behcet, who I’m sure Terry & Mel will take great pleasure in giving this trophy to!
From bottoms to burgers, here are this year’s culinary awards, as voted by Dan, George & Stu.
‘Bellissimo Burger’ Award 2013-2014 –
Maidstone United Burger – reviewed by George & Stu
“It’s so tender, & considering I’m a smoker, & can’t taste properly, I can taste it perfectly! 10 out of 10!”
(Stu restricted his review to making general appreciative noises, as he ate his burger)
‘Ravishing Runner Up’ Award 2013-2014 –
Lewes Burger – guest reviewed by Terry
“A tasty, well cooked Stilton Cheeseburger from the Tesco Finest range – with a good bun. Service with a smile, & I might even have another one at half time! 9.9 out of 10”
‘Mediocre Munch’ Award 2013-2014 –
Kingstonian Burger – reviewed by Stu
“Cheap bun, crap burger. £4, they’re having a laugh! 3 out of 10”
‘Don’t Even Go There Doner’ Award 2013-2014 –
Billericay Town Kebab & Chips – guest reviewed by Terry
“As the burgers looked a bit flat, I decided to go for the kebab & chips – tasted OK, but never actually had
crispy kebab meat before, & the chips weren’t anything special – 4 out of 10”
So that about wraps it up! Thanks again to everyone for putting up with my ramblings over the season, and I feel it’s only fitting to end with some pictures which remind me why I love being a Margate FC fan so much.
As Del Boy would say – “Bonjour”