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The much-awaited Kent Senior Cup Final 2019-20 is nearly here

Just a few more days to go!

Just a few more days to go until the much-awaited Kent Senior Cup Final 2019-2020 at Dartford’s Princes Park stadium.

On Wednesday 24th November, we will enjoy a game to remember between our National League South hosts, Dartford FC, and Whitstable Town FC from the Isthmian League Southeast division.

The game will kick off at 7:45 pm and we hope both teams enjoy the experience.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased here

Programmes will be available on the night for £1 (cash only).

Thank you to Mike Green from KSN who has provided us with a brilliant Final preview below:

Welcome to an evening where Kent’s Senior Cup finally reaches the finale of the competitions 131st staging – an incredible 112 weeks after the initial First Round tie was played in the 2019/2020 competition…

It’s a clash between our National League South hosts – Dartford themselves – and from the Isthmian League Southeast division, Whitstable Town.

For Steve King and his Dartford side, the wait for tonight really has seemed to be a lifetime, despite the club’s great history of winning the Senior Cup on eleven occasions – second only to “holders” Maidstone United’s eighteen. Ironically, it was the Gallagher Stadium where the Darts started their path to tonight – winning courtesy of a single goal – before returning home for conclusive wins over Folkestone Invicta and Phoenix Sports. The Semi-Final triumph – by five goals to one – came before the “first lockdown” and was played on March 3rd 2020… incredibly SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY-ONE DAYS AGO!!!

On the other hand, Whitstable Town’s wait for tonight has been “just” (in comparison to Dartford’s wait) has been a little over six weeks, but on their way to tonight, they have had a managerial change. Lloyd Blackman oversaw the away triumphs at Cray Valley PM and Welling United (both 2-1) before the Quarter-Final win at the Belmont over Ramsgate, which was in February 2020. The Semi-Final – against Gillingham – was delayed after the COVID pandemic hit and was finally played in early October, by which time Keith McMahon had taken the Oystermen’s hot seat! Indeed the 1-0 win was McMahon’s very first game in charge.

And so, whichever way you look at it, if there is to be a new name on the Cup.

Ironically, should the Oystermen take the Trophy back down the Thanet Way for the very first time, their reign could be the shortest in this knock-out football history – or indeed in any competition – as in just over three weeks’ time, they face their First-Round tie in the 132nd Senior Cup – away to the highly fancied Ashford United…

Whoever wins – enjoy the evening and a safe journey home…

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