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Having joined the Kent League in 1911 as their first competitive competition sine their formation in 1896, Margate Football Club have played out their whole history moving back and forth from The county competition and The Southern League until 2001, when they joined The Conference as Southern League Champions.

Chris Kinnear was well established as their popular manager at the time, and he remained to oversee ‘The Gate’s battle to establish themselves at the highest level. This lasted for three seasons before they dropped down for one campaign in The Conference South and were then relegated to The Isthmian League.

Four different managers then took up the reigns at Hartsdown Park but Chris Kinnear returned in 2011 with supporters hoping for another special era and one that might bring another FACup run similar to 2002-2003, when Leyton Orient were beaten and Margate reached the Second Round Proper.


Club Factfile

Hartsdown Park, Hartsdown Road, Margate, Kent CT9 5QZ
01843 221 769
From M25 continue onto M26 merge onto M20, at junction 7, exit onto Sittingbourne Rd/A249 toward Sheerness/Canterbury/Ramsgate, continue to follow A249, take the ramp onto M2, continue onto A299 (signs for Margate/Ramsgate) keep right at the fork, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Canterbury Rd (Birchington)/A28 continue to follow A28, turn right onto The Square/A28 continue to follow A28, turn right onto George V Ave/B2052, turn right onto Hartsdown Rd/B2052, ground will be on the left.
Record Attendance:
14,500 v Tottenham Hotspur FA CUp 3rd Rd 1973
Most Recent Senior Honour:
Southern League Premier Division 2000-2001

Club History

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 1977-1978Southern Lg Division One South1stDenis Hunt
1978-1979Southern League Premier Division19thDenis Hunt
1979-1980Southern League Southern Division17thDenis Hunt
1980-1981Southern League Southern Division22ndTerry Morris
As Thanet United
1981-1982Southern League Southern Division24thTerry Morris
1982-1983Southern League Southern Division14thTerry Morris
1983-1984Southern League Southern Division18thAlan Fagan
1984-1985Southern League Southern Division5thJohn Wickens
1985-1986Southern League Southern Division15thJohn Wickens
1986-1987Southern League Southern Division10thJohn Wickens
1987-1988Southern League Southern Division5thNorman Fusco
1988-1989Southern League Southern Division20thNorman Fusco
As Margate
1989-1990Southern League Southern Division16thColin Powell
1990-1991Southern League Southern Division10thColin Powell
1991-1992Southern League Southern Division14thTommy Taylor
1992-1993Southern League Southern Division10thLee Smelt
1993-1994Southern League Southern Division9thM.Weatherley/A,Woolford
1994-1995Southern League Southern Division13thM.Weatherley/A,Woolford
1995-1996Southern League Southern Division11thKarl Elsey
1996-1997Southern League Southern Division5thChris Kinnear
1997-1998Southern League Southern Division6thChris Kinnear
1998-1999Southern League Southern Division2ndChris Kinnear
1999-2000Southern League Premier Division3rdChris Kinnear
best year2000-2001Southern League Premier Division1stChris Kinnear
2001-2002Conference8thChris Kinnear
2002-2003Conference10thChris Kinnear
2003-2004Conference16thChris Kinnear
2004-2005Conference South21stChris Kinnear
2005-2006Isthmian League Premier Division14thChris Kinnear
2006-2007Isthmian League Premier Division6thRobin Trott
2007-2008Isthmian League Premier Division9thRobin Trott
2008-2009Isthmian League Premier Division19thBarry Ashby
2009-2010Isthmian League Premier Division19thTerry Yorath
2010-2011Isthmian League Premier Division16th
2011-2012Isthmian League Premier Division15thChris Kinnear
2012-2013Isthmian League Premier Division9thChris Kinnear
2013-2014Isthmian League Premier Division11thJay Saunders, Simon Osbourn
2014-2015Isthmian League Premier DivisionTerry Brown

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