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:: Sunday 6th May 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Presentation Night

Wasps end-of-season presentation night was held at the clubhouse last night and special guest Dave Beasant presented the awards.

Simon Funnell's manager's award went to Dave Gellatly while the Footballer of the Year, which is voted by the players, was awarded to Ben Chick who also voted Supporters' Player of the season. Tony Reid was leading scorer.

Other awards:
Reserve Team players' player Sam Fildes: Manager's player Matt Hole; Top scorer James Ford
Under-18s players' player: Sam Rintoul; Manager's player: Harry Presland; Top scorer: Marcus Fort.
Third team players' player: Harvey James; Manager's player: Chris Dunster; Top scorer: Zac Curtis.
Fourth team players' player: Craig Pither; Manager's player: Jamie Parrett; Top scorer: James Bagley.
Club person of the year: Alan Woolley.

:: Friday 4th May 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Presentation Night

The senior section of the club will be holding it's annual presentation night at the clubhouse on Saturday night 5th May with special guest Dave Beasant hot-footing it to East Grinstead from the Wembley Cup Final.

Dave Beasant is a former English goalkeeper who began his career in the late 1970s. His former clubs include Wimbledon, Newcastle United, Chelsea, Southampton, Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton & Hove Albion and Wigan Athletic. He is best remembered for his part in Wimbledon's 1988 shock FA Cup victory, during which he was the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final. His nickname was 'Lurch' due to his resemblance to the butler in the TV show The Addams Family. He made two appearances for the England national football team.

There will be a carvery provided by Monster Foods and live entertainment from Naked Bass.

Ticket sales have closed and only those with pre-booked tickets will be allowed entrance.

:: Sunday 29th April 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Footie Fun Day 2012

East Grinstead Town Football club held their Annual Footie Fun Day on Sunday at the GAC Stadium, despite the unfavourable weather conditions. Youngsters from Felpham, Patcham, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Crawley, Horsham, Wealden, Copthorne, Tunbridge Wells and local to East Grinstead took part in over nine hours of football during the day, which was thoroughly enjoyed by players, supportive parents and eager fans of the respective teams.

Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "It is always a great delight to see so many youngsters come together and really enjoy themselves playing football.

This club supports the initiative of football in the community and I see today as part of that commitment. I believe we have established a winning formula with the event which we have now run for 13 consecutive years and the club is proud to receive so many positive comments from managers, parents and the players after the event year after year.

The event which is sanctioned by the Sussex FA takes quite some organising and I would like to thank everyone for their considerable time and effort both leading up to the day and on Sunday itself. A special mention to the referees and also the score marshalls who put in so much effort and their enthusiasm was fantastic throughout the day."


Nearly fifty different teams took part in over one hundred games for the age groups Under Seven's through to Under Ten's during the day.

In the morning session both the Under Seven's and Under Eights took centre stage.
The Under Seven's competition comprised of seven enthusiastic teams who took part in a league competition. Felpham Colts Red were the eventual winners with Copthorne Colts being the runners up after some spirited efforts by all the sides in the extremely wet conditions.
Under Seven Winners: Felpham Colts Red, Runners Up: Copthorne Colts

The Under Eight's competition comprised of fifteen competitive teams which was split into three groups. Both Wealden Hawks and Inter Meads made it through to the final. In a very competitive final it was Wealden Hawks who took their chances to win 3-0.
Under Eight Winners: Wealden Hawks , Runners Up: Inter Meads

In the afternoon session it was the turn of the Under Nines and Under Tens to display their football skills.

The Under Nine's competition had twelve teams split into two groups. Two excellent footballing sides Tunbridge Wells Foresters and Maidenbower Colts Red made it through to the final. In what was a close encounter it was Tunbridge Wells Foresters who scored the all-important goal to win 1-0.
Under Nine Winners: Tunbridge Wells Foresters, Runners Up: Maidenbower Colts Red

The Under Ten's competition had thirteen passionate sides split into two groups. Both Forest Youth and Patcham Black made it through to the final. In another eagerly close encounter, Forest Youth scored the only goal with two minutes left to play and held on to win 1-0.
Under Ten Winners: Forest Youth, Runners Up: Patcham Black

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up but also to all of the other teams who took part despite the extreme weather conditions, to make the footie fun day what it is, a day for the kids to have fun and enjoy the game which they love to play.

:: Saturday 28th April 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
This afternoon's Reserve Team match at Corinthian Casuals has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


:: Wednesday 25th April 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's Reserve Team match at Merstham has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Saturday 21st April 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 5, Arundel 2

Wasps went 2-0 down after 15 minutes this afternoon against a spirited young Arundel side but they drew level in the last couple of minutes of the first half with goals from Aaron Watson and an own goal. Simon Funnell was not at all happy with his side's first half performance but the second period was a complete contrast. Ben Chick, Tony Reid and Dave Gellatly all found the back of the net and a number of other good opportunites were squandered. It was great to see Drew Cooney came on with some 15 minutes to go, his first appearance since his cruciate ligament replacement. The only blot were the two yellow cards shown to Lee Champion in quick succession in the second half..............[Full Match report]

In her last match as First Team Physio, Pam Presland had to endure being thrown into the showers fully clothed at the end of the match. All the team and everyone at the club joined in to thank her for her many years devotion to the club.

Next up is the end-of-season presentation on 5th May - Click here for details

:: Wednesday 18th April 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club winners

April 2012:
1st prize £70 - D Medcalf
2nd prize £20 - R Fletcher
3rd prize £ 8 - P Wheeler


:: Saturday 14th April 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Selsey 1, East Grinstead Town 2

Two goals from Aaron Watson sealed victory for Wasps this afternoon..............[Full Match report]

:: Tuesday 10th April 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crawley Down Reserves 3, East Grinstead Town Reserves 2

Wasps reserves were unfortunate not get at least a point tonight against their neighbours who pinched a winner in time added on. Sam Fildes had opened the scoring as the vistors went in ahead at half time. Ex Wasp Steve Major grabbed two goals in quick succession for the Anvils before substitute Josh Miles levelled the scores with a fine solo effort breaking forward from just outside the centre circle and beating keeper Seb Bos, also ex Wasp.

:: Monday 9th April 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crowborough Athletic 4, East Grinstead Town 0

A very flat performance from Wasps not helped by a very bobbly pitch. The home side showed much more hunger, took their opportunities and went in 3-0 up at the break. Wasps came out with more fighting spirit in the second half and had three or four golden opportunities to score early on but it was the home side that added to their lead..............[Full Match report]

:: Wednesday 4th April 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Crawley Down 4

Wasps hosted neighbours the Anvils in a friendly at the GAC Stadium tonight with both sides experimenting with different players and formations. Crawley Down went ahead through a rasping shot from the edge of the box but Wasps did enough to at least go in level at the break and also hit the crossbar twice. The second half didn't match the first with both sides making a number of changes.

:: Tuesday 3rd April 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 2, South Park Under 18s 3

Wasps' Under 18s lost their final match of the season at home but created the chances to at least draw level.

:: Saturday 31st March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Reserves 0, Crawley Down Reserves 5

Bob Smith's young Wasps reserves were beaten today by Grinstead's 'old boys'.

:: Friday 30th March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Friendly

Wasps will host Crawley Down in a friendly on Wednesday 4th April (ko 7.30pm).

:: Tuesday 27th March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Undser 18s 0, Dorking Under 18s 3

Wasps Under 18s fell behind in the first half against top of the table Dorking and then conceded from the penalty spot twice in the second half.

