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Faversham Town geared up for promotion season

Non League

Kent League side Faversham Town are gearing up for promotion to the Ryman League seven years after they narrowly escaped folding.

The league leaders are 10 points clear but were ejected from the competition in 2003 for non-payment of fines.

Chairman Bob Mason told BBC Radio Kent: "We're confident our ground will pass grading at the end of March.

"Providing we win the league and secure the ground grading, we'll be playing Ryman League football next season."

A former Town player, Mason admitted he could see no way forward until it was re-formed in 2005.

"Our ground at Salters Lane was derelict, weeds were six feet high and vandals had smashed up the clubhouse," he recalled.

"A public meeting was called late in 2004 when the local council got involved along with the townspeople. A total of £37,000 was raised and through plenty of hard work by a lot of people, we got the club back into what I would describe as friendly hands.

"It's important to everyone that the club is self-sufficient and we believe local derbies against neighbours like Whitstable and Herne Bay will boost to attendances and provide extra revenue.

"Derby matches excite football fans and there are plenty in Ryman South, where we want to be next season."

But he cautioned: "This club will never repeat past mistakes. We have photographs around our clubhouse of how things used to be at Faversham and they provide a sharp reminder to all of us."

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