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:: Saturday 26th May 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
End of season awards

SKIPPER Drew Cooney won two of the main awards at East Grinstead Town's annual presentation night which was held at East Grinstead Sports Club on Friday 25th May.

The defender was boss Steve Norris's choice as his player of the season and also won the Footballer of the Year trophy, which is decided by the first-team squad.

Sportsman of the Year was goalkeeper Lee Whibley while Ben Burns retained his trophy for being leading goalscorer.

Players' player in the reserves was defender Miles Neville while manager Phil Major's award went to Lee Granger. Top scorer trophy was won by Matt Garrett.

Drew's brother Blair was players' player in the under-18 youth team while Miles Neville picked up his second award from manager Phil Major.

Third Team players' player went to Tom Pollard, leading goalscorer was Dave Lehman with manager's player going to Sean Leggett.

The club person trophy went to groundsman Ray Galloway who has been involved behind the scenes at the club for nearly 20 years.

:: Saturday 5th May 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 4 Southwick 1

WASPS saved one of their best performances of the season until their final game as they won only their third match since January to secure a final position of 11th in County League division two.

Three goals were reward for an excellent second-half display with top scorer Ben Burns scoring the best goal at East Court all season to round things off.

Drew Cooney's pass found Burns 25 yards out on the left and he turned to hit a dipping volley which flew past goalkeeper Keith Cheal into the roof of the net. It was Grinstead's top scorer's 17th of the season.

Boss Steve Norris said: "It was no different from a lot of our performances in the second half of the season with one exception - we managed to finish things off in front of goal.

"Getting the second goal just after half-time gave us the confidence to go on and win the game and it was a nice finish to the season for the supporters."
....... [Full Match report]

Pagham, St Francis and Westfield finished in the top three although Westfield will not be promoted because their ground does not meet requirements for Division One. Saltdean and Broadbridge Heath were relegated.

Norris and his management team will be meeting this week to finalise their plans for next season.

He said: "I will be contacting several players over the coming weeks and I am confident I can strengthen the squad for next season to improve the first team and our overall strength in depth."

The reserves are to remain in the Suburban League and Norris is currently finalising pre-season friendlies, the highlight of which is a home game against Ryman League Horsham on August 4 - a week before the new County League campaign starts again.

:: Tuesday 1st May 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 16s win Tandridge Title

East Grinstead Towns U16's, sponsored by Megabites, beat a competitive Selsdon Rangers side 3 - 1 on Sunday. The team then spent an anxious hour whilst they awaited the late result from their main challengers. By losing 1 - 0 to Whyteleafe, Coney Hall were toppled from top spot and Wasps could celebrate winning the Tandridge league division B title. Congratulations to Bobby Smith, Phil Major and all the boys.

:: Sunday 29th April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Crawley Down 2

STEVE Norris questioned his side's desire after Saturday's local derby ended in a disappointing defeat.

Down avenged their home defeat to Wasps earlier in the season and secured their place in the second division for another year with their win. But Norris expected more from his team, who have lost three of their four local derbies this season.

He said: "Crawley Down had more to play for but that is no excuse - they were more up for the game than us and that is very disappointing. "I wasn't happy with our commitment and desire and I have told the players. We didn't pass the ball well and we gave it away too often as well. "Having said that, when we equalised I thought we would go on and win the game."

Wasps, who have only scored five goals in their last ten games, paid dearly for another frustrating performance in front of goal.

Dave Gellatly hit a first-half penalty past the post and Wasps twice struck the woodwork before Ben Burns got them back into the game with a 67th-minute equaliser only for Tom Saunders to grab the winner........ [Full Match report]

Wasps finish their season at home to Southwick on Saturday (3pm) when a victory will secure a finishing position in the top half of the table.

But after such a disappointing second half of the campaign, Norris probably can't wait for the season to end so he can start improving the squad in anticipation of a promotion push next year.

:: Thursday 26th April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Three matches in four days too much for the Under 18s.

Despite not having a fixture last week, the Southern Youth League arranged thrre matches for Wasps Under 18s in this final week of their season. It still means that the last four scheduled matches will not be played.

Their visit to league leaders Wothing ended in a 5 - 0 defeat on Monday; last night they entertained Horsham who won 4 - 1 and tonight's home match against South Park ended 3 - 2 to the visitors. Wasps domintaed the early play but found themselves 2 - 0 down early on in the game. They pulled it back to 2 - 2, but the visitors cleinced victory in the closing stages.

:: Sunday 22nd April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
St Francis Rangers 2 - 0 East Grinstead Town

WASPS were back to their frustrating ways on Saturday when they lost to two first-half goals against the County League division two promotion chasers despite carving out plenty of chances.

After picking up four points in their previous two games, boss Steve Norris was looking to his side to continue their improved form.

But it wasn't to be although Norris wasn't entirely unhappy with their performance. He said: "We played okay and if we had scored a goal when we were on top in the first half I think we would have got something out of the game."......... [Full Match report]

WASPS play local rivals Crawley Down at East Court on Saturday (3pm) when they will be hoping to do the double, having won at the Haven Field in August.

Boss Steve Norris said: "Crawley Down have been on a great run and it will be up to me to make sure the players are up for the challenge of a local derby."

Marc Pelling, who has impressed in defence in recent weeks, should be available again after missing the defeat to St Francis.

Grinstead reserves lost 5-1 to Tonbridge Angels at East Court in their final Suburban League game of the season on Saturday.

:: Tuesday 17th April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2 - 1 Westfield

Goals from Dave Gellatly and Matt Thorpe in the first 11 minutes tonight put Wasps back in winning ways with victory over Westfield who remain second in the league.......... [Full Match report]

The 117 spectators included 'temporary' Wasps supporters as a number of Pagham fans came along looking for a Grinstead victory, as this has now crowned Pagham Division Two Champions with 4 matches still to play. Congratulations to Pagham and good luck to Westfield in their bid for runners-up spot.

:: Monday 16th April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Rydon record breaking support for Wasps continues.....

Bob Bond (l) CEO Rydon & Richard Tramontin (r) Chairman EGTFC EAST Grinstead Town have agreed a new sponsorship deal with the Rydon Group which will continue their association with the company into a 17th season.

The company's distinctive logo will be on the new first-team shirts next season when Wasps will be hoping to regain their place in County League division one under boss Steve Norris.

Grinstead chairman Richard Tramontin (on right of picture) said: "We are delighted that Rydon will again be sponsoring us again next season.

"The Rydon Group is synonymous with the club around the County League and we believe their sponsorship agreement is the longest-running for any club in Sussex and probably the rest of non-league football as well. They have been outstanding supporters of football in East Grinstead.

"Their backing will help the club grow even further, from our under-8s right through to our senior sides and also in the improvement plans we have for our facilities at East Court."

Bob Bond, group chief executive of the Rydon Group (on left of picture), said: "I am very pleased to continue Rydon's sponsorship of East Grinstead Town Football Club for another year.

"We realise how much clubs like the Wasps depend on support from their local community and we have been happy to play our part in helping the club to provide an excellent environment for many young people from East Grinstead and the surrounding area to practice their sport."

:: Saturday 14th April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Sidlesham 2, East Grinstead Town 2

WASPS stopped the rot after six successive defeats and ended their goal drought with a fully deserved point on Saturday. Boss Steve Norris admitted he feared the worst when Sidlesham took the lead after just 15 seconds. But Dave Gellatly ended a goalless run which had stretched for 9 hours and 18 minutes when he quickly equalised. Gellatly, pushed up front from midfield to try and end the goal drought, got his second on the stroke of half-time and although Ryan Seacombe equalised for Sidlesham, a point was no more than the visitors deserved.

Norris said: "When they scored so early I thought 'here we go again. But the players responded really well and it was obviously a great relief to finally get a goal again. Dave could have had more goals. He had five chances but I'm not complaining. He scored twice and along with Drew Cooney at the back was our best player."......... [Full Match report]

Grinstead's wretched run had Norris concerned that they might get sucked into a relegation battle and although they are not mathamatically safe yet, the manager feels they can still have a strong finish to the season.

"I think we need two more points to be absolutely safe and it would be nice to get them as soon as possible so we can enjoy the rest of the season."

Grinstead would have settled for a point before kick-off and Norris will be hoping they can build on it this week against two of the sides chasing promotion.

They entertain Westfield on Tuesday (7.30) before travelling to St Francis Rangers on Saturday (2pm).

Phil Major's reserves conceded the only goal of the match against Godalming Town with only three minutes to go, while the Third XI ended this season's campaign with a 6 - 0 loss away to Lindfield.

:: Friday 13th April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Grinstead's Under 18s had several near misses last night against Three Bridges including Zac De Cambre's well taken attempt which rattled the post. Ben Burns eventually won the game for Wasps with a calm finish after coming on from the bench deep into the second half.

:: Monday 9th April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Broadbridge Heath 1, East Grinstead Town 0

WASPS' woes continued on Saturday when an 87th-minute goal condemned them to a seventh successive defeat.

It is now ten hours and 15 minutes since Grinstead's last goal but boss Steve Norris is confident the tide will soon turn after a much better performance which lacked just one thing - an end product.

He said: "The only thing I can complain about the performance is that sometimes we try and score the perfect goal and don't get the ball into the box quickly enough.

"I do encourage the lads to play football and sometimes we can over-do it. But there were lots of good signs on Saturday and decent performances. All we need is for the ball to go in off someone's backside and then we'll be off and running again. We haven't played well at times recently but I can have no complaints about Saturday."

With five games to go, three of which are at home, Grinstead can still finish in the top half of the table and Norris says that is their aim.

"We're down to 12th but I don't think that reflects the efforts everyone has put in," he added. "We are on a bad run and that needs to end as soon as possible, but I believe we are only one good result from turning things around and I have every confidence in the players that they will do that."

Grinstead go to Sidlesham on Saturday (3pm) and entertain Westfield the following Tuesday, kick off 7.30pm.

A goal from substitute Zac De Cambre earned all three points for Wasps Reserves on Saturday against Molesey.

Ian Nicholls' Third XI had two games over the Easter Weekend, a goalless draw against Scaynes Hill and a 1 - 0 defeat against Roffey on Easter Monday.

:: Wednesday 4th April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Two games in three days proved too much for the Under 18s who lost to Lingfield 2 - 0 tonight.

Meanwhile, with a number of teams playing midweek in Division Two, Wasps slipped two places to 12th. They visit Broadbridge Heath on Saturday (ko 3pm). Despite completing his five match ban, Matt Bradford is very unlikely to be fit to play having sustained an ankle injury which also kept him out of the midweek reserve match at Lewes. Another absentee will be Ben Burns who continues to suffer from a stomach muscle strain.

:: Tuesday 3rd April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lewes Reserves 3 - 2 East Grinstead Town Reserves

A superb goal from Dave Gellatly and one from Tom Harris just weren't enough for Wasps Reserves agaisnt Lewes at the Dripping Pan tonight.

Wasps started the match well, creating four good chances within the first ten minutes but were punished for failing to score. Lewes broke quickly from defence and went ahead against the run of play. They added to their lead from a free kick, when the linesman flagged for shirt pulling at the edge of the Grinstead box, unseen by the referee who appeared to have a closer and clearer view.

Dave Gellatly scored a spectacular goal with a shot frrom the edge of the box which crashed against the underneath of the crossbar and into the net to put Grinstead back in the game.

Lewes then scored a third but Wasps heads did not go down. Tom Harris pulled one back but Grinstead just couldn't get the equaliser.

Despite Wasps reserves position, it was good to see that the travelling fans far outnumbered the home supporters, although vocally, one of the Lewes fans chanted and sung throughout all the match, standing on his own......

:: Monday 2nd April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lewes U18s 2 - 3 East Grinstead Town U18s

Goals from Jez Tobin, Zac De Cambre and Michael Belli earned Wasps Under 18s all three points tonight at the Dripping Pan. The reserves make the same trip to Lewes tomorrow night (ko 7.45pm) while the Under 18s are back in action away to Lingfield on Wednesday.

:: Sunday 1st April 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
STEVE Norris admits that confidence is low at the moment after a miserable March for Grinstead ended with a sixth successive defeat on Saturday.

A goal in each half gave Steyning a 2-0 win with Wasps again paying dearly for missing some good chances as their goal drought stretched to 7hrs 45mins.......... [Full Match report]

Steve said: "Performance-wise we played a lot better than Tuesday night at Lingfield but when you don't take the chances you create you are always going to put yourself under pressure.

"When we conceded the first goal heads dropped and you can see the boys thinking 'hear we go again.' I think we are playing better than our results suggest at the moment but we need a goal to get confidence up and the players believing in themselves again.

"The supporters have been very patient and I would ask that they continue to get behind the team, especially the younger players, and I'm sure things will turn around soon."

Top scorer Ben Burns was again missing because of a stomach muscle strain.

Added Steve: "Ben has been told to rest the injury and there is little point bringing him back because he could get injured again and be out for a while."

Wasps will have Matt Bradford available again for next Saturday's trip to Broadbridge Heath (3pm) after he completed his suspension yesterday. Matt is also likely to have a run out for the reserves on Tuesday at Lewes in the Suburban League (7.45pm).

:: Saturday 31st March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0 - 2 Steyning Town

Wasps' boss Steve Norris will be glad to see the back of March during which his team only managed 1 point from their seven matches.
The reserves lost to Haywards Heath Town by 2 - 0 in the Suburban League, while the Third XI were pegged back to a 2 - 2 draw following a late goal by Maresfield deep within the 12 minutes added time at the end of their match.

:: Wednesday 28th March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town U18s 2 - 2 Lingfield U18s

A late headed goal from Marc Pelling earned Wasps Under 18s a share of the points tonight in the local derby against Lingfield. The sides meet again next Wednesday evening at Godstone Road two days after Wasps trip to the Dripping Pan to face Lewes.

:: Tuesday 27th March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lingfield 1, East Grinstead Town 0

LINGFIELD completed the double over Wasps at Godstone Road tonight after another frustrating 90 minutes for boss Steve Norris and his side.

Matt Scutter got the decisive goal in the 65th minute when he found space at the far post to convert a right-wing cross.......... [Full Match report]

LET'S hope a return to East Court can signal an upturn in our fortunes. Tonight's defeat meant we dropped down to 10th in the table but we have the opportunity to move back into the top half against Steyning on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

:: Saturday 24th March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pagham 3 - 0 East Grinstead Town

Top of the table Pagham took full advantage of their good fortune this afternoon at a windy and cold Nyetimber Lane and beat Wasps by a flattering 3 - 0. A scruffy misdirected shot for the first goal, a defensive error leading to the second and a rebound falling nicely for the third. Jez Tobin hit the bar and came close with another try and sub Zac De Cambre created a good chance. Wasps overall performance was poor, but the Pagham lads worked hard for each other.......... [Full Match report]

Back at East Court, the Reserves were unlucky to lose 3 - 2 to Burgess Hill in the Suburban League.

Ian Nicholls' Third Team earned a good 2 - 1 away win at AFC Ringmer.

