News from the dugout
26 November 2014
By Tom Reeves
Farewell message from Luke Harvey
"I'd just like to thank Ray Turner and Clive
Walker for the faith they showed in me when they signed me from Herne Bay!
I like to think I repaid their faith with my
performances over the last two and a half seasons. It's been a pleasure to
play for them and my team mates in that period.
Also, I’d like to say a massive thank you to the
fans. They have made me very welcome from the very start to the very end.
It was great to have such a good send off after
the game and I hope they get the promotion, the fans deserve!
Lastly, a thank you to the committee, Wendy
Walker, Sid Medley, Tommy Sampson and the Chairman Ray Leader and everyone
else that keeps the club ticking.
It's a very well run club that deserves every
The chairman is someone I hold great respect for.
Ray and his son Marc told me last night that, over all the years that
they've been at the club, I’ll be the one he misses most on and off the
pitch! For me, that meant an awful lot and I was very touched.
Best wishes for the
season and the future.
Ray Turner confirms Luke Harvey’s impending exit
Town boss Ray Turner has confirmed striker Luke Harvey will leave the club
following this Saturday’s top-of-the-table game with Folkestone Invicta.
Harvey, 28, has been the Lilywhites top goal scorer in the past two
However, the frontman has struggled for form and fitness in the 2014/15
He went on dual-registration to play for Woodstock Sports in a bid to
regain match fitness.
But, the 28-year-old has struggled to get back in the starting line-up,
such is the wealth of attacking options at Turner’s disposal.
“I would just like to confirm that Luke Harvey will leave us after
Saturday’s game against Folkestone,” said Turner.
“I would like to pay tribute to the man. Luke has been my leading goal
scorer for the last two seasons and has played a major role in one of the
club’s most progressive and successful periods.
“He has represented the club in an exemplary manner on and off the pitch,
his honesty and integrity set him apart from many players.”
The Faversham manager continued, “It is the worst part of a manager’s job,
where decisions ultimately lead to players seeking regular football
“I fully respect his reasons for leaving, as I know he respects my
decisions regarding the team and its progression.
“He will be a major asset for his next club and will no doubt cause us
problems when we play against him. But, we are both happy in the way it has
been handled and I would like to finish by wishing him and his family all
“They will be welcome at Faversham anytime.”
Meanwhile, coming into the club will be highly-rated, young midfielder
Charley Robertson, who will join on loan from Maidstone United for one
Robertson, 18, was a regular for the Stones last term and quickly became a
Though, the 18-year-old – in similar circumstances to Harvey – has
struggled for regular game time this season and has largely been
restricted to playing in Maidstone’s Ryman League, Robert Dyas Cup and
Kent Senior Cup runs.
His most recent appearance came on Tuesday (yesterday), as he was involved
in four of the six goals in the Ryman Premier League outfit’s 6-0
thrashing of Herne Bay.
Robertson has already been loaned to fellow Ryman South outfit Folkestone
Invicta this campaign. But, Stones boss Jay Saunders was unhappy with the
lack of match action he received on loan and Invicta manager Neil Cugley
confessed the move didn’t work.
Ironically, the 18-year-old’s Town debut is likely to come against
Folkestone on Saturday.
He will join old Maidstone United teammate Jack Harris in the Faversham
On the loan move for Robertson, Turner enthused “Charley is super
“He has impressed me every time I have watched him and I know Maidstone
have high hopes for him.”
“Now is the right time to bring him in,” explained the Lilywhites boss.
“We need to try and get Josh Stanford back to full fitness, which may take
a couple of weeks – and with Luke leaving – I felt it was important to
maintain as many attacking options as I can, as we attempt to stay top of
“Charley will come straight into the squad against Folkestone and I very
much look forward to working with him.”
Ray Turner confirms Luke Harvey's impending exit.
Faversham Town sign Jack Harris again, while Darren Marsden is released.
Faversham extend Harris loan.
Faversham sign former Tunbridge Wells duo.
28.06.14 - Ray
Turner reveals current pre-season squad.
28.05.14 - Two in, two out as Faversham make first transfers.
- Jack Harris signs on loan.
- Ollie Bankole loan extended.
- Wayne Wilson returns to Margate.
- Tommy Sampson interview.
- Jenner injury and donations.
- Bill French signs in short-term deal