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2 weeks ago By Kingstonian FC

Simon Grier's programme piece on the home town of tomorrow's opponents.

The town: Seaside town immortalised by Chas 'n' Dave and the Jolly Boys' outing in Only Fools and Horses. Like many British seaside towns it suffered a decline in popularity in the late 20th Century as low cost airlines meant people increasingly favoured more reliably sunny climes for their holidays - but it's enjoyed a strong resurgence in recent years with the Turner Gallery, a renovated Dreamland and new micropubs drawing hundreds of people from London and leading to the label 'Shoreditch-on-Sea'.

The ground: Hartsdown Park, Hartsdown Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 5QZ. The ground is a shadow of its former glory after problems with planning permission curtailed a redevelopment in the mid-2000s. It still has a decent terrace behind one of the goals but has very little on two sides of the ground.

Directions: The high speed line from St Pancras is a little faster than the regular line from Victoria, but also more expensive. It's about a further 15 minutes on foot from Margate station. By car it takes about two hours from Kingston.

Our record there: Even if 50 years' time, our most memorable visit is always likely to be 2011's, when we flushed a playoff berth away by losing a 3-0 lead. Of our four heartbreaking near-misses for promotion into Conference South it was definitely the most avoidable.

Recent form: What had been a pretty medicore season for Margate has suddenly caught fire, with seven wins in a row propelling them from midtable obscurity to second in the league.

Players to watch: The main man is Jordan Chiedozie, who has a quite remarkable 31 goals already this season including 19 in his last 15. A return to a higher level of football for the ex-Bournemouth youth player surely beckons sooner or later. Strike partner Frannie Collin is a veteran of the Kent non-league scene while Kane Haysman, one of our best players at the start of this season, has continued to score goals from midfield since his move to Hartsdown Park.

Food: Firmly fish and chips by the beach territory, our long standing favourite being Peter's near the Turner Gallery.

Crowd: Generally well-supported with crowds around the 500 mark, a promotion push should provide them with extra motivation.

Drinking: Traditional backstreet boozer the Northern Belle used to be the main real ale favourite, while Barnacles and the Hoy provide pleasant outside seating to enjoy your fish and chips. But Margate's newly fashionable status has brought an array of newer places to try since our last visit - The Lifeboat, The Harbour Arms, Fez and the Two Halves are all small pubs that look well worth trying.

Updated 23:28 - 9 Apr 2018 by Kingstonian FC

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