:: Thursday 22nd March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Vets triumph

Phil Cowlard was really proud of the way his Vets team beat top-of-the-table Pease Pottage Village 3 - 2 tonight at East Court despite a number of his first choice players not being available. Wasps scored all their goals in the first half including a superb finish by Steve Coomber, but they came under a lot of pressure in the second period. Cowlard only had one sub besides himself and injuries forced the player / manager to play for the last 5 minutes.

EGTFC Golf Day - Friday 27th April 2007

The 4th EGTFC Golf Day will take place at Chartham Park on Friday 27th April.

The day includes coffee and bacon baguettes, a round of golf, a two course dinner and prize giving. The cost of the day is 50 and places are limited.

If you would like to go, please can you give Phil Major a 20 deposit in the next couple of weeks.

:: Wednesday 21st March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Three Bridges U18s 1 - 2 East Grinstead Town U18s

Two goals from Sean Leggett earned Wasps Under 18s victory away at Three Bridges tonight. The teams meet again next Wednesday at East Court.

:: Sunday 18th March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Lancing 1, East Grinstead Town 0

ENCOURAGING performances by the young players in his side offered the only crumb of comfort to Wasps' boss Steve Norris on Saturday after his side suffered their third defeat in a week and with it any remote chance of forcing their way back into promotion contention.

A second-half goal from ex-Wasp Barry Leete, his third against Grinstead this season, gave Lancing revenge for the 5-1 defeat they suffered at East Court a month ago which was Wasps' last victory.

In the absence of the suspended Dave Gellatly and Matt Bradford and midfielders Matt Thorpe and Adam Dart, Norris promoted Marc Pelling and gave another start to Michael Belli. That meant there were six teenagers in the squad including a 17-year-old, four players aged 18 and 19-year-old Bobby Buckingham, surely the youngest first team Wasps have fielded for years.

But they failed to sparkle on a difficult afternoon for football with a bumpy pitch and blustery wind affecting both sides.

Pelling slotted in well alongside Tom Green in the heart of the back four, Belli had another encouraging game in the centre of midfield and Zac DeCambre impressed when he came on up front for the last 25 minutes.......... [Full Match report]

Norris said: "No excuses - not enough players performed on the day. It was nice to see some more of our young players out there although perhaps it is not ideal to have so many of them in the same side, but they all did well again.

"But it was a poor performance. Lancing have improved since we played them last month and one goal was always going to settle it, but we didn't carry enough of a threat in the final third."


At least Norris will have Gellatly and Thorpe available for Saturday's trip to leaders Pagham which will give the squad some much-needed experience.

Bradford is still suspended but Adam Dart, missing for the last two games with hamstring trouble, could be fit to return after treatment this week.

Tuesday next week, Wasps are away to local rivals Lingfield (7.45pm).

IN the Suburban League, Wasps conceded two goals in the last ten minutes and went down 3-0 to Merstham at East Court on Saturday. This Saturday they entertain Burgess Hill (ko 3pm).

:: Tuesday 13th March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

East Grinstead Town 0, Wealden 3

WASPS are out of the Division Two Cup despite dominating Monday's quarter-final at East Court for long stages.

The difference was in front of goal where the home side wasted their opportunities while Wealden produced some clinical finishing to complete a somewhat flattering but nonetheless deserved victory.

Grinstead boss Steve Norris said: "The performance compared to Saturday at Peacehaven was a big improvement and we certainly didn't deserve to lose by three goals. I didn't think either goalkeeper had that much to do, but in the final third they were more sharper than us."......... [Full Match report]


Don't forget there is a County League Cup semi-final at East Court on Wednesday.

Crowborough, currently second in Division One, tackle Three Bridges in what should be a cracking encounter in front of a decent crowd. Kick off is 7.15pm. Admission is 5 (2.50 OAPS/ under-16s) which includes a programme.

:: Monday 12th March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0 - Wealden 3

Wasps bowed out of the Division Two Cup at the quarter final stage tonight at home against Wealden. Wealden took the lead completely against the run of play in the first half. Grinstead had more of the play but failed to convert possession into goals whereas the vistors went on to add another two in the second half. Match report to follow.

Wasps Under 18s lost their Southern Youth League match against Horsham YMCA this evening conceding an early goal.

:: Sunday 11th March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS' already slim promotion hopes suffered a potentially terminal setback at Peacehaven on Saturday as their inconsistent form continued.......... [Full Match report]

A week after holding second-placed Midhurst on their own patch, Steve Norris's men must have fancied their chances against another of the sides above them in the table.

Instead, as Norris acknowledged, they suffered a deserved defeat against a side gaining ample revenge for their 2-0 defeat in a stormy tussle at East Court in November when three players were sent off.

Norris said: "The conditions weren't great with the wind and a bumpy pitch but we can't keep using that as an excuse. We didn't move the ball quickly enough and too many players had off days. But it's not a new problem for us - we have been inconsistent all season and it's something we have to eradicate."

With three of the sides above them losing, eighth-placed Wasps just about remain in the promotion race with five points seperating them from third.

But they would probably need to stay unbeaten in their remaining ten games and, having won just two of their last ten in league and cup, that seems unlikely.

Plus points on Saturday were the performances of Tom Green in the heart of the defence and youth-team midfielder Michael Belli who came off the bench to again show that he is one for the future.


WASPS face Wealden at East Court tomorrow tonight (Monday) in the quarter-final of the Division Two Cup, kick off 7.15pm.

It's probably our last chance of winning any silverware but we will be without Dave Gellatly, who serves the second match of his three-match suspension, and Matt Thorpe.

Wealden, like Grinstead, are struggling for form and have lost their last three games.

The semi-final against Sidlesham will be played Tuesday March 20 at a venue to be decided.

Please come along tmorrow onight and give the lads your support - and don't forget the earlier kick-off time.

BOTH Matt Bradford and Gellatly will miss Saturday's trip to struggling Lancing (3pm) through suspension. Bradford starts a four-match ban and Gellatly completes a three-game suspension. Thorpe will be missing too because of a holiday.

The reserves are at home to Merstham, kick off 3pm.

East Grinstead Town Vets 4 - Lingfield Vets 2

Phil Cowlard's Wasps' vets team played their first match since October and beat local rivals Lingfield who had won all their previous matches. Grinstead's goals were scored by Coomber, Fletcher, Chambers and Major.

:: Tuesday 6th March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Tonight's scheduled Division Two Quarter Final match against Wealden has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch. The tie will be played next Monday, 12 March ko 7.15pm, weather permitting.

:: Sunday 4th March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

BOSS Steve Norris was delighted with the response of his players after they picked up a creditable draw at high-flying Midhurst on Saturday thanks to two goals from teenager Jez Tobin.......... [Full Match report]

A point did not do much for either side's league position with Grinstead falling to eighth place and Midhurst losing top spot to Pagham.

But such is the congestion at the top of County League Division Two, Grinstead are only three points behind Westfield, who are still in third place despite a 1-0 home defeat by Storrington.

Having played more games than all of their rivals, Norris knows there will have to be a lot of slip-ups by the top sides if Wasps are to sneak into the top three.

All he was after was a positive response to the home defeat by Storrington the previous week and he got it.

Norris said: "A draw was probably a fair result. The crucial goal was their first which came just after we had gone 2-0 up. If we had held on until half-time I think it might have been difficult for Midhurst. They are a strong side and very direct but defensively we stood up well to them and created a lot of chances, particularly in the first half. I suppose we are still involved in the promotion race but a lot of things would have to go our way for us to get into the top three. But we'll keep going."

The Division Two Cup is more of a realistic target and Wasps have home advantage in the quarter-finals when they entertain Wealden on Tuesday, kick off 7.15pm.

Steve will have a full squad available but he will have to make two changes at least for Saturday's trip to Peacehaven.

Dave Gellatly starts a three-match ban and Matt Thorpe is on holiday.

Matt Bradford has been suspended for four games after his red card against Storrington last week. His ban starts with the trip to Lancing on March 17.

:: Saturday 3rd March 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matches called off due to waterlogged pitches:

East Grinstead Town Reserves v Godalming Town
East Grinstead Third XI v Maresfield Village II

East Grinstead Town Vets v Pease Pottage Village

:: Wednesday 28th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's Under 18s match against Three Bridges has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Tuesday 27th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's scheduled matches both postponed

Wasps' Division Two Quarter Final match tonight at Wealden has been called off and now switches to a home tie which has been scgheduled for next Tuesday 6th March (ko 7.15pm). Other fixtures have also had to be rescheduled - see First Team Match Fixtures for the latest details.

The reserves' Suburban League match away to Lewes was also called off this afternoon.

Training will therefore take place at East Grinstead Sports Club as normal.

:: Monday 26th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

The date for this year's Footie Fun Day at our East Court ground was confirmed tonight as 12th May.

This year's soccer festival will again be open to teams between the ages of 7 and 10. More details to follow.

:: Sunday 25th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

STEVE Norris admits he is already planning for next season after a shock home defeat left Wasps with only a slim chance of promotion.

Although Grinstead are only four points off the top three, they have played three games more than Midhurst, Westfield and Pagham while fourth-placed Wealden also have two matches in hand on Wasps. It increasingly looks as if the battle for the three promotion places will be fought out by that quartet of clubs.

Against a side beaten in their six previous matches, Grinstead were expected to win on Saturday and perhaps that's where the problem lay.

And to make matters worse, defender Matt Bradford was sent off in the second half for throwing the ball at an opponent - the second red card to a Grinstead player in successive matches.......... [Full Match report].

There was none of the urgency which had earned Wasps their biggest home win of the season against Lancing the previous week and it was only when they went 2-0 down that they started to play with any conviction.

Norris said: "It was very disappointing, especially after such a good performance the week before with exactly the same side. We were lethargic and there was a lack of pace about the way we moved the ball around."

As to the promotion race, Norris admitted his side would need the sides above them to suffer dramatic losses of form if they were to sneak into the top three.

"I can't see that happening," he said. "Midhurst and Westfield have been very consistent and Wealden are also in a good position. I said when I was appointed that a top-six finish would give us something to build on for next season and I still maintain that. The time to start planning for next season, to look at players whom we can bring in during the summer to improve things, has begun."

Wasps visit Wealden on Tuesday in the quarter-finals of the Division Two Cup (7.30pm) and on Saturday they face a tough test at leaders Midhurst (3pm), who suffered their last defeat at East Court in September when Grinstead won 5-4.

The reserves held high-flying Tooting & Mitcham to a goalless first half in Saturday's Suburban League game but eventually lost 6-0. They visit Lewes on Tuesday (19.45) and this Saturday entertain Godalming Town, kick off 3pm.

:: Saturday 24th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Despite the wet weather, today's match at East Court against Storrington is still on, barring a deluge before kick off.

The reserves travel to Tooting and Mitcham while the third team's match at home against West Hoathly has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Wednesday 21st February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps Under 18s lost 3 - 0 at home tonight to a strong Lewes side.

After a very brief spell at the club, Steve Sallis is leaving to join Haywards Heath Town as joint manager. Steve has sent a note of thanks to Chairman Richard Tramontin in which he says "thank you for my brief stay at East Court. I was welcomed to the club with open arms by Steve, Mick and the squad. They are a great set of lads who I enjoyed the company of greatly."
He wanted to pass on special thanks to Mick Buckingham "for making non-league football enjoyable again for me, with his innovative training sessions. A top coach and even better bloke!"
We all wish Steve every succees.

:: Sunday 18th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Dave Gellatly Boss disappointed after Gellatly red mars 5-1 win

STEVE Norris's delight at seeing his side enjoy their best league win of the season was tarnished by the second-half dismissal of Dave Gellatly at East Court on Saturday.

Gellatly, the key figure in Wasps' midfield, faces a three-match ban after a second-half punch-up with Lancing's Pat Sargent which saw both players shown a straight red by referee Paul Hammond.

All this after Wasps had ripped their struggling visitors apart with five goals in the first 29 minutes - including two crackers from Gellatly.......... [Full Match report].

Gellatly will miss next month's trips to Peacehaven, Broadbridge Heath and Lancing. He missed four games earlier in the season after he was sent off playing Sunday football.

Steve said: "I didn't see the incident but from what everyone tells me the referee didn't have much choice. Dave is an aggressive player and he probably wouldn't be as effective if you took that part of his game out of him. But he is obviously not much good to us sitting in the stands when he should be playing so it's very disappointing."

Gellatly's indiscretion was the only black mark on a day when Wasps reproduced the sort of form that saw them go nine matches undefeated after Norris's appointment in October.

Gellatly's central midfield partner Matt Thorpe was man of the match for an outstanding display and the decision to move Adam Dart into midfield, with Kevin Wright dropping to left back, reaped dividends with Dart among the goalscorers.

Norris added: "It's the best we have played since before Christmas and we have set ourselves a standard that I will be looking for the players to maintain over the next few weeks.

"Thorpe was outstanding. If we can keep him fit he can be a key player for us while I was also pleased for Ben Burns who got a goal which should give him lots of confidence to go on another scoring run."

With all the sides above them winning, Wasps stayed sixth in the Division Two table. The key month for them is March when they face the current top four.

WASPS are at home again on Saturday when they entertain Storrington, kick off 3pm with the reserves travelling to Tooting & Mitcham in the Suburban League (3pm).

Next Tuesday Grinstead visit Wealden in the quarter-finals of the Division Two Cup, kick off 7.45pm.

:: Saturday 17th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 5, Lancing 1

OUR biggest league win of the season was marred by a red card for Dave Gellatly, who was sent off for fighting in the second half along with a Lancing opponent.
It was Dave's second red card of the season and means he misses three matches - against Midhurst (Mar 3), Westfield (6th) and Peacehaven (10th), all sides above us in the table.
The positives for Steve Norris was our first-half performance with the game won by the 29th minute when we led 5-0.
Goals came from Ben Burns, Adam Dart, Phil Thompson and Gellalty (2). Barry Leete, an ex-Wasp of course, got Lancing's consolation in the second half. Match report to follow............

The reserves were not in action but the thirds had an excellent 2-1 win at Maresfield Village II in Division Three of the Mid Sussex League which makes it seven points from their last three games. Goals came from Matt Garrett and Sean Leggett.

:: Monday 12th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's Under 18 Southern Youth League match away at Horsham has been called off.

:: Saturday 10th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matches off

Wasps Division Two Cup tie away to Wealden, the reserves Suburban League match at home against Merstham and the Third XI match against East Court have all been postponed.

