As we reach the end of 2015, we look back at the calendar year.
Part two looks at what happened between July and December 2015.
Saturday 11th July – Initial squad details confirmed for the 2015/16 season
A week ahead of the start of Faversham Town’s 2015/16 pre-season campaign, manager Ray Turner confirms the initial squad details for the new season.
Turner provided this update on the new signings and the pre-season schedule:
“There are a couple of new names to introduce supporters to,” said Turner.
“I have added Ryan Cooper from Leatherhead. I needed to add another defender with Ashley Brown not returning from America until September. Ryan brings experience from the league above after a couple of seasons at Leatherhead and will add real drive and energy to the right hand side of the team. I have tracked his career and I am delighted to get him down to Faversham for the coming season.
“He is joined by Taser Hassan signed from Hastings. Taser will give the team the wide option I was looking for to replace Josh (Stanford) and Charley (Robertson), incidentally both Taser and Ryan played down the right hand side for Hythe’s successful side under Scott Porter.
“Ollie Brown comes in from Maidstone, where he was involved in a few games for them last season. He is a local lad with great prospects playing either at centre half or central midfield. I know you will join me in welcoming those players to the club.
“I can also confirm the re-signing of Bola after his return from University. Bola is a fine addition to the squad.”
Turner added, “There will be more additions I am sure.
“We have 3 players who have been released by pro clubs currently training with us and we will monitor that situation throughout the summer. It is my belief that we are stronger as a squad than we were at the beginning of last season and I thank the players for the loyalty they have shown to the project. We will now collectively get our heads down, work hard and prepare for the season. We have created a fantastic working environment at this club and the players have recognised this and want to progress further and bring more success to the club.
“There are claims every season by players that their side will win the league, it has been noted, we know only too well the tough nature of this league. So, there will be no such claims from me, only that we have a brilliant group of players here who are prepared to work hard to improve every aspect of their performance. Attitudes have been positive and focused as I would expect during pre-season and the boys are now ready for the first game, which will come this Saturday at Lydd.”
“On the subject of pre-season games, the fixture at Ashford has been cancelled due to the ongoing works to put down their new surface,” Turner continued.
“We have not been able to re-arrange this fixture because of our scheduled games, so I have replaced that with a fixture against Faversham Strike Force. This will be played at the Abbey School on their 3G pitch on Tuesday 21st July kicking off at 7.30.
“The club continues to move forward, planning permission has been submitted for the new changing rooms and we are in the process of signing a new lease for 125 years. These are significant times for the Football Club. We now need your continued support. We managed to average over 220 at home games last season and the atmosphere generated inside the ground was brilliant. Let’s all try and bring even more into the ground to enjoy the matchday experience at Salters Lane. I hope to see you all at the Maidstone game on the 28th.
Saturday 18th July – Lydd Town 1 Faversham Town 3 (Maxted, Wilson (Pen) and Lester).
Faversham Town kicked-off their 2015/16 season with a solid 3-1 victory away at Lydd Town.
Tuesday 21st July – Faversham Strike Force 0 Faversham Town 2 (D.King and S.King).
A goal in each half saw Faversham Town bag a 2-0 victory over Faversham Strike Force.
Thursday 23rd July – Charley Robertson rejoins Town
Faversham Town Football Club (Limited) announce midfielder Charley Robertson is rejoining the club on a long-term loan deal.
Saturday 25th July – Aveley Tournament: Faversham Town winners
Results – Faversham Town 4 (Maxted, Botterill, Grant and Dawodu) Clapton 0 and Aveley 1 Faversham Town 2 (S.King 2).
Faversham Town began their participation in the Aveley Invitational Tournament in style with a 4-0 win over Clapton.
Faversham Town then won the Aveley Invitational Tournament with a 2-1 victory over hosts Aveley.
A tournament video is available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InJRtJhbTLs&feature=youtu.be
Tuesday 28th July – Faversham Town 1 (S.King) Maidstone United 1
Faversham Town continued their unbeaten start to their 2015/16 pre-season in their first home match back at the Shepherd Neame Stadium this term with a 1-1 draw against reigning Ryman Premier League champions Maidstone United.
Saturday 1st August – Faversham Town 4 (S.King (2), Tenyue and Wilson) Hollands & Blair 2
Faversham Town’s impressive 2015/16 pre-season preparations continued, as the Lilywhites beat reigning Kent Invicta League champions Hollands & Blair 4-2.
Tuesday 4th August – Faversham Town 1 (Wilson) Gillingham 0
Faversham Town ended a virtually perfect 2015/16 pre-season schedule in style with a 1-0 win over League One outfit Gillingham.
Saturday 8th August – Faversham Town 1 (Bourne) Whyteleafe 0
Faversham bagged their first victory of the Ryman South season with a 1-0 win over Whyteleafe. However, the hosts left it late, as defender Matt Bourne nodded home an 89th minute winner.
Tuesday 11th August – Ramsgate 1 Faversham Town 0
Faversham Town were controversially denied a deserved point from their first Kent derby of the 2015/16 Ryman South season with Referee Mr Gary Maskell ruling out a late Dean Grant equaliser in their 1-0 defeat against Ramsgate.
