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Back to School Fixture a Roaring Success!

Saturday 30th September saw not only a convincing 5-1 victory for Erith Town in their SCEFL Premier Division game with Rusthall FC, but it also saw a fun-filled day for all the family and a range of activities that will live in the memories of our mini-Dockers for quite some time!

Kids having fun.
Back to School Fixture was tons of fun!

During pre-season and the early weeks of the 2023/24 campaign, a large number of season tickets were sent to local schools and youth groups.  These season tickets allowed free and discounted entry and the Erith Town faithful did not disappoint and helped towards the highest league attendance of the season so far of 212, a number that has only been beaten by the FA Cup fixture with Burgess Hill.

As a thank you to our young fans, a number of these youngsters were not just proud mascots who led the teams and match officials to the field, but they helped behind the scenes with the logistics of a matchday and really got to feel what it was like to be part of a non-league football club.

From putting out corner flags and helping with the team sheets that are given to the referee to ensuring the team line-ups are displayed and goal scorers are declared over the match day tannoy, our young volunteers were absolutely superb and those behind the scenes at the Stanmore Stadium would not have been able to do it without them!

At half-time, the little superstars took part in an energetic and exciting relay race and penalty shoot-out, all in front of The Dockers’ fans in the main stand to rapturous applause, before taking their seats and watching a Harry Taylor double be the cherry on top of goals from Ladic Melconian, James Dyer and Henry Arnold – what a guy!

Speaking after the game on our official podcast, The Dockers Debate, Adam Woodward said, “It was a good performance all round. I thought we were good for 3-0 at half time, then when we came out and conceded a second goal, everyone in the stand was thinking ‘Oh no, not Corinthian all over again!’  But, I’ll be honest – absolutely superb! Fantastic.”

The atmosphere here was phenomenal, I’ve seen the video of Harry Taylor’s penalty and it’s nice to see so many here, I think there were around 50 or 60 kids here.  It’s a credit to all the work going on behind the scenes and it’s really impressive!

All-in-all a fantastic day for everyone associated with Erith Town, so make sure you don’t miss out on The Dockers’ fixtures in the future!