:: Wednesday 7th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
STEVE Norris gave several first-team players a run-out last night when the reserves lost 4-2 to Lewes at a cold East Court.
Drew Cooney, Dave Gellatly, Richard Foyle, Andy Turner, Phil Thompson, Matt Thorpe and Ben Burns were among those involved during the 90 minutes.
Grinstead could feel a little hard done by at the final result, having created more chances than a useful visiting team who were superior in the department which matters most - projecting the bag of wind into the onion bag.
Ben Burns, twice, Matt Thorpe and Dave Gellatly could all have scored but after conceding a softish first goal just before the secretary left to collect his haddock and chips, Wasps then let in two more and found themselves 3-0 down with 15 minutes remaining as they left holes at the back in the search for some reward at the other end.
Substitute Marc Tramontin pulled one back when he burst past a couple of defenders and finished neatly with his left foot, but almost immediately Lewes had made it 4-1.
Another sub, Matt Garrett, got a second well-taken goal with a couple of minutes left.
It was good to see Tom Green back in the heart of the defence again, having recovered from the ankle injury he suffered against Midhurst back in late September - even if the person who has seen him most recently, physio Pam Presland, struggled to recognise him!
And there was a new face in goal, Darren Staples, from Edenbridge, who was having a try-out.

Attention now turns to Saturday's Division Two Cup quarter-final at Wealden, a team Wasps have taken four points off in league tussles this season.
Ben Burns is available again after suspension and Norris could take the opportunity to shake things up after such a lacklustre display last Saturday at Southwick. We shall see.
The weather forecast will need monitoring. Snow is forecast for Thursday, followed by rain and sleet and Wealden's pitch is not the best when it's damp. If the forecasters have got it right, it could be touch and go for Saturday.
At East Court, the reserves entertain Merstham, kick off 3pm, while the third team play East Court looking to build on some better results in recent weeks. That game is at Notre Dame School, Lingfield.

The fixtures for the rest of the season have now been released and can be seen by clicking here.
There are two midweek games scheduled for March and the season is due to finish on Saturday May 5 when we play Southwick for the fourth time this season.
March is shaping up as a key month with away games against three of the teams above us - Pagham, Peacehaven and Midhurst.

Planning approval

Some good news to report on the ground development front. Mid Sussex District Council have today granted planning permission for our 100-seater stand which is being built on the existing stand side on the grass bank at the clubhouse end. More details to follow here on the website and in the programme

Under 18s match off

Tonight's scheduled Under 18s home match against Three Bridges has been called off due to a frozen pitch. At this afternoon's inspection, most of the pitch was fine, but the stand side, which is in the shade, was still frozen and dangerous with no chance of any improvement before kick off, leaving officials no choice but to postpone the match.

:: Tuesday 6th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The Reserves lost 2 - 4 to Lewes tonight at East Court. Wasps' goals came from Marc Tramontin and Matt Garrett.

Marc Tramontin beats keeper to score Wasps' first against Lewes Reserves Matt Garrett shapes up to score against Lewes Reserves

For more photographs from tonight's match courtesy of First Focus Event Photography click here.

Wasps slip to sixth

With Wealden beating Lancing tonight, Wasps slipped to sixth in Division Two.
Tonight's scores:
Lingfield 3 - 2 Westfield
Pagham 2 - 1 Storrington
Wealden 2 - 0 Lancing

200 Club Winners

Winners of the January 200 Club draw were:
1st Prize - 80 - no 72 - J Hawkins
2nd Prize - 30 - no 104 - P Major
3rd Prize - 10 - no 75 - J Galloway

:: Monday 5th February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS' inconsistent form is threatening to wreck their promotion push.

Boss Steve Norris had hoped last week's win over Saltdean - their first victory in five games - would be the springboard for a another run similar to the nine-match undefeated sequence which followed his appointment in October.

But Grinstead slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Old Barn Way on Saturday and although they are only three points off the third promotion place in Division Two, they have played more games than most of their promotion rivals........... [Full Match report]

Norris admitted he got his tactics wrong in the first half.

Without top scorer Ben Burns through suspension, he elected to play with James Horner on his own up front ahead of a five-man midfield. Norris switched to a 4-4-2 in the second half when Phil Thompson was pushed forward. And although Grinstead enjoyed plenty of possession they rarely troubled Southwick's veteran goalkeeper Keith Cheal.

Norris said: "I criticise the players when they make mistakes so it's only right that I own up to the system - it wasn't right. We changed it at half-time and we had a few half-chances in the second half but it wasn't enough. Since I took over in October I have been trying to bring in another forward or two and that is still the aim. Not having Ben showed that we are still short in that area."

Southwick were desperate to avenge the 7-2 thrashing they suffered in the Division Two Cup at East Court in November and did not shirk a tackle on a bobbly pitch which seemed to inhibit Wasps, who became increasingly frustrated.

Norris added: "It wasn't a great surface but that is no excuse because it was the same for both sides. They were right up for it after what happened in the last game."

Grinstead take a break from league action next Saturday when they travel to Wealden in the quarter-finals of the Division Two Cup, kick off 3pm. Burns will be available.

But Norris is planning to give several members of his squad a run-out on Tuesday in the Suburban League game against Lewes.

"Quite a few of the lads will get a run out for the reserves. A few need another game and it is a very decent standard so it can only help them."

The Reserves drew 2-2 at home to Horley in the Suburban League with Michael Belli equalising in the last minute. Tom Harris had given Wasps a fifth-minute lead. On Saturday they face Merstham at East Court, kick off 3pm.

:: Thursday 1st February 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Venue change

The Reserves match against Lewes on Tuesday evening 6th February will now be played at home at East Court, kick off 7.30pm.

:: Saturday 27th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Saltdean United 0, East Grinstead Town 1

MIDFIELDER Steve Sallis celebrated his first start for Wasps with the only goal as Steve Norris's side got their promotion bid back on track.

Town's performance against the side marooned at the bottom of the second division was not one of their best of the season - but in only their fifth game in two months it was perhaps understandable that Grinstead looked a bit rusty........... [Full Match report]

Nevertheless, a first win in five kept them in fifth place, nicely tucked in behind the leaders.

Norris said: "We played okay in spells and if we had scored early on when we had some good chances it would undoubtedly have settled us down.

"We need to get on a run of games now so let's hope the weather is kind to us. We looked a bit rusty today and lacking in match sharpness which was understandable but fitness-wise I was pleased with the way we kept going."

Wasps travel to Old Barn Way next Saturday to face improving Southwick (kick off 3pm) when Buckingham and fellow defender Richard Foyle will both be available after serving one-match suspension.

But top scorer Ben Burns is banned for one game so Turner and Gez Tobin, who was missing today because he had flu, could come back into the squad.

For more photographs from today's match click here.

Other Division Two results today: Broadbridge Heath 2 - 3 Peacehaven & Tels., Midhurst & Easebourne 4 - 1 Southwick, Seaford Town 0 - 2 Steyning Town

GRINSTEAD reserves lost 2-1 at home to Epsom & Ewell in the Suburban League south division in only their second game in two months.

Elvis Lynn levelled with a second-half free kick but the visitors stole an undeserved victory with a goal four minutes from time.

The reserves are away to Tonbridge Angels next Tuesday (ko 7.45pm) and entertain Horley Town next Saturday (3pm).

Third XI enjoyed a 2 - 1 home win against Cuckfield Town.

:: Tuesday 23rd January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Two Division Two matches were scheduled to be played tonight. Lingfield v Westfield was postponed, and Pagham drew 1 - 1 at home with Sidlesham.

Feb fixtures

The first two fixtures in February for the First Team are:
Saturday 3rd February away to Southwick (ko 3pm)
Saturday 10th February - Quarter Final of the Division Two Cup - away to either Storrington or Wealden, who are playing this coming Saturday.

:: Monday 22nd January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Football Quiz Night

A Football Quiz night is taking place at the clubhouse on Friday 2nd February starting at 7.30pm.

Teams of four can enter and battle out to see who really knows most about football.

Local football teams are invited to enter into the Quiz night and we already have confirmed teams from Ashurst Wood, Felbridge, Crawley Down and East Court.

So far EGTFC are being represented by a Committee team, a Football Management team (no chance of winning) a couple of teams from the Under 18's and the Under 16's. The more teams the better.

The cost per team is 15 and there are prizes for the top teams.

If you would like to enter or require further information - please contact Ian Nicholls on 07840 143872

Another postponement

Tonight's scheduled Under 18s match away at Worthing has been called off.

:: Sunday 21st January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST Grinstead Town are desperate to return to action on Saturday after suffering their fifth postponement of the season yesterday. Wasps' home game against Southwick was called off after two pitch inspections because East Court was waterlogged. A possible rescheduling of the match on this coming Tuesday evening has not proven possible.

Grinstead have not won in four games but they are still very much in the promotion mix as their rivals continue to suffer inconsistent results.

Westfield moved into second place in Division Two on Saturday after they won 3-0 at Saltdean, the side Grinstead visit this Saturday (3pm).

That win enabled Westfield to overtake Peacehaven, who dropped to third after losing 3-1 at Mile Oak.

Wasps are fifth - but they are only three points behind Peacehaven and have two games in hand.

One-match suspensions mean both Richard Foyle and Bobby Buckingham will miss the Saltdean game which will end fullback Buckingham's ever present record this season.

But Norris has Dave Gellatly available after suspension and a fully fit squad for virtually the first time since he took over in October.

Of their 16 remaining games, ten are away from home including trips to three of the current top four.

Norris said: "Having a squad free from injury is a great boost. It means we have competition for places and can cover suspensions which are part and parcel of the season.

"What we need now is to start playing again. We were desperate to play on Saturday but it wasn't to be but there's no reason why we can't get another unbeaten run going similar to the one before Christmas when we went nine games undefeated - the squad is certainly capable of that."

Like the first team, Wasps' reserves have been inactive recently but they have two games in three days coming up.

On Saturday they can move off the bottom of the Suburban League south division if they beat Epsom & Ewell, the side immediately above them, at East Court (3pm) and next Tuesday they are away to Tonbridge Angels (7.45pm).

:: Saturday 20th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Today's Division Two Results

Broadbridge Heath 1 - 3
East Grinstead T. P - P Southwick
Lingfield P - P Storrington
Midhurst & Easebourne P - P Pagham
Mile Oak 3 - 1 Peacehaven & Tels.
Saltdean United 0 - 3 Westfield
Seaford Town P - P Lancing
Wealden P - P St. Francis Rangers

Thirds lose

The only senior Wasps side to play today were the Third Team and they lost 3 - 0 away to Lindfield II in the Mid Sussex League.

Match off

Following two pitch inspections, one at 9.30 and a later one at 11.15, today's match against Southwick has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
Tomorrow's Vet's match has also been called off.

:: Friday 19th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Access cleared

The football club access road has now been cleared of the two trees that fell during yeterday's high winds. The remaining parts of the trees will be cleared on Monday.
Meanwhile, visitors using the car park tomorrow are asked to be cautious as we have not yet been able to clear another tree that fell onto the ground perimeter fence into the car park. There is only a slight obstruction and this will be cleared as soon as possible.

:: Thursday 18th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tree blocks access

A large tree has fallen across the club access road during today's high winds. It has damaged a section of the target shooting club's concrete wall along its outdoor shooting range and has completely blocked access to the football club. Mid Sussex District Council have said that it will be cleared tomorrow.

:: Wednesday 17th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s match postponed

Tonight's Southern Youth League match against Three Bridges has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Tuesday 16th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Following a referee's pitch inspection at 5:15 this afternoon, tonight's Suburban League match against Burgess Hill at East Court was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
Given the weather forecast, the prospects of tomorrow night's Under 18s match against Three Bridges going ahead are bleak. Developments will be reported here.

:: Sunday 14th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture changes

The reserves now have a home match this Tuesday 16th January against Burgess Hill Town in the Suburban League (ko 7.30pm).
The First Team's away fixture on Saturday 27th January has been switched again. Instead of Peacehaven, they now travel to Saltdean United (ko 3pm).


WASPS' promotion hopes suffered another setback on Saturday as their winless run in County League division two stretched to four games.

It could have been worse. Steve Norris's men were heading for a third successive defeat but skipper Drew Cooney, back in the side after a three-match suspension, rescued a point with an equaliser in the sixth minute of injury time........... [Full Match report]

The point lifted Wasps up to fifth place ahead of Saturday's home game against improving Southwick (ko 3.00pm).

Norris will have to make one enforced change with Bobby Buckingham and Richard Foyle both serving one-match bans.

But he will have influential midfielder Dave Gellatly back after suspension. It is perhaps no coincidence that Grinstead's worst run since Norris took charge in October has come during Gellatly's absence from the team.

With Matt Thorpe due to return to training this week, Norris should soon have a full-strength squad available again.

Steve added: "Dave coming back this week is a big plus and Phil Thompson and Steve Sallis came on during Saturday's game and did well so that gives us more options. But we have to start getting back to winning ways soon and hopefully it will be against Southwick."

:: Saturday 13th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps force draw

WASPS were determined to put two consecutive defeats behind them when they met Mile Oak this afternoon, but in the end had to be content with sharing the points.
Referee Mike Flynn awarded Mile Oak a penalty 9 minutes into the second half although no-one else seems to know what for. Paul Eaton converted the spot kick.
Jez Tobin shunned off defenders, created some space in the box and shot past Ashley Walker to draw level on 75 minutes. 2 minutes later, Mile Oak retook the lead through Clive Jackson .
Ben Burns was denied what looked like a definite penalty when he was brought down inside the box and was subsequently booked for protesting.
Drew Cooney, who was playing his first match since his suspension, scored the equaliser in injury time.

Today's draw sees Wasps move up one place to 5th. Remaining results in Division Two were:
Broadbridge Heath 1 - 1 Lingfield
Midhurst & Easebourne 3 - 1 Saltdean United
Peacehaven & Tels. 0 - 5 Lancing
Steyning Town 0 - 1 Seaford Town
Wealden P - P Pagham

:: Tuesday 9th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture updates
Wasps away match on Saturday 27th January will now be against Peacehaven, not Sidlesham.

The Reserves' Suburban League match at Tonbridge Angels whioch was postponed last Saturday has been rearranged for Tuesday 30tyh Januray, ko 7.45pm.

200 CLUB winners

The winners of the latest 200 Club draws were :

December 2006
1st prize 86 no. 34 M Wrintmore;
2nd prize 30 no. 38 Steve Moore;
3rd prize 10 no. 45 Aaron Willsher

November 2006
1st prize 86 no. 98 Doreen Tramontin;
2nd prize 30 no. 57 Roger Dart;
3rd prize 10 no. 43 Damien Cherry

October 2006
1st prize 86 no. 9 R Woolley;
2nd prize 30 no. 62 D Owen;
3rd prize 10 no. 10 Geoff Harris

Don't forget, you've got to be in it to win it and the more people that are in it, the higher the monthly prizes. It only costs 4 per month. Contact Gary Wilsher for details.

:: Monday 8th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

BOSS Steve Norris has added to Wasps' squad with a recent new signing.

As reported here on Friday, midfielder Steve Sallis has joined Grinstead from Ryman League Burgess Hill, where has had made six appearances this season.

Previously, the experienced Sallis played for Grays, Barking, Ramsgate, Crawley and Three Bridges after beginning his career as a youngster with Brighton.

Steve said that he is working hard to try to add to our strength in depth as we try to get back into contention for promotion following successive defeats over Christmas in County League division two.

He said: "Steve is a good addition to the squad. He is versatile, wants to do well and I am grateful to Gary Croydon, the Burgess Hill manager, for allowing us to dual register him."

