Fixture News: FA Cup v Saltdean United

Tuesday September 1st the Town will play their first competitive game of the 2020-21 season with the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round against Saltdean United at their Hill Park Ground.

Saltdean have made this game advance booking only via Eventbrite due to limited capacity in the ground with tickets at £5 for adults and £3 for OAP’s. Under 16’s go free.

You can order your tickets below

Squad News: McCreadie signs

This morning Eastbourne Town are very pleased to announce the signing of striker Trevor McCreadie. 26 year old McCreadie was at Isthmian side Haywards Heath Town the past four seasons and has scored over 70 goals.

Welcome to the club Trevor!

Club News: Downloadable App for attending games at the Saffrons

To assist with Track and Trace, we are asking both Eastbourne Town and visiting supporters to download the evePASS app.

We’ve signed up to evePASS to ease long queues at the turnstile at The Saffrons to comply with the governments Track and Trace system and allow supporters to safely attend games.

You can download onto your smartphone via the Google Play or App Store

Or click on the purple evePASS logo to go directly to their website.

All you need to do when you arrive at The Saffrons is:

  • Scan the QR code or type in the six digit code, this will be at the turnstile.
  • Enter how many people are in your party.
  • Check in

No pen and paper is required.

After the game, just press check out on the App.

Fixture News: September league fixtures released

The Southern Combination Football League this morning released the fixtures for September this morning. Town will kick off the 2020-21 campaign with an away trip to Horsham YMCA on 5th September, followed by Peacehaven and Telscombe on Tuesday 8th at the Saffrons.

The rest of the year will be released soon after the National League South fixtures have been released due to Langney Wanderers groundshare agreement with Eastbourne Borough.

Septembers fixtures are as follows:
5 September (Sat) – Away v Horsham YMCA
9 September (Tues) – Home v Peacehaven & Telscombe
15 September (Tues) – Away v Newhaven
19 September (Sat) – Away v AFC Uckfield Town
26 September (Sat) – Home v Hassocks
29 September (Tues) – Away v Lingfield

Saturday kick off times are at 15:00 and Tuesday kick off times are at 19:45

Please follow the Covid-19 restrictions for each club if you’re attending a game.


Fixture News: FA Cup and FA Youth Cup draws announced

At 4pm today the FA announced that Eastbourne Town will play away to Saltdean United in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Tuesday 1st September.

The winner will play away to Faversham Town in the Preliminary round which will be played on Saturday 12th September.

The Under 18’s have been drawn against Broadbridge Heath in the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup at The Saffrons which is to be played on Monday 7th September.

Womens News: Flick Retires

After 5 seasons at The Saffrons with Town, Flick has decided to hang up her boots for good.

Flick Says:
I joined Town ahead of the 2015/16 season having previously retired from league football at the end of 2006/7 season, whilst playing for Horley Town Ladies who were in the Premier division of the old South East Counties League.

My ‘career’ in league football started in the 1994/5 season, aged 16 when I joined Epsom & Ewell Ladies (formerly Reigate Ladies, then latterly became Leatherhead Ladies, Redhill Ladies and finally Horley Town Ladies).

I moved to Crawley Oakwood Ladies in the 1997/98 season and narrowly missed out on promotion to the Southern Combination league, losing in the playoffs away to Rushden & Diamonds. During this time I also trained with Town mid-week whilst living in Eastbourne, attending Brighton Uni, studying for my Sports Science degree (1996-1999).

Having had trials for the British University team and being part of their training squad in my third year at Uni, after I graduated, I was invited along to trials at Premier League outfit Croydon Ladies. I was successful and during the 1999/2000 season got to train alongside legendary players such as Hope Powell, Pauline Cope and player/manager Debbie Bampton. I picked up a knee injury early on which kept me out for most of the season and had to watch from the sidelines as we almost achieved the treble! Arsenal got the better of us in the League Cup Final held at Underhill, but we went on to secure the League and Cup double – retaining our Premier League title and then beating Doncaster Belles in the FA Cup final, held at Brammall Lane and with the trophy presented by Kevin Keegan! It was an amazing experience but gutting to not be a full part of it.

Ahead of the 2000/01 season, Croydon was bought out/taken over by Charlton Athletic, retaining our Premier League status but providing us with much needed financial support, full kit sponsorship and covering travel costs. Never went as far as being paid to play, but at least playing didn’t cost us anything personally anymore. I was part of the squad that played Arsenal in the Community Shield at Craven Cottage – the game was a draw, so we all got a winner’s medal (mine is in the loft somewhere!)

I moved to Brighton & Hove Albion ladies at the beginning of the 2001/2 season, after they were promoted to the Premier League and was there for two seasons, before taking the decision to step down to regional league level again. Re-joining my original club (Epsom & Ewell) for the 2003/4 season who were at that time playing under the banner of Redhill Ladies (then becoming Horley Town Ladies) in the Premier division of the South East Counties league. Over the course of the next 4 seasons, we challenged for the league, narrowly lost a couple of League Cup and Chairmans Cup finals and I was also a key member of the League Rep squad, which gave us the chance to test ourselves against the best players in the other regional leagues around the country.

