The club is pleased to announce the signing of Tyler Scrafton. Tyler Left the club 3 years ago for a short spell at Hastings United Before a prolific goal scoring season at Peacehaven last season. Tyler has netted 5 goals in our friendlies so far. Welcome back to the Saffrons Tyler.
Tomorrow evening see’s our first home friendly of the season with Horsham, who currently play in the Isthmian Premier Division.
Kick off at the Saffrons is at 7:45pm
Under 16’s: Free
At 1pm today, the Football Association held the draw for the FA Cup Extra Preliminary and Preliminary rounds.
Eastbourne Town are drawn away to Bexhill United which is to be played Friday 9th August, at The Saffrons. The winners of this draw will go on to play away to the winners between Sutton Common and Molesey.
Out new home kit by Macron has arrived today ready for the new season.
Tomorrow evening see’s our last away pre-season friendly against Whitehawk. The Hawks were relegated from the Isthmian Premier to the South East Division along with fellow rivals Burgess Hill.
Last season we played Whitehawk at the Terrapura Ground in the Sussex Senior Cup and won 3 – 0.
Transport to the ground is by Brighton and Hove Buses service 12 from Eastbourne, alight and Marine Gate and walk up Wilson Avenue or Services 1 or 21 from Churchill Square to the Whitehawk Bus garage and a short walk from there.
Tomorrow evening see’s our third Pre Season friendly with fellow rivals Hailsham Town at The Beaconsfield. Hailsham Town are in the Southern Combination Division One league.
Last season we played them in the second round of the Peter Bentley Cup, beating them 4 – 2. Known as the Stringers, they were formed in 1885 and came 8th last season.
Public transport to the Beaconsfield is well served by the 51, 54 and 98 bus from Eastbourne Town Centre via Polegate and the 1X bus via Langney and Stone Cross. Alight at South Road walk down Diplocks Way, a footpath on the right takes you to the ground.
The vocal fans of Eastbourne Town FC – ‘Pier Pressure’ are fundraising to build a new stand at The Saffrons they can call home without encroaching on other fans enjoyment of the game. We have been given an incredibly reasonable quote from a local scaffolder and all monies raised will go towards the building of the stand.
If you can, please support them in away you can. Click on the link below to support them.
This Saturday see’s our second pre-season fixture with Rusthall based just outside Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Last season they were relelgated from the Premier Division of the Southern Counties East League into Division One, two years after promotion.
Rusthall were formed in 1899 and are currently in the 120th year and entered the Kent County league in 1983 after spending their time in the Tunbridge Wells league.
Public transport to Rusthall is well served by the 281 bus from Tunbridge Wells Railway station, buses run every 15 minutes with a journey time of approximately 15 minutes.
Town will kick off the new season with an away trip to newly promoted Steyning Town on August 3rd followed by a home game with AFC Uckfield on Tuesday August 6th.
August 10th will see the FA Cup extra preliminary round, fixture to be announced this Friday along with the FA Vase fixture. Below is a full list of the league fixtures.
Sat 3rd Aug Steyning Town A
Tue 6th Aug AFC Uckfield Town H
Sat 10th Aug FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round
Fri 16th Aug Langney Wanderers A
Tue 20th Aug Lingfield H
Sat 24th Aug (FA Cup – Preliminary Round)
Mon 26th Aug Newhaven A
Sat 31st Aug FA Vase – 1 Round Qualifying
Tue 3rd Sep Peter Bentley Cup – 2nd Round
Sat 7th Sep Hassocks (FA Cup – 1st Q) H
Tue 10th Sep Little Common A
Sat 14th Sep FA Vase – 2nd Round Qualifying
Tue 17th Sep SCFA R.U.R. Cup – 2nd Round
Sat 21st Sep Pagham (FA Cup – 2nd Q) H
Sat 28th Sep Horsham YMCA H
Tue 1st Oct SCFA Senior Cup – 1st Round
Sat 5th Oct Loxwood (FA Cup – 3rd Q) A
Sat 12th Oct (FA Vase – 1st Round)
Tue 15th Oct Peter Bentley Cup – 3rd Round
Sat 19th Oct East Preston (FA Cup – 4th Q) H
Sat 26th Oct Saltdean United A
Tue 29th Oct SCFA R.U.R. Cup – 3rd Round
Sat 2rd Nov Alfold (FA Vase – 2nd Rd) H