Sallis was in the squad for last Saturday's game against Steyning, but the match was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

The pitch was just about playable at 10am but conditions deteriorated and within an hour there was standing water in many areas. Only four games in the league survived the deluge.

For once, Steve was not too disappointed that a game was called off.

Midfield pair Phil Thompson and Matt Thorpe were definitely out because of injury while Adam Dart, Matt Bradford and Gez Tobin were all carrying knocks.

Norris is hoping to have more options for this Saturday's home game against Mile Oak, kick off 3pm.

He will still be without Dave Gellatly, who completes his suspension, but skipper Drew Cooney, who has missed the last three games while he serves a ban, is available and Norris should have some of his injured players back too.

Steve also confirmed that he is still trying to bring some more fresh faces into the squad.

He said: "Players who would have been struggling to play last Saturday could be available this week, including Drew.

"We had a good run in the league before Christmas - going nine matches unbeaten - and losing the last two is a setback of course. But promotion is still there to be won. We are sixth but only two points off third place and any side in the top half could still go up - it's that tight.

"We will be hard to beat with our strongest side out as we have already shown and hopefully soon we will have everyone available again.

"I can't fault the commitment of the players in training. When we haven't had a game we have trained three times a week and the desire to go on another unbeaten run is there and the spirit in the camp is very good."

Defender Richard Foyle's ever present record will be spoiled when he serves a one-game ban for accumulating five bookings. He is likely to miss the match against Southwick on January 20.

THE reserves got all the way to Tonbridge for their Suburban League fixture, but it was called off by the match referee because of a waterlogged pitch. The ressies have no game this Saturday.

Neither do the thirds, whose match with West Hoathly was also off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The same fate befell the veterans, who were due to be at home to Pease Pottage.

:: Saturday 6th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Steyning match off

Unfortunately, this afternoon's scheduled game against Steyning has been called off due to a water logged pitch.

:: Friday 5th January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Steve Sallis joins Wasps

Steve Norris has signed Steve Sallis from Ryman League Burgess Hill Town.

Sallis is a vastly experienced midfielder who joined Burgess Hill in the Summer.

He has made 3 league and 3 cup appearances for the Ryman League club this season.

Sallis, pictured left, has previously played for Brighton & Hove Albion, Grays Athletic, Barking, Ramsgate, Crawley Town and Three Bridges.

:: Tuesday 2nd January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Besides tonight's match at Peacehaven being called off, Lingfield against Westfield also fell foul of the weather. Meanwhile Pagham beat Steyning 2 - 0 and with Wealden winning 3 - 0 against Saltdean, Wasps dropped a further place to seventh.[Click here for Latest League table]

Peacehaven match off

Unfortunately, tonight's scheduled match at Peacehaven has been called off due to a floodlight failure.

This is a disappointment for Wasps who wanted to put the two Christmas defeats behind them and were looking forward to getting the New Year off to a good start. Drew Cooney was due to play his first match tonight following his suspension from being sent off together with two Peacehaven players in the fixture at East Court in November.

One of the Peacehaven players posted the following on the Nomad website: "GAMES OFF!!! problems with one of the floodlights. Boo!! Although could be a blessing in disguise with a few players still out and a few still with the flu, me included!!! "

:: Monday 1st January 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Westfield 5 East Grinstead Town 2

WASPS slipped out of the promotion places for the first time in two months after a nightmare second-half on Saturday.

Steve Norris's men looked like bouncing back from Wednesday's home defeat to Lingfield when they led 2-0 at half-time against their fellow promotion contenders.

But Westfield showed why they are unbeaten at home this season with a powerful performance in the last 25 minutes when they scored all five goals.

And to complete a dismal afternoon for Norris, defender Bobby Buckingham was sent off for deliberate handball on the goal-line. Duncan Jones scored from the spot to make it 2-2 and there was only going to be one winner after that.......... [Full Match report]

Norris said: "For an hour we were the better side but once they scored it was a different game. They are a side who have played together for a while. They know their strengths and were always a threat from set pieces. Once they had scored the penalty it was always going to an uphill battle. They have a fantastic home record but whether they can maintain it away from home remains to be seen."

Grinstead may appeal against Buckingham's red card on the grounds of mistaken identity, but a decision will only be made after they see the referee's report.

Norris will have skipper Drew Cooney available after suspension for Tuesday's trip to another of the promotion chasers, Peacehaven, and on Saturday Grinstead are at home to Southwick, kick off 3pm - the first of three games at East Court in January which they need to win to get their promotion challenge back on track.

:: Saturday 30th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps domintaed the first half of this afternoon's match at Westfield and were 2 - 0 up at the break with goals from Jimmy Horner and Ben Burns. The home side piled on the pressure in the second half looking to get back into the match. With the rain pouring down an Alan Johnson header put Westfield back into the match after 65 minutes. Wasps then went down to 10 men nine minutes later when Bobby Buckingham was adjudged to have handled the ball on the goal line. Duncan Jones converted the resultant penalty. Three minutes later the home side went ahead and then added another two late goals to win 5 - 2. Full match report to follow

The defeat meant a drop of two places for Grinstead to fifth place in the league.

:: Thursday 28th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Lingfield 1

WASPS' promotion hopes suffered a setback on Wednesday with an unfortunate defeat in our local derby against Lingfield.......... [Full Match report]

It was Steve Norris's first league defeat since he took charge in October but of more concern to the boss would have been the lack of chances we created and another addition to the growing injury list with James Horner hobbling off in the first half after colliding with Lingfield goalkeeper Chris Arrow.

On the injury front, Phil Thompson (ankle) warmed-up with the players before kick-off although he is unlikely to figure in either of the New Year fixtures. Matt Thorpe chipped a bone in his shin against Seaford and reckons he will be out for at least a fortnight.

Horner's participation in Saturday's second v third clash at Westfield (1.45pm) must also be in doubt after he went off with his knee heavily iced while Dave Gellatly and Drew Cooney are still banned, although Drew is available for the trip to Peacehaven next Tuesday (7.45pm).

Gellatly, in particular, was sorely missed last night. Wasps need to bounce back quickly although, with the squad depleted, it will be a tough ask in the next two fixtures against fellow promotion contenders.

:: Monday 25th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

East Grinstead Town FC would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and we hope you can join us for our match on Wednesday 27th December against Lingfield (ko 7.30pm).

:: Saturday 23rd December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Christmas Raffle Ticket Winners

The draw for the Christmas Raffle took place this afternoon at the clubhouse.

First prize of a 17" LCD TV went to Gwen T with ticket number 0643
Second prize of an MP3 player went to Gillian Wrintmore with ticket number 1331
Third prize of a Christmas Hamper was won by Juliet Gilmore with ticket number 1340
Fourth prize - Bottle of Scotch Whisky - 1828 Michael Belli
Fifth prize - Bottle of Scotch Whisky -0251 Terry Woodhall
Sixth prize - Bottle of Vodka - 0685 Joshua Lane
Seventh prize - Bottle of Vodka - 0628 Sam Cane
Eighth prize - Bottle of Gin - 0287 Justine
Ninth prize - Bottle of Gin - 0295 Louise
Tenth prize - 2 bottles of wine - 2050 Ian Watts
Eleventh prize - Bottle of wine - 1851 Niki
Twelfth prize - Bottle of wine - 1943 Graham

Congratulations to all the winners.

:: Thursday 21st December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
January County League Fixtures released

Wasps have another three consecutive home league matches in January against Steyning, Mile Oak and Southwick followed by an away fixture at Sidlesham. If no games are postponed, that will leave just 4 home league fixtures after end January and eight away matches.

:: Tuesday 19th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
THE under-18s won 1-0 at South Park on Monday with defender Miles Neville getting the only goal in the 80th minute when he headed in a corner. Marc Pelling had seen a first-half penalty saved by South Park's goalkeeper.

THE third team have re-arranged a Mid Sussex League division three game at West Hoathly for this Saturday, kick off 2.00pm.

BOSS Steve Norris has failed in his bid to bring St Francis Rangers' striker Phil Gault to East Court. Instead, Gault has decided to join first division Hassocks.

Steve said: "It's disappointing but Hassocks is just down the road for Phil and it's first division football which is obviously not something we can offer at the moment. But the search for players goes on."

The news on Phil Thompson, who went off after 11 minutes on Saturday during the 0-0 draw against Seaford, is that his ankle is still very swollen and it could be a week before the extent of his injury is known. But Steve thinks Phil will be out for between 4-6 weeks. The players will be training three times this week - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - in the build-up to the Lingfield game on December 27.

An interview with Steve will be broadcast on Lee Quinn's sports show on Meridian FM tonight from 8pm.

:: Monday 18th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS were knocked off top spot in the league on Saturday but boss Steve Norris was not too disappointed after his side were held to a goalless draw in their first game for three weeks.......... [Full Match report]

It was only in the last 15 minutes when Grinstead began to feel the effects of their enforced lay-off but they had enough chances to have beaten another of the challengers for promotion from County League division two.

As it was, victories for Pagham and Peacehaven pushed Town into third place ahead of the Christmas derby against Lingfield at East Court next Wednesday, kick off 7.30pm which is our next fixture.

That is followed by trips to Westfield and Peacehaven over New Year after which Steve will have a much better idea of his team's promotion prospects.

He said: "Saturday was always going to be a tough game and while we had chances to win the main thing was that we did not drop three points. It is very tight at the top with just a few points separating six sides and there will be lots of twists and turns between now and the end of the season. But I was pleased with our commitment and at times we played some good football. I just wish we had saved some of the seven goals we scored in our last game against Southwick for Saturday."

Grinstead will still be without the suspended Drew Cooney and Dave Gellatly for the Lingfield match but their replacements at Seaford, Kevin Wright and Matt Thorpe, were both in good form as Grinstead stretched their unbeaten league run to nine matches.

:: Saturday 16th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps were held to a 0 - 0 draw at Seaford Town this afternoon, and with Pagham and Peacehaven both winning slipped down to third place. One major setback was the 11th minute injury suffered by Phil Thompson just outside of the Seaford box after a crunching challenge by Ben Dartnall, which resulted in Thompson being taken to hospital. X rays showed that there was no break but he has damaged ankle ligaments.......... [Full Match report]

The reserves were held to a 1 - 1 draw at home to Camberley Town and the Third XI also shared the points with East Court drawing 2 - 2.

:: Wednesday 13th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's Under 18s match against Worthing has been postponed.

:: Tuesday 12th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
For those of you who were listening to Wasps' Chairman Richard Tramontin tonight on the Lee Quinn Sports Show on Meridian FM, he would like to apologise for an error he realised he made when he spoke of Steve Norris's achievements since he took over as manager and put us top of the league - it should of course have been 5 wins and 2 draws in the league since taking control and not 3 wins and 2 draws. That should save some emails and phone calls.....

:: Monday 11th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

The first team hope to return to action after an enforced two-week break at Seaford on Saturday.

We stayed on top of County League division two despite the postponement of last Saturday's game at Lancing because of a waterlogged pitch.

Pagham and Peacehaven, who could have overtaken them, both suffered defeats with manager Steve Norris watching lowly Broadbridge Heath beat Pagham 2-1 after the squad had trained on Saturday morning.

Steve and his squad are celebrating the award of the County League's team of the month award for November after they won all four games in what was the manager's first full month in charge at East Court.

Steve said: "The award is great recognition, not just for me and the players but the coaching staff and everyone behind the scenes who all work so hard. Hopefully we can win it again at the end of the season which will mean we've won promotion!"

Wasps are without the suspended Drew Cooney and Dave Gellatly for Saturday's tough-looking trip to Seaford Town (ko 1.45pm), a side who are hard to beat on their own pitch.

Norris added: "The boys have trained hard for the past two weeks and it's been disappointing not to play so they will be raring to go on Saturday. Obviously we will miss Dave and Drew because they have been big players for us this season but I'm confident that whoever I chose to come into the side will do a good job."

Tom Green began his comeback after two months out with an ankle injury in the third-team game at Scaynes Hill on Saturday, which ended in a 2-0 defeat.

The reserves play Camberley Town at East Court on Saturday in the Suburban League, kick off 3pm.

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Wasps remain top of Division Two tonight with Pagham and Peacehaven both losing. Today's results:
Broadbridge Heath 2 - 1 Pagham
Midhurst & Easebourne 3 - 1 Wealden
Peacehaven & Tels. 1 - 5 Crawley Down
Southwick 2 - 1 Lingfield
Steyning Town 2 - 2 Saltdean United
Storrington 2 - 1 St. Francis Rangers
Westfield 3 - 1 Mile Oak

[Click here for Latest League table]

Following this morning's referee's pitch inspection, the Reserves match against Burgess Hill was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, while the Third XI lost 2 - 0 away to Scaynes Hill.

:: Friday 8th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
November Team of the Month

East Grinstead Town were named Division Two team of the month for November following 100% record of 4 wins in 4 games.

Weather takes its toll again

Tomorrow afternoon's Division Two match away to Lancing has already been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Reserves' Suburban League match at home to Burgess Hill is also in great doubt. As with other grounds around the county, East Court was still waterlogged late this afternoon and the pitch will be subject to a referee's inspection tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, the Vets match against Lingfield scheduled for Sunday afternoon has already been called off.

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Tonight's scheduled Under 18s match against Lingfield has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Tuesday 5th December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
TWO key players are going to be missing from some crucial December fixtures because of suspensions.

On Saturday we go to Lancing without skipper Drew Cooney who starts a three-match ban for his red card in the win over Peacehaven last month. He also misses the trip to Seaford on the 16th and the derby against Lingfield on the 27th. If any of these games are postponed the ban carries on until we have played three fixtures.

Dave Gellatly is due to start a 35-day suspension on Monday for a red card in Sunday football, so the strength in depth of the squad will be tested.

The County League are using the system adopted higher up the pyramid whereby players are banned for a number of games, not days, from this season.

But this does not apply to Sunday football as yet, hence Dave's suspension is for a period of days.

Dave could miss up to six matches as his ban is not due to finish until January 14, but there again he would not miss a single game if the next six matches were all postponed!

Dave has scored five goals in six games since returning to the club from Horsham YMCA last month while Drew has arguably been our most consistent player this season, winning the Rydon player of the month award in October and forming a solid central defensive partnership with Matt Bradford.

Manager Steve Norris said: "It will be interesting to see how we cope. We have some more options now and I'm confident the other players will rise to the challenge."

Saturday's visit to Culver Road (3pm) is the first of four away games out of the next five between now and January 2, when Wasps visit Peacehaven, who are now one point behind us following their victory over Saltdean on Saturday.

Grinstead lost a cup tie to Lancing in Steve's first game in charge but since then they have won six out of eight and drawn the other two. Apart from Drew, the squad should be at full strength and Steve is still looking to bring in some new faces.

Defender Andy Turner has completed his transfer from Oakwood but Steve said: "We would still like to bring in some more players. The next month is going to be crucial with some difficult away games but we will go into them with a lot of confidence after the run we've had."

