Duah And Tarrant Secured For 2023/24

We welcome back two of Eastbourne’s emerging talents.

Jude Macdonald secures the services of Delwin Duah and Finlay Tarrant after a solid season for both players at The Saffrons.

Delwin managed to rack up 27 appearances in his first season at Town and regular senior football. The midfielder is highly thought of by the management team and also Town supporters after Duah grabbed a late equaliser against local rivals Bexhill United in dramatic fashion.

Fin Tarrant has also flourished despite being hampered by injuries. The full-back has persevered, showing great determination to come back from multiple setbacks and managing to break into double figure appearances. Not to mention a brilliant assist to Harvey Greig’s looping lob against Alfold at The Saffrons.

A season that unearthed plenty of local young talent in Eastbourne looks set to continue in 2023/24!

Chappell, Winterton, Hover and Murphy Are Retained

Jude Macdonald starts from the back with his retained players for the 2023/24 season.

Captain, Super Frankie Chappell will lead out the yellow and blues once again. Followed by our number one, Players Player, Managers Player, 21 Clean sheets, Chris Winterton.

Suring things up, Jude brings back the left side of his defence, Nathan Hover and Jack Murphy commit. 89 appearance between these two over the course of last season.

Joint lowest number of goals conceded in the league over the 2022/23 season. More of the same!

Commercial Manager Opportunity

Location: Eastbourne Town Football Club, The Saffrons, BN21 1EA

Job Description:

We are seeking an experienced Commercial Manager to join our dynamic and ambitious football club. The successful candidate will be responsible for driving revenue growth through the development and implementation of commercial strategies across multiple channels, including sponsorships, partnerships, advertising, merchandising, and hospitality. They will also have full access to our new Media and Creative team to help bring their ideas and strategy to life.


• Develop and implement commercial strategies to drive revenue growth and achieve targets

• Manage and develop relationships with existing sponsors and partners, and identify and secure new ones

• Work with our new Media and Creative team to develop and implement advertising and marketing campaigns to promote the club and its partners

• Oversee the club’s hospitality and events programs, including match-day hospitality and non-match day events


• Proven experience in commercial management, preferably within the sports industry but not essential.

• Strong commercial acumen and the ability to develop and implement successful commercial strategies

• Excellent communication and relationship-building skills

• Strong negotiation skills and the ability to close deals

• A track record of delivering results against targets

If you are a dynamic and ambitious commercial manager with a track record of delivering results, we want to hear from you. Please send your CV and a covering letter or a statement within e-mail body outlining your experience and why you are the right candidate for the role.

Food Vendor Vacancy

Location: Eastbourne Town Football Club, The Saffrons, BN21 1EA

Job Description:

We are seeking a reliable Food Stall Operator to join our team at Eastbourne Town Football Club matchdays. As a food stall operator, you will be responsible for preparing and selling food and beverages to fans attending the match. All stock will be supplied for the operator on site. You will be expected to provide excellent customer service and maintain a clean and organised food stall throughout matchday.


  • Prepare and serve food and drinks to fans in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Maintain a clean and hygienic food stall and adhere to health and safety guidelines.
  • Engage with customers in a friendly and professional manner and provide excellent customer service.
  • Pack down and clean up the food stall at the end of the matchday with support from matchday operators.
  • Work with committee members and head of match day operations to enhance the experience and share your fresh ideas.


  • Proven experience as a food stall operator or similar role.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment during matchdays with large crowds and handle cash/card machine accurately.
  • Basic math skills.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills.
  • Flexibility to work weekends and occasional evenings.

If you are passionate about food and love working in a lively and fast-paced environment. Please get in touch, send a CV or a written statement explaining why you would be the perfect fit for this role.

Under-18s Manager Vacancy

Eastbourne Town Football Club are currently seeking an experienced and passionate coach to manage our under-18s youth team. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and developing a team of talented young players, helping them to reach their full potential and guide them towards U23s football.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver a high-quality coaching program to support the growth and development of young players.
  • Plan and coordinate team training sessions, ensuring that all players receive the necessary instruction and support to improve their skills and abilities.
  • Monitor player progress and performance, providing feedback and guidance to support their development.
  • Manage match-day preparations and lead the team on match days, ensuring that players are well-prepared and focused.
  • Work closely with other coaches and staff to ensure a cohesive approach to player development across the club.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience coaching youth players at the U18 level or equivalent.
  • Strong knowledge of player development and coaching methodologies.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for developing young players and supporting their growth.

If you are an experienced and passionate coach who is committed to helping young players reach their full potential, we want to hear from you. We offer excellent facilities and support, as well as the opportunity to work with a talented and dedicated team of coaches and players.

Please contact the club via email to express interest together with coaching experience and/or relevant qualifications to info@eastbournetown.com

Proud Of Each And Everyone Of You

Dear all,

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I am unable to attend our end of season presentation tonight. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude and pride for each and every one of you.

This season has been a tremendous journey for our club, full of ups and downs, but we have persevered and come out stronger as a club. I am in awe of the hard work, dedication, and passion that you have shown both on and off the pitch. Your commitment to the club, to each other, and to our supporters is truly inspiring.

I want to thank our players, coaching staff, and committee members for their tireless efforts throughout the season. You have shown great professionalism and integrity, and I am confident that we will continue to achieve great things together next season and beyond.
To our supporters, thank you for your unwavering support and belief in our teams. Your passion and loyalty have been a driving force for us all season long.

Enjoy the celebrations and a well earned break.

Yours sincerely,
Dave Shearing

An interview with Dave Shearing

With the season coming to a close we sat down with chairman Dave Shearing to look back on his first year at the helm, the 2022/23 season as well as looking ahead to the future.

Q: You have been here a year now what do you think has been the best changes you have made to the club? 

A: There’s so many isn’t there! We have had a whole new management structure implemented from top to bottom, and the result we are getting in all of our teams: the first team, the women who just won their league and the youth teams all performing excellently. The club is also generating more money than ever through new advertisement deals. The club is more financially stable than before. I want to leave this club better than I found it and so far we are achieving that.