:: Saturday 24th March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Hassocks 0

A thunderbolt volley from skipper Dave Gellatly put Wasps ahead in the first half. Tony Reid scored from the penalty spot and Ben Chick deservedly got the third having tormented the Hassocks defence throughout the match..............[Full Match report]

:: Thursday 22nd March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Horley Town U18s 0, East Grinstead Town U18s 1

James Ford scored in Wasps Under 18s win at Horley Town tonight which puts them in third place in the league with two matches left, both at home - Dorking next Tuesday and South Park the following Tuesday, both 7.30pm kick offs.

:: Saturday 17th March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pagham 1, East Grinstead Town 1

Aaron Watson put Wasps ahead after 10 minutes in an entertaining first half with the visitors on top and creating a number of good chances. The second half lacked spark and on 59 minutes Lewis Hyde was allowed too much time and room on the edge of the box and grabbed the Pagham equaliser..............[Full Match report]


Wasps reserves were also playing away but lost to Metropolitan Police 4 - 0. Despite the defeat, Bob Smith was keen to praise his young side's performance and was disappointed that none of the 6 or 7 good chances his team created including 2 one on ones didn't end up in the back of the net. Their next match is at home to Crawley Down on Saturday 31st March.

:: Saturday 10th March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Ringmer 2

Ben Chick scored twice as Wasps came from 1 down to win a thoroughly entertaining game against a much changed Ringmer side. Gavin Gordon put the visitors in front from what looked like an offside position with Chick equalising with a great solo goal. Tony Reid blasted home Wasps second from the edge of the six yard box 30 minutes into the second half and Chick made it 3-1 a couple of mintes later. Brad Curtis pulled one back with 7 minutes to go..............[Full Match report]



Bob Smith's new look Reserves lost their first match together in the Suburban League Premier B against Leatherhead 3-1.



200 Club Winners

February 2012:
1st prize £70 - M L Stevens
2nd prize £20 - H Surtees
3rd prize £12 - D Medcalf

March 2012:
1st prize £70 - P Wheeler
2nd prize £20 - M Huggett
3rd prize £10 - L Medcalf


:: Thursday 8th March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Social Networking

The Football Association have recently issued the following statement regarding Social Networking:

"All comments on social networking sites may be considered public comment by The FA.
Any comments which are improper, bring the game into disrepute or are threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting may lead to disciplinary action.
Comments about match officials which imply bias, attack the officials’ integrity or are overly personal in nature are considered improper.
Comments which include a reference to a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability may be considered aggravated and attract a higher disciplinary sanction.
Re-tweeting another person’s post may lead to disciplinary action if the original comment was improper.
Deleting or apologising publicly for an improper posting, whilst advisable, does not prevent disciplinary action being taken.
An individual is strictly responsible for any posting on his/her account. Participants should take every care to ensure that others do not access their account, as the fact that posting or comment may have been made by a third party will not prevent disciplinary action being taken against the account holder."


:: Wednesday 7th March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserve Team manager leaves

Arron Tarry who joined Wasps as Reserve Team manager at the end of October 2011 has left the Club with immediate effect. We would like to thank Arron and Steve for their efforts and all are sorry that things didn't work out as planned.

We are pleased to announce that Bob Smith will take the reins for the rest of the season assisted by Kevin Dunster and Chris Presland. Grant Hearn will step in to run the Third XI for Bob.

:: Monday 5th March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s fixture postponed

The Southern Youth League have rearranged tomorrow night's scheduled home match against Dorking for Tuesday 27th March.

:: Saturday 3rd March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves match off

This afternoon's reserve match against Colliers Wood was postponed due to a number of players having to withdraw late this morning.

:: Friday 2nd March 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crawley Down U18s 1, East Grinstead Town U18s 3

Two goals from Rhys White and one from Marcus Fort secured victory for Wasps Under 18s tonight against neighbours Crawley Down.

:: Tuesday 28th February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Reserves 4, Three Bridges Reserves 4

Wasps came from 4-1 down with 10 men and 15 minutes to go to level the match with neighbours Three Bridges.

:: Saturday 25th February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, AFC Uckfield 3

Wasps bowed out of the Brighton Charity Cup this afternoon. They fell behind to a 2nd minute goal and although they could have then been 3 -1 up at half time, they didn't take their chances, caused their own problems and went further behind in the 58th minute before Michael Death made it 2-1 from the penalty spot only to concede again in the 79th minute..............[Full Match report]

:: Tuesday 21st February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture change

The Division One home match against Arundel originally scheduled for Saturday 3rd March has been rescheduled for Saturday 21st April.


The Reserves' fixtures for March have now been released and are detailed here

:: Saturday 18th February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 5, Horsham YMCA 1

Tony Reid scores four in Wasps's 5-1 win at the GAC Stadium this afternoon..............[Full Match report]


Reserves draw 1 - 1 at Camberley Town.

:: Wednesday 15th February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's Under 18s match against South Park has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Monday 13th February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
I'm an EGTFC player, get me out of here...

Some photos of Saturday night's quiz event organised by Bobby Smith to view here

:: Sunday 12th February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixtures

Saturday's postponed SCFL Division One match against Arundel has been rescheduled for Saturday 3rd March.

:: Friday 10th February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matches off

Tomorrow's Division One match at home to Arundel, the Reserves' Suburban League match at Colliers Wood and the Thirds home match against Copthorne have all been postponed due to snow and frozen pitches.


:: Tuesday 7th February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Match postponed

It will come as no surprise that tonight's scheduled Under 18s match against Dorking has been postponed and all training on the 3G pitch at East Grinstead Sports Club is cancelled due to snow on both pitches.

:: Monday 6th February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Quiz Night

Come and join us for an "I'm an East Grinstead Town Player, get me out of here" Quiz to be held at the clubhouse on Saturday 11th February starting at 7.30pm. Teams can be up to 6 members at a cost of £5 per head. The quiz has been organsied by Bob Smith and all proceeds are going towards the running of the Under 18s, Third and Fourth XI. Contact Bob on 07709154350.



Weather takes its toll

Tonight's Under 14s training on the 3G Pitch at the East Grinstead Sports Club has been cancelled because of the snow.


The snow has also taken its toll on tomoroow night's scheduled Under 18s match. There is still some 5 inches of snow on the pitch at the GAC Stadium and with temperatures due to drop to -2 degrees overnight and not rising above freezing all day tomorrow, there is no chance of the match going ahead.

:: Saturday 4th February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matches off

Both the First team match at Selsey and the Reserves at Corinthian Casuals have been postponed due to frozen pitches.

:: Thursday 2nd February 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's Under 18s match at Horley has been postponed due to a froen pith.

:: Tuesday 31st January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Whitehawk 4

Marc Pelling put Wasps ahead in tonight's friendly with a fine header from an equally fine cross from Michael Death from the left. The Ryman League high flyers then equalised before half time before scorung a further three in the second half. Boss Simon Funnell was pleased with his side's performance and agreed that the scoreline was flattering for the visitors. He was impressed by ex Leatherhead Sasha Nbaye who signed following tonight's match and will probably make his debut against Selsey on Saturday in the league.

:: Monday 30th January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Last week's postponed Under 18s home fixture against Dorking has been rescheduled for Tuesday 7th February (ko 7.30pm).