Saturday 15th August – Worthing 0 Faversham Town 1 (Grant)
Faversham Town picked up their first Ryman South away victory of the 2015/16 season at the second attempt through a 1-0 win at Worthing. The visitors took the lead in the latter stages of the first-half when Dean Grant found the bottom corner from an improbable angle for his first competitive goal of the campaign, just four days after the frontman had been denied a late equaliser in Town’s 1-0 defeat to Ramsgate.
Tuesday 18th August – Whitstable Town 1 (4) Faversham Town 1 (5) (Monger) – Faversham Town won the penalty shootout 5-4
Faversham Town progressed to the Second Round of the Robert Dyas League Cup after a 5-4 penalty shootout victory following a 1-1 draw with Whitstable Town.
Saturday 22nd August – Faversham Town 3 (Grant, Wilson and Bourne) Molesey 1
Faversham moved up to 7th, and within a point of top spot in the Ryman South League Table, thanks to a 3-1 win over Molesey.
Tuesday 25th August – Herne Bay 1 Faversham Town 1 (Grant)
Faversham continued their decent start to the 2015/16 Ryman South season with a creditable 1-1 draw with local rivals Herne Bay.
Saturday 29th August – Bexhill United 0 Faversham Town 5 (Grant, Robertson, Wilson (2) and S.King)
Faversham Town moved into the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup through a 5-0 win over Bexhill United.
Monday 31st August – Faversham Town (Wilson (2) Chatham Town 0
Faversham midfielder Wayne Wilson scored both of the home team’s goals, as they secured a 2-0 win over Chatham Town.
Saturday 5th September – Chipstead 0 Faversham Town 2 (Grant and Wilson)
Dean Grant and Wayne Wilson scored a goal in either half for Faversham, as Town bagged a 2-0 victory at Chipstead to move into 2nd position in the Ryman South League Table.
Tuesday 8th September – Faversham Town 0 Herne Bay 1
Faversham’s seven-match unbeaten run came to an end, as Herne Bay substitute Danny Williams scored the only goal of the game to give the visitors a 1-0 victory.
Thursday 10th September – Liam King joins Lilywhites
Faversham Town Football Club (Limited) announce the signing of forward and Faversham lad Liam King.
King, 18, joins the Lilywhites from Maidstone United via a brief spell at Ryman Premier League club VCD Athletic.
Saturday 12th September – Staines Town 2 Faversham Town 2 (Maxted and Grant)
Faversham Town absorbed late pressure from Staines Town to set-up an FA Cup First Qualifying Round Replay at the Shepherd Neame Stadium after a pulsating 2-2 draw.
Tuesday 15th September – Faversham Town 1 (Grant) Staines Town 3
Faversham Town again battled bravely against Ryman Premier League outfit Staines Town but this time fell to a 3-1 defeat, as they exited the FA Cup.
Saturday 19th September – Faversham Town 1 (Monger) South Park 2
Faversham fell to a third defeat in the past four games, as South Park claimed a smash-and-grab victory.
Tuesday 22nd September – Faversham Town 1 (Wilson) Carshalton Athletic 1
Faversham Town’s winless streak extended to five games in all competitions, as they drew 1-1 with Carshalton Athletic.
Saturday 26th September – Peacehaven & Telscombe 1 Faversham Town 0
Faversham Town’s recent poor form continued, as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Peacehaven & Telscombe.
Tuesday 29th September – Three Bridges 1 Faversham Town 0
Faversham Town’s miserable form continued with a 1-0 defeat, away at Three Bridges. John Lansdale scored with 81 minutes on the clock to give the home side all three points.
Saturday 3rd October – Faversham Town 0 Bury Town 1
Faversham’s 10-men fell to a 1-0 defeat against in-form Bury Town, despite a heroic performance from the home side’s young squad, which included nine players 21-years-old or younger.
Saturday 10th October – Faversham Town (S.King (2)) Dorking Wanderers 1
Stuart King was the Faversham Town hero, as the Lilywhites ended their eight-game winless run with a 2-1 win over Dorking Wanderers.
Tuesday 13th October – Faversham Town 2 (Carrington and Robertson) Folkestone Invicta
Faversham Town progressed to the Third Round of the Robert Dyas League Cup thanks to goals from Daniel Carrington and Charley Robertson.
Saturday 17th October – Folkestone Invicta 0 Faversham Town 2 (S.King and Wilson)
Faversham striker Stuart King came back to haunt his old club, as he scored the opening goal in Town’s 2-0 victory at league leaders Folkestone Invicta. The result was the Lilywhites second win over Folkestone in the past week after Ray Turner’s team had also dumped Invicta out of the Robert Dyas League Cup with a 2-1 win on Tuesday evening.
Monday 19th October – Carshalton Athletic 3 Faversham Town 0
Faversham Town were sent crashing back down to earth after Saturday’s 2-0 away victory at Folkestone Invicta, as the visitors put in a below-par performance in a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Carshalton Athletic. The Lilywhites clearly struggled, playing their second match in three days and were outplayed for large portions of the contest.