We are now entering a crucial phase of the season so the vocal encouragement of as many supporters as possible at Lancing on Saturday would be appreciated. For directions, check out www.lancingfc.co.uk

The reserves are at home to Burgess Hill on Saturday in the Suburban League, ko 3.00pm.

In a change of fixture, the thirds go to Scaynes Hill, kick off 2pm, in the Mid Sussex division three.

THE under-18s are due to face Lingfield at East Court on Wednesday night, but this match looks certain to be called off with the pitch still waterlogged on Tuesday and more rain forecast.

:: Saturday 2nd December 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Results from matches that were played today in Sussex County League Division Two:

Broadbridge Heath 2 - 2 Midhurst & Easebourne
Lancing 0 - 1 Southwick
Peacehaven & Tels. 4 - 0 Steyning Town
Seaford Town 4 - 1 Saltdean United
Westfield 1 - 0 St. Francis Rangers

First Team match against Crawley Down has been postponed following a pitch inspection.

Reserve match at Haywards Heath and Third Team match at Cuckfield have also been called off.

:: Sunday 26th November 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Seven-up but boss insists we can still improve

WASPS warmed up for Saturday's derby against Crawley Down by recording their biggest win for nearly four years yesterday, beating Southwick 7 - 2.......... [Full Match report]

Boss Steve Norris could hardly criticise a team who scored seven goals but he warned that Grinstead will have to raise their game when the Division Two leaders take on their local rivals at East Court on Saturday (3pm).

League points were not at stake on Saturday but we nonetheless cruised into the quarter-finals of the Division Two Cup despite only hitting top gear in spells.

Norris said: "Southwick were pretty poor on the day and once we got control of the game there was no problem but we never really got out of second or third gear. There were spells when we played quite well and to score seven goals is great for confidence but we will need to play better against Crawley Down. The league is our priority, we are top of the table and there to be shot at and I am expecting a very difficult game."

Turner signs on

BOSS Steve Norris has strengthened the squad by signing defender Andy Turner from first division Oakwood.

Steve said: "We're delighted to have Andy on board. He is a player who will give us competition for places which is so crucial if we are to be successful."

:: Saturday 25th November 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS made it six wins out of seven in league and cup, completing an unbeaten November with a 7-2 thrashing of Southwick in the second round of the Division Two Cup at East Court today.

The goals came from Dave Gellatly (2), Matt Bradford, Adam Dart, Phil Thompson and subs Matt Thorpe and Ben Burns, his 11th of the season......... [Full Match report]

In the quarter-finals we are away to Storrington or Wealden.

It is our biggest win since we defeated Wealden 8-0 in the same competition in January, 2002.

IN the Suburban League, the reserves lost 1-0 to an 80th-minute goal at Camberley. Andy Turner, a defender signed this week from Oakwood, made his debut and goalkeeper Bob Taylor made his first appearance since re-joining the Wasps.

THE third team match against East Court was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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Tonight's scheduled Under 18s match against South Park in the Southern Youth League has been postponed.

:: Saturday 18th November 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
GRINSTEAD remain a point clear at the top of the second division after a 2-0 win over promotion rivals Peacehaven at East Court today.

In a stormy affair, three players were sent off after a second-half brawl including skipper Drew Cooney.

Drew had put us ahead after 25 minutes but the second goal didn't come until injury time when Ben Burns, who started on the bench, scored his tenth of the season......... [Full Match report]

Elsewhere, Wealden lost 2-1 at Westfield and Pagham were 2-0 winners at Seaford. This means there is now a five point gap between ourselves and third-placed Wealden, who do have two games in hand.

The reserves missed a penalty for the second week running as they went down 3-0 at Walton Casuals in the Suburban League (south division). Grant Rigler was the culprit this time when Casuals led 2-0. They added a third in the second half. Youth teamer Michael Belli was our best player in the centre of midfield.

The third team lost 3-1 at home to Scaynes Hill in division three of the Mid Sussex League.

:: Thursday 16th November 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS Under 18s lost 1 - 0 against Horsham YMCA at East Court tonight, the goal coming midway through the first half.

:: Saturday 11th November 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

East Grinstead Town 3, Broadbridge Heath 0

BOSS Steve Norris is refusing to get carried away despite guiding Wasps to the top of the table.

This afternoon's win - which stretched Grinstead's unbeaten league run to six games - and defeats for Wealden and Peacehaven means Norris's men are a point clear of Pagham in County League division two.

But Norris, who was only appointed six weeks ago, is keeping his feet firmly on the ground - and he will make sure the players do the same.

Goals from Jimmy Horner (2) and Adam Dart gave Wasps an ultimately comfortable win after the visitors had looked the better side in the first 25 minutes......... [Full Match report]

Norris said: "It's nice to be top and the boys deserve some plaudits for being there but we are only a third of the way through the season so we won't be getting carried away.

"We played well in the second half on Saturday. Once we'd scored we settled down and it was nice to see Adam Dart come back into the side and score a good goal."


After today's game, youngsters Jez Tobin and Marc Pelling were named joint-winners of the Rydon Player of the Month award for October.

As they are not old enough to drink alcohol, chairman Richard Tramontin presented them with a bottle of milk each.


Grinstead are at home again on Saturday when they can expect a stern test against Peacehaven, kick off 3pm at East Court.

Boss Norris said: "They had a bad result today but that looks like a blip because they have been going well all season so it will be another difficult game."

Steve was referring to their 5-1 pasting at Westfield, always a hard place to get a result. Previous leaders Wealden were held 2-2 at home by Steyning so Pagham are now second, a point behind us, after a comfortable 3-0 victory at Mile Oak.

Elsewhere, ex-Wasps' striker James Upton made it seven goals in three games as Crawley Down won 3-1 at Lancing. Lingfield slipped up 2-1 at home to Midhurst, Saltdean beat Storrington 3-1 and St Francis Rangers were surprisingly hammered 4-1 at home by Southwick.

Wasps Reserves had no less than three goals disallowed and missed a penalty this afternoon as they went down 3 - 0 to Raynes Park Vale in a rearranged Suburban League match, while the Thirds were beaten 5-1 by high-flying AFC Ringmer in the Mid Sussex League third division.

:: Wednesday 8th November 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page


TWO goals in the last ten minutes brought an end to Wasps' FA Youth Cup run as Salisbury set up a Wiltshire derby in the second round proper with a win they deserved.......... [Full Match report]

:: Monday 6th November 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

GRINSTEAD'S Reserves won their first game in the Suburban League tonight, the 2-1 success against Epsom & Ewell lifting them level on points with second-bottom Godalming Town in the southern division.......... [Full Match report]

Phil Major has fielded predominantly young teams so far with predictable results in what is a much higher standard than the County League's reserve section.

But with Wednesday's FA Youth Cup tie in mind, a more experienced line-up took the field at Banstead FC's Merland Rise ground.



WASPS strengthened their promotion bid with an impressive win over leaders Wealden at East Court on Friday.......... [Full Match report]

Boss Steve Norris has guided Grinstead to three wins in five league games since he took over last month but this was easily his side's most impressive display since he took charge.

Wealden arrived having scored more and conceded fewer goals than all their rivals in County League division two.

But it was only the brilliance of goalkeeper Simon Davey which prevented Wasps from winning more emphatically in front of a crowd of 178, the highest of the season at East Court.

Norris was delighted with his side's performance, but warned that Grinstead still have a lot to do if they are to win promotion back to the top flight after a two-year absence.

Both Pagham and Peacehaven, the sides immediately below Wasps, have three games in hand and Peacehaven visit East Court later this month.

Norris said: "We played really well on an excellent pitch which encouraged both sides to play good football. It was hard to pick out individuals because I don't think we had a weak link all over the pitch - but there is still more we can do to improve."

This Saturday Wasps entertain Broadbridge Heath, kick off 3pm at East Court.

Norris added: "It will be another hard game and we will have to produce the same level of performance if we are to get the three points. Beating the leaders is great for confidence and we have set ourselves a really high standard with that display. It's now up to us to maintain it for the rest of the season and see where it takes us."

:: Sunday 5th November 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Over 2,500 enjoy town's firework display

A VISUAL feast was on offer for East Grinstead on Saturday evening at the town's fireworks display.

Over 2,500 people enjoyed the annual display organised by East Grinstead Town and held at its East Court ground. The event was sponsored by Waitrose for the second year in succession. Although organised by the football club, the Lions Club has always had a major presence at the event and president Mark Barty was very pleased with the funds raised.

Music and commentary this year was provided by Meridian FM, a new local commuinty radio station that goes on air from 27th November for an initial one month trial broadcast.

Besides the club's main clubhouse bar, this year's real ale stall, supported by W J Armstrong, offered some fine local ales at reasonable prices. The club's tea bar was well frequented and we understand the mulled wine went down a treat. The Charcoal Grill, another local business that sponsor two teams at the club had a food stall for the second year.

The event's main organiser Richard Tramontin, EGTFC's Chairman, said: "The display was a great spectacle and everyone that came along seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. We are grateful to Waitrose for their support and our objective continues to be to give value for money to the local community. We kept entrance prices at the same level for the third consecutive year and we endeavour each year to improve on the last. Believe it or not, we will start planning for next year's event shortly and we already have some exciting new ideas for future improvements. I was glad to hear that the St John's Ambulance crew we always have on site had no incidents to deal with except for trying to help a lady who had lost her mobile phone!"

:: Friday 3rd November 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Grinstead produced their best performance of the season at East Court tonight as they beat second division leaders Wealden 2-0 to join them at the top of the table.

Wealden still lead on goal difference but they could have no complaints about the outcome of an entertaining game enjoyed by a season's best crowd of 178.

Everyone in an amber and black shirt could be proud of their performance and it was only the reflexes of Wealden goalkeeper Simon Davey, who made three great saves, and the post which prevented Wasps from winning more easily.

Dave Gellatly opened the scoring with an emphatic finish on 23 minutes and Phil Thompson's close-range strike, which finished off a great move at a throw-in, doubled our money after 68 minutes. [Full match report to follow]

Well done to Steve, Mick, Alan and the players on a superb display.

Under 18's get great home draw

The draw for thr second round proper of the FA Youth Cup was made today and the winners of the East Grinstead Town / Salisbury City match have a home draw against either Swansea City or Swindon Town.

Under 18 Manager, Phil Major, was delighted with the home draw. "We have a very difficult match against Salisbury City to overcome first. However, we have an even greater incentive now that we have a home draw against a football league side in the second round".

Lewes match off

Tomorrow's reserve team game at Lewes has been postponed because the home club are doing urgent work on their ground to get it ready for an FA Cup first round game next Saturday.

:: Tuesday 31st October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

NEW boss Steve Norris saw Grinstead stretch their unbeaten league run to four games but admitted his side can still do a lot better after a disappointing performance on Saturday.

Ben Burns looked to have secured victory with his ninth goal of the season early in the second half at the Shooting Field.

But the goal seemed to inspire Steyning rather than the visitors and Greg Hearne's 78th-minute equaliser was no more than they deserved.......... [Full Match report]

Nevertheless, a point lifted Wasps into fourth place and they have the opportunity to move into the promotion positions in County League division two when leaders Wealden visit East Court on Friday night, kick off 7.30pm - just three weeks after the sides drew 1-1 at Wealden.

Norris said: "We didn't perform nearly as well as we had done the previous week when we won at Mile Oak which was disappointing.

"The players know that and I will be looking for a reaction on Friday in what will be a very difficult game. We did really well to get a point at Wealden last month and hopefully we can make home advantage count."

Grinstead's finishing will need to improve if they are to sustain a promotion challenge on the evidence of their display at Steyning.


ADAM Dart should play his first game since returning to East Court next Monday when the reserves play Epsom & Ewell in the Suburban League at Banstead FC (7.30pm). Dart completes a suspension this weekend.

But Matt Thorpe has a hamstring problem while defender Tom Green is out for at least another month after tearing ligaments in his foot against Sidlesham three weeks ago.

:: Monday 30th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 CLUB winners

The winners of the September 200 Club draw were :

1st prize no. 61 Peter Cadman;
2nd prize no. 102 K Wadham;
3rd prize no. 21 Ray Galloway

Don't forget, you've got to be in it to win it and the more people that are in it, the higher the monthly prizes. It only costs 4 per month. Contact Gary Wilsher for details.

:: Sunday 29th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The date of the Under 18s match against Salisbury City in the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup has been confirmed as Wednesday 8th November at East Court (ko 7:15 pm).

Fitness levels take their toll as Wasps Vets lose away to Nutley 6 - 0.

:: Saturday 28th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Steyning Town 1 - 1 East Grinstead Town

WASPS created at least four great chances in the first half to take the lead but went in 0 - 0 at the break. Ben Burns opened the scoring early in the second half but instead of Grinstead capitalising, it was Steyning that grew in confidence and they equalised with 12 minutes left. (Match report to follow).

Reserves lost 2 - 0 away to Burgess Hill Town in the Suburban League. The Third XI bowed out of the Stubbins Challenge Cup against Wisdom Sports 6 - 5 on penalties. The match ended 5 - 5 after extra time and Grinstead were down to 10 men following Ian Nicholls' dismissal.

:: Thursday 26th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS' under-18s, sponsored by Azad, are the pride of youth football in East Grinstead after reaching the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup.

Until this season, Grinstead's youngsters had never won a match in the biggest competition in youth football.

But they have now battled through four qualifying rounds after booking their place alongside the youth teams of Football League clubs on Thursday when they won 1-0 against Westfield at Cobham FC.

Having already beaten Horsham YMCA 4-1, Margate 3-1 and Chipstead 2-0, Grinstead were confident of claiming another scalp but they rarely produced the football they are capable of on a bumpy pitch.......... [Full Match report]

The first round tie against Salisbury City is at East Court on Wednesday November 8, kick off 7.15pm.

:: Monday 23rd October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

DAVE Gellatly celebrated his Grinstead return with two goals as Wasps made it seven points from three games under new manager Steve Norris.......... [Full Match report]

Saturday's win lifted Grinstead into fourth place but Norris is certainly not resting on his laurels despite an excellent start to his managerial career.

He has told both Tyrone Roberts and Tyrone Palmer that they have no future at the club after they failed to turn up for Saturday's game.

Nobbo said: "Their behaviour was unacceptable to the club, to me and their team-mates, whom they have let down badly. They are no longer part of the club as a result."


Steve Norris is hoping to complete the signings of two more players this week. Both defender Adam Dart and midfielder Matt Thorpe have played more than 100 first-team games for the Wasps but have been playing Mid Sussex League football this season.

"Everyone at the club will be pleased to see those two lads back. They are quality players who can only add to the strength of our squad," said Nobbo.

Wasps go to Steyning on Saturday (3pm) in the league and entertain current leaders Wealden at East Court on Friday, November 3, kick off 7.30pm.


A 5-0 defeat at home to second-placed Tooting & Mitcham does not tell the whole story of Saturday's Suburban League game at East Court which was goalless at half-time.