Q: Jude recently got the backing for next season what do you like most about him? 

A: He’s not needy. He is professional, eloquent and a genuine nice guy who gets on with the job without any fuss or nonsense. 

Q: What are your plans for the club in the next year?

A: To put in the building blocks to finish in the top 5 which I believe is playoffs next season. We want to try our absolute hardest to get ourselves into the Isthmian League next season. We need to be playing in the league above at least for a club of this size. 

Q: Thinking more long term where do you want the club to be in 5 years?

A: Established in the Isthmian League. That’s the ultimate aim. But it has to be done properly. We can’t throw money at it. It has to be done through a good youth setup otherwise you end up bankrupting the club and it all amounts to nothing. 

Q: And finally we obviously are not the biggest club in the town. As a chairman how do you go about making the club function when half the town is the sea and the other half only really seem to know about Eastbourne Borough? 

A: You just have to work hard. There’s a lot of fish as most of it is sea. But there is a lot of good ,honest people, good business people who are here to financially support us and there is more than enough money and players to sustain another team in the Isthmian league or higher in this town. It could be us, it could be United. But I will work to make sure it is us who is there and established and successful.

A Meltdown in the South Downs for Town

Town travelled to Hassocks on Saturday to close off the 2022/23 season. Hassocks looked to build on a win against Lingfield to finish in the top 10 for the first time in 9 years. Town looked to end their season on the high following a poor few games loosing against United and Newhaven and drawing to Peacehaven.

Last time these sides faced each other, Town were edged out by Hassocks on a cold valentines night. Town made two changes, moving Finlay Tarrant to right back and Leon Greig back into midfield.

The half began with some anxious defending from Town and the ball in the net for Hassocks. It looked as though the hosts had taken a lead until the referee put his flag up for offside.  Hassocks then had a shot forcing Winterton into a save. Twn forced a save out of opposition goalkeeper, James shaw. In the first 10 minutes, possession was fairly equal with Town growing into the game after the disallowed goal scare.

Holman slotted one into the net, but just like down the other end, the flag went up for offside. Town charged forwards once again, Holman forced the keeper into a save before Greig tried to score on the rebound but no success. Moments later, Hassocks charged up the pitch and scored, and this time it counted.

Town were 1-0 down once again for the third time in 3 games. The game went into a lull as neither team had any form of creation. It was almost as if both teams were playing for formalities. Town went in at the break losing 1-0. 

The second half did not start with improvement for Town with Hassocks controlling the ball within their own half and firing in a few set pieces. Holman looked like the only Town player with any sort of threat going forwards. Hassocks forced a save by Winterton at the near post with a low shot from Joe Bull. Following that, the subsiquent corner, Hassocks had a long shot from Jack Troak which rocketed into the back of the net to make it 2-0 to The Robbins.

Town looked to respond with a cross sent in by Leon Greig but Holman fired it way over. Tarrant, was replaced by Samways who looked to boost the attacking threat. Then Barlow was brought on giving town now a largely attacking side. This gung-ho approach was towns last chance to get something from this game. Town looked to be growing in the game. The ref then had more glares as Davies was barrelled over by Troak. Town began to look hopeless despite all the attacking players.

The game had yet another lull as neither side looked like they were proficient in attack. It looked as though it was going to be an unceremonious end to an overall successful season for Town as we entered the final 10 minutes. Things got worse, Sisimayi commits a foul and received a booking. This gave Hassocks a perfect opportunity to make it towns second 3-0 loss of the season. And indeed they did with a smart play and a poor pass from Murphy leaving Leon Turner open who placed it top right hand corner to make it 3-0 to the Robbins.

Moments later, Town found the net for a consolation goal with Barlow executing a perfect touch and chip over James Shaw to make it 3-1. The celebrations were shortlived and things went from bad to worse as Alex Brewer was left open in the box who headed it home for Hassocks to make it 4-1.

With that the 2022/23 season came to a close. On the sunny South Downs, the season ended with a poor run of 3 defeats on the bounce but overall foundations were built with a completely new, young and talented side with a bright future ahead.

Ready for 2023/24

Jude Macdonald renews his position as First Team Manager.

After a unanimous vote of confidence at Eastbourne Town Football Club’s end of season committee meeting, and discussions between Chairman and Manager, Jude Macdonald has renewed his position as First Team Manager for the 2023/24 season.

Jude Macdonald (Right) and Assistant Manager, Ben Davis (Left), during 2022/23 pre-season preparation.

Jude said: “I’m really pleased to have been asked to stay for another year. I feel like we have put the building blocks in place for a top 5 finish for next season and that’s something that we would all really like to achieve.

We pretty much had to rip it up and start again last summer and so to be one point off last season’s points total with one more game to play, with a much-reduced budget, is something we are all really proud of.

Town are a great club and I’d like to thank Dave Shearing, David Jenkins and the whole committee for the opportunity to be here and for the support they have given us so far.”

Dave Shearing said: “Absolutely thrilled to have Jude onboard for next season and to continue with what we are building on and off the pitch. He fits our vision for the Club, is an extremely talented coach, and has created an environment and atmosphere that myself and the committee are extremely happy with.”

The Dockers put an anchor on Town’s top 4 hopes

As the Saffrons welcomed fans for the final home game of the season, there was a sense of apprehension in the air. We welcomed the top scorers in the league who have been ruthless in-front of goal scoring 112 goals before this match including scoring 11 in one game against Roffey. Town were forced into a late change to the starting 11 as Anesu Sisimayi got injured in the warmup and forced Callum Barlow onto the pitch. Town were looking to come back from two disappointing games on the bounce to end the season on the high while Newhaven continued to push towards a promotion playoff and potential Isthmian League football next season. 

