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Jay Saunders Returns To HDP

Jay Saunders Returns To HDP

Margate Football Club can announce that Jay Saunders has joined the club as First Team Manager.

Saunders returns to Hartsdown Park on an initial contract until the end of the season.

Having secured Jay’s services, Chairman Terry Painter said:

“I am very happy we have been able to bring Jay back to the club. I’m confident he will have a positive impact on the team in the coming weeks.”

As a player, Saunders joined the Gate in 1998 at 19-years-old and went on to make over 350 appearances during a ten-year period. During an illustrious career across the county and beyond, Jay also played for Gravesend & Northfleet, Lewes, Ebbsfleet and Maidstone United.

It was at Maidstone that Jay began his managerial career. During his time as The Stones manager, Jay led the club to three promotions climbing from the Isthmian League to the National League.

Saunders will be working alongside Mike Sandmann who remains at the football club.

Saunders said “I’m delighted to be back with The Gate, I believe I can help the club climb the table as we enter the business end of the season. I can’t wait to start working with Mike and the players.” 

Saunders will be at training on Thursday to meet the players and will be in dugout on Saturday as Margate travel to Tonbridge in the Bostik League.

Jay’s first game at Hartsdown Park takes place on Saturday 16th February against Brightlingsea Regent. Purchase your ticket to be there in advance by clicking here.





Thursday, 07 February 2019
By Charlotte Richardson



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