Manager Phil Major said: "They were a good side and eventually over-ran us but I was pleased with our performance for an hour until we ran out of steam a bit."

This Saturday the reserves are away to Burgess Hill Town, kick off 3.00pm.


Don't forget all roads lead to Cobham FC on Thursday when the under-18s attempt to reach the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup.

They are away to another Southern Youth League outfit in Westfield, kick off 7.45pm. A home tie against Salisbury City or Beaconsfield SYCOB await the winners.

:: Saturday 21st October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Gellatly hits two as Wasps move up to 4th.....

Steve Norris was forced to make changes just before kick off today at the Rec as Wasps faced Mile Oak. Ben Burns had to withdraw from the starting line up with a chest infection and Tyrone Roberts failed to make it to the ground.

Tom Harris wore the no 9 shirt but it was Dave Gellatly who opened the scoring after 15 minutes of his return to the club following his transfer from Horsham YMCA. Phil Thompson directed a header to Grant Rigler who flighted a ball through to Gellatly who beat the advancing keeper, Rich Whittington.

Marc Pelling came closest to extending Wasps lead when his shot beat the keeper but hit the inside of the post and flew across goal.

Just before the end of the first half, Referee Paul Barratt adjudged Matt Bradford to have deliberately handled the ball on the six yard line when the ball struck his arm as he fell backwards. The resultant penalty was coverted by Scott Carden. This left Wasps aggrieved as they went in on equal terms after having had the better play.

Within 7 minutes of the restart, Wasps were back in front as Gellatly beat the keeper with a shot in the bottom right hand corner. Phil Thompson extended the lead to a deserved 3 - 1 with a side foot shot after he was found by Gellatly's well placed header.

To the utter amazement of the travelling bench and supporters, Mile Oak were awarded two further penalties for alleged handballs by Richard Foyle. The first on 81 minutes was saved by Lee Whibley and the second 6 minutes later was converted by Paul Eaton.

The final scoreline did not truly reflect Wasps superior performance, but the three points moves them up three places to 4th.

Steve Norris was very pleased with the team performance and Micky Buckingham took the wheel of the new club minibus and drove a buoyant squad back to East Court.

:: Friday 20th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps on the road with The Village Garage........

Steve Norris and his squad will be travelling to Mile Oak tomorrow in the club's new 17 seater minibus, which has been generously donated by Brian McCorquodale, proprietor of The Village Garage.

Brian is pictured above handing over the keys of the vehicle to Chairman Richard Tramontin.

Tramontin said: "The whole club is extremely grateful to Brian and the Village Garage for providing us with the minibus. Brian is an enthusiastic sponsor and supporter of the club and joined the Management Committee at the start of the season. I think the minibus looks really smart with its superb new paintjob. It is eyecatching and demonstrates that we are a proud and progressive club. It will promote team spirit and camaraderie not only for the First Team but for all the teams within the Club that will be using the minibus."

He added: "I would also like to thank the other sponsors whose contributions will help keep the minibus on the road: Rydon, the club's main sponsor, Waitrose, who are also sponsoring our forthcoming Fireworks Spectacular, Wealden Leisurewear, who have become a main supplier, Meridian FM the local community radio station that will be on air on 87.7 fm from next month and Luxury Sign Design, who did the signwriting on the minibus."

The minibus' second outing will be next Thursday for the Under 18s 3rd Round Qualifying tie in the FA Youth Cup against Westfield at Cobham FC (ko 7:45pm); the winners will be at home in the First Round Proper against either Salisbury City or Beaconsfield.

:: Thursday 19th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Gellatly transfer completed

Steve Norris has confirmed that the transfer of Dave Gellatly from Ryman League Horsham YMCA has been completed.

This will be the midfielder's fourth spell with the club where he has made 197 appearances. Gellatly will be at tonight's training session and will make the trip to Mile Oak on Saturday (ko 3pm).

Norris said: "Dave will give us a real boost in midfield. He's aggressive, gets goals from midfield and I'm sure playing and training at a higher level will have improved his game. It will be great to have him back at East Court."

:: Monday 16th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18's are on the march

Wasps Under 18's are really making a name for themselves. In the Preliminary Round of the prestigous FA Youth Cup they were drawn away to Horsham YMCA and came from behind to win 4-2. In the next round, they had to make the long journey to Margate. Once again they were a goal down but turned it around with an excellent display to win 3-1.

Last Thursday they played in the next round at home to Chipstead. In front of a large crowd at East Court, the youngsters put in another quite outstanding performance. They took the lead early in the first half courtesy of a Marc Pelling penalty and they wrapped up a 2-0 victory with an excellent strike from Jez Tobin in the second half.

East Grinstead Town, until this season, had never won a match in the FA Youth Cup, are now one match away from going into the first round proper draw which includes all professional clubs from League 1 and 2. In their final qualifying match, Town will face Westfield on Thursday 26th October with the game taking place at Cobham FC (7.45pm ko).

Since the squad was selected in the summer the Under 18's have worked very hard in training and Manager, Phil Major and Coach, Gavin Neville, have been delighed with their attitude and committment. They are now on the brink of something very special and let's hope following a win at Westfield they are rewarded with an exciting tie in the next round.

Under 18 Squad : Brisefer, Snape, Neville, Belli, Pelling, Cooney, Neville, Read, Tobin, De Cambre, Leggett, Thompson, Howick, Pollard, Walter, Gunter, Johnson, Nottidge, Burns and Lochhead.

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East Grinstead Town 2, Sidlesham 1

STEVE Norris celebrated his first win as Grinstead boss after his side showed great determination to come from behind against spirited Sidlesham.

Ben Burns made it three goals in two games with strikes either side of half-time after Sidlesham had taken a deserved early lead.......... [Full Match report]

It's still early days in Norris's managerial reign of course, but he has certainly got the players competing and working hard for each other.

The win lifted them to within three points of third-placed Mile Oak in County League Division Two and Norris is hoping to increase competition for places this week by making his first signings as manager.

An official approach has been made to Ryman League Horsham YMCA for midfielder Dave Gellatly and he should complete his move in time to be involved on Saturday when Wasps travel to Mile Oak in the league (kick off 3pm).

Gellatly has made 197 appearances for Grinstead and this will be his fourth spell with the club.


As he settles in to his new job, Steve Norris will be looking to further strengthen his squad but he can have no complaints about the commitment shown so far.

He added: "The players have all given me 100 per cent and as a manager I can ask no more than that. If we keep winning and they keep performing the players will keep the shirts but everyone knows that the squad lacks depth and we need to add to it."

The only disappointment today came when defender Tom Green landed awkwardly during the second half and appeared to suffer ankle ligament damage. The full extent of the youngster's injury will not be known for a few days.

Norris added: "It's a blow because Tom is one of several young players in the side who have done really well for us. Hopefully he will not be out for too long."

At least Norris will have Matt Bradford available after suspension on Saturday as a direct replacement in the heart of the defence.


Steve Norris and everyone at EGTFC had another reason to celebrate today when head coach Micky Buckingham agreed to stay with the club. Norris said: "I am absolutely delighted that Micky has agreed to stay on as head coach. I have the highest regard for Micky and rate him as the best coach in Sussex."


SKIPPER Drew Cooney is Wasps' player of the month for September after some impressively consistent performances in midfield and defence. He received a bottle of champagne from sponsors Rydon Group after Saturday's win over Sidlesham.


THE reserves bowed out of the Sussex Intermediate Cup today, losing 3-2 at West Sussex League Clymping in their first round tie.

Trailing 3-0 after 35 minutes, Wasps rallied thanks to goals from Matt Garrett and Grant Rigler but could not force extra time against their West Sussex League opponents.

One positive was the return of midfielder Brian Tilley who was making his first appearance of the season after injury.

:: Thursday 12th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 2, Chipstead 0

A first half penalty from Marc Pelling and a superb strike by Jez Tobin in the second half put Wasps Under 18s through to the third round qualifying of the FA Youth Cup where they will now face Westfield away. The exact date has yet to be confirmed but the tie will take place in the week ommencing 23rd October.

:: Tuesday 10th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps get well deserved draw......

Steve Norris was very pleased with his team's performance tonight against Wealden which won them a well deserved 1 - 1 draw.
Despite early pressure from the home side, Grinstead went ahead on 5 minutes from the penalty spot following good play down the left from Richard Foyle, whose cross was perfect for Tyrone Roberts who worked his way into the box and was brought down. Ben Burns stepped up to take the kick and cooly put the ball to the left of the keeper. Wealden's equaliser came on 19 minutes and was also a spot kick which was taken by Wes Tate after Tom Green was adjudged to have handled the ball.
Lee Whibley in goal brought off some superb saves to deny Wealden and on the half hour Tobi Hutchinson looked odds on to score with a gaping net in front of him but somehow managed to put the ball wide. Grinstead came close themselves with probably the best effort from a Ben Burns free kick 25 yards out which was flying into the top left hand corner before a Welden defender just got his head to it to put the ball behind for a corner.......... [Full Match report]
Wasps now face Sidlesham at home on Saturday ko 3pm.

GRINSTEAD'S under-18s face Chipstead at East Court on Thursday in the second qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup, kick off 7.30pm. After winning away to Horsham YMCA and Margate, the young Wasps are hoping to make home advantage count against fellow Southern Youth League opposition. Victory would leave them just one game away from a tie against Football League opposition with the winners away to Westfield who beat South Park 2 - 0 last night.

:: Saturday 7th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Lancing 1

NEW BOSS Steve Norris could not make a winning start as Wasps bowed out of the Sussex Senior Cup despite a spirited performance from his young side in today's first round tie.
A sixth minute goal from Darren Annis proved decisive although Norris was happy enough with Grinstead's work-rate and commitment.
He said after being appointed that he felt the side lacked experience and would need strengthening and this performance would not have changed his view.
He said: "Apart from a brief spell in the first half around the time they scored I thought we were marginally the better side.
"The players worked really hard and gave their all which is what I asked them to do but we need to strengthen in certain areas of the team. I knew that when I got the job and that remains the priority."

With Phil Thompson and Kevin Wright - two of his more experienced players - missing through injury, Grant Rigler unavailable and Matt Bradford starting a three match suspension, Norris was forced to re-shuffle.......... [Full Match report]
After a hectic few days following his appointment on Wednesday, Norris has begun the task of trying to make some signings.
Norris added: "That is the priority but it is up to the guys in possession of the shirt at the moment to produce performances which means they stay in the side."
Another ex-Grinstead player, Alan Lester, has joined Norris's backroom staff, at least in the short-term, to assist with coaching duties.
On Tuesday, Grinstead are away to Wealden (7.45pm) and next Saturday another of the early pacesetters, Sidlesham, visit East Court (3pm), by which time there could be some new faces in the side.

:: Thursday 5th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Sackville make it 3 straight wins

The Adam Dabell trophy was successfully defended again by Sackville school at tonight's Adam Dabell Memorial match against Imberhorne school at East Court. The final score was 3 - 0. This was the third year the trophy was contested in memory of Adam who collapsed and tragically died at the age of 26 whilst playing football with friends in March 2004.

:: Wednesday 4th October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New boss for Wasps

EAST Grinstead Town FC are pleased to confirm the appointment of Steve Norris as their new first team manager.

Steve, 38, made over 300 appearances for Grinstead in a playing career which also included spells with Crawley Town and Burgess Hill.

He said: "I am delighted to be given this opportunity to manage a club which has always been close to my heart. I am looking forward to working with the existing squad and taking East Grinstead forward.

"The club has a good infrastructure, strong youth section and the people behind the scenes match my ambition to really take the club forward. I can't wait to get stuck into the job."

Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "We interviewed three very good candidates who all came across extremely well but Steve stood out.

He shares the same ambitions and ideas as we do. He is a well respected figure in Sussex football because of the playing career he had but he also knows our club very well - he played for us as a 16-year-old. Until two years ago he was still playing for our reserves and was also their assistant manager so he knows a lot of the current squad too and is keen to work with them.

We think he is someone who will command respect and we are excited about the ideas he has to make us a force in Sussex football. It won't happen overnight, but we firmly believe with Steve at the helm that it will happen."

Norris will meet the players at East Court tomorrow night (Thursday) and starts his managerial reign on Saturday when Wasps play Lancing in the first round of the Sussex Senior Cup, kick off 3.00pm.

:: Sunday 1st October 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Southwick 1, East Grinstead Town 0

CARETAKER-boss Micky Buckingham could offer few excuses after Wasps made a limp exit from the RUR Cup on Saturday.

Paul Martin's goal four minutes from time settled a dour second round tie at Old Barn Way. Martin bustled his way into the box and although Lee Whibley saved his first shot, he could not prevent the Southwick striker from converting the rebound.

Buckingham felt the exertions of last Tuesday's League Cup tie against Crowborough may have been a factor, but he conceded that Wasps had failed to do themselves justice against an ordinary Southwick team on a hard, bobbly pitch totally different to the lush East Court surface.

He said: "I remember earlier in the season when we went to Storrington after a hard midweek game and struggled and this was similar. We were flat, too casual on the ball and struggled to create many chances. Neither did they, to be honest, and it was a pretty poor game overall. One or two of the players apologised afterwards which was good to hear because it shows they care but it was still very disappointing."

Buckingham made two changes to the side beaten by Crowborough with Tyrone Roberts alongside Ben Burns up front and Jez Tobin restored to midfield.

But apart from a shot by Burns which tested the home keeper and an effort by fullback Richard Foyle which clipped the outside of the post, Grinstead created very little.

"There were lots of average performances from us," conceded Buckingham, who gave 16-year-old Michael Belli a taste of first-team action as a second-half substitute.

"The only positive is that it was not a league game. I would fancy us to take six points off them in the league."


DEFENDER Matt Bradford starts a three-match ban for his red card against Seaford this week.

He misses Saturday's Senior Cup tie against Lancing at East Court (3pm), Tuesday week's Division Two trip to Wealden (7.30pm) and the home game against Sidlesham in the league on October 14.


THE club hope to name their new manager this week.

Chairman Richard Tramontin revealed that the committee will be interviewing three candidates, including current caretaker-boss Mick Buckingham, on Tuesday.

He said: "We have three very strong candidates and I'm sure that whoever we choose will do an excellent job for us."

The new man will take over from Bob Smith who left East Court after eight seasons in charge a fortnight ago.

The website can exclusively reveal that Sven Goran Eriksson did not apply.

:: Saturday 30th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Bad day for Wasps

Grinstead were knocked out of the RUR Cup by Southwick with a goal five minutes from the end of a dreary match at Old Barn Way. The reserves suffered a heavy 8 - 0 defeat away to Molesey while the Third XI bowed out of the Edgar German Challenge Cup losing to East Court 6 - 0.

:: Wednesday 27th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s triumphant in FA Youth Cup

A sterling display saw Wasps Under 18s beat Margate 3 - 1 tonight in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup.

Grinstead were unfortunate to go in at half time trailing 1 - 0. Marc Pelling pulled the scores level early in the second half from the penalty spot, followed by a stunning goal from Jez Tobin and Michael Belli topped a fine performance with a headed goal.