Newhaven were the first to threaten with a corner in the second minute. The corner was headed into the bottom corner by Tarun Rohilla to make it 1-0. An early blow for Town who were looking to improve on a poor performance five days before. Town then looked to respond with Callum Barlow but then it was straight up the other end for another corner to The Dockers. Winterton saved one unfortunately parrying it to a Newhaven head but Jack Murphy was there to head it away. 

Town then began to grow into the game with Holman firing into the box but Billy Barker was there to stop Barlow having a shot. Delwin Duah then had a good opportunity to play a pass forwards to Holman but he scuffed it. Town held more possession but it was The Dockers who looked the most promising with chances with a cross narrowly missing the foot of Franzen- Jones. Newhaven then beat Winterton who was off his line with Lukas Franzen- Jones looking clear but a wonderful slide from Hover blocked it to keep the deficit at one. Town again had more possession but very little chance, a running theme of late. Then after a stoppage in play, Harry Reed forced a diving save from Winterton. Duah then had a shot from range working the Newhaven keeper for the first time in the half. Lukas Franzen Jones then turned Hover but again Winterton had it covered. Shortly after, Duah had another shot on range going just wide. At the end of the half, Newhaven had another corner, the preferred choice of threat for The Dockers. This time the ref gave a free kick due to a Oscar worthy dive from the Newhaven man. Then Charlie Bennet slid through the defence but the chance was saved by Winterton who looked on form. It was Town who dominated possession, but The Dockers who anchored to stop any advances and had the better of the chances leading 1-0 at the break. 

Town needed a response in this half to avoid it being a second loss on the bounce for the first time since October. 5 minutes into the half, Holman had a great run forwards beating all 4 defenders before opting to pass into empty space rather than shoot. Then Newhaven had a penalty shout as Billy Barker going down in the box but the ref said dive. Then disaster for Town as Harry Reed fired a rocket into the back of the net to put Town at a 2-0 deficit for the first time since Crowborough in January. The game then slowed down as Town seemed to loose confidence. Things went from bad to worse as Newhaven got a third as a pass across got tapped in at the front post by  Lukas Franzen Jones to make it 3-0.  Town looked dilapidated of any energy and as the rain poured down the game became almost a tiki taka competition from hell. Town passed it about. Then Newhaven passed it about and after a quiet final 15 mins, it was Newhaven who won 3-0 to add to Town’s Woes.

Town travel to Hassocks for the final day of the season hoping someone can be a beacon at hope at the Beacon. 

Attendance: 194

Written by: Mackenzie whitehouse

Fixture News: Home To Newhaven

Our final home fixture of the 2022/23 season is upon us. Join us for one last time before we head off for the end-of-season break and prepare for next season

Looking to bounce back from Derby Day defeat on Easter Monday with a win against playoff chasing Newhaven. Jude Macdonald sends his squad out and onto The Saffrons turf for one final time this season against the league’s most prolific outfit. One hundred and twelve goals netted for the men from Fort Road, however, Town have had relatively good success in this fixture over the course of the season, winning 2-3 in the FA Vase back in September and then a hard fought 1-1 in the league a month later.

Miserable conditions, performance and result in the derby for Eastbourne Town.

Town can derail Newhaven’s push for second place and a spot in the playoffs with a win against the Dockers. Crawly Down are currently in the driving seat by two points and have a game in hand, so, anything less than a win for Newhaven would all but hand Crawley Down a place in the playoffs.

We will be hoping for a win to revive our push for a top four finish. Steyning Town are currently in command but face a tough fixture against Crawley Down.

Adults: £7
Concessions: £4
Under 16’s: Free
Programmes: £1.50

Grim weather, grim result. Town lost the derby.

The game started eventfully with the venues being switched to The Saffrons last minute. Town (now playing at home) looked to improve on a disappointing 1-1 draw against Peacehaven to bolster their hopes of achieving their season aim to finish in thre top four. United started a squad where 6/10 of the outfield players used to wear the Yellow and Blue. Town made 3 changes from the lineup on Saturday switching Duah, Davies and Sisimayi with Samways, Peacock and Barlow. 

The game started with United threatening with an early free kick however the shot from the cross goes wide. The pitch looked sodden in game play but thankfully the game carried on as scheduled. In the 7th minute, Winterton was forced into a double save as United took a free kick the game somehow stayed 0-0. Then United went on the attack again with Bailo Camara having a shot on target. Then, 14 minutes in, Town had a shot towards goal with a United player heading it backwards from a free kick. There were a lot of fouls in the first 20 exactly how a derby should be however from free kicks United it was United who offered the biggest threat. United controlled first 20 minutes with with Jack Murphy forced to make a goal line clearance. Then it was Town on the counter attack with Samways however Peacock placed it wide. The game had a slow ish tempo to it with standing water and both sides playing dirty the game almost felt like the NFL. Fletcher Holman wasn’t going to let the conditions scarper his skill with a slip being salvaged into a skill move and a cross being sent in. 

Then in the 30th minute, United scored beating Winterton with a shot by Charlie Ball into the left hand corner. Then United had a shot from range sent wide. Town looked off the pace. Then United had another attack with another long shot going wide. Then Town had some attacks with a nice pass to Barlow unfortunately not reaching the towering centre forward’s head. Former Town winger turned wingback Taggart sent a cross in which was claimed by Winterton, but Town went in at the break 1-0 down. 

The second half started with doubts of wether the pitch could survive 45 minutes however Town were looking to improve on a dire first half. Town got a free kick at the start of the first half as Barlow went on an attack and there was a handball on the edge of the box. The free kick came unfortunately to nothing. Then United had yet another long shot forcing Winterton into an acrobatic save. 

Then Town pressured Broadbent with new substitute Ollie Davies however the ball rolled just wide, agonising for a frustrated Town bench. Town slowly but surely looked to be growing into the game 60 minutes late. Then James Waters had a volley from range which went just wide of the post. Town played some promising runs forwards however Barlow couldn’t get his boot on it. Davies looked to be providing more promise to the Town game. Then the game slowed again as the pitch began to resemble marshland. Taggart then fizzed one across the box thankfully for Town it didn’t go in.  Then Town attacked from a corner with Hover heading, the keeper fumbling but the chance wasn’t taken. 

