I thought I'd write in and urge all Canterbury football fans of whatever persuasion and those people backing Canterbury City's proposals for a new stadium to come to Salter's Lane Faversham on Sunday afternoon and see why they are indeed a cause worth fighting for. They play Newport Pagnell Town in the fourth round proper of the FA Vase at 2 p.m. A national competition for clubs at their level, out of 638 entrants, City have made it down to the last thirty-two! Five knock-out wins over Langney Wanderers, AFC Varndeanians, Saltdean United, Corinthian and Southall mean they now face arguably their biggest game since their reformation in 2007.
Fellow Kent side Deal Town actually made it to the Wembley final and won the Vase in 2000 and Tunbridge Wells made the final in 2013 but this is the furthest Canterbury have ever progressed. The next round is no longer regionalised as it gets serious with a spot at non-league Finals Day at Wembley up for grabs for the two finalists. City will be underdogs, unfashionable, unfancied, without a home to call their own so it would be nice to give the coffers a boost with a bumper crowd and the players a boost with some enthusiastic support from the city. See you there for some cheap and cheerful Vase Magic!
Updated 12:01 - 5 Jan 2019 by Martyn Sexton