Wasps now meet either Chertsey Town or Chipstead at East Court in the week commencing 9th October in the Second Qualifying Round.

:: Tuesday 26th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps lose out to top of Division One Crows

Micky Buckingham's side lost out to top of Division One side Crowborough Athletic in tonight's John O'Hara 2nd Round Cup Tie during a two minute spell in the first half. Ross Treleaven was awarded a goal on 16 minutes when the assistant referee adjudged the ball to have crossed the line, although all that stood behind the goal saw that it hit the underneath of the crossbar hit the line and came out. Two minutes later the referee blew for a foul for Crowborough just inside the Wasps half and with the Grinstead players still arguing, the Crows took the kick from which Danny Baker went through and scored. Grinstead put on a good second half display but failed to score.......... [Full Match report]

:: Sunday 24th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

East Grinstead Town 5, Midhurst 4

MICKY Buckingham got a win in his first game in caretaker charge at East Court as Wasps ended a turbulent week with an amazing County League victory on Saturday.
Wasps raced into a 5-1 lead with 20 minutes remaining but were praying for referee Paul John's final whistle at the end after Midhurst scored three goals in the closing stages.......... [Full Match report]
Coach Buckingham was put in temporary charge after manager Bob Smith left the club after eight seasons in charge last Tuesday.
The club are still receiving applications for the post but chairman Richard Tramontin said that interviews would not take place until next week at the earliest.
In the meantime Buckingham will be in charge again for Tuesday night's John O'Hara League Cup tie against Crowborough (7.30pm) and will also be in the dugout for Saturday's RUR Cup second round trip to Southwick (3pm).
He will hope the experiences are a little less nerve-wracking than Saturday.
He said: "My heart was going a bit towards the end but the positives were that going forward we looked a threat and scored some great goals."

:: Saturday 23rd September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps hit five.....

Ben Burns opened the scoring after 3 minutes and Drew Cooney followed up 16 minutes later with a fierce right foot volley. The vistors pulled one back but then a well taken goal by Jez Tobin restored Wasps two goal lead on 36 minutes. A superb individual goal by Ben Burns was followed by Grant Rigler's determination in the box to net Grinstead's fifth. With the score at 5 - 1 within the first quarter of an hour of the second half, it looked as if that would mean game over. However Midhurst never gave up and scored three goals in the last 15 minutes. The home crowd were relieved when ref Paul John blew his final whistle. Well done to Mick Buckingham and the team in their first match since Bob Smith's departure. Match report to follow.

It was good to see Bob Smith pull on his Wasps shirt and play in the Third XIs' 4 - 3 away win against Crowborough Athletic in the Stubbins Challenge Cup

Meanwhile, the Reserves travelled to Godalming and lost 6 - 2.

:: Wednesday 20th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
AFTER eight years in charge, the club has decided with great reluctance to part company with our first-team manager Bob Smith.

Bob has been an outstanding servant to East Grinstead Town, both as a player and then manager. He made 274 first-team appearances and after a successful period as reserve-team boss was the unanimous choice to take the first-team job in July 1998.

The club's playing fortunes were at a low ebb but slowly Bob improved the side through his own hard work and after twice going close to winning promotion to Division One, he took us up in 2003.

The following season was one of the most successful in the club's history. We consolidated our first division status with a top-ten finish and won the RUR Cup with a 4-0 win over Three Bridges, the club's first major honour for 50 years.

Relegation at the end of the 2004-05 season was a huge blow, especially the circumstances in which we went down on the last day of the season.

The club felt tremendous loyalty to Bob at that time because of what he had achieved in the recent past and that he deserved the chance to take us back up.

Unfortunately we were never in a position to mount a promotion challenge last season and finished in mid-table.

In April we re-affirmed our commitment to Bob but also made it clear that a successful promotion season this year had to be our aim.

Although Bob has been successful in attracting one or two new players to the club we felt, as a committee, that the side had not improved sufficiently and that if we were going to go forward this season a change in manager was the only option in the circumstances.

It has been a very difficult decision to make, especially for those of us who have known Bob so long and have come to regard him as a friend.

The club would like to place on record our heartfelt thanks to Bob for his tremendous service both as a player and manager and hope he remains with us in some capacity.

We now begin the search for a new manager. The post will be advertised both locally and county-wide and anyone with the necessary experience of senior football who would like to be considered should contact club secretary Bruce Talbot by email at bruce.talbot@egtfc.co.uk or on 07966 485720.

In the meantime, coach Mick Buckingham has agreed to manage the team on an interim basis and we would urge all our supporters to get behind the players and Mick in their efforts to get the results which will help us climb the table.


:: Tuesday 19th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 CLUB winners

The winners of the June, Juky and August 200 Club draws were :

August: 1st prize no. 66 Pam Presland; 2nd prize no. 106 Gillian Wrintmore; 3rd prize no. 64 R Moore
July: 1st prize no. 100 Paul Wheeler; 2nd prize no. 48 Ian Brown; 3rd prize no. 8 Scott Woolley
June: 1st prize no. 8 Scott Woolley; 2nd prize no. 53 Kim Vince; 3rd prize no. 6 Chris Raymond

Don't forget, you've got to be in it to win it and the more people that are in it, the higher the monthly prizes. It only costs 4 per month. Contact Gary Wilsher for details.

:: Monday 18th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
BOSS Bob Smith is intensifying his efforts to bring a new striker to East Court after watching his side lose their third successive game on Saturday.

Hardworking Seaford plundered a 2-1 win thanks to two goals in the space of five first-half minutes and, to complete their misery, Grinstead lost defender Matt Bradford in the 75th minute when he was shown a straight red card by referee Lloyd MacDonald for stamping on an opponent off the ball. Ironically, Wasps played their best football with ten men but not for the first time this season their neat approach work counted for little because a lack of finishing power........... [Full Match report]

Smith said: "I have tried various permutations up front but Saturday proved what I have known for a while now - we lack a cutting edge. A striker was a priority in the summer and I spoke to lots of players but without luck and the situation has remained unchanged. I don't think we are that far away from being a very good side in this league but everyone can see where our main weakness is. When we don't take our chances it puts pressure on the defence to keep clean sheets and that is hard to do week in, week out."

Smith said he had no complaints about Bradford's dismissal which will cost him a three-match ban. He added that Bradford had apologised for his actions to his team-mates afterwards.

The gap between Grinstead and the top three is a mere four points but Wasps desperately need the morale boost of three points this Saturday when they entertain a Midhurst side who scored eight goals against Saltdean in their last game. Kick off at East Court is 3pm.

:: Saturday 16th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
It's been a miserable Saturday for Wasps with all three senior teams losing.
The Firsts lost at home to Seaford Town by 2 - 1. All three goals came in a 5 minute spell half way through the first half. The visitors opened the scoring with a 20th minute header from Tom Callaghan. Tyrone Roberts scored a super goal to draw level and then Chris Stanyard scored from the spot on 25 minutes. Matt Bradford was red carded with 15 minutes to play.
Elsewhere, the Reserves lost 4 - 0 to Godalming Town in the First Round of the Suburban League Challenge Cup and the Thirds lost 3 - 1 at home to AFC Ringmer.

:: Thursday 14th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Wasps are now at home to Midhurst & Easebourne in a league match on Saturday, September 23 - kick off 3.00pm. The original fixture against Peacehaven has been postponed because of our opponents' involvement in the FA Vase.


Congratulations to the under-18s who had an impressive 4-2 win over Horsham YMCA at Gorings Mead tonight to reach the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup............. [Full Match report]

This is the first time in the club's history that Grinstead have progressed a round in the FA Youth Cup. They will now make the trip to Margate on a date to be confirmed in the week beginning September 25.

Congratulations to Phil Major, coach Gavin Neville and all the lads for their efforts. After a disappointing few days in the FA competitions, this was a great boost for club morale.

:: Tuesday 12th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Tunbridge Wells 3, East Grinstead Town 2

BOSS Bob Smith was left 'shocked' after we threw away a 2-0 lead to crash out of the FA Vase to a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time on Saturday. Grinstead were in control for an hour thanks to goals from Jez Tobin and Simon Cassidy but the game was transformed by the arrival of Wells' substitute Ross Campbell who gave his side some attacking momentum............ [Full Match report]

It ended a disappointing week after we were beaten in their FA Cup replay by Hamble a few days earlier.

Bob said: "I cannot believe how we lost that game - I'm in shock. We didn't really build our play at all in the first half but for 25 minutes at the start of the second half I thought we were superb.

"We have to enter the FA competitions and it's nice to play teams from other leagues but so often we lose these games and it knocks the confidence of the players,"
he said.

"So we need to bounce back and get on track again. I still think there are areas of the squad which we need to strengthen and I am working very hard to do that at the moment."


Wasps are back in league action on Saturday when they entertain Seaford Town, kick off 3pm at East Court.

James Horner made his comeback after breaking his wrist in pre-season for the reserves on Saturday and scored in their 4-1 home defeat against Walton Casuals in the Suburban League South division.

On Saturday the reserves are away to Godalming Town and next Tuesday (19th) they entertain Raynes Park Vale, kick off 7.30pm.

The third team lost 6-1 at home to a strong Horley Athletico side on Saturday in Mid Sussex League division three action. Our goal was scored by Rob Anderson.

The under-18s start their FA Youth Cup campaign on Thursday away to Horsham YMCA in the preliminary round, kick off 7.00pm.

:: Tuesday 5th September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

THREE goals in the last 12 minutes condemned Wasps to an early FA Cup exit at East Court in Tuesday's preliminary round replay.
Grinstead had matched their Wessex League opponents for long periods and created the better chances........... [Full Match report]
Boss Bob Smith said: "It's very disappointing. All we lacked was someone to finish the chances we created because I thought for most of the game we were the better side. But goals change games."
Smith says he is redoubling his efforts to bring a proven goalscorer to the club in the next days.
On Saturday, Wasps go to Tunbridge Wells in the preliminary round of the FA Vase, kick off 3pm.

:: Saturday 2nd September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Hamble ASSC 1 - 1 East Grinstead Town

Wasps settle for replay at East Court on Tuesday in the FA Cup Preliminary round against Wessex League Hamble ASSC.

Grinstead were put under pressure from the start of today's match, but Simon Cassidy put Wasps ahead in their first real attack after 11 minutes following a fluid move with Ben Burns finding Tyrone Roberts who threaded the ball through to Cassidy who hit a fine low shot past keeper Nick O'Donnell. Hamble ASSC drew level through Paul Vinton in stoppage time at the end of the first half from a free kick for a handball by Richard Foyle just outside the penalty box. The equaliser was no more than the home team deserved, and Wasps were pleased to go in at the break on level terms.

Grinstead improved in the second half and should have clinched the tie at the death after Ben Burns crossed to Tyrone Roberts who struck the near post and then from the rebound squared the ball to Richard Foyle whose shot flew just wide of the far post........... [Full Match report]

Kevin Wright, who was unavailable for Saturday's trip to Hamble, returns to what should be a full-strength squad for Tuesday night's replay.

WASPS are back on the road this Saturday when they make the short trip along the A264 to take on Kent League Tunbridge Wells in the preliminary round of the FA Vase, kick off 3.00pm.

:: Friday 1st September 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
FA Cup travel arrangements

Just a reminder that a coach has been booked for travel to Hamble ASSC for Wasps FA Cup Preliminary Round tie tomorrow. The coach will leave at 11.30 am sharp and any supporters wishing to travel should see Alan Woolley at East Court in the morning.

Meabwhile back at home, the Reserves entertain AFC Wimbledon; kick off 3pm.

:: Thursday 31st August 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
MANAGER Bob Smith believes his side are making progress despite mixed fortunes over the Bank Holiday weekend.

On Saturday Wasps lost 2-1 at home to early second division pacesetters Pagham despite leading until the 79th minute, but they bounced back on Monday with a 1-0 victory in the local derby at Crawley Down.

Smith blooded three new signings over the weekend. Tyrone Roberts started both games after completing his move from Croydon while fellow midfielder Simon Cassidy and front man Tim Moffatt, who have joined Grinstead from Whyteleafe, came off the bench in both matches.

Smith said: "I think there are a lot of positive signs. Against Pagham, who were the best team we have played, we dominated for 80 minutes but instead of holding on to what we had went looking for a second goal and got caught out.

"But we bounced back well on Monday. We had the chances to have won more comfortably and when we had to defend in the second half we looked very solid.

"I would still like to bring in one or two more players but the new lads have made the squad a lot stronger and we can only get better if we keep everyone fit."

:: Saturday 26th August 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps lose at home to Pagham 2 - 1 after conceeding two late second half goals. Reserves lose by same scoreline away to Chipstead

:: Sunday 20th August 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Storrington 1, East Grinstead Town 1

WASPS remain unbeaten in the County League after coming from behind to hold early division two pacesetters Storrington on Saturday.

In the absence of the holidaying Bob Smith, assistant manager Mick Buckingham had the luxury of naming the side which drew 0-0 with promotion favourites St Francis Rangers last week.

And there was certainly evidence that a new-look Grinstead side are starting to bed down, although a game ruined by the bumpy pitch and swirling wind was hardly one for the connoisseur........... [Full Match report]

Wasps are in action twice over the Bank Holiday weekend. On Saturday they entertain Pagham at East Court (3pm) before travelling to Crawley Down on Monday (11am).

Drew Cooney misses the Pagham game due to suspension which means manager Smith will have to make at least one change.

:: Wednesday 16th August 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, St Francis Rangers 0

WASPS held one of this season's promotion favourites to a creditable draw in an entertaining County League clash at East Court on Tuesday.
Saints created the better chances but Wasps gave as good as they got and were inches away from taking all three points when man of the match Matt Bradford just failed to connect with Ben Burns' centre across the face of goal in the 89th minute........... [Full Match report]

:: Monday 14th August 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS opened their County League campaign with a deserved win - but their victory was overshadowed when debutant Drew Menzies broke his right leg.
The midfielder was 40 minutes into his first appearance since joining Grinstead from Tunbridge Wells when he suffered the injury competing for a 50-50 ball.
The match was held up for 20 minutes before an ambulance arrived to take Menzes to hospital. He is the THIRD Grinstead player to fracture his leg in 18 months after Kevin Wright and Simon Tadman, who is still not playing after suffering his injury in April........... [Full Match report]
The side which finished on Saturday is expected to start against promotion favourites St Francis Rangers on Tuesday.
Wasps are on the road again on Saturday against Storrington, kick off 3.00pm.

GRINSTEAD reserves embark on their first season in the Suburban League (South Division) on Saturday with a trip to Merstham (3pm). They are away to Horley Town the following Tuesday (7.45pm).

:: Wednesday 9th August 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith is in confident mood as he prepares for his ninth season in charge of the Wasps.

Town kick off their County League division two campaign at East Court against Saltdean on Saturday (3pm) and there is a second home match next Tuesday against St Francis Rangers (ko 7.30pm).

Smith has added some new faces to the squad which finished seventh last season and, providing they can steer clear of injuries, he believes Grinstead can challenge for a return to the first division in what is sure to be a very competitive league.

