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Faversham Town manager Ray Turner hopes this week could prove historic for the club on and off the field as club launch stadium development plan

27 February 2014
by Alex Hoad

Faversham Town manager Ray Turner hopes this week could prove to be the biggest in the club’s history.

On the field the Lilywhites face a must-win game in their quest to play Ryman League, Premier Division football next season as they host struggling Corinthian Casuals on Saturday (3pm).

However, the future of the club beyond next season will be at the forefront of Turner’s mind on Thursday night as Faversham host invited guests at Salters Lane to present ambitious plans for a £2.5m development of the stadium.

A revamped ground with a capacity of around 2,000 could feature community facilities including a sportshall, fitness centre and cafe, while two seated stands, state-of-the-art changing rooms and function rooms are also part of eye-catching plans.

Turner said: “It should be a special night. We want to make sure the new stadium is something the whole town and community can be proud of.

“We have come so far on our own in the last eight or nine years but we need help to get to the next level. Hopefully, we can get the support of local businesses and the community to help the vision become a reality.”

On the field, Town have put together a nine-match unbeaten run, stretching back to December 21 and have conceded just once in six Division 1 South games.

Saturday’s 1-0 win at Chipstead took Town sixth and within four points of the play-off places and Turner said: “I think it’s our longest unbeaten run in the Ryman League.

“We’ve gone through January and February unbeaten, we are a side people will look at and see we’re not conceding goals.”

He added: “Saturday is now our most important match of the season. We have had some good away draws, we need some wins now.

“I’m going to go out on a limb and say we must win the game. We must try and maintain a degree of pressure before we go to (fifth-placed) Folkestone the following week.”


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