:: Saturday 28th January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
St Francis Rangers 2, East Grinstead Town 3

Despite going into the break 2-0 up with goals from Michael Death and Coner Hider, Wasps were fortunate to come away with three points agaisnt a hard working St Francis side. Rangers deservedly pulled two goals back before sub Nial Lee clicnhed victory for Wasps following a corner in the 90th minute..............[Full Match report]

Simon Funnell's team entertain Whitehawk in a friendly on Tuesday night at the GAC Stadium (ko 7.30pm)


East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, Chipstead Reserves 0

Arron Terry's reserves earned their second home league victory of the season this afternoon against third placed Chipstead.

:: Friday 27th January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Friendly

Wasps will be playing Whitehawk, currently second in Ryman South, in a friendly on Tuesday 31st January at the GAC Stadium (ko 7.30pm).

:: Wednesday 25th January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's matches postponed

Both tonight's scheduled matches have been postponed following pitch inspections: the Reserves Suburban League match at Merstham and the Under 18s' home match against Dorking.

:: Monnday 23rd January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
February fixtures

Fixtures for the month of February have been released. Wasps travel to Selsey on 4th February and have been drawn at home against AFC Uckfield in the 2nd round of the Brighton Charity Cup which will be played on Saturday 25th February (ko 3pm).

:: Saturday 21st January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Warlingham 0, East Grinstead Town 3

Simon Funnell used this afternoon's friendly to have a look at 4 new players, two of them from the Under 18s. In extremely blustery conditions, goals from Aaron Watson, Michael Death and a header from Craig Lardent who came on as an outfield sub sealed the victory.

Back at the GAC Stadium, Bob Smith's Third XI beat the Village of Ditchling 3-1, while the reserves were knocked out of the Suburban Champions Cup in the second leg of their semi final against Corinthian Casuals 4-1.

:: Thursday 19th January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Friendly

With no scheduled league or cup fixtures this coming Saturday, Wasps will be playing a friendly against Warlingham at the Croydon Postal Sports Ground, Trenham Drive, off Limpsfield Road, Warlingham. Kick off is 2pm.

With Wasps reserves away at Corinthian Casuals in the second leg of the semi final of the Suburban Champions Cup, the Third XI will be playing their home fixture against the Village of Ditchling at the GAC Stadium (ko 2pm)

:: Tuesday 17th January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club winners

January 2012:
1st prize £70 - H Thomas
2nd prize £20 - M Playle
3rd prize £10 - C Gilmore


:: Saturday 14th January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 4, Midhurst & Easebourne 1

Wasps got through to the 2nd round of the Brighton Charity Cup despite a very poor performance this afternoon, but with some good finishing..............[Full Match report]

The reserves' Suburban League match at Northwood was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

:: Wednesday 11th January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lingfield Under 18's 0, East Grinstead Town Under 18's 1

Bob Smith's Under 18s completed the double over local rivals Lingfield in the Southern Youth League tonight. Their next match is away to Crowborough Athletic on Thursday 19th January (ko 7.45pm)

:: Saturday 7th January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Three Bridges 3, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps deserved at least a point this afternoon and came so close to winning when Arron Watson deft flick hit the post with the Bridges keeper beaten. But a few minutes later and against the run of play, Wasps fell behind and then conceded a third..............[Full Match report]


East Grinstead Town Reserves 0, Metropolitan Police Reserves 5

Meanwhile back at the GAC Stadium Wasps reserves lost their first match of 2012 against a strong Met Police side in the Suburban League. Next week they are in league action again against Northwood, who they beat 4-2 last month.

:: Monday 2nd January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lingfield 2, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps can count themselves unlucky to have lost the opening game of the year. Lingfield took the lead just before the break against the run of play and Wasps paid the price for not making the chances they created count one of which early on hit the bar. They deservedly equalised from Tony Reid's spot kick after Aaron Watson was unceremoneously brought down in the box, but conceded from a corner shortly afterwards..............[Full Match report]

:: Sunday 1st January 2012 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town FC would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.


:: Saturday 31st December 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Lancing 3

Wasps trailed at half time by a soft goal in the 9th minute following a good strike by Charlie Walker which somehow went past Mark Fox. They started the second half on the attack and came close to equalising twice in quick succession but from the counter attack found themselves two down and conceded a third half way through the half with no reply..............[Full Match report]


200 Club winners

December 2011:
1st prize £70 - 1 Brown
2nd prize £20 - D Cherry
3rd prize £10 - L Medcalf


:: Monday 26th December 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Crowborough Athletic 0

Goals from Aaron Watson and Tony Reid secured Wasps' fifth win out of the last six league matches this Boxing Day morning..............[Full Match report]

:: Friday 23rd December 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Merry Christmas.....

On behalf of everyone at East Grinstead Town FC, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Our next match at the GAC Stadium is against Crowborough Athletic on Boxing Day (kick off 11am). Why not come down and cheer on the Wasps.

:: Tuesday 20th December 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Sidley United 1, East Grinstead Town 3

Two second half goals from Ben Chick and another from Tony Reid gave boss Si Funnell and the travelling supporters the early Christmas present they were hoping for. Wasps created chances galore in the first half but just couldn't find the back of the net and on 27 minutes conceded from a corner when Steve Morris had a free header on the edge of the 6 yard box. With a number of players unavailable, Sam Rintoul who has impressed when coming on as a sub, Harry Lowe and Niall Lee were given starts and Rhys White & James Ford came on as subs..............[Full Match report]

:: Saturday 17th December 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Shoreham 2, East Grinstead Town 1

A disappointing end to a run of three straight league match wins against a spirited Shoreham side who grew in confidence after they went ahead after 8 minutes. There were too many mistakes all round by Wasps but their cause wasn't helped when Aaron Watson ran perfectly beyond the Shoreham defence onto a through ball from Dave Gellatly and equalise but the linesman erroneously flagged for offside. Byron Glasgow did equalise in the second half with a neat finish but the home side grabbed a well deserved winner on 79 minutes..............[Full Match report]


East Grinstead Town Reserves 4, Northwood 2

Wasps reserves earned their first league win of the season with two goals from Terry Regan and one each for Daniel McGoldrick and James Ford.

:: Friday 16th December 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ella Funnell

There will be a minute's silence before the First Team match at Shoreham tomorrow and players will also be wearing black armbands to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic death of manager Simon Funnell's daughter Ella aged just 18 days just before Christmas 2009. Little baby Ella died from Group B streptococcus meningitis. GBS is the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies in the UK. Around 10 per cent of GBS infections develop after the baby is six days old. This is referred to as 'late-onset' GBS, which usually causes meningitis, as in Ella's case.

:: Saturday 10th December 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Worthing Utd 3, East Grinstead Town 6

An overused cliché, but this truly was a game of two halves. Wasps were shocking in the first half and gifted two goals to their hosts who grew in confidence. A reality check half time talk and a different team emerged for the second half. Aaron Watson scored within a minute of the restart. Byron Glasgow, making his debut, and skipper Dave Gellatly controlled the midfield and Worthing couldn't cope with Wasps' wide men. Watson drew the match level after 65 minutes closely followed by a Michael Death spot kick after Ben Chick had been brought down. Ben Burns came on for the penalty taker and scored within 10 seconds of coming on and 5 minutes later set up substitute Sam Rintoul for his second goal in two matches. Worthing pulled one back with a great strike from outside the box but Tony Reid then made amends for missing an earlier absolute sitter with a composed finish. The win moves Wasps up two places to 11th..............[Full Match report]


The reserves lost to Newhaven's first team in the 4th round of the Sussex Intermediate Cup 3 - 1.