Tue 5th Nov SCFA Senior Cup – 2nd Round
Sat 9th Nov Broadbridge Heath A
Tue 12th Nov Peter Bentley Cup – 4th Round
Sat 16th Nov Lancing A
Sat 23rd Nov Crawley Down Gatwick H
Sat 30th Nov Horley Town (FA Vase 3rd Rd) H
Tue 3rd Dec SCFA Senior Cup – 3rd Round
Sat 7th Dec AFC Uckfield Town A
Tue 10th Dec SCFA R.U.R. Cup – 4th Round
Sat 14th Dec Steyning Town H
Sat 21st Dec Peacehaven & Tels. H
Thu 26th Dec Eastbourne United A
Sat 4th Jan Lingfield (FA Vase – 4th Rd) A
Sat 11th Jan Newhaven H
Tue 14th Jan SCFA Senior Cup – 4th Round
Sat 18th Jan Hassocks A
Tue 21nd Jan SCFA R.U.R. Cup – Semi Final
Sat 25th Jan spare Saturday – pending Postponements
Sat 1st Feb Langney Wanderers (FA Vase – 5th Rd) H
Sat 8th Feb Horsham YMCA A
Sat 15th Feb Loxwood H
Sat 22nd Feb East Preston A
Tue 25th Feb SCFA Senior Cup – Semi Final
Sat 29th Feb Little Common (FA Vase – 6th Rd) H
Tue 3rd Mar Peter Bentley Cup – Semi Final
Sat 7th Mar Pagham A
Sat 14th Mar Broadbridge Heath H
Wed 18th Mar SCFA R.U.R. Cup – Final
Sat 21st Mar Alfold (FA Vase – SF – 1) A
Sat 28th Mar Crawley Down Gatwick (FA Vase – SF – 2) A
Sat 4th Apr Lancing H
Sat 11th Apr Peacehaven & Tels. A
Mon 13th Apr Eastbourne United H
Sat 18th Apr Horley Town A
Sat 25th Apr Saltdean United H
Saturday kicks off our 2019/20 campaign with a pre-season friendly with Westfield. Until last season season, Westfield, were playing in Division Two of the Southern Combination league before being transferred into the Mid-Sussex football league.
Westfield joined the Sussex County league, Division Three, in 1997 having transferred from the East Sussex league and the following season were promoted into Division Two. At the end of the 2014/15 season, they were relegated into Division Two of the renamed Southern Combination League due to ground issues.
Last time Town played Westfield in a pre-season friendly, the town won 7-0.
Public transport is quite limited to the ground. Stagecoach run a service every two hours from Hastings Railway station. Service 2 to Tenterden with the last service returning back to Hastings Railway station around 6:10pm.
The club is pleased to announce that Jack Turner has signed for the 2019/20 season. Jack is a couple of weeks away from resuming full training following a minor knee operation in the summer which had cut short last season. We hope Jack recovers fully and once fit will be a great asset to the club once again.
Jack was one of a few signings last season that joined the Town from Crowborough Athletic, scoring over 9 goals in over 40 appearances with the Crows.
The morning the club have released this seasons new home kit. Supplied by the Italian sportswear company Macron. The away kit will still be the light blue from last season.
The kit will be available to buy soon via the Macronstore website, which is currently being set up. More details will be released very soon.
The club is delighted to announce that Zac Attwood has signed ahead of the 2019/20 season. The former Hastings United, Margate and Eastbourne Borough forward joined the Town from Sevenoaks Town in October last year.
Zac scored on his debut game against Horsham YMCA and went on to score 13 league goals in 19 league starts. Zac hopes to score more next season.
The club is delighted to announce that Dan Tear has signed ahead of the 2019/20 season. Dan joined Town from Crowborough Athletic prior to last season and was an important part of the side that lost just 1 of 26 league games. Welcome back Dan.
The club is delighted to announce that Marcus Goldsmith has signed ahead of the 2019/20 season. Marcus arrived at the Saffrons from Crowborough Athletic prior to last season and was impressive throughout, scoring two league goals. Welcome back Marcus.
Photo by Joe Knight.
The club is pleased to announce that Brad Pritchard will be back for a second season at the Saffrons. Brad has been a great addition having joined ahead of last season from Hastings United. Brad scored 3 goals last season.
The club is delighted to confirm that Tom Vickers will be back at the Saffrons in the yellow and blue of Town next season. Tom was very impressive having joined from Hastings United in October 2018
“His name is Aaron Capon, and he is so wonderful”!
