David Bostock

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David Bostock

Appearances: 3 Goals: 1

Date / Year of birth: 27th January 1952

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 1968/69

Season of last appearance: 1968/69

Also played for: Ramsgate Athletic, West Ham United (0), Folkestone, Gravesend & Northfleet, Poole Town, Folkestone & Shepway, Tonbridge, Faversham Town, Canterbury City, Sittingbourne and Deal Town

5' 8" tall striker born in Canterbury who started his career with Ramsgate, first appearing for their reserves aged just 14 during the 1966/67 season. David then joined Margate in the summer of 1967 and played regularly for the reserves during the 1967/68 season. He also played a few games for West Ham's youth team during the campaign.

David stayed with Margate for the 1968/69 campaign and made his first team debut aged 16 on 2.12.68 in a Kent Floodlight Cup tie against Sheppey at Hartsdown. He scored in a 6-0 win and went on to play twice more before the end of the season. David's performance in a 1-1 draw at Deal on 25.3.69 was described as "most encouraging" by the local press and he also played for the Kent Youth team during the season.

However in the summer of 1969 David joined Folkestone and scored twice on his Southern League debut for them in September 1969. He managed a double figure goal tally during 1969/70 and then scored almost 30 goals during the 1970/71 campaign.

In the summer of 1972 David joined Gravesend & Northfleet and he was top scorer at Stonebridge Road for the 1972/73 and 1973/74 seasons, scoring 43 (a club record at the time) and 25 goals respectively.

He joined Poole in a £2,500 deal for the start of the 1974/75 campaign but returned to Gravesend later in the season and helped the club win the Southern League Division 1 title.

David then went back to Folkestone (by then known as Folkestone & Shepway) for the 1975/76 campaign but left the club at the end of the season.

In November 1976 he linked up with Tonbridge having been out of senior football for a few months.

David joined Gravesend once again for a short spell during the 1977/78 season and took his goal tally for the Fleet to 79 from 120 appearances (seven as sub).

He then briefly returned to Hartsdown and scored for Margate's reserves in their first match of the 1978/79 campaign but a few days later David moved on to Faversham and scored on his debut for them on 26.8.78.

Towards the end of 1978/79 David joined Canterbury and he went on to score three goals in 13 Southern League appearances (five as sub) for City before leaving the club in December 1979. He dropped into the Kent League and signed for Sittingbourne where he was soon amongst the goals again.

David later played in the Kent League for Deal and in September 1981 he scored the winner for them as they knocked Thanet United out of the FA Cup after a replay. He also scored in the drawn match at Hartsdown. He was still with Deal during the 1982/83 campaign and scored a career total of 14 goals for the club.

During the 1993/94 season David was assistant manager to Lennie Lee at Ramsgate, a role he still filled during 1998/99. Around that time he played the last football of his career when he turned out for Thanet League club Margate Athletic Old Boys whose squad of veterans also included a host of other former Margate / Thanet players.

David was the son of former Margate winger Roy Bostock and in 1995 Gravesend's Golden Jubilee Year Book said that he had been "something of an enigma...lethal in front of goal when his attitude was right".

In 2011 David was living in Birchington and working as a taxi driver.











1968/69 (MFC)

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