Ebbsfleet United to celebrate promotion into the National League with the mayor of Gravesham
PUBLISHED: 13:45 23 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:45 23 June 2017
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The private event will take place next month
Players and staff from the recently promoted Ebbsfleet United will celebrate their season’s success with the mayor of Gravesham next month.
Mayor Harold Craske, who was appointed days before the Fleet’s play-off final, said “time had flown by” since the club’s crowning success when it lifted the FA Trophy in 2008, and was looking forward to celebrating the latest victory with them at the civic centre on July 13.
Finishing second in the National League South this season, the Stonebridge Road club beat Chelmsford City 2-1 to gain promotion to the National League, just one division off the professional EFL League Two division.
Ahead of the meeting, Cllr Craske said: “The promotion is a fantastic achievement for a local club, especially one like Ebbsfleet, which is in the heart of the borough.
“Not only is it great to see the club doing well, but it’s great for Gravesham as a whole to see this success, I recently met with Punjab United after winning the Kent County League Premier Division, it’s great to see our local teams performing and representing the borough so well.
“I look forward to meeting all of the players and staff to congratulate them personally.”
Days after the final lifted them in to the top tier of non-league football, the club revealed they were targeting promotion into League 2 within the next five years.
Cllr Craske supported the ambition, saying he remained “hopeful” the club could reach new heights in the near future.
Ahead of the meeting, club general manager Dave Archer said: “We’ll be bringing first team players, staff and of course the trophy to the mayor’s parlour next month.
“We’re all very much looking forward to the event where we can celebrate our success as we prepare for next season.”
Following on from its promotion, the Fleet are gearing up to take on Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur in a memorial match for former captain Paul McCarthy, who died of a heart attack earlier this year.
The match will be held on July 15, two days after the mayor’s reception, with tickets being sold at the gate.