His new signings include striker Grant Rigler, 18, who was on Bournemouth's books and central midfielder Drew Menzes, who has played for Kent League Tunbridge Wells for the past three seasons and was involved with professional clubs as a youngster.

In addition, Smith is confident of completing the signing of central defender Matt Bradford, who played for the club two seasons ago, in time for the Saltdean match.

A trailist, who played for Croydon last season in the Ryman League, impressed on Saturday in the 2-0 friendly win over Horley Town before suffering an ankle injury but Smith is confident he will also sign. Smith said: "He's a wide player with fantastic pace who I'm sure would become a big favourite with our supporters."

Striker Tom Harris, who played youth football for Wasps before playing in the Mid Sussex League, has also returned to East Court and scored against Horley along with last season's top scorer Ben Burns.

First team regulars who have left since last season are long-serving goalkeeper Dave Tidy, who has joined Corinthian Casuals, Barry Leete and Matt Thorpe.

But Drew Cooney is fit again after an injury-plagued season and another defender, James Ricketts, who only made a handful of appearances, should be available more regularly.

Smith said: "It's only in the last week or so that the squad has started to come together and I'm quite excited. I feel the squad is stronger than last season and if we can get off to a good start and avoid the sort of injury problems we had last year then we could go close.

"We have been working hard on our pattern of play and I was delighted with the way we passed the ball against Horley. We knocked it around really well and were comfortable winners in the end."

As the squad has come together so pre-season results have improved. Last Thursday Grinstead drew 3-3 with Chipstead with Jez Tobin scoring twice. The youngster made a big impression when he got first-team opportunities at the end of the season and Smith believes he can make a good contribution during this campaign.

Smith added: "Once again I'm sure the second division will be very competitive and although we have our first two games at home they are both going to be difficult matches.

"Saltdean beat us here last season and St Francis finished third but couldn't go up and I expect them to challenge once again.

"But I'm really looking forward to the new season. There is a nice freshness about the squad, we have some very good youngsters coming through and if we are patient and stick together there's no reason why we can't have a good season."

:: Wednesday 2nd August 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith is excited by the crop of young talent emerging at the club in pre-season.
Players like Tom Green, Bobby Buckingham, Steve Major and Jez Tobin all gained vital County League experience last year and will be all the better for it when the new campaign kicks off on Saturday week, according to their manager.
Smith and assistant Micky Buckingham have been working on a specifically defined pattern of play during pre-season and he has been impressed with the way his squad, and in particular the youngsters, have adapted to it.
He said: "Pre-season has gone really well so far. The squad have worked really hard, we look a lot fitter and the young players are really starting to blossom which is the most encouraging thing.
"And below them there is another crop of youngsters aged between 16-18 years who are starting to emerge and who look great long-term prospects. They will get their opportunities as well this season, whether it's in the youth team, reserves or the first team."

Smith has yet to finalise his squad for the County League division two kick-off against Saltdean at East Court on August 12.
But several trialists have been given a chance in the three friendlies played so far and the search for new faces is ongoing.
He added: "The majority of the squad who finished last season are back with us and I think one or two others will commit themselves in the next few days.
"We have made some new signings but until the season starts I won't go public because that would alert other clubs. In the past players have apparently committed themselves then changed their minds at the last moment and when that happens it can ruin all your plans.
"But we will definitely be competitive this season in Division Two and I can't stress how good the long-term future of the club is looking."

In three friendlies so far, Smith has not been able to field anything close to his first-choice side because of holidays and unavailability - a regular occurence in pre-season.
In their first game ten days ago Wasps lost 5-1 to a strong Eastbourne Town side who look capable of challenging for the County League title this season after making a number of signings.
Last Tuesday they drew 1-1 with Kent League Tunbridge Wells, whom they meet next month in the FA Vase, with Green getting their goal from a corner.
On Saturday, Combined Counties League outfit South Park provided the opposition and the match finished 1-1 with Phil Thompson getting Grinstead's goal with a cracking strike from the edge of the penalty area. South Park's side included Ricky Geddes, who had a brief spell at East Court three years ago, and a number of ex-Redhill players.
Smith added: "It was a mixture of first and reserve-teamers who played on Saturday and it was another good workout. We tried out a few things which went well. South Park were a good side and if they were in our league they would be very competitive."
The venue for tomorrow's (Thursday) friendly against Chipstead has been moved to Furnace Green (ko 6.30pm) and Wasps have a double header at Horley Town on Saturday with the first team kicking off at 2pm and the reserves at 4pm.
Then Three Bridges visit East Court next Tuesday (7.30pm) for the final friendly before the league campaign kicks off.

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August fixtures released The Sussex County League have issued the August fixture lists. Follow link to First Team Fixtures

Rydon continue to support Wasps.....

EAST Grinstead Town are pleased to announce that the longest-running sponsorship deal in Sussex football is to continue for a 16th season.

East Grinstead-based construction and development company The Rydon Group began their sponsorship of the Wasps back in 1990 and have been great supporters of the club ever since.

EGTFC Chairman, Richard Tramontin said: "We are extremely fortunate to have had such loyal supporters as Rydon for as long as we have.
"They take a keen interest in the development of the club and are aware of our plans to improve our infrastructure and facilities.
"Let's hope that the partnership continues to flourish and that the team are celebrating promotion at the end of the season."

Peter Robertson, Group Head of Marketing at Rydon Group, is pictured on the right being presented with a framed shirt by Richard Tramontin.

Robert Bond, Group Chief Executive of Rydon Group commented: "We are very pleased to continue to support East Grinstead Town Football Club who continue in their efforts to provide the best possible opportunities for the young people in the area to practice a healthy and sociable sport in the best possible environment."

:: Sunday 23rd July 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Sussex Senior Challenge Cup

Wasps have been drawn at home against fellow Division Two club Lancing in the First Round of the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup.

:: Wednesday 19th July 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
RUR Cup draw

Wasps have been drawn away against Southwick in the second round of the RUR Cup. The tie is scheduled to be played on Saturday 11th November. We also entertain Southwick at East Court in the Division Two Cup - date to be advised.

EAST Grinstead Town players have been back in training for the last couple of weeks as they prepare for the start of the County League season.

Sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at East Court from 7pm and manager Bob Smith would be happy to welcome players new to the area who want to play for the town's only senior club.

Smith, who is starting his ninth season in charge of the Wasps, has freshened up his management team by promoting Mick Buckingham to assistant manager. Buckingham will still have overall responsibilities for coaching.

The reserves have left the Sussex County League and have been elected to the Suburban League and will play in the south division. They will be managed once again by Phil Major.

Explaining the decision to switch leagues, Smith said: "The standard of football is undoubtedly higher.We will be playing teams like AFC Wimbledon, there will be three appointed match officials and most importantly it should make bridging the gap between the reserves and first team easier, especially for our younger players."

:: Tuesday 18th July 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Meridian FM 102.1

EGTFC would like to wish the proposed new local radio station Meridian FM 102.1 every success with their campaign to get things off the ground for a targetted launch in November. If all goes to plan, the East Grinstead based station will be launching its 'community sport live' on November 25th broadcasting from our East Court ground.

:: Wednesday 12th July 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Latest fixture change

The scheduled friendly at home against Chipstead has been put back a couple of days to the 3rd August

:: Monday 10th July 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Friendlies fixture change

Unfortunately Rustington are no longer able to host a friendly on Saturday July 29th, but we will be playing South Park at Furnace Green on that day - kick off 2pm.

World Cup 2006 winners....

Congratulations to Brian McCorquodale on winning the EGTFC World Cup 2006 sweepstake.

Brian was one of the regulars that watched the televised matches at the clubhouse and drew Italy at the beginning of the competition.

Despite some gemtle persuasion from Chairman Richard Tramontin to swop with his prime draw England, Brian refused to budge and came through triumphant.

Forza Italia......

:: Saturday 8th July 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Home ties in latest cup draws

Wasps have been drawn at home against Crowborough in the 2nd round of the John O'Hara Cup and against Southwick in the 2nd round of the Division Two Cup.

:: Friday 7th July 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
FA Cup and FA Vase draws....

Wasps have been drawn away in the preliminary round of the FA Cup to either Brockenhurst or Hamble ASCC who both play in the Wessex Premier Division. Our tie will take place on Saturday 2nd September kick off 3pm.

In the FA Vase, we travel to Tunbridge Wells in the First Round Qualifying which will take place on Saturday 9th September kick off 3pm.
Wasps have another away tie in the FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round away to Horsham YMCA in the week commencing 11th September.

:: Wednesday 14th June 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves in Suburban League

At the Suburban League AGM that was held at Sutton United FC's ground tonight and was attended by Chairman Richard Tramontin, EGTFC Reserves were duly elected to become members of the Suburban League South Division. The 2006 / 07 season will start on 12 August and finish on 5 May.

Senior pre-season training will start with a light session / game on Saturday 1st July meeting at the club at 1.30pm. This will be followed by hot food in the clubhouse and a chance to sit down and watch a World Cup quarter final tie.
As there is a World Cup semi final on Tuesday 4th July, pre-season proper will commence on Thursday 6th July, meeting at the club at 6.45pm. Training will then be held every Tuesday and Thursday evening.
Any players interested in joining the club and who have not been in contact with any of the football management should contact Bob Smith on 07850 779937 or Phil Major on 07748 622948.

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Under 18's trials - Saturday 17th June

All Under 18 players for the coming season are welcome to join a session this Saturday morning at East Court from 10.00am until noon. If you are interested in playing for East Grinstead Town Under 18's next season in the Southern Youth League but are unable to attend this session then please contact Phil Major on 07748 622948.

Apologies for the error that appeared last Friday on reporting the changes in the Under 18s management. The error has been corrected below.

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EGTFC are proud to announce that our matchday programme has won the award for the best in the County League for last season. The award is made annually by the Non League Programme Survey.

Everyone at EGTFC would like to welcome Gavin Neville to the club. Gavin has been appointed Under 18s coach for the forthcoming 2006 / 07 season. Phil Major has been appointed manager of the Under 18s while Micky Buckingham who has been U18s manager for the past two seasons will now concentrate on the coaching of the senior players.

In the youth section, the following new appointments have been made:
Youth co-ordinator - Ian Watts
Horsham & District Youth League match secretary - Ian Watts
Crowborough & District Youth League match secretary - Gina Leggett
Pitch co-ordinator - Brian Richens

:: Thursday 8th June 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Support England with EGTFC......

Why not join us at the clubhouse to watch England's World Cup matches and enjoy a few drinks with friends at good prices. All EGTFC supporters and their friends are welcome. Dominos Pizza will be delivering food to order.

Show your support by snapping up one of our car flags or large St George's flags. Car flags as pictured below are 2.50 and the St George's flags with writing are 4.50 or 2.65 plain. There are only a few left so hurry and either call Lee Quinn, our Commercial Manager, on 07881 530085 email him at Lee Quinn or simply buy at the clubhouse while stocks last.

:: Saturday 3rd June 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club Winners

The winners of the March, April and May 200 Club draws were :

1st prize 90 No 43 Damien Cherry; 2nd prize 40 No 40 Hugh Roberts; 3rd prize 10 No 98 Doreen Tramontin

1st prize 90 No 62 D Owen; 2nd prize 40 No 48 Ian Brown; 3rd prize 10 No 2 Alan Woolley

1st prize 90 No 18 John Gregg; 2nd prize 40 No 73 Margaret Brockbank; 3rd prize 10 No 57 Roger Dart

Don't forget, you've got to be in it to win it and the more people that are in it, the higher the monthly prizes. It only costs 4 per month. Contact Gary Wilsher for details.

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Presentation Night

The Club's annual senior section presentation night was held at the Felbridge Hotel on Friday. Awards were made to the following:

First Team Presentations made by Bob Smith
Leading goalscorer - Ben Burns :: Footballer of the year - Phil Thompson :: Manager's player of the year - Ben Burns :: Sportsman of the year: Phil Thompson

Reserve Team Presentations made by Phil Major
Leading goalscorer - Adrian Bell :: Players' player of the year - Lee Whibley :: Manager's player of the year - Ben Alexander

Third Team Presentations made by Rick Revell
Leading goalscorer - Rick Revell :: Manager's player of the year - Steve Wheeler :: Players' player of the year - David Holmden

Under 18s Presentations made by Mick Buckingham
Players' player of the year - Mark Pelling :: Manager's player of the year - Dan Brisefer

Club Person of the Year
Chairman Richard Tramontin rounded off the evening's presentations with the award of The Club Person of the Year to Kim Vince.

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Frank Bruno with Richard Tramontin Frank Bruno - a heavyweight knockout at Sportsman's Dinner

Over 150 people attended the club's latest Sportsman's Dinner and were treated to a great evening.

Former Heavyweight Champion of the World Frank Bruno dragged himself away from his newly born daughter especially to attend.

He won everyone over from the moment he walked in. His first move was to knock a glass of wine over chairman Richard Tramontin, who then stood up to give a short welcome to all the guests.

This was long enough for Frank to pick at and finish his starter. "That was really good. So much better than you normally get at these events" he remarked. "I'm really hungry tonight Richard, I've been at the gym and haven't eaten all day" he added. So another two portions arrived which he quickly devoured. He then tucked into his main course and soon demolished a second helping but this left him with just enough room for one dessert.

Everybody commented on what a nice guy Frank was and he was only too happy to pose for numerous photographs as he signed various posters, boxing gloves and other items.

After a question and answer session with Frank, guests were then bursting with laughter with comedian Aaron James whose impressions of Eric Cantona, Sven Goran Eriksson and David Beckham amongst others were top class.

Frank was the first non footballer that the club has had as their main guest at their Sportsman's Dinners which over recent years have included Sir Geoff Hurst, Jimmy Greaves, Martin Peters and Pat Jennings and the late Peter Osgood.

As Richard Tramontin said: "we must be doing something right as most of the guests have been to previous dinners and come back for more"

The only disappointment on the night was that most of the display of the new range of club merchandise that was on show was mistakingly assumed by some guests as being free samples - this was no doubt due to high spirits at the end of a superb evening and if anyone did wake up the next morning wondering where items such as EGTFC footballs, rugby shirts, 2006 world cup polo shirts etc came from, please do not be embarrased to give us a call.

End of season pitch renovation.......

With the season barely over and following on after last weekend's Footie Fun Day, the main renovation work on the pitch at East Court was finished this afternoon.

After vertidraining, 100 tons of sand was spread over the pitch as shown on the left and power harrowed down to just above the existing drainage sand bands.

This was followed by the application of a pre seed fertiliser and overseeding the complete surface.

The rain which is forecasted over the next week is just what is now needed to germinate the seed and stimulate growth.

:: Monday 8th May 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18's Team Manager / Coach

East Grinstead Town FC invites applications for the position of coach / manager for its Under 18's team which plays in the Southern Youth League.

Applicants should phone Bobby Smith on 07850 779937 or e-mail him at bobby.smith@egtfc.co.uk

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