Town looked desperate upping the tempo slightly but still no luck. United weren’t done forcing Winterton into a save. Town frantically looked to attack with plenty of set pieces, however that shot evaded them and United continue to scramble it away.  Then Holman made a run and was taken down in the box but the ref said no pen. From the corner, Hover heads it painfully wide. Then another scramble was cleared by United and the game ended 1-0. 

Town welcome Newhaven to The Saffrons on Saturday as they look to add to The Docker’s woes following a 4-0 thumping to Peacehaven. 

Written by: Mackenzie Whitehouse

Photo by: Josh Claxton and Joe Knight

Holman’s skilful goal not enough to claim all 3 points against Peacehaven

Town entered the weekend looking to build on their emphatic win against AFC Varndeanins against a Peacehaven side who have not played a Saturday afternoon game in almost a month. Following elimination from the FA Vase, Peacehaven have managed 2 wins, 2 losses and a draw and sat before the game in 8th just 4 points shy of Town. 

Peacehaven started the game quickly forcing Winterton into an early claim from a corner. Then Town went on the attack with a great attacking play leading to Fletcher Holman skying it. Peacehaven then looked a threat again from a set piece however the header from the corner was fired over. Peacehaven came charging forwards in the 12 minute with Callum Edwards one on one with Winterton however the chip over goed wide giving a sigh of relief to the team who has gone almost a month without conceding.  15 mins in, it looked like Peacehaven were the most likely to score with them having a few positive crosses into the box. Then it was Town with the attack with Fletcher Holman beating his man and crossing it in, however Ollie Davies couldn’t get on the end of it. Town were loosing out on every arial duel. The game went quiet for the next 15 mins with few chances for either side and fairly even possession. 

Then in the 31st minute Town had their breakthrough. Davies played through to Holman who skilled the Peacehaven defender and slotted it into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Town! Then, neither team had any convincing changes until a free kick was sent in by Leon Greig, meets Chappell before Hover scuffs it however the Lino puts his flag up to save his blushes. Then Ollie Davies came charging forwards being 1 on 1 with the keeper however Davies shoots it wide to keep the deficit to 1. At the end of the first half, Peacehaven had a corner which was claimed nicely by Chris Winterton and the half ended 1-0 to Town. 

The second half started with Peacehaven firing a few shots into the box. However a reckless tackle from Harry Pollard into Anesu Sisimayi reduced Peacehaven to 10 men. That challenge definitely took the peace out of Peacehaven.Sisimayi survived without injury but Peacehaven on the other hand looked dented. Town then had a corner which fell to Holman on the edge of the box, however it slides just wide. James Waters then looks like Albion player Kaoru Mitoma with skilful moves in the box, however he skies the shot. Town looked energised but the FA Vase Quarter finalists weren’t going down without a fight going forwards with promise however failing to provide a shot on target. 

Peacehaven kept providing threats with Edwards and Marshall with Town attempting to counter attack with Sisimayi and Waters. Then saving a shot, Winterton required treatment allowing Jude to get the groups mind focused. It was important Town did not get complacent with the man advantage.  Davies then skinned Ross Barclay ( not that one) however Waters couldn’t finish the shot. 

Town were forced to scramble it away multiple times halfway through the second half as Town looked to loose their composure. Holman then came forward looking for a vital second goal however the pass to Waters in the box was cut out. Callum Barlow was then brought on for Davies in an attempt to end Towns arial struggles. Barlow instantly looked a threat almost getting his head on a corner but the keeper had it covered. Greig then put in a free kick which deflected off a Peacehaven defender who forced his own keeper into a quick reaction save. 

Peacehaven then thought they had got one back courtesy of Mikey Lloyd however the Lino put his flag the opposite way. However the ref didn’t listen to his own assistant making it 1-1. Then Peacehaven headed it toward goal beating Winterton but Nathan Hover was able to head it off the goal line. 

Town then went on a great run with Samways before a in the box scramble lead to a throw in. The throw in went back to Samways who’s shot hit the Peacehaven defender and no one could get onto the ball again. From a long throw Barlow went back to his centre back ways and headed it out before the ball from Sisimayi got to Hover who headed it just over the bar. Then Peacehaven went on a run with Deen having a long shot going wide. Callum Barlow came charging 1 on 1 following a stoppage looking for a last minute  winner however the keeper had an easy catch in the end. Barlow then was on the receiving end of a cross from Leon Geig however the header was saved. Despite both teams best efforts, it ended 1-1. 

Town face United at The Oval on Monday morning at 11am in the Eastbourne derby.

They welcome high flying Newhaven on Saturday for their final home game of the season

Written by: Mackenzie Whitehouse

Photos by: Josh Claxton

Town Women finish their title winning season on a high!

After a wonderful title win for the women it was time to end the season on the high as Rick Tate’s women looked to win confidently and prove they deserve this title. The faced a challenging home game to Brighton Seagals who they faced just 4 weeks ago in the reverse fixture. A win today would provide the icing on the cake for a team who have had a tumultuous turnaround this season from having to desperately gather a squad of 11 to being in possession of silverware. The weather was beautiful as teams took to the field one final time for the season. 

The game started slowly with all the game being played in the Seagals half. Town fired a few attacking runs at the defence but no shots on target. Until the 14th minute when Charlotte Long had a shot which was saved but it was Geri Burt who finished the shot to make it 1-0 to Town and proved why they are champions. 

The game then became a midfield affair with neither keeper worked. Then Town scored again from a set piece, a scramble was placed nicely in by Georgina Thornton- Barter to make it 2-0 to Town. 

Town looked like a team ready to go up and they made it clear this game was not just a formality. Geri Burt looked to make it a brace in the 40th minute and was clear on goal however somehow she missed it and it remained 2-0. Then she went forward again however she placed it just wide again. Town dominated the chances in the first half as Seagals provided very little in the Town half. So just like the men on Saturday, the women went in at the break 2 goals to the good infront of a healthy Saffrons crowd. 

