Full nameRamsgate Football Club
Nickname(s)The Rams
Founded1945 (1886)
GroundSouthwood Stadium, Ramsgate
Capacity2,500
OwnerRichard Lawson
ManagerMatt Longhurst
LeagueIsthmian League South East Division
2020–21Isthmian League South East Division (season curtailed)

Ramsgate Football Club are a football team based in Ramsgate, Kent, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League South East Division and play at the Southwood Stadium. The main local rivals of the club are Margate who are situated just 4 miles away. When the two teams meet, it is known as the Thanet derby.

History

The earliest incarnation of Ramsgate FC had played since at least 1886 but folded in 1924, with local rivals Ramsgate Glenville taking over their Southwood Stadium. Glenville did not reform after World War II and a new club dubbed Ramsgate Athletic took over Southwood. The club retained the Athletic name until 1972.

Athletic played in the original incarnation of the Kent League from their formation until the collapse of the league in 1959. This was the club's best period for nearly 50 years, with two consecutive league titles, several county cups, and a run to the first round of the FA Cup. With the collapse of the Kent League the Rams migrated to the Southern League, where they initially did well but were forced to resign and drop down to the re-formed Kent League in 1976.

For nearly thirty years the club performed well without seriously challenging for promotion, but their fortunes changed in 2004 with the return of former manager Jim Ward. He led the club to two consecutive championships (Kent League Premier Division and Isthmian League First Division), taking the club into the Isthmian League Premier Division for 2006–07, which therefore offered the first derby matches for many years against Isle of Thanet rivals Margate. In the club's first season in the Premier Division the Rams finished in 9th place, and followed this with an even better season in 2007–08, finishing in 5th place to reach the play-offs, although they were beaten 2–1 in the semi-final by Staines Town. The Rams also won the Isthmian League Cup, beating AFC Sudbury on penalties at Dartford's Princes Park ground. The following season, however, Ramsgate finished bottom of the table and were relegated.

Stadium

Ramsgate (red shirts) take on AFC Wimbledon in December 2007
Ramsgate (red shirts) take on AFC Wimbledon in December 2007

Ramsgate play their home games at the Southwood Stadium, Price's Avenue, Ramsgate, CT11 0AN.

Southwood Stadium was the home of earlier Ramsgate clubs Ramsgate Town and Ramsgate Grenville, and became the home of Ramsgate Athletic upon their foundation after the Second World War. The largest crowd registered at the ground was 5,038 for the visit of local rivals Margate in 1955.[1]

Supporters

The old logo of the club
The old logo of the club

In the 2007–08 season, Ramsgate's average attendance was 369, the twelfth highest figure in the Isthmian League Premier Division. For the visit of rivals Margate the crowd was 1,210, nearly double the attendance at any other match. The 2011–12 season had an average attendance of 159, 2012–13 was 157, 2013–14 was 269, 2014–15 was 248, 2015–16 was 207 and 2016–17 was 237.[2]

Current squad

As of 9 December 2021.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK England ENG Jacob Russell
2 DF England ENG Jerald Aboagye
3 DF England ENG Nico Cotton
5 DF England ENG Callum Emptage
6 MF England ENG Denzelle Olopade
7 FW England ENG Callum Peck
8 MF England ENG Lee Prescott
10 FW England ENG Ashley Miller
11 MF England ENG Harry Maher
12 DF England ENG Mekael Williams
14 FW England ENG Joshua Ayaji
15 DF England ENG Vinnie Medhurst
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF England ENG Jamie Coyle
17 DF England ENG Ben Flitchett
18 FW England ENG George Baker-Moran
19 DF England ENG Jake McIntyre (captain)
20 MF England ENG TJ Jadama
22 GK England ENG Liam Hill
-- DF England ENG Beckham Kennelly
-- MF England ENG Bradley Ryan
-- FW England ENG Ollie Lee
-- MF England ENG Sammi Takalobighashi (on loan to Canterbury City)
-- FW England ENG Danny Leah (on loan to Erith & Belvedere)

Management

Role Name
First Team Head Coach Matt Longhurst
First Team Assistant Lee Barnett
First Team Coach Sonny Gladdish
First Team Goalkeeper Coach Rob French
First Team Sports Psychologist Hurley
Under 23s Head Coach Simon Pettit
Under 18s manager Jimmy Egan

Managerial history

Name Dates Achievements
England Bob Harrop 1978 – 1981
England P.Gilbert 1981 – 1983
England S.Jest 1983 – 1985
England L.Smith 1985 – 1989 Kent Senior Trophy Winners 1988 & 1989
England Vic Medus 1989 – 1990
England Bob Wickens 1990 – 1992
England Paul Rimmer/England Lennie Lee 1992 – 1993 Kent League Cup Winners 1993
England Lennie Lee 1993 – 1996 Kent League Cup Winners 1994 & 1995/Kent League Charity Shield Winners 1994 & 1995
Scotland Jim Ward July 1996 – June 2001 Kent League Charity Shield Winners 1997/Kent League Champions 1999/Kent Senior Trophy Winners 1999/Kent League Cup Winners 2001
England Peter Hook July 2001 – March 2004
Scotland Jim Ward March 2004 – April 2012 Kent League Champions 2005/Kent League Cup Winners 2005/Kent League Charity Shield Winners 2005/Isthmian League Division One Champions 2006/Isthmian League Cup Winners 2008
England Tim Dixon April 2012 – February 2014
England Dean Hill & Mark Weatherly (Caretaker managers) March 2014
England Justin Luchford March 2014 – May 2014
England Dean Hill May 2014 – January 2015
England Simon Halsey January 2015 – May 2015
Scotland Jim Ward/Danny Ward May 2015 – January 2017
England Lloyd Blackman January 2017 – December 2018
England Nick Davis December 2018 – September 2019
England Jason Lillis October 2019 – December 2019
England Matt Longhurst December 2019 – Present

Honours

Records

Former players

Further information: Category:Ramsgate F.C. players

References

  1. ^ Ramsgate Pyramid Passion
  2. ^ "Attendances: Southern Counties East League Premier Division". Tony's English Football Site. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Squad". Ramsgate F.C. Archived from the original on 3 May 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  4. ^ Ramsgate at the Football Club History Database
  5. ^ Ramsgate Athletic at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ a b c Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2020) Non-League Club Directory 2021, p573 ISBN 978-1869833848