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Margate v Barnet

Nationwide Conference
Tuesday 3rd September 7.45pm

  Game being played at Dover Atletic
Crabble Athletic Ground
Lewisham Road
CT17 0JB

Phone: 01304 822373

  Ground Hartsdown Park,
Hartsdown Road,
  Telephone 01843 221769  
  E-Mail office@margatefc.com  
  Capacity 4,800  
  Record Attendance 14,500 v Tottenham Hotspur, FA Cup 3rd round, 1973  
  Formed 1896  
  Nickname The Gate  
  Colours Royal Blue Shirts & Shorts, White Socks  
  Manager Chris Kinnear  
  Admission Price Adults £8.00, Senior Citizens £5.50, Under 14 £3.50,
Family Ticket(1 Adult plus 1 or 2 children £12.00)
Transfer to Stand £2.00
  Programme £2.00- 42 pages  
  Bar Yes  
  Last Season    
  Underhill Barnet 4 Margate 1  
  Hartsdown Park Margate 0 Barnet 1  
  Average Attn 1,233  
  Highest Attn 3,676 v Dover Athletic,lost 0-1,26/12/01(5th highest in Conf)  
  Lowest Attn 637 v Scarborough, drew 1-1, 26/1/02  
  Highest Home Win 8-0 v Stalybridge  
  Highest Away Win 3-0 v Chester City  
  Highest Home Defeat 1-2 v Leigh RMI
1-2 v Northwich
  Highest Away Defeat 1-4 v Barnet
1-4 v Dagenham & Redbridge
  Highest Draw 3-3 v Forest Green Rovers, away  
  Highest Aggregate 8, 8-0 v Stalybridge  
  Goalscorer Braithwaite 16  
  Final Position(8th)
  Home Away  
P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
42 7 9 5 33 22 7 7 7 26 31 58
  This Season    
  Position 15th  
  Ave Attn 411  
  Highest Attn 413  
  Lowest Attn 410  
  Highest HomeWin 3-0 v Forest Green Rovers  
  Highest Home Defeat None  
  Highest Away Win None  
  Highest Away Defeat 0-2 v Leigh RMI  
  Highest Draw 1-1 v Morcambe (Home)
1-1 v Kettering (Away)
  Highest Aggregate 3, 3-0 v Forest Green Rovers (home)  
  Current Position (15th)
  Home Away  
P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
5 1 1 0 4 1 0 1 2 1 4 5
  The Season So Far

So far Margate havn't lost at home, recording a 1-1 draw with Morcambe in the opening game and then a 3-0 drubbing of lowly Forest Green on Bank Holiday Monday.

They havn't won away though, losing 0-2 to Leigh RMI on Saturday.

The Bees see-saw season swung into action again this week. After a dismal 0-3 at home to Chester, then a marvellous 3-0 win up at Burton, the Lads scrapped through for a 0-0 draw at home to a rather boisterous Halifax.

And on that note, will Lee be fit to play? If not, can we call Danny back from Carlisle? I checked out their website tonight and he hasn't had a first team game yet. Of course this could be a good oppurtunity for Ricky Millard to make his first (?) start.

Margate Last Four




Margate 1 Barnet 1

Did You Know?

The match is being played in Dover. If you didn't and went to Margate you'd be very lonely!

Result Grids

This is a new feature to our previews - result grids. These show the number of times that each side has obtained a particular score, home or away as applicable.



Barnet Away

Away 0 1 2 3 Goals Against
1     1    
3 1        
Goals For          

Margate Home

Home 0 1 2 3 Goals Against
1   1      
3 1        
Goals For          
  League Snippet

Below is Barnet and Margate's league details based on their Home and Away performances.

    Pl W D L GF GA GD Pnts
6 Margate (home) 2 1 1 0 4 1 3 4
11 Barnet (away) 2 1 0 1 4 2 2 3
  Programme Sales

The following programmes (Barnet v Margate) are available for sale. Please see our programme pages for more information.

Season Competition Home/Away Price
1968-69 Southern League Premier Home £1.25
1969-70 Southern League Premier Away £1.00
1971-72 Southern League Premier Away £0.80
1972-73 Southern League Premier Both £0.70
1973-74 Southern League Premier Away £0.40
1978-79 Southern League Premier Home £0.30


In October 1896 Margate were formed after variuos teams had played football locally.

They moved around quite alot in the early days, playing in the East Kent Leagues, Kent League division 2 and 1. They won the Kent Senior Shield in 1921 and were runners-up of Kent League Division 1 in 1927/28. Unfortunately heavy debts forced them to disband.

They reformed in 1929 and moved to their present ground at Hartsdown Park, going on to win the Kent League Division 1 in 1932/33.

Margate played in the Eastern Section of the Southern League, finishing runners-up to Norwich City Reserves. An arrangement with Arsenal began the following season where promising young Arsenal players played for Margate, with Arsenal also training at Hartsdown Park.

Because of this arrangemnt Margate were very successful in 1935/36. The club won various titles and trophies and also had a good run in the FA Cup. This put an end to 'nursery' clubs being admitted to the FA Cup in case they met Arsenal in a later round.

The club won the Southern League in 35/36 after beating Plymouth Argyle in a Section Final.

The arrangement with Arsenal ended and again debts forced the club to close down. Reformed again just before the War they returned to the Kent League Division 1. This was a very fruitful time and won several trophies along the way. In 1947/48 the double was achieved, winning the Kent League and League cup.

1959/60 sees Margate return to the Southern League following expansion of the Football League. The Division 1 title was secured in 1962/63 and promotion to the Premier Division is realised. They came sixth in 1964/65, their beat placing for the next thirty-five years.

Unfortunatly they were relegated the next season but came straight up again.

The Southern League cup was won in 1967/68, another thirty years were to pass before they would achieve this again.

Margate had the dubious honour of losing 11-0 to Bournemouth in the FA cup in 1971/72, with Ted McDougall scoring nine of the goals at Dean Court.

When the Alliance Premier League was founded Margate failed to qualify after finishing 19th. They then played in the Southern Section of the Southern League, spending twenty years there.

A change of name to Thanet United came about in 1981, but after an uneventful period in the eighties they reverted to Margate in 1989.

In the early nineties the illustrious Buster Bloodvessell of the band Bad Manners had a sponsership deal with the team having the bands name across their shirts.

1998/99 saw a see-saw finish with Margate gaining promotion to the Premier. Unfortuntely with work on the ground being finished late they were turned down, but luckily for them they won the appeal, and they finished third in their first season.

In 2000/2001 alot of work was carried out on the ground after a move known as the 'Thanet Stadium' was finally shelved. New seats, terracing, dugouts and floodlights were put in, while the infamous slope was levelled over a two week stint! This was all done for an incredible £175.000.

Of course promotion to the Conference came at the end of the season and 'The Gate' were one of the candidates to go straight back down, just like when they won promotion to the Southern League Premier. Again they seem to have foiled their critics and finished the season in eigth position.

Margate have had alot of good cup runs, too many to mention here. For a full history I recommend visiting their website below.

Abridged from www.margatefc.net.


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