Ramsgate F.C.

Full name Ramsgate Football Club
Nickname(s) The Rams
Founded 1945 (1886)
Ground Southwood Stadium, Ramsgate
Ground Capacity 2,500
Chairman Phil Fennell
Joint managers Jim Ward & Danny Ward
League Isthmian League Division One South
2015–16 Isthmian League Division One South, 12th

Ramsgate Football Club are a football team based in Ramsgate, Kent. Having played for many years in the Kent League, they gained promotion twice to spend the 2006–07 to 2008–09 seasons in the Isthmian League Premier Division before being relegated to Division One South of the same league.

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.


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.


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]


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.[2]

Current squad

As of 28th November 2016.[3]

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

No. Position Player
England GK James Tomkin
England GK Luke Watkins

England DF George Crimmen
England DF Joe Kane
England DF Jake Mackenzie
England DF Jack Paxman (dual registration with Deal Town)
England DF Jack Penny
England DF Niall Salusbury
England DF Kane Smith
England DF Luke Wheatley

No. Position Player
England MF Tom Chapman
England MF Luke Girt
England MF Ollie Gray
England MF Macauley Murray

England FW Tom Loynes
England FW Aaron Millbank
England FW Alfie Paxman
England FW Ian Pulman (dual registration with Canterbury City)


Role Name
President England Lord Pendry
Chairman England Phil Fennell
Director (Football) England Trevor Kennett
Director (Governance) & Secretary England Edward Lucas
Director (Business Development) England Tony Elliott
Director (Commercial) England Vic Todd
Director (Finance) England David Butler
Director (Youth) England Scott Roberts
Director England Simon Pettit
Welfare Officer England Cindy Roddam
Stadium & Safety Officer England John Vahid
Groundsman England Martin Jefferys


Role Name
1st Team Joint Manager Scotland Jim Ward
1st Team Joint Manager Scotland Danny Ward
1st Team Assistant England Ada Hubbard
1st Team Coach England Lloyd Blackman
Under 21s Manager England Liam Taylor
Under 21s Assistant Manager England Dave Lee
Under 21s Physio England Micky West
Head of Youth Player Development England Paul Murray

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 – Present



Former players

1. Players that have played/managed in the Football League or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
2. Players with full international caps.
3. Players that hold a club record.


  1. Ramsgate Pyramid Passion
  2. "Attendances: Isthmian League Premier Division". Tony's English Football Site. Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  3. "Squad". Ramsgate F.C. Archived from the original on 2008-05-03. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  4. Ramsgate at the Football Club History Database
  5. Ramsgate Athletic at the Football Club History Database

Coordinates: 51°19′57.320″N 1°23′58.189″E / 51.33258889°N 1.39949694°E / 51.33258889; 1.39949694

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