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 💛💙

Squad News: Johnson signs for new season

First signing of the season and its the return of midfielder Simon Johnson.

Simon joined the Town from neighbours Eastbourne Borough in 2018 and was the supporters player of the the year for the 2018-19 season.

Welcome back Jonno!

Team News: Back room staff update.

The club are delighted to confirm that Clive Connell and Lawrence Brand have both returned to the club as part of John Lambert’s revamped back room team.

Speaking on their return John Lambert said:

“I am really pleased to welcome back Clive and Lawrence to the club . Having lost most of our coaching staff to Uckfield and Kirbs (John Kirby) due to work reasons , Poddy (Asst manager Jamie Podmore) and I felt we needed someone that was from the area and knew the club so it was an easier transition , and Clive and Loz fitted the bill ideally.”

He added “They have both been here before with the U 23s , so they know the club and alot of the players , so I am delighted to have them on board” .

Welcome back Clive and Lawrence

Club News: Under 18 manager announced

The club are delighted to announce the new Under 18 management team of the experienced Mark Simpson and Lee Walsh.

Neither are strangers to the club, Mark (Simmo) the previously the clubs Under 18 Isthmian League manager and Lee is a former player and more recently the Under 15 manger.

Club Vacancy: U18 Manager

The club are looking to fill the position of Under 18’s Manager.

The team ply their trade in the Southern Combination East Division Youth League.

The under 18’s offers a clear pathway for players into senior football with the club’s Under 23 Development squad and the 1st team.

If you’re interested in the role or require more information please e-mail the club: eastbournetownfc@live.co.uk

Summer update

The 14th March seems to be a long time ago when Town played their last league match, winning 3 goals to nil against Broadbridge Heath, before the season abruptly came to an end with all the league results later expunged. Then came the summer of uncertainty without knowing how long the Corona-virus would last and if there would be a 2020-21 season in Sussex. Although a small light at the end of the tunnel did appear when the Premier League was allowed to finish their season, but behind closed doors.
The Football Association, the Southern Combination League and the other leagues at the same level held an online conference with the different scenarios on starting the new season, depending on government advice. Although the good news is that the season would not start unless spectators were allowed in to watch.


First team training started last night at the Saffrons in preparation for a new season, although without knowing if it will be an August start or a September start. There was a scenario discussed with an October start and running the league with just 10 teams.


We at Eastbourne Town Football Club hope you have been safe so far during this pandemic and we will keep updating you both on social media and on the website with any updates to the team and the league. Stay safe!

Club News: Roger Lee

It is with great sadness that our goalkeeper coach, Roger Lee, suddenly passed away yesterday.

Roger was always seen behind the goal giving advice and support to our goalkeepers in all our teams, and also at Rye United. Always in good spirits and will be sorely missed by everyone.

Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies goes to his Val, Stephen and Cairon.

Rest in Peace Roger

Roger Lee (left) and Jamie Podmore (right)

League update

The Football association has announced today the the 2019-20 season is over and all results will be expunged. This also means that there will be no promotion or relegation between the leagues.

SUSSEX COUNTY FA STATEMENT

The FA has decided that all grassroots football is concluded for the 2019/20 season. 

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 The FA has been working on how to conclude the 2019/20 season in the most appropriate way possible. This resolution will allow the game to move forward and to commence planning for next season.

We will be supporting all of our grassroots leagues over the coming days to determine how they should close out their current competitions.

With our County Cup competitions all at advanced stages, we are reviewing all options as we seek to try and complete these competitions if it is safe and appropriate to do so. Clubs involved are close to reaching a major Final and for those clubs and supporters we will do all we can to try and keep the Cup Final dream alive. We will be communicating further on this in due course…

These are challenging circumstances for English football and all decisions taken are in the best interests of the game and in consultation across key stakeholders. The FA’s primary concern will always be for the safety and welfare of clubs, players, staff, officials, volunteers and supporters during this unprecedented time.

Today’s steps take into account the financial impact during this uncertain period, whilst considering the fairest method on how the sporting outcomes for the season will be decided, with the integrity of the Leagues in mind.

Throughout this period The FA continues to seek guidance in respect of the Government’s financial support packages relative to COVID-19 and how they are applicable to clubs in the National League System (NLS), the Women’s Football Pyramid and the wider grassroots game.

For more details about the impact on the NLS, Women’s football and FA competitions please visit The FA website.

All Football Postponed!

Following the Government’s announcement today, for people to avoid social contact and gatherings and non-essential travel due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the Football Association, Sussex County Football Association and the Southern Combination Football league has taken the decision to postpone all grassroots football activity for the foreseeable future.

Women’s football has also been postponed indefinably.

Everyone at Eastbourne Town and Pier Pressure wish everyone to stay safe and follow any guidelines issued by the NHS.

Womens News: Anderson departs

After 4 and a half seasons at the Saffrons, Town are saying goodbye to Claire Anderson.

Claire joined up with some familiar faces at Town when she returned from university where she had been playing for Westfield in the same league. Claire quickly earned a regular spot in the back-line and has become an integral part of the squad, going on to become vice-captain. Always solid and dependable with a calm presence when going about her business. Claire’s hard work and commitment were recognised on a wide scale 2 seasons ago when she earned a regular spot in the Sussex Rep side.

All of us at Eastbourne Town would like to wish Claire the very best with her move to Scotland and thank her for the time and dedication she has shown to the club.

Fixture News: RUR Cup Final

Next up on Wednesday 18th March, is the R.U.R. Cup final, the first cup final in five years for Eastbourne Town’s first team. Town first won the Sussex Royal Ulster Rifles Cup final in 1933 and have won the tournament a total of 6 times and made runners up 5 times.

The final is being hosted at Culver Road, the home of the Sussex FA, and Lancing F.C.

Kick off is at 7:15pm

Admission:
Adults: £7
OAP’s: £5
Under 16’s: £1

Programmes are £1.50

Town lift Veterans Cup

Eastbourne Town Veterans side have won the Sussex Veterans County Cup at Culver Road for the second year in a row, beating Rustington Veterans 5-4 on penalties after drawing 1-1 at full time.

Town took the lead 2 minutes into injury time in the first half when Greg Manton tapped in a corner. Town could of led by two goals but were denied when Danny Simmonds missed a penalty in the 57th minute. Twelve minutes later Rustington were awarded a penalty kick and was scored by Adam Bibb.

Town visit Culver road again next Wednesday for the Sussex RUR Cup final with Peacehaven & Telscombe, who won 1-0 against AFC Uckfield Town this evening.

Town team: Guzicki, Ducile, Barden, Simmonds, Denton, Cooper, Dicker, Holman, Sargent, Manton, Newnham-Reeve.
Subs: Browne, Myall, Ciupinski, Crowhurst, Wheatley

Fixture News: Home to Broadbridge Heath

Saturday, the Town are back at the Saffrons in the league with Broadbridge Heath. Town will be looking at securing a draw after Tuesday nights draw with Uckfield Town.
Kick off at 3pm

Admission:
Adults: £6
Concessions: £3
Under 16’s: Free