Lewisham Borough are back!
After the announcement on Wednesday that Lewisham Borough (Community) FC were resigning from the SCEFL First Division, a whole host of people rallied around and helped them to get back on their feet again.
Now they are back! and the Chairman, Ray Simpson could not be more pleased with the support and love his club has received.
"I along with the Club Directors are staggered and overwhelmed with the support which has been offered from so many people since the news that we would no longer be continuing. What the events of the last week have shown me is that we really are a football family and when one of the family is in trouble we rally to their aid and offer unbelievable help and support. I cannot thank enough all those who have said many wonderful things about me and the Club and I cannot thank those people enough with longstanding connections in the Borough for stepping in to effectively save the Club.
Many of you know what a tough time the Club has had over the years in so many ways just to keep the Club going and with performances on the pitch. We as Club Directors have fought tooth and nail to preserve this wonderful organisation that does so much in the community and we want to continue with this work to help young people to achieve their dreams by using sport as the vehicle to do this.
In life there will always be fallouts and upsets and football is no different but the last few days have shown me that we can repair damage, build bridges and move forward. I along with the Club Directors and many others all over the country will testify to being exhausted and demoralised at times and question why we should continue with this given all the criticism that we receive. What the last 24 hours has shown me is that there is far more love and respect out there and that people want and need the service that we provide for them.
I cannot thank the League Chairman Denise Richmond enough who I have been in constant dialogue with all week, she along with other members of the management committee have been incredibly supportive and understanding and have done all they can to help and assist us. A special thanks goes to Matthew Panting the Fixture Secretary who has an incredibly difficult job which I have made three times as difficult. Special thanks and apologies also go to all the member clubs in the League (Premier Division and Division 1) for their support, understanding and patience. The fixtures should have been released on Thursday 19th July but due to circumstances probably will not happen until the weekend.
Once again thanks to all those who have shown their love and support to our Club. It has given myself and the Club Directors a real boost- clearly people are not going to make it easy for us to go."
Lewisham Borough (Community) FC
The curtain raiser for Season 2018-19 will be the Annual Roy Vinter Charity Shield game.
The match will be between our Respect winners from each Division, Cray Valley v Phoenix Sports Reserves
Both teams were the best behaved as far as respect charges and sanctions were concerned.
At a recent management meeting it was decided that this match would each year be designated a charity match and all profits would be donated to an elected charity
It is fitting that as our League President benefitted from the services of Kent Air Ambulance very recently, this should be our first recipient
We will work with the charity to ensure that as much money as possible can be raised for this very worth while and vital organisation
It would be great to see of many of you as possible at Phoenix Sports Club for this great match and to welcome the start of the 2018-19 Season.
Monday 16th July
Welling Town 2-3 Cray Wanderers - video
Rochester City 1-4 Kent Football Utd
Tuesday 16th July
Beckenham Town 6-0 FC Elmstead
Canterbury City 1-2 Sittingbourne
Chatham Town 3-0 Ashford United
Corinthian 2-1 SC Thamesmead
Cray Valley PM 0-2 Folkestone Invicta
Crowborough Athletic 3-2 Eastbourne United
Deal Town 4-0 New Romney
Fisher 1-1 Millwall XI
Glebe 0-1 Bowers & Pitsea
Lydd Town 0-4 Hythe Town
Meridian Sports 0-4 Erith Town
Sevenoaks Town Res. 1-2 Phoenix Sports Res
Sheppey United 3-0 Faversham Town
Sutton Athletic 2-3 Bearsted
Wednesday 18th July
Hollands & Blair 2-1 Bridon Ropes
Kennington 1-2 K Sports
Punjab United v Holmesdale
Rochester United 2-4 Otford United
Thursday 19th July
Erith & Belvedere 1-1 Tunbridge Wells - 7.45pm
Margate Sports 2-5 Canterbury City - 7pm
Glebe u23s 1-2 Phoenix Sports Res - 7pm
Kings Hill 0-4 Lordswood - 7.45pm
Stansfeld v Tudor Sports - 7.30pm
Friday 20th July
Erith Town v Aveley
Saturday 21st July
Bearsted v Peacehaven & Telscombe - 3pm
Bridon Ropes v AFC Croydon Athletic - 1pm
Bromleians v Sutton Athletic - 2.30pm
Canterbury City v Faversham Town - 3pm
Corinthian v Barking - 3pm
Cray Valley v Cray Wanderers - 1.30pm
Croydon v Barnet XI - 1pm
Croydon v East Grinstead Town - 3pm
Deal Town v Sevenoaks Town - 3pm
FC Elmstead v Metrogas - 2pm
Fisher v Stansted - 3pm
Glebe v Sporting Bengal United - 3pm
Greenways v K Sports - 1pm
Holmesdale v Chatham Town - 3pm
Kent Football United v Sheppey United - 3pm
Kennington v Rusthall - 3pm
Lydd Town v Bexhill United - 3pm
Otford United v Forest Hill Park - 3pm
Pagham v Crowborough Athletic - 3pm
Punjab United v Clapton - 3pm
Raynes Park Vale v Lewisham Borough - 3pm
Rochester United v VCD Athletic - 3pm
Snodland Town v Herne Bay XI - 3pm
Stansfeld v Hollands & Blair - 3pm
SC Thamesmead v Ashford United - 3pm
Sutton Athletic v Bromleians - 3pm
Tonbridge Angels v Tunbridge Wells - 3pm
Tudor Sports v Phoenix Sports Res - 1.30pm
Welling Town v Leyton Orient XI - 12.30pm
For club-by-club fixtures through July please visit the Pre-Season Friendly page here
All Fixtures are subject to change.