:: Saturday 3rd December 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Chichester City Utd 1, East Grinstead Town 4

Wasps had to play for an hour with 10 men following Lee Champion's red card for retalliating to a two footed challenge but comfortably won with two goals for Ben Chick and one each from Aaron Watson and Sam Rintoul..............[Full Match report]

:: Wednesday 30th November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 4, Crowborough Athletic Under 18s 1

Wasps earned a deserved three points tonight with goals from James Ford and Harry Lowe and two from Marcus Fort.

:: Tuesday 29th November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Lewes 6

Ryman League Premier Division Lewes proved too strong for Wasps in Tuesday’s Senior Cup third round tie at East Court, although the final scoreline did flatter the visitors somewhat.

Simon Funnell’s side kept plugging away and there were moments, notably in the first half, when they had their opponents rocking..............[Full Match report]

:: Monday 28th November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club winners

November 2011:
1st prize £70 - A Evans
2nd prize £20 - A Woolley
3rd prize £10 - S Grosvenor


:: Saturday 26th November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Sidley United 0

Wasps earned a well deserved three points today against a hard working in-form Sidley. Jez Tobin put Grinstead in front after just 17 seconds with a real power shot following a great cross from Aaron Watson on the left. Gavin Gordon headed a second from a Tony Reid cross with the home side well on top and dominating and should have been beyond reach by half time hitting the post, missing a near open goal and forcing some super saves from the visitors' man of the match keeper Josh Wiilis..............[Full Match report]


Wasps reserves were twice ahead against North Greenford United in Arron Tarry's first Suburban League match in charge, but ended up losing 4 - 2.

:: Wednesday 23rd November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Three Bridges Under 18s 4, East Grinstead Town Under 18s 2

Wasps went down to 10 men with 30 minutes to go at 3-1 and after clawing it back to 3-2, Marcus Fort narrowly missed grabbing an equaliser from 3 yards out. With Grintesd pushing men forward they conceded a fourth with seconds to go.

:: Monday 21st November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixtures

The remaining December Division One fixtures have been released and can be viewed here

:: Saturday 19th November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Horsham YMCA 4, East Grinstead Town 2

Wasps took a two goal lead after 20 minutes thanks to goals from Gavin Gordan. Aaron Watson on his debut should have made it three nil before YMCA got one back with a powerful volley following a corner. They then equalsied when a dubious penalty was awarded with Mark Fox adjudged to have brought a player down in the box. Fox saved but Liam Hunter followed through and although he had encroached before the spot kick was taken, the goal stood. This spurred the home side on and they added two more goals in the second half..............[Full Match report]


The reserves lost their first leg of their Suburban Champions Cup semi final 6 - 2 against Corinthian Casuals.

:: Monday 14th November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Appointments

Simon Funnell has appointed goalkeeping coach Tony Prime as his assistant manager and Tony Reid as player / coach.

:: Sunday 13th November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lancing 5, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps suffered a heavy defeat yesterday at Lancing but had Tony Reid sent off for an adjudged handball in the penalty area with the score at 1-0 and then in the second half had keeper Mark Cox also sent off for an alleged foul which resulted in another penalty..............[Full Match report]


Arron Tarry took charge of Wasps reserves for his first match yesterday and his side beat Portslade Athletic 3-1 and progress through to the 4th round of the Sussex Intermediate Cup when they will travel to Newhaven. The tie is provisionally scheduled for Saturday 10th December. Next Saturday they host Corinthian Casuals for the 1st leg of the Suburban Champions Cup Semi Final.

:: Thursday 10th November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture against Crawley Down Reserves postponed

Next Tuesday's scheduled fixture has been postponed because of apparent player problems at Crawley Down Reserves!

:: Wednesday 9th November 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 4, Redhill Under 18s 1

Wasps put on a good display after a shaky start by both sides. Marcus Fort, who scored a hatrick, put the home team ahead in the first half and they went 3 - 0 up before Redhill snatched one back. Wasps added another with some five minutes left.

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East Grinstead Town 0, Peacehaven & Tels 7

Wasps were well beaten on their home turf tonight..............[Full Match report]

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Fireworks display a resounding success

More than 1,500 people enjoyed a superb Firework Display on Saturday night at the GAC Stadium with a family ticket only costing £10. The display was by Aurora Fireworks and set to SciFi themed music including the Imperial March from Star Wars, Doctor Who, Terminator, Star Trek, Star Gate, Transformers, ET, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and more Star Wars. The club gave away glowsticks to the first few hundred children that came along. The East Grinstead Lions Club were selling hot dogs with burgers and chips also available at the event together with seasonal mulled wine from the club's main bar with Harvey's Bonfire Boy the key feature in the Real Ale Bar.

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Hassocks 2, East Grinstead Town 0

An understrength Wasps bowed out of the RUR Cup tonight and left boss Simon Funnell ruing the chances his team sqaundered. Wasps created more than goal scoring opportunities to win the tie but succumed to 2 goals in the last 17 minutes from a hard working Hassocks side..............[Full Match report]

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Lewes fixture

Wasps 3rd round Sussex Senior Cup tie against Ryman Premier League opponents Lewes has been scheduled for Tuesday 29th November. Kick off is 7.15 because of floodlight restrictions and the possibility of extra time and penalties. Lewes are currently in 3rd spot in the Ryman Premier, just 4 points behind ledaers Billericay Town.


An injury striken Wasps Under 18s suffered a heavy 6 - 1 defeat at Dorking last night.

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Worthing 1, East Grinstead Town 3

Superb all round team performance sees Wasps beat their Ryman League hosts with goals from Ryan Watts, Sam Cane and Jez Tobin..............[Full Match report] Wasps will now host Lewes in the 3rd Round of the Sussex Senior Cup.

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Rescheduled fixture

The Christmas Eve match away to Sidley Utd has been rescheduled for Tuesday 20th December (ko 7.45pm).

:: Saturday 29th October 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Rye Utd 3, East Grinstead Town 2

Wasps travelled to Rye this afternoon and never seemed to get going in the first half, giving their opponents too much respect. They found themselves 3 - 0 down after 70 minutes but didn't give up. Mark Pelling and Sam Cane pulled it back to 3 - 2 but it proved too little too late..............[Full Match report]


Wasps reserves drew 2 - 2 against Molesey this afternoon at the GAC Stadium but went out of the Suburban League Challenge Cup following their 4 - 1 defeat in the first leg.............[Full Match report] Joint managers Dan Hill and Mark Taylor had announced some time ago that this would be their last match in charge and the club appointed Arron Tarry as the new reserve team manager tonight. The club would like to thank Dan and Mark for their hard work in keeping the reserves going with so little notice and we welcome Arron to the club.

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East Grinstead Town 1, AFC Uckfield 0

A Ben Burns goal on 65 minutes secured a deserved victory for Wasps tonight. Simon Funnell had two more of his new signings making their debuts, Mark Fox in goal and Sam Cane up front..............[Full Match report]

:: Monday 24th October 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club winners

October 2011:
1st prize £70 - A Gunn
2nd prize £20 - R Tramontin
3rd prize £ 8 - B Talbot


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East Grinstead Town 2, Shoreham 2

Wasps conceded to a deflected goal in injury time to be held to a draw. A stunning free kick from Ryan Watts on 28 minutes put Wasps deservedly ahead but then conceded just on the stroke of half time. Ben Burns on his return to the club put Wasps ahead again 10 minutes into the 2nd half and it looked as if this would be enough to earn all three points until a long ball was allowed to bounce in front of the defence and went to Charlie Walker whose shot took a wicked deflection and into the net.............[Full Match report]

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Reserves match postponed

Wasps Reserves' match at Leatherhead scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed. The Suburban League have accepted a request from Leatherhead to postpone the match following the resignation of their reserve team manager and him taking a number of players with him.

