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Fixture News: Rest of the season fixture list released

This afternoon the Southern Combination Football League have released the rest of the season’s fixture list and the website has now been updated to reflect this.

This years Boxing Day derby will again be at the Princes Park Oval with the return fixture at Easter.

The remaining fixtures are:

September 26, 2020 Eastbourne Town v Hassocks
September 29, 2020 Lingfield v Eastbourne Town
October 3, 2020 Eastbourne Town v Horley Town
October 10, 2020 Loxwood v Eastbourne Town
October 17, 2020 Eastbourne Town v Lancing
October 20, 2020 Langney Wanderers v Eastbourne Town
October 24, 2020 Eastbourne Town v Alfold
November 7, 2020 Pagham v Eastbourne Town
November 14, 2020 Eastbourne Town v Crawley Down Gatwick
November 28, 2020 Eastbourne Town v Broadbridge Heath
December 5, 2020 Eastbourne Town v East Preston
December 12, 2020 Saltdean United v Eastbourne Town
December 19, 2020 Eastbourne Town v Horsham YMCA
December 26, 2020 Eastbourne United v Eastbourne Town
December 28, 2020 Eastbourne Town v Uckfield Town
January 2, 2021 Peacehaven & Telscombe v Eastbourne Town
January 9, 2021 Eastbourne Town v Little Common
January 16, 2021 Steyning Town v Eastbourne Town
January 23, 2021 Eastbourne Town v Pagham
January 30, 2021 Crawley Down Gatwick v Eastbourne Town
February 13, 2021 Eastbourne Town v Loxwood
February 20, 2021 Broadbridge Heath v Eastbourne Town
February 27, 2021 Eastbourne Town v Langney Wanderers
March 6, 2021 Horley Town v Eastbourne Town
March 13, 2021 Lancing v Eastbourne Town
March 20, 2021 Eastbourne Town v Lingfield
March 27, 2021 Hassocks v Eastbourne Town
April 3, 2021 Eastbourne Town v Newhaven
April 5, 2021 Eastbourne Town v Eastbourne United
April 10, 2021 East Preston v Eastbourne Town
April 17, 2021 Eastbourne Town v Saltdean United
April 24, 2021 Alfold v Eastbourne Town
May 1, 2021 Little Common v Eastbourne Town
May 8, 2021 Eastbourne Town v Steyning Town

Squad News: Zak Attwood update

The club are pleased to report that following a CT scan Last night Zac Attwood was released from Hospital and is recovering at home.

Zac was taken to Hospital by ambulance from
the pitch having taken an accidental heavy blow to the head in the 11th minute of yesterday’s league game at AFC Uckfield.

The Club would like to put on record there massive thanks to AFC Uckfield, the NHS first responder / Ambulance crew and our own physio Vicki McFarlane for there outstanding and professional work in a difficult situation.

Get Well Soon Zac 

Fixture News: FA Cup v Faversham Town

This Saturday the Town make the 56 mile journey to Faversham Town. Town are no stranger to the Isthmian South East League as they were in the same division between 2010 and 2014.

Kick off is at 3pm at Salters Lane, ME13 8YD

Admission is:
Adults £10
Seniors and students: £6
12 to 17’s: £2
Under 12’s are free.

Payment will need cashless, you will need to pay by card and if you have a smartphone, please download the EVEPASS app, which can be found on this website.

Fixture News: FA Cup v Saltdean United

Tuesday September 1st the Town will play their first competitive game of the 2020-21 season with the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round against Saltdean United at their Hill Park Ground.

Saltdean have made this game advance booking only via Eventbrite due to limited capacity in the ground with tickets at £5 for adults and £3 for OAP’s. Under 16’s go free.

You can order your tickets below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/saltdean-utd-v-eastbourne-town-fa-cup-tickets-117793745263

Squad News: McCreadie signs

This morning Eastbourne Town are very pleased to announce the signing of striker Trevor McCreadie. 26 year old McCreadie was at Isthmian side Haywards Heath Town the past four seasons and has scored over 70 goals.

Welcome to the club Trevor!

Club News: Downloadable App for attending games at the Saffrons

To assist with Track and Trace, we are asking both Eastbourne Town and visiting supporters to download the evePASS app.

We’ve signed up to evePASS to ease long queues at the turnstile at The Saffrons to comply with the governments Track and Trace system and allow supporters to safely attend games.