At the end of the 2006/7 season, we moved from Surrey down to Eastbourne and despite interest from Lewes, I decided to take a break from the game.

A break turned into retirement and it wasn’t until I watched many of my old Premier League team mates/opponents playing for England in the 2015 Women’s World Cup, that I felt inspired to start playing again. So at a veteran age of 37 my second career begun!

It’s been a rollercoaster time with Town over the last 4 seasons, but we’re a tight knit group of players and we’ve stuck to our task. My proudest moments at Town have to be winning away at

Bexhill midweek under the floodlights at the end of the 2015/16 season, to relegate them and meaning we avoided the drop ourselves. Closely followed by our best ever League finish in the 2018/19 season – some of our performances that season were unbelievable. Town spirit and a ‘never say die’ attitude meant we punched way above our weight and shocked a lot of people!

I’m sad that my final season ended prematurely and does feel a bit like unfinished business. But chasing kids half your age round the pitch starts taking its toll. So at the grand age of 42, it’s definitely time to step back and retire for good this time! I’ll look forward to gracing the Saffrons again soon, but this time from the comfort of the stands.


From the club:
Flick has been an incredible asset to the club and her experience has been invaluable both on and off the pitch. Flick has an amazing ability on the field to always look forwards, never dwelling on things that may have gone wrong but always looking to pick things up and make them better. Her commitment to fitness is incredible and her desire to help take the squad to the next level over the last 5 seasons will be greatly missed. We will also miss her appearing in the centre of mid field every so often to score a 40-yard screamer. All of us at town wish Flick the very best for her retirement and really hope to see her and the family around The Saffs.


Club News: Under 18 trials

Are U18’s are training at the Saffrons on Tuesday evenings 6.30pm start. All are welcome for more information message us on Twitter or Facebook and we’ll put you in contact with the managers.

Squad News: Alfie Headland signs

The club are delighted to announce that Defender Alfie Headland has transfered across the Town from Eastbourne United.

Alfie has previously played for Hastings United and Lewes. Welcome to the Saffrons!

Squad News: George Cook

This evening the club have announced that the upcoming midfield George Cook has signed for another season with the Town.

George made 10 league appearances for the first team scoring 1 goal, that howler at Steyning Town in the first league game of last season.

George also made several appearances for both the Under-23’s and the Under-18 teams.

Welcome back George!

Squad News: Jack Shonk signs

The club are delighted to announce the signing of Midfielder Jack Shonk from Bexhill United.

Shonk was the scorer of 28 Goals in 24 starts for United before lockdown prematurely ended the 2019/20 season.

Welcome to the Saffrons Jack 💛💙

Under 23 News: Open training

The new Under 23 development squad management team will me holding an open training session this Sunday (2nd August) at the Saffrons between 4pm and 6pm. This is open to both old and new players.

If your interested in attending please contact the club by messaging either on Twitter or on Facebook.

Club News: Under 23 development team

The club are delighted to Announce Chris Rea (pictured middle) as the club’s new Under 23s development squad manager. Chris Scott (pictured right) and Craig Ottley (pictured left) make up this very exciting management team.

Rea an experienced county league player at Westfield, Rye United and Sidley United was part of the Bexhill United first team squad and actually played for United in the FA Cup tie at the Saffrons last season. He was also assistant manager of the United Under 23s.

Craig also makes the same move from the Polegrove having also been part of Ryan Light’s first team squad at Bexhill last season. Again an experienced county league player who is also a former town player having had a spell at the Saffrons.

Last but not least Chris Scott. Another Very experienced county league player for Rye United and Sidley United and was also part of the very successful Stamco team that blitzed through the leagues.

Assistant Manager Jamie Podmore is delighted with the management team put together.

“It’s a really exciting appointment. A management team, with an awful lot of knowledge, experience and know how to pass onto young players to aid there development”

“Reazer really caught our eye last season with the work he did with the Bexhill United under 23s team” United 23’s were sitting top of the table when lockdown hit, and had inflicted 2 defeats on our very own 23s (2-0 at the Polegrove and 4-3 at the Saffrons)

Podmore added “He was very good with the young player’s and the team played in the mould he does as a player – 100%, high intensity and full of heart and desire”

“We know Reazer, Scotty and Otts will be very well Organised and set high standards which is a great environment for young players to develop in – we are really looking forward to working with them”

With Mark Simpson and Lee Walsh also recently appointed as the management of the under 18s, the clubs development of its players is in safe hands

Welcome to Eastbourne Town 💛💙

Squad News: Johnson signs for new season

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

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

Welcome back Jonno!

Team News: Back room staff update.

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

Speaking on their return John Lambert said:

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

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

Welcome back Clive and Lawrence

Club News: Under 18 trial dates

The Under 18’s are holding trials for the next two Sundays, 26th July and 2nd August on Larkins Field at the Saffrons (behind the hockey pitch) between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

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!