The second half started with intensity as both sides looked to finish the season with a good final half. Geri Burt again provided danger for Town charging at the Seagals keeper however nothing came of the chance. Then, Seagals had a nice strike forcing the town keeper into a save. Town started the second half poorly however as Seagals were allowed another chance on goal infuriating Rick Tate. Town played most of the game in their own half and following an inhaler break from a Town player, now was the time to switch on. Seagals went on the attack again charging down the middle however the town keeper saved it.

Town entered their half at least however overall it was Seagals who dominated the half until then. Geri Burt then went on an attack and looked to make it 3 for town however she placed it just wide. It then became a midfield affair again before right at the end, Geri Burt hit the post. The brace did not seem to be coming for her in this game no matter how hard she tried. 

The game ended 2-0 as the celebrations erupted at The Saffrons. The women could now relax and take in their achievements complete with lots of champagne and confetti.  Congratulations once again to everyone involved in the women’s team! 

Manager Rick Tate celebrating the title with a bottle of champagne

The women celebrating at full time.

Photos and report by: Mackenzie Whitehouse

Town win 5-0 against AFC Varndeanians (no this isn’t a belated April fools)

Town looked to bounce back from a disappointing performance at Horsham YMCA, at home to, AFC Varndeanians.

Town still in the battle to finish within the top 4, Varndeanians looking for their first win in the league in 12. Last time out, it took a last minute winner from Tyler Capon to gain the 3 points but Town were hoping to win more convincingly this time out. Jude MacDonald made 2 changes to the lineup with James waters and Jack Samways replacing Anesu Sisimayi (absent due to personal reasons) and Ollie Davies dropped to the bench. The bench also contained u23s manager Sean Lee and u23s graduate Anthony Gill. 

Anthony Gill (Left) and Macca Stiles (Right) from Eastbounre Town U23s warming up before the match.

The game started with Town on the front foot, firing plenty of balls into the Vardeanians but the visitors dealt with them well. Fletcher Holman, now occupying the 7 position, fired one over in the 6th minute providing relief to the visitors. The game then became a midfield battle with neither team dominating the possession and a few sloppy passes on each side. 20 mins in and you would have to say it was Fletcher Holman providing the most threat with a few promising runs forwards, however, very few shots were taken.

Fletcher Holman with an early strike from distance

In the 20th minute, Leon Greig sent a good cross over to Callum Barlow however he fires it just wide. Town began to dominate the ball with Holman and Peacock putting in balls into the box but still no clear chance on goal. Holman finally made a clear chance in the 26th minute going around the defender having a shot that was saved but he was there for the follow up to place it beautifully into the bottom corner to make it 1-0 to Town! Holman was in the mood, a few minutes later, Alfie Peacock passed it to Holman in the box and forced Hawkins into a save. Leon Greig then made another good cross into the box, however, it evades the incoming Samways. Then, Alfie Peacock fired a long shot which flew straight into the top left corner to make it 2-0 to Town. That’s 2 screamers for the Hastings loanee for Town in the last 4. Then Peacock looked for his second with a nice pass from Holman however he can’t take his chance. The teams went in at halftime with Town leading 2-0 

Alfie Peacock is congratulated by his teammates and applauded by The Saffrons crowd after his emphatic finish.

The second half started slowly until Holman came charging forwards about 10 mins into the half and became one-on-one with the keeper. However, the ball somehow went wide to leave the score at 2-0. Varndeanins entered the half giving it a proper go, looking to achieve the impossible, however, they did not work Chris Winterton. Then out of nowhere, Town on the attack in the 67th minute with Fletcher Holman flying forward, squared it perfectly and was finished nicely by James waters to make it 3-0. Then 2 minutes later, Town hammered another nail in the coffin with Fletcher Holman finishing in a 1 on 1 making it 4-0 to Town.

James Waters celebrates his goal by praising Fletcher Holman for his assist.

It then became men against boys as Holman looked to make it a hat trick however the keeper was able to place it slightly wide. Varndeanians looked defeated. Varndeanians then had a long shot forcing a wonderful diving save from Winterton. Then in the 86th minute, James Waters fizzed a ball into Holman who connected with a brilliant headed, leaving the keeper rooted, to secure the high flying youngster his second hat trick of the season and making it 5-0 to Town in the process.

Fletcher Holman putting our opponents to the sword.

The game ended 5-0 in-front of a raucous Town crowd. A result that puts Town into 4th. 

Town welcome Peacehaven to the Saffrons next week before heading to The Oval on Easter Monday for The Eastbourne Derby. 

Attendance: 212 

Written by: Mackenzie Whitehouse

Photography: Josh Claxton

Fixture News: Home To AFC Varndeanians

We are back at The Saffrons! Five games to go, the battle for the top four is extremely tight with multiple teams occupying the spot in the last few weeks including Town. Currently, just six points separate fourth and tenth!

We welcome AFC Varndeanians to The Saffrons this Saturday. The last time we shared a pitch there was last minute drama. Tyler Capon grabbed our winner in the 93rd minute to give us all three points on a bitterly cold night at the Withdean Stadium.

Tyler Capon roars in celebration as he grabs the winner for Eastbourne Town

Let’s hope Town doesn’t leave it so late this time!

As always, you can grab yourself a matchday programme that features our fantastic title winning Womens team on the front cover. There is also a special interview with, Adam Davidson, on his fantastic achievement reaching 475 appearances for Eastbourne Town Football Club.

Here are a couple of questions and answers from the interview:

Q: What is it about the club that has made you stay so long?
A: Honestly, this is just the best club in Eastbourne by miles, the atmosphere is just incredible. From the crowd to the tea bar, everyone is just so friendly and it’s the same whether you play 10 games or 475 games

Q: Your first game was on the 18th October 2003 what do you remember
about that day?
A: I remember Dave Winterton shouting at me as he was the manager back then. It was a long time ago now mind I remember it was Chichester away I believe we lost 4-1.