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East Grinstead Town 1, Redhill 3

Wasps succumbed to their fourth successive defeat although there was still enough to encourage new manager Simon Funnell as he watched from the dugout alongside his predecessor Tony Beckingham.............[Full Match report]

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SIMON FUNNELL IS NEW MANAGER OF EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN

Simon Funnell is to be the new manager of County League East Grinstead Town.

The former Grinstead striker has replaced Tony Beckingham, who has stepped down because of work commitments, having been in charge since February 2010.

Funnell was one of the most prolific goalscorers in Sussex non-league football after spending three seasons with Brighton & Hove Albion in the early 1990s.

After leaving Wasps he joined Three Bridges before moving into management for the first time as assistant to Sammy Donnelly at Horsham YMCA.

Grinstead chairman Richard Tramontin said: "Tony Beckingham has been telling me for a while about the extra pressure he is under at work since he changed roles. Unfortunately it got to the stage that he had to speak to me before the Selsey match last Saturday to tell me that he had to take the difficult decision to resign. Both he and I are gutted as is everyone at the club, but I fully understand the pressure he is under and of course his livelihood must come first. He has done a superb job at the club after taking over in February 2010 and steering us away from relegation and finishing 7th last season. He will be missed but I am delighted that he will still come and support the team when he can.

I am delighted that Simon Funnell has joined us as the new First Team Manager. A former Brighton player, Simon came to EGTFC as a striker under Steve Norris in 2007 and helped Wasps win promotion back to Division One. He moved to Three Bridges just as Tony took over from Steve Johnson and has been assistant manager to Sammy Donnelly at Horsham YMCA this season. He is well known and respected in Sussex football and beyond and has had a close affinity to EGTFC. We all welcome Simon and trust that he will achieve the success that both he and the club are striving for."


Beckingham said: "This was not an easy decision to make but my job is based in London and the commitment I have to make to it means it is getting increasingly difficult to give the job the time it needs and deserves.

"I will still watch East Grinstead and I am delighted they have appointed Simon whose experience and enthusiasm are going to be tremendous assets to the club. I wish him all the best."


Funnell will be in charge for the first time on Tuesday when Wasps entertain Redhill.

He said: "East Grinstead are a club that match my own ambitions. I want to be successful as a manager and this is a great club for me to hopefully bring success. I am really looking forward to the challenge."


East Grinstead Town 0, Pagham 3

Wasps were unable to stop Pagham's 100% run in the league. Grinstead edged the first half and were again hurt by a clear penalty appeal that was turned away when Marc Pelling's header was clearly handled on the line but nothing was given even though the referee's assistant clearly saw the incident. Things got worse at the start of the second half when a foul just outside the penalty box was adjudged as being inside and league top scorer Scott Murfin converted the penalty kick. Rattled, Wasps found themselves 2 down within a minute. Later in the half the ball went out of play off a Grinstead defender but despite the assistant referee waving for a clear offside, the referee overruled him, gave a corner from which Pagham scored their third. 16 year old sub Marcus Fort nearly had the shirt pulled off him in the box but again the referee waved play on! They say these things even themselves out over a season so we must be due for a bumper crop of crucial wrong decisions going our way.............[Full Match report]

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East Grinstead Town U18s 2, Crawley Down U18s 0

Wasps Under 18s beat local rivals The Anvils tonight.

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Ringmer 1, East Grinstead Town 0

Another match that Wasps shouldn't have lost. Playing up the slope in the first half, Wasps created some great chances with John Paul Collier's fierce shot tipped over the bar by the home keeper and a Michael Death volley smashing against the bar with the keeper well beaten but the ball bounced back out and was cleared. Then the same old thing that happens too often lately, we gave away a soft goal just before half time. A cross from the left wasn't dealt with, clipped Dave Gellatly's head and fell nicely for a Ringmer forward whose shot was going wide but deflected off Gellatly's foot and trickled in. The second half saw Wasps create more chances but nothing seems to be going our way at the moment.............[Full Match report]


The reserves travelled the short distance to Three Bridges and suffered a disappointing 6 - 1 defeat............[Full Match report]

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East Grinstead Town 0, Selsey 3

Wasps first half football should have seen them comfortably in the lead but it was not to be. Although dominant and playing flowing football they didn't really trouble the keeper and the hard working visitors took full advantage of probably the only two occassions they got the ball in the box to take a 2 goal lead at the break. The first was a long ball which keeper Shayne Goldsmith tried to head clear challenging the forward just outside the box, but he didn't make good contact and the ball fell nicely for his opponent to just slot into an empty net. The second saw the Selsey striker clearly push Tony Reid aside in the box and his header looped over a stranded Goldsmith. Amazingly the referee didn't signal for a foul and awarded the goal. Even the Selsey officials agreed it was a blatant push and should have been disallowed. At the break, Tony Beckingham and his squad were still convinced they could come out and win the game in the second half when the referee then ended any chance of a contest when he awarded a highly controversial penalty which he admitted after the match was an incorrect decision. Rob Wimble took the ball into the box shadowed by Marc Pelling, hit an air shot and fell over. Neither he, nor any of his fellow players nor anyone in the crowd made any appeal and to everyone's astonishment the referee pointed to the spot deeming Pelling had taken him down.............[Full Match report]


The reserves travelled to Eastbourne in the Sussex Intermediate Cup to face Old Town Athletic and came away 3 - 2 winners.............[Full Match report] They will host Portslade Athletic in the 3rd round.

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Sackville 1, Imberhorne 2

A good size crowd came to the GAC Stadium to commemorate the eigth annual Adam Dabell Memorial Match between the two East Grinstead sixth form colleges and saw Imberhorne retain the trophy. Before the match, John Dabell presented EGTFC with a certificate acknowleding the club's assistance in raising £300 for CRY - Cardiac Risk in the Young - at last year's match and it is hoped that voluntary contributions tonight were as generous.

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Peacehaven & Tels. 1, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps came from behind to earn a draw through a Tom Lyons penalty.............[Full Match report]


Reserves crash to an 8 - 0 home defeat to Colliers Wood Utd who were bottom and hadn't previously picked up a point this season.

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East Grinstead Town U18s 3, Horley Town U18s 2

Wasps Under 18s moved into 4th spot in the Southern Youth League after coming from 2-0 down to beat Horley Town tonight.


There has been a fixture change to the Division 1 match on Saturday 29th October. Wasps will now travel to the current league leaders Rye United and not to Horsham YMCA.

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Sidley United 2, East Grinstead Town 3

Tony Beckingham was forced to make 6 changes from the team that beat St Francis Rangers on Saturday for tonight's Sussex Senior Cup First Round tie against Sidley due to injuries and unavailabilities. He gave a first team debut to 16 year old Rhys White who impressed down the right. He was replaced on 75 minutes by another 16 year old Marcus Fort who nearly scored on his debut but for a fine save by keeper Josh Willis.