You can download onto your smartphone via the Google Play or App Store

Or click on the purple evePASS logo to go directly to their website.

All you need to do when you arrive at The Saffrons is:

  • Scan the QR code or type in the six digit code, this will be at the turnstile.
  • Enter how many people are in your party.
  • Check in

No pen and paper is required.

After the game, just press check out on the App.

Fixture News: September league fixtures released

The Southern Combination Football League this morning released the fixtures for September this morning. Town will kick off the 2020-21 campaign with an away trip to Horsham YMCA on 5th September, followed by Peacehaven and Telscombe on Tuesday 8th at the Saffrons.

The rest of the year will be released soon after the National League South fixtures have been released due to Langney Wanderers groundshare agreement with Eastbourne Borough.

Septembers fixtures are as follows:
5 September (Sat) – Away v Horsham YMCA
9 September (Tues) – Home v Peacehaven & Telscombe
15 September (Tues) – Away v Newhaven
19 September (Sat) – Away v AFC Uckfield Town
26 September (Sat) – Home v Hassocks
29 September (Tues) – Away v Lingfield

Saturday kick off times are at 15:00 and Tuesday kick off times are at 19:45

Please follow the Covid-19 restrictions for each club if you’re attending a game.

#ForzaTown

Fixture News: FA Cup and FA Youth Cup draws announced

At 4pm today the FA announced that Eastbourne Town will play away to Saltdean United in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Tuesday 1st September.

The winner will play away to Faversham Town in the Preliminary round which will be played on Saturday 12th September.

The Under 18’s have been drawn against Broadbridge Heath in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup at The Saffrons which is to be played on Monday 7th September.

Womens News: Flick Retires

After 5 seasons at The Saffrons with Town, Flick has decided to hang up her boots for good.

Flick Says:
I joined Town ahead of the 2015/16 season having previously retired from league football at the end of 2006/7 season, whilst playing for Horley Town Ladies who were in the Premier division of the old South East Counties League.

My ‘career’ in league football started in the 1994/5 season, aged 16 when I joined Epsom & Ewell Ladies (formerly Reigate Ladies, then latterly became Leatherhead Ladies, Redhill Ladies and finally Horley Town Ladies).

I moved to Crawley Oakwood Ladies in the 1997/98 season and narrowly missed out on promotion to the Southern Combination league, losing in the playoffs away to Rushden & Diamonds. During this time I also trained with Town mid-week whilst living in Eastbourne, attending Brighton Uni, studying for my Sports Science degree (1996-1999).

Having had trials for the British University team and being part of their training squad in my third year at Uni, after I graduated, I was invited along to trials at Premier League outfit Croydon Ladies. I was successful and during the 1999/2000 season got to train alongside legendary players such as Hope Powell, Pauline Cope and player/manager Debbie Bampton. I picked up a knee injury early on which kept me out for most of the season and had to watch from the sidelines as we almost achieved the treble! Arsenal got the better of us in the League Cup Final held at Underhill, but we went on to secure the League and Cup double – retaining our Premier League title and then beating Doncaster Belles in the FA Cup final, held at Brammall Lane and with the trophy presented by Kevin Keegan! It was an amazing experience but gutting to not be a full part of it.

Ahead of the 2000/01 season, Croydon was bought out/taken over by Charlton Athletic, retaining our Premier League status but providing us with much needed financial support, full kit sponsorship and covering travel costs. Never went as far as being paid to play, but at least playing didn’t cost us anything personally anymore. I was part of the squad that played Arsenal in the Community Shield at Craven Cottage – the game was a draw, so we all got a winner’s medal (mine is in the loft somewhere!)

I moved to Brighton & Hove Albion ladies at the beginning of the 2001/2 season, after they were promoted to the Premier League and was there for two seasons, before taking the decision to step down to regional league level again. Re-joining my original club (Epsom & Ewell) for the 2003/4 season who were at that time playing under the banner of Redhill Ladies (then becoming Horley Town Ladies) in the Premier division of the South East Counties league. Over the course of the next 4 seasons, we challenged for the league, narrowly lost a couple of League Cup and Chairmans Cup finals and I was also a key member of the League Rep squad, which gave us the chance to test ourselves against the best players in the other regional leagues around the country.

At the end of the 2006/7 season, we moved from Surrey down to Eastbourne and despite interest from Lewes, I decided to take a break from the game.

