Bluebirds coach Jim Cornish and entire team ‘part ways’ with Margate FC

The Bluebirds

Margate Football Club has confirmed it has ‘parted ways’ with Ladies coach Jim Cornish – and the entire Bluebirds team.

Jim has been leading the Bluebirds since 2015 and has seen some exceptional play over past seasons.

In a statement the club said: “The club would like to thank Jim and his coaching staff for their hard work and commitment to the women’s team since 2015.

“The club now looks forward to offering further opportunities for young girls and women to play football – both recreationally and competitively – at Hartsdown Park.”

Evan Paris has been appointed the Margate Ladies manager but the team will not be the current Bluebird players, coaches or management.

A post on social media from the Bluebirds says: “The girls are beyond devastated that our manager Jim Cornish has been released from his duties as Margate Ladies manager. Without Jim over the past two seasons there would not have been a ladies team.

We are the Bluebirds, not the team at Margate Football Club.  Our team stays as one and that’s without Margate FC.  We can’t thank Margate for anything because they haven’t done anything for us.”

The Bluebirds are currently without a club and liaising with the Kent FA to find out their options.

Open trials to join Margate Ladies at the club for the upcoming 2018/19 season in the South East Counties Women’s Football League will be announced in due course.

In the meantime, any player wishing to register an interest to join can contact the club via email [email protected]

The news comes on the heels of the departures of Margate Football Club director Rob Marriott, first team manager Steve Watt and goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley, midfield duo Jack Evans and Sam Blackman and striker Jay May.

  • Gillingham FC Girls Academy is also offering trials on May 30 from 10am to 3pm and the training ground in Grange Road, Gillingham. Open to girls who will be 16 to 19 years old as of September this year. Register, and find out more, by emailing [email protected]