Wasps took the lead through a Michael Death header on 30 minutes following a cross from Dave Gellatly. Gellatly was provider again for the second goal on 61 minutes with a free kick to Connor Hider who controlled the ball took a touch and then fired a scorcher into the top corner. Sidley pulled one back 3 minutes later but the on 72 minutes Michael Death restored the two goal lead from the penalty spot after he had been brought down in the box by the keeper. With 6 minutes to go some poor marking from a corner gave the home side hope as they brought the score to 3 - 2 but Wasps held on firm to earn the right to visit Worthing in the next round.............[Full Match report]


Back at the GAC Stadium, Wasps reserves earned their first league point of the campaign, drawing 0 - 0 with Merstham.............[Full Match report]

:: Monday 26th September 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club winners

September 2011:
1st prize £70 - A Gunn
2nd prize £22 - D Medcalf
3rd prize £10 - S Hatswell


:: Saturday 24th September 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, St Francis Rangers 1

A minute's silence was well respected before today's match in honour of the late Darran Stone.

Tom Lyons scored twice in the first half but as in too many recent games, Wasps squandered a number of chances to put the match out of reach before the break not helped by the most clear cut penalty you will ever see not being given when AJ Morrison was taken down. It seemed as if a different Grinstead team came out in the second half and Rangers pulled a goal back and pressed for an equaliser which fortunately eluded them even in the 4 minutes of added time.............[Full Match report]

The bunch of lads that stood behind the goal chanting throughout the game made for a good atmosphere and it was great to see Tom Lyons join in and run up to them to celebrate his second goal in a group hug. Well done lads and we look forward to seeing you all again.

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Darran Stone

Darran Stone, a Wasps' player in the 90's, sadly passed away last Friday aged just 44 having lost his battle against motor neurones disease. He leaves behind his wife Jo and two daughters, Leigh 21 and Georgia 7. Our heartfelt condolences go to Darran's family and friends. The funeral is next Wednesday 28th September at Worth Crematorium at 12 noon.

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AFC Uckfield 3, East Grinstead Town 3

Wasps should have banked all three points at the Oaks tonight. Marc Pelling headed them ahead after just 3 minutes and on 29 minutes Tom Lyons made it 2 - 0 when his flick was deflected into his own net by a defender. AFC Uckfield pulled one back with 6 minutes of the first half remaining and then equalised within a minute of the restart. Wasps regained the lead through a well taken goal by John Paul Collier. As in previous matches, Wasps had golden chances to seal the victory but failed to even test the keeper. With 11 minutes left the homesters grabbed their final equalising goal.............[Full Match report]

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East Grinstead Town 4, Chichester City 1

Wasps shook off their mid week disappointment with a good performance this afternoon. The scoreline could have easily have been 14 - 1 with the number of goal attempts in both halves but those that did find the back of the net were Ben Chick, Tony Reid, Marcos Perona and Drew Cooney.............[Full Match report]

The reserves got their first victory of the season beating Forest Row in the Sussex Intermediate Cup 4 - 2 on penalties after the tie finished 6 - 6 after extra time.............[Full Match report]

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East Grinstead Town U18s 0, Three Bridges U18 8

Wasps Under 18s suffer heavy home defeat.


Fixture change

Wasps will now be hosting St Francis Rangers on Saturday 24th September and not Shoreham as previously scheduled and the away match at Sidley on Tuesday 27th September has a 7.30pm kick off time.


200 Club winners

August 2011:
1st prize £70 - H Thomas
2nd prize £20 - C Gilmore
3rd prize £10 - D Moore


:: Tuesday 13th September 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Three Bridges 2

A game of two contrasting halves with Wasps controlling the first half but only went in at the interval leading 1 - 0 through a John Paul Collier goal despite some 5 attempts on target from Tom Lyons two of which forced super saves. After the restart, Wasps were a different side and Bridges took control. They equalised with some 18 minutes left and clinched victory after four and a half minutes of added time which left everyone wondering how so long could be added without either trainer having been on the pitch and no time wasting. [Match report to follow]

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Lancing 0, East Grinstead Town 2

Wasps progressed through to the 3rd round of the RUR Cup after beating Division One necomers Lancing this afternoon. Tony Beckingham had three new signings in the starting line up, Michael Death and Conor Hider up front and man-of-the-match George Benner at centre back. The game was played at a frantic pace all in midfield with the first attempt on goal coming after 20 minutes. With 3 minutes of the first half left Michael Death pounced on keeper Matt Evans mistake and put Wasps ahead. He should have made it two just on the stroke of half time when a great through ball put him one on one with the keeper but he failed in his attempt to round the advancing Evans.

Beckingham substituted both strikers at half time pushing Tony Reid upfront with subs Marc Pelling at centre back and Ryan Watts at left back. Grinstead created clear cut chances galore but just could not score until just before the end when George Smith volleyed home after Marcos Perona headed back a Ben Chick cross across the six yard box.............[Full Match report]


The reserves suffered a narrow 3 - 2 defeat at home to top-of-the-table Corinthian Casuals and were unlucky not to get a point. They are in cup action away at Forest Row next Saturday in the Sussex Intermediate Cup.............[Full Match report]

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East Grinstead Town U18s 3, Lingfield U18s 2

Bob Smith's Under 18s went in 3 - 0 up at the break thanks to goals from Marcus Fort, Joe Moulding and Jordan Stone. Wasps were reduced to 10 men part way through the second half and the visitors pulled back two goals. Grinstead held firm despite playing 10 minutes of added time and were worthy winners .

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Ringmer match off

Tonight's scheduled Division 1 match away at Ringmer has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

:: Saturday 3rd September 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Hassocks 1, East Grinstead Town 2

Goals from Tom Lyons and John Paul Collier earned Wasps another three away points this afternoon. Boss Tony Beckingham said: "It was a good win but it should have been more comfortable."


Meanwhile the Reserves went in at half time with a 1 - 0 lead against North Greenford Utd but lost 4 - 1.


Bob Smith's Under 18s narrowly lost 2 - 1 to Redhill on Wednesday night. They trailed until 10 minutes from time when they equalised only to concede in the 4th minute of injury time. Smith said: "Our lads were superb against a strong side who had won their first two matches scoring 13 goals."

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East Grinstead Town 0, Lingfield 4

Wasps beaten by a strong Lingfield side that included Nicky Forster (ex Brighton, Hull, Ipswich, Reading and Birmingham) and Ian Pearce (ex Fulham, West Ham and Blackburn) who both scored. Grinstead had two goals disallowed for offside and the visitor's keeper pulled off a couple of fine saves.............[Full Match report]

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Arundel 1, East Grinstead Town 3

Wasps had all the play but it was Arundel that took the lead after 19 minutes in their first real attack. Grinstead continued to apply all the pressure but they had to wait until the 77th minute before Tom Lyons equalised. Substitute Liam Baitup put Wasps ahead on 85 minutes with Tom Lyons scoring his second 3 minutes later.............[Full Match report]

Back at the GAC Stadium, a completely new Wasps reserves side lost their opening match againt Camberley Town 4-0.

:: Friday 26th August 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Back on line

Apologies for the lack of updates on the site due to holidays. Normal service now resumed with updated fixtures, results, tables and match reports.

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Website updates

There will be no updates on the website from tomorrow 8th August due to holidays. We apologise for any inconvenience. Meanwhile updates on EGTFC can be found on the Forum which can be accessed by clicking here

:: Saturday 6th August 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Crawley Down 2

Wasps got off to a good start against their newly promoted Ryman South neighbours and took an early lead through Liam Baitup. Tony Beckingham's side were playing some good controlled football but the visitors equalised before half time following a misunderstanding between Grinstead's keeper and defence. Wasps went behind early in the second half to a Nick Sullivan strike but Ben Burns got a well earned equaliser.


