We've met Before - Margate

Margate's Hartsdown Park, where the club moved to in 1929 after playing at various grounds in the Margate area, has been the venue for the last four meetings between these two teams.

Formed in 1896, Margate have a long history, joining the Kent League after World War One. In the 1930's they were the official nursery side for Arsenal. They returned to the Southern League (which they had briefly played in before the World War Two) in 1959-60. During the 1970's they took part in two famous FA Cup ties, the first in 1971 against Bournemouth where they lost 11-0 with Ted McDougall grabbing a mere nine of them! This was followed in 1972 by a tie at home against the reigning UEFA Cup holders Spurs where they lost 6-0 in front of 14500 spectators. In 1981 they changed their name to Thanet United, changing it back to Margate in 1989. In 2001 they won promotion to the Conference as Southern league Champions. Ongoing problems with ground redevelopments allied to a dip in performances saw Margate relegated to the Isthmian League Premier for 2005-06. After an injection of funds, Margate won promotion back to the Conference South for the 2015-16 season. However after just one season at Step 2 they were relegated back to the Isthmian Premier where they have played ever since.

Our meetings with Margate tend to produce a few goals with a 4-0 win against them, including Tommy Bradford's first goal for the Robins which he turned into a hat trick with a coolly taken penalty, coming at the at the end of 2013-14season. The following season it was Margate's turn to grab the goals with a 6-0 win against an already relegated Carshalton side.

More recent meetings, as said earlier, have all been played at Margate with home league games falling victim to Covid. In 2018-19 we drew Margate away in the Velocity Trophy and a much changed side were no much for Margate who won 5-1, an Elliot Buchanan first half hat trick doing most of the damage. Juevan Splatt's only goal for Carshalton was the consolation for the few Robins fans who made the long mid week trip to Kent. At the start of the 2020-21 season it looked as if the Robins may finally get a result at Margate and led 2-0 at half time with David Fisher and Omar Koroma scoring for us. However, after an own goal by Archie Proctor mid way through the second half it was left to John Ufuah to level the scores for Margate with virtually the last kick of the game with a calmly taken penalty. The meeting earlier this season bucked the trend of previous meetings ending goalless with neither side looking likely to score.

Played for both teams: Robins captain Lewis Taylor made the switch to Margate after the 2014-15 season. John Ufuah and Chris Sessegnon both had brief spells with the Robins at the start of this season before moving on again. John to Merstham and then to Welsh Prem with Connah's Quay Nomads and Chris went down the A24 to join Horsham.