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:

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.


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

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

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

Fixture News: Away (home) to Uckfield Town

Tuesday evening, the Town were playing away at The Oaks, AFC Uckfield Town’s home ground. However, due to the disappointing weather we have seen so far this year, Uckfield and Eastbourne have taken the decision to play this game at THE SAFFRONS. Kick off is at 7:45PM

As this fixture is Uckfield’s home game, they will be manning the gates themselves, so Eastbourne Town season tickets and passes WILL NOT be valid for this game.

Adults: £6
Concessions: £3
Under 16: Free

Fixture News: Away to Pagham

This Saturday the Town are back on the road and visiting Pagham again, this time in the league at Nyetimber Lane. Kick off at 3pm

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

Fixture News: Home to Little Common (Re-arranged)

Saturdays game which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch will now be played on Wednesday 4th March.

Wednesday the Town are back at home with Little Common, who are sitting at 15th in the Table. Town will be looking for another back to back win in this match.
Kick off at 7:45pm

Adults: £6
Concessions: £3
Children: Free

Town into the RUR Cup final!

Two goals from Simon Johnson and Zak Attwood have put Town into the Royal Ulster Rifles Cup final, for the first time in 5 Years. Lancing, currently the league leaders, seemed to look a weak side during the first half with Town dominating the Lancing half of the pitch.
A corner from Simon Johnson in the 38th minute curled into the goal which deflected off Lancing keeper Matt Evans as he tried to punch the ball out.

The second half saw Lancing turn up the pace and the game looked even, a few chances for both sides, but Town keeper Chris Winterton had a very good safe pair of hands this evening. On the 90th minute Zak Attwood slotted a goal to secure the win.

Final is pencilled to be Wednesday 18th March, but is still yet to be confirmed by the Sussex FA.

The other semi final between Peacehaven & Telscombe and AFC Uckfield Town is to be played on 5th March.

Fixture News: RUR Cup replay

Town are back at home with the replay of the RUR Cup semi final with Lancing. The original game which was played 28th January was drawing 2-2 with goals from Aaron Capon and Sam Cole until the 60th minute when the referee abandoned the game due to a bad injury.

We replay the game from scratch due to the rules.

Adults: £6
Concessions: £3
Children: Free

A third of the gate receipts go to the Sussex County F.A. Benevolent Fund for injured players.

Fixture News: Home to Loxwood (Posponed)

This game has been postponed due to the high winds from Storm Dennis today. A new date will be announced soon.

Saturday see’s the Town back at the Saffrons with bottom placed Loxwood. Town will hoping for another 6 pointer with this match.
Kick off at 3pm

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

Fixture news: YMCA Away

This Saturday the Town are away to Gorings Mead, home to Horsham YMCA who last year be lost heavily 5-1. This season we beat them 5-0 and hope to get a 6 pointer in today’s game.

Kick off is at 3pm

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

UPDATE: RUR Cup semi final

Both Eastbourne and Lancing were drawing 2-2 with goals from Aaron Capon and Sam Cole until the 60th minute when Lancing player Liam Hendy suffered an injury on his arm and waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

The game will be replayed at the later date. Eastbourne Town wish Liam Hendy a very speedy recovery.

RUR Cup Semi Final

The Town are back Tuesday evening for the Royal Ulster Rifles Cup, Semi Final against Lancing. Kick off is at 7:45pm

This historical competition dates back to 1897 when the 1st Battalion of the (then) Royal Irish Rifles won the Sussex Senior Cup, Brighton Shield, Charity Cup and Vernon Wentworth Cup in the 1895–96 season and were recognised as ‘Sussex Champions’. The trophy was presented as a permanent memento of their achievement and to raise money for charity.

A third of the gate receipts go to the Sussex County F.A. Benevolent Fund for injured players.

Adults: £6
Concessions: £3
Children: Free

Programme Cover gets attention.

Those who attended the game last Saturday will have noticed our programme cover is based on the classic game Subbuteo and has gained a very wide interest. It was discovered this morning that the French sports paper, L’Équipe, wrote a short article as well as Subbuteo Online, an unofficial fan blog.

The article which translates:
In English Division 9 (SCFL Premier Division) we don’t (yet) cover, but we have ideas. On Saturday, for its first home game of the season against Newhaven, whose profits traditionally go to charity, Eastbourne Town FC released a match schedule with original coverage. We see the eleven holders in figurines of Subbuteo, this table football that Raymond Kopa advertised in 1973, which was a hit in the 1980s, in which France hosted the World Cup in 2017. Marketing coup: £ 1,600 (€ 1,880 ) to benefit a program to help people with learning disabilities.

There has been quite an interest on social media where subbuteo and programme collectors are wanting copies of this programme.

Fundraiser Update.

ETFC are delighted to announce that £1800 was raised for JPK at our charity day on Saturday. £900 was collected from spectators on entry and this amount was matched jointly by sponsors MDJ Services and fan group Pier Pressure. Grateful thanks to everyone who contributed – a formal presentation will be made in due course

Fixture News: Newhaven at home

This Saturday we’re back at home in the league with our first charity match of the season with Newhaven. Town will be looking for 3 points as we’ll be chasing Lancing for first place in the league.

We will be supporting the JPK Project, a local Eastbourne charity, and all admission money will go towards them. Entry to the ground will be by way of a donation into one of the collection buckets.

Welcome to The JPK Project. You can find us in the heart of Old Town, Eastbourne, where we’re developing a fabulous new centre to provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

The JPK Palm Court Tea Room is now open Mondays to Fridays from 10am – 4pm (kindly note – we are no longer open on Saturdays). And we are working towards offering work experience and training placements here for adults with learning disabilities in East Sussex.

It is a fabulous new community space and an important step towards our longer term plans to create a Supported Living Centre serving the Eastbourne and Wealden area.

Our Charity
The JPK Project is led by Jill Parker, MBE, Founder and Chair together with our Trustees. We also benefit from the valued patronage of Dame Jane Gow, DBE.

We have the support of several professional partners who are invaluable to the management and running of the JPK Project.

They include Andrew Devon of Salvia Fundraising, Derek Kemp of CPL Architects and John Males of Watson Associates. We also acknowledge the support of further organisations, including Camerons Chartered Surveyors and 3VA.

Of course, no charity exists without volunteers and the JPK Project receives incredible support. Many individuals have been integral to our efforts from day one and we are indebted to their service and involvement.

From sponsored cycle rides, runs and abseils, to fundraising coffee mornings and dinner dance events, our volunteers and supporters make things happen. Find out more about getting involved.

If you’re unable to attend Saturdays game but will still like to make a donation, you can do so here –