Matchday programme for Eastbourne Town vs AFC Varndeanians

Join us for a 3pm kick off. Gates open from 2pm. Bar and tea/coffee hut open.


Adults: £7
Concessions: £5
Under 16: Free

It was not fun to stay at the YMCA

Town looked to build on a promising draw against Broadbridge Heath at home in their push for the top 4. Adam Davidson was out of the squad due to injury and was replaced by Macca Stiles on the bench. Horsham YMCA on the other hand were looking to get their first win in 10.

The game started quickly with Alfie Peacock forcing a save from Aaron Jeal after just 2 minutes.  After 7 mins, panic for Town as Josh Neathy went down to the box but the ref does not point to the spot. In the first 10, the YM made the most forward runs however Winterton remained unworked. The first shot on target from the YM was registered after 11 mins by Tom Tolfrey however it was a simple catch for Winterton.

Chris Winterton collects the ball from mid air.

There was a second penalty call for YM as Sekou Toure lost a 50/50 however the ref gave it as a handball and a free kick to town. YM dominated possession for the next 10 mins making promising charges forwards before Cal Barlow made one of his charges forwards outmuscling his man. However, the ball flew over the net. Then Ollie Davies left the defence at sixes and sevens making himself open on goal but couldn’t beat the goalkeeper.

Ollie Davies dribbles past multiple defenders to get a shot on target but the goalkeeper saves

Callum Barlow then forced his way through the defence and squared it to Holman who hits the crossbar. That’s 3 times hes struck the frame of the goal in 2 games. In the 40th minute, a sloppy pass back forced Jeal into a race against the ball. However, Jeal won the race and it remained goalless. 0-0 at he break.

Fletcher Holman cant believe his luck as he strikes the crossbar.

The second half started slowly with neither keepers particularly being worked. Then The YM went on a counter attack and they penetrated the defence, Winterton was forced into a save as Jude MacDonald and the bench took a sigh of relief. Waters and Samways came on to help Town attack and they began to play on the front foot. However frustratingly, Waters fails to finish a shot served to him on a plate. Waters then slices a shot well wide from a throw in.

James Waters strikes wide of the Horsham goal.

The game then become Town dominated however in the final third we just could not find the net. YM finally had a shot in the half but nothing of trouble, as it sailed safely over the bar. Leon Greig was then sin-binned, leaving Town down to 10 for the final 10 minutes. It felt as though there was a mountain to climb as The YM used this ejection as fuel to charge forwards. However, Town responded well and remained defensively resolved, and attacking well. Town forced the keeper down in added time with a Samways shot however as with most of this game Town couldn’t create convert their chances.

Jack Samways brings an injection of energy and a strike on goal but cant put Town into the lead.

It was a frustrating day at the office for Town, with the game ending 0-0. 

It’s a doubleheader next week at the saffrons as the men host AFC Varndeanians on Saturday the 1st and the women host Brighton Seagalls on the 2nd where they will celebrate their title win.

Written by: Mackenzie Whitehouse

Photography: Josh Claxton

Town Women crowned Division One champions!

With only two games to go for Eastbourne Town Women’s team in the Sussex County Women & Girls League, they needed only one point to secure being the SCWGL Division One champions. This Sunday’s game at home against 8th place Denne Park was called off yesterday afternoon by the away team themselves and the league awarded three points to Eastbourne Town Women, crowning them champions and an automatic promotion into the SCWGL Premier Division next season.

Town Women (L-R) Loren O’Dwyer, Geri Burt, Maddie Thornton-Barter and Dani Parfitt.

Rick Tate, women’s manager since the beginning of 2022 said “for my first full season in charge of the ladies, I’m very proud of the whole squad! When we realised a little way into the season that we could win the league, so we focused on each game. We showed great character and determination in certain games by coming from a goal down to win some games. So we now look forward to next season and look to add to the squad over the summer.”

Team Captain Dani Parfitt stated, “What can I say?!? This squad has shown what determination and team spirit can do. We started this season off the back of relegation, with no training kit, no winter training facilities, barely 11 players, and we have turned it around to be league champions. We have worked so hard this season to define our identity. The attitude on the pitch, the style of football, the ‘family’ spirit of the squad. We made it hard at times, going behind too many times to remember and having to claw the game back.”

She added, “I am so proud of the girls, Rick the manager, John our Lino, Theo the guy who sits on the committee and fights our corner, our many supporters. For me personally, completing my 9th season at the club, honoured to wear the captains armband, I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I’m gutted not to have won the title on the pitch, with muddy knees and my team around me, but it is what it is and I’m glad we’ve still got one last game to come off that pitch smiling. We have a lot of work to do over the summer ready for next season, but BRING IT ON!”

Dani Parfitt is currently the league top scorer on 23 goals

Eastbourne Town women last won a league title back in 2011 in the South East Counties Premier Division earning themselves promotion into the London & South East regional league, the fifth tier of the women’s football pyramid. They nearly earned promotion the following season into the Women’s National League losing out by just 4 points. Their last achievement was in 2015 when they reached the 3rd round of the Women’s FA Cup, losing 4-2 in extra time to Derby County Women.

Club chairman, Dave Shearing, also added on how pleased and proud we are as a club of their achievements an hopefully its the start of a bright future of the women’s team.

The Women still have one more game left on the April 2nd at home with mid-table Brighton Seagals who have four games left and will be looking to secure a top three finish over Eastbourne Borough Women and Seaford based Premier United who have already completed their season.

Kick off on the 2nd is at 2:00pm and its free admission.

Written by Ed Copping
Photo’s by Josh Claxton

Town share points with the league leaders

As one of the few games still going ahead on Saturday this game was always going to be the talk of the league. Town looked to make it 5 wins on the bounce while Broadbridge Heath looked to extend the gap at the top of the table. Broadbridge Heath were without Ryan Brackpool due to suspension and Ollie Davies returns to the Town starting lineup after being dropped to the bench against Loxwood last weekend. 