The club is pleased to announce that striker Aaron Capon will once again be terrorising opposition defences next season in the yellow and blue of Eastbourne Town.
The club is pleased to announce that Jason Tibble will be back between the sticks next season, Jason’s excellent form last season cemented is place as the clubs number 1 following Greg Nessling’s long term injury and subsequent retirement.
Jason stated ” I’m looking forward to the season! Can’t wait to be in title contention and win it for the fans, who do so much for this great club, 10 years at Town and counting!”
Jason also signed to continue with being the Under 18’s manager for the 2019/20 season after taking over from Olly Davis in January this year.
The weekend is nearly here and the club are pleased to announce the latest player to put pen to paper ahead of the 2019/20 season is Dan Bolwell. The scorer of some crucial and spectacular goals from last season.
In more squad news this busy week, the club is delighted to announce that attacking full back Sam Cole will again be back at the Saffrons wearing the yellow and blue of Eastbourne Town.
Sam joined The Town in the summer last year from Crowborough Athletic.
A new signing for the coming season, Dan Rogers, our former captain, a familiar face, is coming back to the Saffrons after a short spell at our neighbours Eastbourne United last season.
Welcome back DRodge!
In surprise news this afternoon is ex-Hastings United youngster George Taggart has signed for another season at the Saffrons. Both the management team and surely the supporters will be excited that the left footed striker is back for more goals.
The club is pleased to announce that the Hitman Dan Perry has signed for the 2019/20 season.
The 23 year old striker scored more than 30 goals last season and will be back to doing what he does best.
Perry stated ” Can’t wait to get going and score some goals, if we can get off to a good start there’s no doubt we’ll have a successful season”.
Squad News: The club are delighted to announce that skipper and last season’s Player of the year Simon Johnson has committed his future to the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.
The 28 year old midfielder made a big impact for the team last season and hopes promotion into the Isthmian League is successful this season.
Eastbourne Town Ladies have changed their name and will enter their 2019/20 season as Eastbourne Town Women in the London & South East Regional Premier League.
The Women’s team are holding two open training sessions in the summer for those who are interested in developing themselves as a player.
Dates are 23 June and 30 June 2019 at Hampden Park, Eastbourne BN22 9QU
For more information send a DM on Twitter @ETFCWomen
Town have seven pre season friendlies this season.
6 July: Westfield – Away
13 July: Rusthall – Away
19 July: Whitehawk – Away
16 July: Hailsham -Away
23 July: Horsham – Home
26 July: AFC Varndeanians – Home
30 July: Hastings United – Home
The season starts on the 3 August with the FA Extra Preliminary Round on the 10 August. Fixtures for these will be released soon.
Eastbourne beat the league champions at The Saffrons 4 – 1 with goals from Aaron Capon, Dan Perry, Tom Vickers (penalty) and Dan Bolwell.
This ended Chichester City’s five month long unbeaten run.
Congratulations to Chichester on winning the league and good luck on your promotion into the Isthmian League.
Easter Monday saw the second Eastbourne Derby of the season under glorious sunshine. And a busy looking Oval saw United fighting to stay out of the relegation zone and the Town trying to secure a second place finish.
Tom Vickers scored the first goal with a strike from just outside the penalty area in the 11th minute and Ex-Town keeper Jordan Hawkins overstretched and saw the ball roll straight past him.
There were a few tense moments as United had a break but was too easy for Jason Tibble, and the Town defence were rock solid. Perry and Capon had a few chances on goal.
A cross from the side line to George Taggart who volleyed a great shot, again from outside the area, saw the Town 2 nil up in the 26th minute. For the next twenty minutes Town had chances which were stopped by the United defence.
Eastbourne United Association 0
Eastbourne Town 2
As the second half went under way, United had a free kick and a simple kick by Kane Penn brought the score to 1–2.
Again both the Town and United had chances and United seemed to be stronger than the first half until the 79th minute when Dan Perry scored a header to bring the score to 1–3 to the Town. A score line which stayed till the final whistle blew.
At the time of writing, Town now sit at 2nd place in the table, whilst United are rock bottom at 20th.
Next up is our last game of the season again Chichester City, whom we beat 2-1 away last year. Congratulations to Chichester City as League champions and their promotion to the next level of the football pyramid.
TOWN: Tibble, Prichard, Cole, Bolwell, Climpson, Hover, Capon, Johnson, Perry, Vickers, Taggart. Subs: Murphy, Goldsmith, Cunnington, Piper, Cook.