Club News: New manager announced

Town today are pleased to announce that former Whitehawk manager, Jude Macdonald, will take over as Eastbourne Town manager from immediate effect.

Jude spent seven years at Whitehawk, five years as the Under 18 manager before replacing Steve King and spending the next two as first team manager in the Isthmian League Premier.

Chairman Dave Shearing said “We thank all the applicants who applied. It was a tough selection and we welcome Jude. We look forward to working with him and as a committee supporting him and his team for the future to come.

1st Team Manager Vacancy

Eastbourne Town FC are now taking applications for 1st team manager.

The successful applicant would expected to be responsible for the development of all aspects of the playing side from the Under 18’s through to the first team.

We are looking for someone with experience and relevant coaching qualifications.

The closing date for applications is 14th May 2022.

Applications to be sent to the Club Secretary – eastbournetownfc@live.co.uk

Lambert and Podmore step down

Eastbourne Town FC are sad to announce that long-standing manager John Lambert has stepped down along with assistant manager and his good friend Jamie Podmore.

Both have been in charge of over eight successful years at The Saffrons. Admired and respected by all, they have overseen a period of success and stability for the club and both will be greatly missed. Highlights include winning the RUR Cup, hugely historic and successful runs in both the FA Cup and FA Vase coupled with consistent top four finishes in the league.

Its certainly of an era at The Saffrons and we wish both John and Jamie all the best for the future.

Few stats:
Games: 339; 290 league games and 49 cup games
188 Wins, 56 Draws and 95 Losses

Fixture news: Home to East Preston, the last game of the season.

This Saturday the Town play thier last game of the season, at home to relegated East Preston. This game will be free entry to all but will be replaced with donations to local homeless charity Matthew 25 Mission.

New chairman, Dave Shearing said, it’s important we work with the wider community and we couldn’t be supporting a great cause.

Kick off is at 3pm.

Fixture news: Hassocks at home

Tomorrow see’s the Town at the Saffrons once again with a Southern Combination League match with Hassocks.

Kick off is at 3:00pm

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

The Corner Flag Café will be open serving hot food and the Tea Bar will also be open serving hot and cold drinks.

Fixture news: Newhaven at home

Saturday Eastbourne Town will again be at home with Newhaven making the trip across the Downs to the Saffrons.

Kick off will be the usual 3:00pm

The Corner Flag Café will be open serving hot food as well as the Tea Bar in the main stand for hot and cold drinks.

Admission:
Adults: £7
Concessions: £4
Under 16’s: Free

Programmes £1.50

Fixture news: Steyning at The Saffrons

Tomorrow the Town are back at The Saffrons with a Southern Combination Premier match against Steyning Town. Eastbourne are currently 10 games unbeaten and will be looking for another 3 points in the SCFL.

Kick off at 3pm

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

Both the Tea Bar and the Burger bar will be open for refreshments.

Fixture news: Saltdean United at home

Tuesday 18th October see’s Town back at home after a tough game with Littlehampton Town, with league contenders Saltdean United at the Saffrons.

Kick off will be at 7:30pm with access only through the Clubhouse gate via Compton Place Road.

Admission:
Adults: £7
Concessions: £4
Under 16’s: Free

Tea bar and Burger bar will be open

Fixture news: FA Vase v Sheppey United

We begin our quest for the holy grail tomorrow afternoon at the Saffrons as South East Counties side Sheppey United make their way from Kent to Eastbourne in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.

Kick off is at 3:00pm at the Saffrons. Entrance will be via the clubhouse in Compton Place Road. The Meads road entrance will be closed.

Admission:
£7 Adults
£4 Concessions
Under 16’s are free

Programmes £1.50

Under FA Competition rules, no alcohol will be permitted inside the ground.

Fixture News: Next game Tuesday

There is no football for Eastbourne Town this Saturday as its another FA Cup weekend for those who are through to the Preliminary Round. Town’s next game is away to Newhaven next Tuesday at Fort Road. Kick Off being 7:45pm

There is football tonight where the Under 23’s start their league campaign at The Saffrons with Seaford Town Under 23’s. Kick Off is at 7:30pm. Come over and support the future Town stars.

Fixture news: Home to Little Common

This Tuesday evening, the Town are back at home, The Saffrons, to Little Common in the next Southern Combination Football League game. Town currently sit 2nd in the table with 3 wins out of 3 whilst Little Common sit at 10th with a win, a draw and a loss.

Make your way down to The Saffrons this Tuesday evening to support the Town. Kick off is at 7:30pm

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

Team news: FA Cup at home

This Saturday, the Town are home at the Saffrons in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round against Guildford City.

Please note, the car park will be closed for spectators, please park sensibly near by.

Entry will be via the gatehouse on Meads Road.

Adults £7, Concessions £4, Children Free

Team News: Fixtures released

This morning at 10:00, the Southern Combination Football League released the fixtures for the coming 2021-22 season. Town start their campaign away to Horsham YMCA on Saturday 31 July with a home game against newly promoted AFC Varndeanians on Tuesday 3 August.

Our first FA Cup game this season is on Saturday 7 August, at home to Combined Counties league side, Guildford City whilst our first FA Vase game is Saturday 11 September, again home to Sheppey United from the South East Counties league.

The Christmas Eastbourne Derby will be hosted at the Saffrons this year on Monday 27 December whilst the return fixture at Easter will be on Monday 18 April.

Our next game is tomorrow evening at the Saffrons with Hastings United in the inaugural Roger Lee Cup. All proceeds at the gate will be donated towards the NHS in memory of Roger Lee.

Women’s Team: Club statement

Statement regarding Eastbourne Town Women:

It is with great reluctance we have taken the decision start the process of withdrawing Eastbourne Town Women from London Southeast Regional women’s Football League for 2021/2022 season.

This decision has not been arrived at lightly and has been part of many weeks of thought, however following the conclusion of the 2020/2021 a total of 18 players have left the club for a variety of reasons. As a club We have the greatest of desire to compete at the highest level however The standard of football in the London & Southeast Regional Women’s Football League is highly competitive and to recruit 10+ players of that standard into the squad at this stage would be incredibly difficult given the other teams in our catchment area.

We have decided that it’s best to hit the reset button on the women’s squad and start again at the bottom. By dropping voluntarily to step 7 we firmly believe we are giving ourselves the best chance of stopping the women’s team from folding and will use the opportunity to rebuild a squad that we can drive forward, hopefully returning to the league in seasons to come.

The club would like to place on record but thanks to everybody who has been involved in the women’s team journey so far and the efforts people have gone to previously to keep things going.

For now though it’s time to start afresh and we offer our full support the new management team in the task of rebuilding the squad in the seasons to come.

Eastbourne Town FC

Fair Game: A football book by Tom Connolly

Over the past two seasons, photographer Tom Connolly, has been visiting The Saffrons on match days taking photos of Eastbourne Town’s fan, players and everyone involved at the club. As well as other teams. Tom has turned these photographs into a book – FAIR GAME.

The book is now available for pre-order and 20% of the profits will go to the JPK Supported Living Centre, which provides opportunities for People with Learning Disabilities in Eastbourne and the Surrounding areas.

For more information on Tom’s book – Click here