There was no goal for Town in the first 3 minutes as there were in their previous 2 fixtures, however, against one of the best teams in the league, that was always going to be a tall order. The first shot of the game came 7 minutes in when a left footed shot from Fletcher Holman went just wide. Broadbridge Heath responded with a shot by Barbary, forcing a save from Winterton. The visitors charged forwards again a minute later with Barbary heading but Winterton repeats his heroics.

Adam Davidson awaiting treatment for an injury that would see his game end early.

Adam Davidson was forced off with an injury in his 475th appearance after just 15 minutes putting a bitter end to a landmark game. A suspected ACL could put an end to his season. Broadbridge then hit the post from range causing heart palpitations from the Town bench. Town looked miles off the pace in the first 20 mins. Alfie Peacock look as if he provided a new sense of attack and urgency for Town and in the 21st minute the ball fell to Callum Barlow in the box who placed it in to make it 1-0 to Town. Fletcher Holman made a few skillful runs forwards however the possession predominantly belonged to The Bears. Towards the end of the half, the Bears made a frantic attacking phase forcing Town to scramble it away multiple times. While Broadbridge Heath lead in possession stats, it was Town that led the scoreline at half time. 

Callum Barlow celebrates with teammates after putting Eastbourne Town one nil up on the 21st minute.

Town started the second half slowly infuriating Jude MacDonald with the Bears having numerous shots at goal. Broadbridge began to look like league leaders, however, in the final third they were poor and Winterton wasn’t worked. In the 55th minute, Town appealed for what looked like a dangerous free kick however the referee gave it as a dive.

Ollie Davies hits the deck and appeals come from both sides. The referee deems it simulation and awards Broadbridge Heath a free kick.

A promising run by Terry ( Sean not John) beat Murphy however he drags the shot just wide. Town went on the counter attack with Fletcher Holman shooting, it looked like the inform forward scored but it hit the inside of the post and deflected out. The Bears continued to dominate possession however the equaliser continued to evade them. Then the inevitable happened, some disastrous defending lead to Broadbridge equalising courtesy of Charlie Parmiter.

Fletcher Holman whips a low driven shot towards the far corner but strikes the post!

Town looked to respond charging forwards with Jack Samways firing a shot which was saved. Fletcher Holman made a charging run but once again he hits the post. Broadbridge continued to beat Towns defenders, however, very few shots hit the target. Mason Doughty and Charlie Parmiter caused havoc on the wings but Town remained resolute in the middle of the park.

Broadbridge looked as though they could find a winner, however, Mason Doughty kept firing them wide, providing sighs of relief to the Town boys. Broadbridge then had an appeal turned down by the referee who, like in the first half, deemed it simulation and refused to point to the spot. Both teams were looking for an equaliser in added time with Parmiter for the Bears and Waters for Town charging forwards. However, despite both team’s best efforts, it ended 1-1 at The Saffrons. 

Attendance: 264 

Town travel to Horsham YMCA next week

Written by: Mackenzie Whitehouse
Photography: David Tungate

Fixture News: Home To Broadbridge Heath

The league leaders step foot onto The Saffrons this afternoon. With 7 games to go, can Town topple the immovable object that is Broadbridge heath and pull ourselves closer to the top two?

Manager Jude Macdonald and his coaching staff in the dugout at Broadbridge Heath

In the reverse fixture earlier on in the season, it was an afternoon to forget for Jude Macdonald and his squad. We slumped to a 3-0 defeat. If ever there was a time to exact revenge, that time is now!

Join us for a 3pm kick off. Gates open from 2pm. Bar and tea/coffee hut open.

Adults: £7
Concessions: £5
Under 16: Free

Fixture news: Away to Loxwood

Town embark a 100 mile round trip today to Loxwood.

Loxwood, who currently sit 17th in the table with 21 points are in a battle to stay out of the relegation zone whilst we are sitting 4th place with 57 points. 13 points away from 1st place and 12 from the play-off place. Both Town and Loxwood will be fighting for 3 points.

Kick off is an early one, it’s 1pm and is an estimated a 90 minute drive.

Adults: £7
Concessions: £5
Under 16: Free

Tyler Capon Joins Seaford Town

Tyler Capon has left Eastbourne Town and completed a move to Seaford Town.

The forward scored 10 times this season and made 33 appearances for the club in all competitions.

First Team Manager, Jude Macdonald said: “It’s a shame that Tyler had made the decision to go, but we totally respect and understand his position. He’s been a really selfless player and a brilliant teammate this year; performances like Hanwell at home in the FA Cup will always stand out for me in terms of his application and effort.

Tyler Capon leading from the front against Hanwell Town in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round.

It’s part of football for players to move on, but we wish him well and are really glad he’s been part of our journey this season.”

Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Tyler ahead of his move to Seaford Town.

Tyler Capon celebrates scoring two of his ten goals in the 22/23 season for Eastbourne Town

Fixture news: Home to Lingfield

Town are back at the Saffrons this afternoon with a return league encounter with Lingfield. Town gained three points at Godstone Road back in September with 4-0 win with goals from Frankie Chappell, Ronnie Galt and a brace from Fletcher Holman. With 12 points difference between Town’s 5th place and Newhaven’s 1st place, Town will be looking at gaining another 3 points from this game.

Kick off is at 3pm

Adults: £7
Concessions: £4
Under 16’s: Free
Programmes: £1.50

Hot and cold refreshments are also available too.

Match Report: Al-Fold Under Pressure

View from the stands at the Elliot Scott Group Stadium.

Just up the road from the Elliot Scott Group Stadium, sits the airfield where the BBC filmed Top Gear. However, Alfold failed to gain any momentum at the start of the season, placing them 19th in the table.

Their league position has been arguably deceiving of their recent form earning 12 points in the last 12 games. However, on Tuesday, Alfold manager Jordan Clark stepped down from his duties to take up post at Redhill and took most of the first team with him.