Reserves back on track

After having been left high and dry in the latter stages of pre-season by Wasps' former reserve team manager leaving to join neighbours Crawley Down and taking most of last season's squad with him, the club is glad to announce that the reserve team will be back on track. Friendlies are currently being arranged and the start of their Suburban League campaign has been put back provisionally by a week to 27th August. More details to follow. In the meantime any players interested in a trial should email the Club Secretary or call him on 07802528513.


200 Club Winners

July 2011:
1st prize £70 - D Medcalf
2nd prize £24 - L Medcalf
3rd prize £10 - R Fletcher


:: Tuesday 2nd August 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Horsham 2

Another good tough pre-season workout for Tony Beckingham's squad. Wasps put in a good first half performance against a strong Horsham side and should have gone ahead when a John Paul Collier free kick was met by Leroy Huggins but his header went wide. But it was the visitors that went ahead just before the break following a wicked deflection. Huggins looked as if he would equalise but Horsham grabbed a second mid way through the second half.

Wasps host neighbours Crawley Down on Saturday (ko 3pm).

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East Grinstead Town 0, Whitehawk 1

Wasps narrowly lost to a very strong Whitehawk squad. It was a hard workout for both teams with The Hawks dominating the first 10 minutes, Wasps then matching their opponents followed by their own 10 minute dominating spell in the second half. The Hawks grabbed their goal after some good fortune late in the second half and both sides hit the woodwork.

Next up for Wasps are Horsham at the GAC Stadium on Tuesday 2nd August (ko 7.30pm).

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August fixtures

The Sussex County League have issued the August fixtures and newly promoted Worthing United will be Wasps' first opponents on Saturday 13th August (ko 3pm).

:: Tuesday 26th July 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 5, Westfield 0

Very good performance tonight from Tony Beckingham's squad. Tom Lyons and Leroy Huggins formed a formidable partnership up front in the first half with Lyons scoring 2 goals. But it was a solid team performance all round although the scoreline could have been in double figures. Wasps other goals came from Peter Cooper after a great run down the left wing by Kieron Wilson followed by a pinpoint cross, Ben Burns and Ben Chick.

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East Grinstead Town 0, Fisher 2

Having played against two pro sides earlier in the week certainly took its toll this afternoon in this pre-season friendly. The first half was pretty even but then Wasps fell behind to two goals and could have drawn level or even clinched the match with chances they created particularly in the closing stages but failed to convert. Nonetheless, with Tony Beckingham unable to be at the match, assistant manager Steve O'Boyle was far less than pleased with this afternoon's lucklustre performance and made it clear to the players what is expected of them on Tuesday when they host Westfield at home (ko 7.30pm).

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East Grinstead Town 0, Crystal Palace 4

The Eagles retained the GAC Community Cup tonight in this pre-season friendly with goals from Quade Taylor, Kieron Cadogan, Calvin Andrew and Nathaniel Pinney.[Match report to follow]. Dougie Freedman, Lennie Lawrence and Curtis Fleming were extremely complementary on the set up and the playing surface at the GAC Stadium. Wasps host Fisher from the Kent Premier League in their next friendly on Saturday (ko 3pm).



Palace Squad announced

Dougie Freedman has named the Eagles squad that will travel to the GAC Stadium tonight to compete for the GAC Community Trophy against Tony Beckingham's Wasps. The squad is a mixture of First Teamers such as Calvin Andrew, Andy Dorman and Kieron Cadogan and academy players progressing through the ranks like Quade Taylor, Ryan Inniss and Kyle De Silva.

WESLEY FODERINGHAM, ROSS FITZSIMONS, RENEE, CHARLIE HOLNESS, QUADE TAYLOR, KADELL DANIEL, ANDY DORMAN, STUART O’KEEFE, JON WILLIAMS, JAKE CAPRICE, KIERON CADOGAN, CALVIN ANDREW, NATHANIEL PINNEY, ANTONIO PEDROZA, IBRA SEKAJJA, RYAN INNISS, JEROME WILLIAMS, KYLE DE SILVA, MALAKAI FIELD, GHASSIMU SOW, CONNOR DYMOND, VENCES BOLA

Crystal Palace were the first winners of The GAC Community Trophy two years ago at their last visit to East Grinstead. The trophy was donated by Steve Rogers of Penny Farthing Jewellers. Matchday sponsors are Wilfred's of Sussex a family owned and run business offering a wide selection of quality used cars for sale.

The match kicks off at 7.30pm and entrance fees (payable at the gate) are: Adults £8, Family £15 (adult and 2 children), Senior Citizens and Under 18s £5. For those that have not been to the GAC Stadium before car parking spaces are limited, there is a licensed bar and a tea bar serving hot food and drinks. For directions to the ground click here

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East Grinstead Town 1, Crawley Town 8

Tony Beckingham's men put on a spirited performance against the League Two newcomers. They worked hard and kept the score to 2-0 at half time. Man of the match Matt Tubbs and Tyrone Barnett both scored hat-tricks for Steve Evans' men although the best goal of the evening was scored by John-Paul Collier for Wasps. [Match report to follow]

Wasps face Crystal Palace tomorrow night at the GAC Stadium (kick off 7.30pm).


Reserve Manager resigns to join Suburban League rivals

After 9 seasons as reserve team manager at East Grinstead and previously also managing the Under 18s and a number of youth teams, Phil Major resigned after tonight's First Team match against Crawley Town to join Crawley Down as their reserve team manager. His decision to leave and join Wasps' near neighbours was a shock particularly at this time in the middle of pre-season but he said that The Anvils' Chairman had approached him the previous evening. Wasps' Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "I am totally surprised by the approach and Phil's decision but would like to thank him for his devotion to the club over a considerable number of years".

Last season, Wasps' reserves finished in fourth spot in the Suburban League South and won the Suburban League Cup beating Leighton Town in the final after knocking out sides like AFC Wimbledon and Eastbourne Borough on the way. Candidates for the position of Reserve Team Manager are requested to send their details to the club by email

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Pre-season friendlies up and running

Wasps had their first pre-season friendly on Saturday against Banstead Athletic on the EG Sports Club 3G pitch which ended in a 4 - 4 draw. They host Tunbridge Wells at the same venue this Saturday with a 2.15pm kick off.

Steve Evans' Crawley Town will be Wasps' opposition at the GAC Stadium next Tuesday 19th July (ko 7.30pm). Evans is splitting his first team squad over two matches played on the same night, the other being at Bognor Regis. He will be managing the team against Tony Beckingham's Wasps. The pitch at the GAC Stadium is as good as it has ever been and just the setting for some great action which continues the following night when the visitors are Dougie Freedman's Crystal Palace (ko 7.30pm).

The Wasps will playing the Eagles for the GAC Community Trophy which was donated by Steve Rogers of Penny Farthing Jewellers. Palace were the first winers of the trophy two years ago at their last visit when it poured with rain. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that the weather forecast for no rain proves to be correct. Matchday sponsors are Wilfred's of Sussex a family owned and run business offering a wide selection of quality used cars for sale.

Wasps manager Tony Beckingham is currently on holiday but is itching to get back to contest these two games against two great clubs who have a big following in East Grinstead. Entrance fees are the same for both matches: Adults £8, Family £15 (adult and 2 children), Senior Citizens and Under 18s £5 with a match programmes at £2.

