August 28, 1899
The first season of this club as a limited liability venture was not a financial success, but this has not diminished the enterprise of the directorate, who are confident that with judicous management the adverse balance may be restored.
To accomplish this end the club has entered he English Cup Competition, the Southern League, Thames and Medway Combination, Chatham Charity Cup (of which they are the holders), and the Southern District Combination.
To successfully carry out so ambitious a programme, the committee have retained from last season’s team: – Joe Frail, goal; James Harper and Humphreys, backs; Thomas Chapman, and George Perrins, halves; Joe Dickinson, Clements, Lawrence, and Tommy Johnson, forwards.
In addition they have secured the following new players: –
Ben Appleby (Burton Wanderers, inside right), age 21, weight 11st. 8lb, height: 5ft. 10in;
Jack Burton (Derby County, left half), age 24, weight 11st. 6lb, height 5ft. 9in;
W.P. Bennett (Cowes, goalkeeper), age 24, weight 11st. 8lb, height 6ft. 1in;
James Collins (Newcastle United, inside left or half), age 27, weight 12st, height 5ft. 7in.;
Albert Kaye (The Wednesday, centre forward), age 24, weight 11st. 9lb, height 5ft. 11in.;
W.R. Tranter (Middlesbrough, back), age 23, weight 12st. 4lb, height 5ft. 9½in;
T. Livesey, of Preston remains with the team as trainer, but a change in the secretaryship has taken place since last season, the office being now filled by E.P. Wake, of 33 Wellington Street, Chatham.
The defence, which gained for the club last year the distinction of having fewer goals scored against them than any other Southern League club, will be as strong, if not stronger, while there are prospects of a considerable improvement in the forward string.
(Source: Athletic News: August 28, 1899)