Shrimpers’ Tales: The History of Gravesend United FC


Written by Paul Harrison and Ed Miller, Shrimpers’ Tales is the follow-up volume to the history of Northfleet United, telling the story of the other club that merged to create Gravesend & Northfleet in 1946. Completing the history of Ebbsfleet United’s ancestor clubs, Shrimpers’ Tales celebrates the 125th anniversary of Gravesend United. In their early days the Shrimpers played against clubs including Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Southampton on a level footing, boasting a wealth of talent from the Victorian era of the game. The book moves through the tumultuous years of the First World War and its aftermath when the club lay dormant, retracing its steps from resurrection in 1932, all the way through the Second World War and into 1945/46 and the moves to create the current club. Without Gravesend United, there would never have been a Gravesend & Northfleet and in consequence a modern-day Ebbsfleet United. We owe a great debt to the Shrimpers and this, finally, is their story…

Royal size, 136 pages, illustrated throughout with rare and previously unpublished photographs.


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