Saturday 24th October – Faversham Town 0 Guernsey 2
A sloppy first-half display from Faversham Town consigned them to a second defeat within a week, this time at the hands of in-form Guernsey. Goals from Marc McGrath and Ross Allen gave the away team a commanding position.
Tuesday 27th October – Faversham Town 1 (S.King) Ramsgate 1
Striker Stuart King came off the substitutes bench to earn Faversham a hard-fought point against 10-man Ramsgate in a 1-1 draw. Stuart replaced namesake Liam on the 71st minute and found the bottom corner five minutes later after excellent work from Daniel Carrington.
Saturday 31st October – Whyteleafe 0 Faversham Town 2 (Grant and Monger)
Faversham Town claimed an impressive 2-0 victory at Whyteleafe through a goal each from Dean Grant and George Monger after a very professional performance from the visitors.
Sunday 1st November – Stanford re-signs for Town
Faversham Town Football Club (Limited) announce the re-signing of winger Josh Stanford from Folkestone Invicta.
Stanford, 25, was a part of the Lilywhites squad that made the Ryman South Play-off Semi-Final last season, losing to Merstham in a penalty shootout.
The 25-year-old then left Faversham for Kent and Ryman South rivals Folkestone Invicta in June 2015 but has now returned to the Lilywhites, just over four months later, following a short break from football.
Tuesday 3rd November – Hastings United 1 Faversham Town 4 (Maxted and S.King (3) )
Stuart King was Faversham Town’s star man, as he grabbed a hat-trick in the Lilywhites’ 4-1 victory at Hastings United.
Saturday 7th November – Faversham Town 0 Worthing 0
Faversham Town and Worthing played out a goalless draw after an evenly contested match that was more entertaining than the scoreline suggests.
Tuesday 10th November – Tonbridge Angels 1 Faversham Town 0
Faversham Town bowed out of the Kent Senior Cup against Ryman Premier League outfit Tonbridge Angels, as Tom Parkinson scored the only goal of the match.
Tuesday 17th November – Faversham Town 3 (S.King (2) and L.King) Three Bridges 1
Three goals between two of Faversham Town’s three Kings gave them a 3-1 win over Three Bridges. Stuart scored a goal in either half, while namesake Liam sealed the win with a lovely finish after Hakeem Adelakun had briefly levelled the scores at the start of the second-half.
Saturday 21st November – Faversham Town 2 (L.King (2)) Tooting & Mitcham United 1
Faversham Town extended their current unbeaten Ryman South run to six matches with a comprehensive 2-1 win over Tooting & Mitcham United.
Monday 23rd November – Wilson departs for Whitstable managerial role
It is with regret that Faversham Town Football Club (Limited) confirmed Wayne Wilson has departed the club and joined local rivals Whitstable Town.
Wilson, 30, and Ramsgate coach Ian Cox will be Whitstable’s new joint managers.
Dean Grant has now also left the club to become Cox and Wilson’s first new signing.
Tuesday 24th November – Molesey 1 Faversham Town 5 (L.King (2), Stanford, S.King and Grant)
Faversham Town moved up to 5th in the Ryman South League Table, as they extended their current unbeaten league run to seven matches with a 5-1 victory at Molesey.
Saturday 28th November – Walton Casuals 1 Faversham Town 1 (S.King)
Faversham Town ensured a battling draw to maintain their eight-game unbeaten league run, away against Walton Casuals.
Tuesday 1st December – Dulwich Hamlet 1 Faversham Town 2 (Tenyue (2) )
Faversham Town stunned current Ryman Premier League leaders Dulwich Hamlet, largely courtesy of a Renford Tenyue brace, to seal a 2-1 victory and book their place in the Robert Dyas League Cup Quarter-Final.
Saturday 5th December – Hythe Town 2 Faversham Town 0
Faversham Town’s recent unbeaten run came to an end, as they were beaten by in-form Hythe Town after a surprisingly drab affair.
Saturday 12th December – Faversham Town 2 (Robertson (Pen) and S.King) East Grinstead Town 1
Faversham Town came from behind to beat in-form East Grinstead Town.
Saturday 12th December – Corinthian 1 Faversham Town U21s 2 (D.King and Lester)
This victory moved Faversham Town’s under-21 team into the Kent Intermediate Cup Semi-Final, where they will travel to Welling United Reserves.
Match video available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2clyNog_Rqo
Saturday 19th December – Faversham Town 1 (Bourne) Walton & Hersham 1
Faversham Town manager Ray Turner admitted his team had dropped two points, as they claimed a 1-1 draw with Walton & Hersham but failed to find a winner after dominating throughout the second half.
Saturday 26th December – Chatham Town 0 Faversham Town 1 (Tenyue)
Faversham Town completed a Ryman South league double over their Kent rivals with a 1-0 victory at Chatham Town. Renford Tenyue scored the only goal of the game with 19 minutes on the clock.