Wasps have not featured in the recent draws for the early rounds of the FA Cup, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup this season as it has transpired that the application which was submitted as usual well before the FA deadline never reached its destination. Everyone at the club is gutted but the FA have said that regrettably nothing can be done besides having put the club on a reserve list in case other clubs withdraw.

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200 Club Winners

June 2011:
1st prize £70 - P Cadman
2nd prize £26 - C Gilmore
3rd prize £10 - H Thomas


:: Friday 24th June 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Becks signs new forward

Tony Beckingham made his first signing of the summer by securing the signature of experienced striker Leroy Huggins.

Beckingham has been looking for a big-scoring striker to add to the Wasps' squad and looks to have got his man with Huggins, who counts Crawley Town, Bromley, Margate, Tonbridge Angels and Fisher Athletic among his former clubs.

"Leroy Huggins was at Erith Town last season with Steve O'Boyle, who has recently joined the Wasps' coaching staff. They get on well and so were keen to join up again this season," Beckingham explained. "He lives in south-east London, but he played for Margate last season, so compared to that it won't be a lot of travelling to go to East Grinstead."

Players cannot be registered with the Sussex County League until July 1, but Beckingham has been busy building his squad for the new season and Huggins has already signed his forms last Saturday.

The boss played more than 60 players last season but is keen to cut that number down this year. And in Huggins he believes he has found the missing link.

"Huggins is exactly what we had missing last season. Someone who will just be there to fire the ball home for us," he explained. "He is a powerful striker and great in the air, but he really knows how to find the back of the net and has been top-scorer at most of the clubs he has played for. I'm really looking forward to seeing him in the side because the one thing we needed was a centre-forward." Wasps pre-season training starts next Tuesday 28th June and as well as securing a few more new signings, Beckingham is expecting to see a few blasts from East Grinstead's past participating in the bleep tests.

"Joel Hughes played for me at Lingfield and was one of the many players I ended up calling upon towards the end of last season. I'm hoping he'll play for us again this season," Beckingham admitted. "I've also had a chat with Ben Burns and Dave Gellatly who were at Redhill last season."

Wasps' first pre-season friendly at home is against Crawley Town at the GAC stadium on Tuesday July 19, 7.30pm kick off, with Crystal Palace the following day, Wednesday July 20, 7.30pm kick off.

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Becks committed

TONY BECKINGHAM says he is looking forward to making Wasps capable of challenging for the Sussex County League title next season after turning down an approach to manage elsewhere.

An un-named Kent club wanted to talk to Beckingham, who led Grinstead to their highest County League position since 1973 last season.

He said: “There was interest but I have had very positive talks with the chairman Richard Tramontin and the committee and I’m 100% committed to next season at East Grinstead.”

Tramontin said: “Tony has done a great job since he came to the club in February 2010 and there was no way we were going to allow him to go. I’m delighted that he wants to continue the fine job he started last season. He wants to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion and we are 100% behind him.”

Tony used more than 60 players last season but will be looking to work with a much smaller squad this time around when pre-season training gets underway on June 28.

Assistant manager Ken Thurgood is stepping down to spend more time with his family so Tony has recruited former Erith Town manager Steve O’Boyle as his assistant manager and Wayne Barrett joins the coaching staff.

“I’ve worked with Steve O’Boyle before at Holmesdale and the season before last he guided Erith to their highest ever points total,” Tony explained. “He offers a lot of enthusiasm and know-how, plus I trust him 100 per cent. He has also got some great contacts within the non-league game.

“Steve is quite funny as well which is great to have around the dressing room. I cut them down and Steve builds them up again.”


An extensive schedule of pre-season friendlies start on July 9 and include glamour home games against Crawley Town and Crystal Palace on successive nights at the GAC Stadium later that month.

An additional friendly has just been agreed - Wasps will host Horsham on Tuesday 2nd August, kick off 7.30pm.

The revised full list of friendlies is:
Saturday 9th July v Banstead at Worth, kick off 3pm
Saturday 16th July v Tunbridge Wells at Worth, kick off 3pm
Tuesday 19th July v Crawley Town, kick off 7.30pm
Wednesday 20th July v Crystal Palace, kick off 7.30pm
Saturday 23rd July v Fisher Athletic, kick off 3pm
Tuesday 26th July v Westfield, kick off 7.30pm
Saturday 30th July v Whitehawk, kick off 3pm
Tuesday 2nd August v Horsham, kick off 7.30pm
Saturday 6th August v Crawley Down, kick off 3pm
Tuesday 9th August v Holmesdale, kick off 7.30pm


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Pre-season friendlies

Wasps First XI pre-season fixtures have now been finalised:
Saturday 9th July v Banstead at Worth, kick off 3pm
Saturday 16th July v Tunbridge Wells at Worth, kick off 3pm
Tuesday 19th July v Crawley Town at the GAC Stadium, kick off 7.30pm
Wednesday 20th July v Crystal Palace at the GAC Stadium, kick off 7.30pm
Saturday 23rd July v Fisher at the GAC Stadium, kick off 3pm
Tuesday 26th July v Westfield at the GAC Stadium, kick off 7.30pm
Saturday 30th July v Whitehawk at the GAC Stadium, kick off 3pm
Saturday 6th August v Crawley Down at the GAC Stadium, kick off 3pm
Tuesday 9th August v Holmesdale at the GAC Stadium, kick off 7.30pm

Pre-season training starts on Tuesday 28th June, with players meeting at the clubhouse at 7pm.

200 Club Winners

May 2011:
1st prize £70 - B Talbot
2nd prize £28 - D Owen
3rd prize £10 - A Woolley


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The Red Devils are coming to Town

THE club can confirm that they have arranged a pre-season friendly with Football League newcomers Crawley Town which will be played at the GAC Stadium on Tuesday, July 19.

Crawley won the Football Conference by 15 points last season and finished the season unbeaten in 30 league games. They also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup before losing 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Although Crawley have a friendly at Bognor Regis Town the same evening, manager Steve Evans has indicated that he will send out two squads of equal strength to both Bognor and the GAC Stadium.

Wasps manager Tony Beckingham said: "It is a tremendous honour to be playing Crawley Town now they are a Football League club. Everyone in Sussex was proud of the way they won the Conference last season and did so well in the FA Cup. They play great football and I'm sure it will be a fantastic occasion to have them at the GAC Stadium.

"With a game against Crystal Palace the following day it is going to be a busy time for the players and coaching staff but they are two great games and I'm sure the lads are looking forward to taking part in them."

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Prestige friendly revealed

EAST Grinstead Town will host Crystal Palace as part of their pre-season preparations.

The Eagles will land at the GAC Stadium on Wednesday, July 20, kick off 7.30pm.

It is their second visit to Grinstead in the last three years and the game is sure to attract a large crowd. The teams will be competing for the GAC Community Trophy which was donated by Steve Rogers of Penny Farthing Jewellers in East Grinstead High Street.

Wasps' chairman Richard Tramontin said: "We are delighted that Palace manager Dougie Freedman has agreed to send a side down to East Grinstead.

"We have played Palace many times over the years and the games have always attracted good crowds and been entertaining affairs and we are sure this one will be no different."


Wasps are working on the rest of their pre-season schedule at the moment which includes a home game against Ryman League Whitehawk on Saturday July 30, kick off 3pm.


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