Former captain and midfield dynamo Micheal Everitt is calling time on more than half-a-lifetime spent with Folkestone Invicta.
While Neil Cugley takes charge of what will be his 1,001st charge as manager at Invicta this weekend, Mev (or occasionally Mevs) – as he’s known by almost everyone in Folkestone – will making his 631st and farewell appearance in the Black and Amber of his home town club.
Mev, 33, followed up the promise he’d always shown in Invicta’s various age youth sides with some impressive performances in the reserves before being handed his first team debut by Cugley as a 16-year-old in August 1999.
He recalls: “It was against Bashley at home in the Dr Martens League Eastern Division. We won 4-0 and I scored. I think at that time I was the youngest player to have scored for Folkestone at senior level.”
Micheal is the elder of two Folkestone brothers, James (aka Ratty) having also had many good years at Invicta, who shared the ups and downs that every football club has to go through as both became established non-league footballers.
In his first season (1999-2000) Mev helped the club gain promotion as runners up to Fisher Athletic (London), and fittingly, if this does prove the end of his long association with Invicta, he’s going out at the top in what is surely the best and most successful season they have ever known.
One other very fond memory came when he captained Folkestone away at Chester City when they reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history – eventually losing 2-1 at the Deva Stadium in November 2005.
Of his future he said “I envisage getting involved again in coaching at some stage, possibly becoming an assistant or manager one day.
“I might carry on playing – but there is every chance that I will stop.
“Maybe one day I can return to serve Folkestone again, in whatever capacity best helps the club.
“I want to wish Neil, Edgey, Jason and the boys all the success next year in the Premier and I have no doubt that this time the club will kick on again and consolidate their position at that level.”