Town were looking to build on a 2-0 victory against Saltdean, where 2 moments of magic secured the 3 points in an overall sloppy game. Jude Macdonald made two changes to the squad, adding giant under-23s graduate Callum Barlow and the ever-improving Finlay Tarrant into right-back.

Both sets of players walk out for kickoff.

Town dominated at the start of the game as The Fold looked like a team in crisis. Most of these players were making their first team debut and disorganisation was clear to see. Town fired in some early corners for Callum Barlow to get his head on. Unfortunately, there was no success. Leon Greig then looked to add to his recent scoring success by firing a free kick into the top right-hand corner and forcing a diving save from Fold goalkeeper Drew Churchill. A few minutes later, Town had a corner. It’s sent in where Callum Barlow impressively pulls the ball down and is able to take a low, short backlift strike, which goes in off the post. 1-0 Town!

Callum Barlow brings the ball down under pressure and strikes into the bottom corner.

Fold had one opportunity shortly after as the ball got zipped across the box, however, no one was able to tap it in to restore parity. Alfold then absorbed pressure as Town passed it around the midfield until they won another corner. The corner was fired in and flicked in by Ollie Davies, making it 2-0 to Town.

Ollie Davies celebrates his goal and continues his brilliant run of good form.

Town would go on to create but also waste numerous chances. Consecutive corners failed to be capitalised on, before Fletcher Holman nearly made it three, but his shot from range went just wide. Alfold looked to get one back towards the end of the first half as a promising corner sailed in. However, Winterton had it covered and punched it away to safety. Town went in at the break two goals up! 

Fletcher Holman moments before his attempt at making it three-nil to Eastbourne Town.

Alfold came out in the second half with a good sense of purpose. Hasler has a shot go just wide before Davies did exactly the same at the other end. Fold then fire a shot at Winterton and the rebound is sent just wide which came as a relief for the Town bench. Town then failed to take a few more chances before Alfold struck. A quick breakaway left the Town defense stretched, Winterton saved the initial strike but Javaan Cambell followed up, reigniting hope in the Surrey crowd.

Alfold pulls a goal back in the second half.

Town then began to assert themselves in attack with a long range shot from Anesu Sisimayi and a good play by new signing Alfie Peacock, Callum Barlow, and Ollie Davies.  However, the third goal evades them and the tension stays high. Towards the end of the game, Alfold charged forwards before their man went to ground, and cries of penalty bellowed out from the Alfold bench and crowd. The referee waved it off.

Callum Barlow and Ollie Davies run down the clock in the corner.

After some tactical corner flag play by Barlow, the game ended 2-1. 

Post Match interview with assistant manager Ben Davis.

Town welcome Lingfield to The Saffrons on Saturday as the playoff charge continues. 

Town rub salt into The Tigers wounds 

Saltdean is the former home to what is believed to be the world’s spiciest pizza, however, Saltdean’s form in the Southern Combination Premier Division is far from sizzling, recording just 2 points in their last 10 fixtures.

The Eastbourne Town starting eleven breaking from a huddle just before kick-off.

Town were looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat at home to Hassocks. An early setback as Town were dealt a blow with James Hull being recalled by Hastings United, leaving attacking options short upfront. Jude Macdonald listed a much-changed side for this fixture with Delwin Duah and Fletcher Holman both starting. Saltdean on the other hand, made a rather rare last minute change putting their goalkeeper Josh James in an attacking role and calling on substitute Sypridon Kokas to go between the sticks. 

10 minutes in, a fast start. Tyler Capon made a skillful run forward before smashing the ball into the side netting.  Town then dominated possession but offered very little going forwards other than a long distance shot from Nathan Hover forcing a save from Kokas. Ollie Davies looked dangerous once again and a few minutes later as he attempts to flick it over Kokas, who had come charging off his line, however, the ball falls just wide of the far post.

Tyler Capon powers into the Saltdean United penalty area.

The half then seemed to fall apart for Town as they struggled to keep possession or go forwards with any threat. The Tigers began to roar forwards more often with a few good linkups in the midfield, however, no team had a shot until Yolo Mafu attempted a bicycle kick which falls safely into the hands of Chris Winterton. Saltdean continued to be a threat with Mafu firing one into the car park at the end of the first half. Josh James had a good shot as well prompting murmurs of surprise at his competence in an attacking role. However, both teams went in at the break nil-nil. 

Leon Greig celebrates his goal with his teammates.

Both teams came out for the second half looking up for the challenge with newly subbed Anesu Sisimayi setting up a shot for Holman before Saltdean’s keeper, playing as a striker, went on a run forcing a save from Winterton. Town then began asserting themselves going forwards, however, the chances came to nothing until the 55th minute when Ollie Davies charged forwards. He sent it wide to Jack Murphy who passed it sweetly into the feet of Leon Greig who sets the ball out and smashes it into the top left corner, making it 3 goals in 5 for him in the league.

Leon Greig’s Goal vs Saltdean United

The game then started to resemble Monday morning’s Super Bowl, becoming incredibly stop-start. Anesu Sisimayi, went down injured before the entire Saltdean squad seemed to get cramp simultaneously. The game remained wholly uneventful until Capon was fouled in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Capon stepped up to take the penalty, and in the face of a vocal Goalkeeper, placed it beautifully into the bottom left corner making it 2-0 to Town.

Tyler Capon moments before striking his penalty kick into the bottom left corner.

The game from there was done and dusted as Saltdean looked dejected and Town continued to create plenty of chances courtesy of Holman and Davies but neither could find that third goal for Town. As the rain began to fall down on the Saffrons, the referee blew his whistle for full time with the game ending Eastbourne Town 2-0 Saltdean United.

Post-match interview with Assistant Manager, Ben Davies.

Town travel to Alfold on Saturday as they look to push on for that top six finish and keep the top three in sight.  

Attendance: 151

Written by: Mackenzie Whitehouse

Photography: David Tungate and Josh Claxton