A break turned into retirement and it wasn’t until I watched many of my old Premier League team mates/opponents playing for England in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, that I felt inspired to start playing again. So at a veteran age of 37 my second career begun!

It’s been a rollercoaster time with Town over the last 4 seasons, but we’re a tight knit group of players and we’ve stuck to our task. My proudest moments at Town have to be winning away at

Bexhill midweek under the floodlights at the end of the 2015/16 season, to relegate them and meaning we avoided the drop ourselves. Closely followed by our best ever League finish in the 2018/19 season – some of our performances that season were unbelievable. Town spirit and a ‘never say die’ attitude meant we punched way above our weight and shocked a lot of people!

I’m sad that my final season ended prematurely and does feel a bit like unfinished business. But chasing kids half your age round the pitch starts taking its toll. So at the grand age of 42, it’s definitely time to step back and retire for good this time! I’ll look forward to gracing the Saffrons again soon, but this time from the comfort of the stands.

#forevertown

From the club:
Flick has been an incredible asset to the club and her experience has been invaluable both on and off the pitch. Flick has an amazing ability on the field to always look forwards, never dwelling on things that may have gone wrong but always looking to pick things up and make them better. Her commitment to fitness is incredible and her desire to help take the squad to the next level over the last 5 seasons will be greatly missed. We will also miss her appearing in the centre of mid field every so often to score a 40-yard screamer. All of us at town wish Flick the very best for her retirement and really hope to see her and the family around The Saffs.

#wearetown

Club News: Under 18 trials

Are U18’s are training at the Saffrons on Tuesday evenings 6.30pm start. All are welcome for more information message us on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll put you in contact with the managers.

Squad News: Alfie Headland signs

The club are delighted to announce that Defender Alfie Headland has transfered across the Town from Eastbourne United.

Alfie has previously played for Hastings United and Lewes. Welcome to the Saffrons!

Squad News: George Cook

This evening the club have announced that the upcoming midfield George Cook has signed for another season with the Town.

George made 10 league appearances for the first team scoring 1 goal, that howler at Steyning Town in the first league game of last season.

George also made several appearances for both the Under-23’s and the Under-18 teams.

Welcome back George!

Squad News: Jack Shonk signs

The club are delighted to announce the signing of Midfielder Jack Shonk from Bexhill United.

Shonk was the scorer of 28 Goals in 24 starts for United before lockdown prematurely ended the 2019/20 season.

Welcome to the Saffrons Jack 💛💙

Under 23 News: Open training

The new Under 23 development squad management team will me holding an open training session this Sunday (2nd August) at the Saffrons between 4pm and 6pm. This is open to both old and new players.

If your interested in attending please contact the club by messaging either on Twitter or on Facebook.

Club News: Under 23 development team

The club are delighted to Announce Chris Rea (pictured middle) as the club’s new Under 23s development squad manager. Chris Scott (pictured right) and Craig Ottley (pictured left) make up this very exciting management team.

Rea an experienced county league player at Westfield, Rye United and Sidley United was part of the Bexhill United first team squad and actually played for United in the FA Cup tie at the Saffrons last season. He was also assistant manager of the United Under 23s.

Craig also makes the same move from the Polegrove having also been part of Ryan Light’s first team squad at Bexhill last season. Again an experienced county league player who is also a former town player having had a spell at the Saffrons.

Last but not least Chris Scott. Another Very experienced county league player for Rye United and Sidley United and was also part of the very successful Stamco team that blitzed through the leagues.

Assistant Manager Jamie Podmore is delighted with the management team put together.

“It’s a really exciting appointment. A management team, with an awful lot of knowledge, experience and know how to pass onto young players to aid there development”

“Reazer really caught our eye last season with the work he did with the Bexhill United under 23s team” United 23’s were sitting top of the table when lockdown hit, and had inflicted 2 defeats on our very own 23s (2-0 at the Polegrove and 4-3 at the Saffrons)

Podmore added “He was very good with the young player’s and the team played in the mould he does as a player – 100%, high intensity and full of heart and desire”

“We know Reazer, Scotty and Otts will be very well Organised and set high standards which is a great environment for young players to develop in – we are really looking forward to working with them”

With Mark Simpson and Lee Walsh also recently appointed as the management of the under 18s, the clubs development of its players is in safe hands

Welcome to Eastbourne Town 💛💙