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:: COMING UP AT THE GAC STADIUM :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixtures coming up at the GAC Stadium:

Saturday 29th August 3pm, Reserves v Farnham Town
Wednesday 2nd September 7.30pm, Under 18s v Lewes
Saturday 5th September 3pm, Firsts v Ramsgate
Monday 7th September 7.30pm, Under 21s v Shoreham
Saturday 12th September 3pm, Firsts v Carshalton Athletic



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:: Saturday 29th August 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Molesey 7, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps suffered a heavy defeat at Molesey this afternoon in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup. [Match report to follow]

:: Monday 24th August 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page


Unfortunately it might not be possible to update the website over the next couple of weeks for technical reasons. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to rectify the matter asap.

:: Sunday 23rd August 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Shoreham air show tragedy

The thoughts and prayers of everybody at the club are with the families and friends of Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt and everyone connected with Worthing United FC at this shocking time. Our thoughts are also with all the people who have lost loved ones in this horrendous accident.

:: Saturday 22nd August 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Worthing 4

Two goals in each half from a lively Worthing side condemned Grinstead to their second consecutive home defeat of the season.

Worthing were in front after just five minutes when Casey Johnson volleyed home inside a crowded penalty box. They continued to create opportunities and went further ahead on 36 minutes with a nice finish from Lloyd Dawes from the edge of the box.

Against the run of play Tom Carlse gave Grinstead a lifeline with a crisp left foot shoot just before half time.

The two goal lead was restored following another fine finish from Dawes only for Carlse once again to narrow the lead with fifteen minutes remaining.

Grinstead pushed for an equaliser only to see Brannon O'Neill secure a well deserved win with a goal deep into injury time.

:: Wednesday 19th August 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Walton Casuals 4, East Grinstead Town 0

A much changed Wasps' side conceded three first half goals and then a fourth in added time at the end of the match against a lively Walton Casuals side at Merstham tonight and bowed out of the Alan Turvey Trophy spomsored by Robert Dyas.


East Grinstead Town Under 18s 3, Croydon Under 18s 1

A very young Wasps Under 18s pleased manager Bob Smith with their performance tonight in a pre-season friendly against a side that had inflicted two heavy league defeats on them last season.

:: Saturday 15th August 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Molesey 1, East Grinstead 0

A largely forgettable game for both sides decided by a bullet header by Molesey's Ollie Robinson from a corner on 56 minutes. This followed two wasted corners in quick succession for Wasps.

Two gilt edged chances for East Grinstead were missed by Meshach Smith and Taylor McDonagh to ensure Molesey got the points from a stop start game with little real quality.


East Grinstead Town Reserves 2, Molesey Reserves 5

While the first team travelled to Molesey, Wasps hosted their reserve team at the GAC Stadium. Grant Hearn's new look young team battled hard and fought back with two goals after going 3-0 down but ran out of steam trying to get an equaliser and conceded another twice in the last ten minutes.............[Match report]

:: Thursday 13th August 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Alan Turvey Trophy

Wasps travel to newly promoted Molesey on Saturday in the League before then travelling to Merstham to face Walton Casuals in the first round of the Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas on Wednesday 19th August (ko 7.45pm)


Reserves

Grant Hearn's new look reserve side will host Molesey Reserves at the GAC Stadium on Saturday in the opening match of the Suburban League South.


Under 21s

The newly formed Under 21s are hosting Merstham in a friendly at the GAC Stadium on Monday (ko 7.30pm).

:: Tuesday 11th August 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Whyteleafe 0, East Grinstead Town 1

A Trevor McCreadie goal just before half-time earned Wasps all three points in a match which Tony Beckingham's side edged despite the hosts coming very close to scoring. The pace of the game was furious at times on the rain-slickened artificial pitch. Wasps kept their shape throughout and were resilient in defence and also created a couple of really good goal scoring opportunities including a counter attack at pace after the hosts were pressing for an equaliser late on when McCreadie raced through on goal and shot narrowly wide under pressure.............[Match report]

:: Saturday 8th August 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Tooting & Mitcham 2

Wasps took an early league in today's Ryman South opener but were punished by two free kicks.

Early pressure paid off after 8 minutes for East Grinstead when good work on the left by Gerald Akosa led to a goalbound shot by Tom Carlse being helped over the line by Tooting's Jordan Cheadle for a deserved lead. East Grinstead should have doubled their lead on 12 minutes when Akosa headed wide when well placed.

A foul on Trever McCreadie deep in Tootings half went unpunished by the referee and from the break away, Tooting were awarded a highly contentious free kick on the edge of the area when the Tooting player went to ground. To compound the feeling of injustice for East Grinstead , Jordan Cheadle stepped up to drive the free kick into the corner of the net.

The game looked to be heading for a draw with neither team creating any real chances of note when Tooting were awarded another disputed free kick which resulted again in Cheadle driving into the net.

A big shout by East Grinstead for a penalty after Taylor McDonagh appeared to be pulled back in the box was waved away by the referee to leave Tooting relieved at the final whistle to come away with the three points.

Wasps travel to Whytelafe on Tuesday (ko 7.45pm)


200 Club Winners

June 2015
1st prize £65 - B McCorquodale
2nd prize £20 - P Cadman
3rd prize £15 - B Smith

July 2015
1st prize £65 - D Owen
2nd prize £20 - M Wrintmore
3rd prize £15 - B Smith


:: Saturday 25th July 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Littlehampton Town 2

Tony Beckingham took the opportunity to field a much changed team to the one that drew with Conference side Whitehawk on Tuesday for this afternoon's friendly against last seasons' Sussex County Division One Champions Littlehampton Town. The visitors went into a two nil lead with one of their goals looking suspiciously offside. Wasps created a number of good chances but only found the back of the net once. It was another good opportunity for Becks and his management team to assess the squad they want to go into the new season with.

They have two more friendlies before the season kicks off in two weeks time. VCD Athletic are the visitors next Saturday, followed by Lancing the following Tuesday.

:: Wednesday 22nd July 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 21s management

Nathan Campbell has been appointed the new manager of the newly formed Wasps Under 21s team with Tom Kavanagh as assistant manager and Pete Kavanagh as coach. The Under 21s will play in the newly formed Southern Combination Football League Under 21 West Division. Their first league match is on Thursday 27th August away at Crawley Down Gatwick. Any players looking to join and take part in pre-season training should contact Nathan on 07534 970984.

:: Tuesday 21st July 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Whitehawk 1

Wasps took a 26th minute lead in their latest friendly tonight against a full strength Conference South Whitehawk. They held onto their lead until the very last kick of the match.

:: Monday 20th July 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Kendo Cup

Pre-season preparations continued at the weekend with Wasps participation in the four team ‘Kendo Cup’ played at Farleigh Rovers FC.

This memorial cup is played in memory of Ken Thurgood who was Assistant Manager to Tony Beckingham at East Grinstead before illness took him away from the club.

We took two teams to the event and played two 80 minute games against Phoenix Sports. The first game went in our favour on penalties and the second was won by Phoenix 2-1.

The Cup was eventually won by the Kendo select 11 managed by Kendo’s old friends Trevor Giles and Darren Benham who may well still be celebrating!!!

Many thanks to Trevor for organising the event and Farleigh Rovers for hosting.

:: Friday 17th July 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Whitehawk friendly

Wasps will be hosting Conference South side Whitehawk in a friendly on Tuesday 21st July (ko 7.30pm)

:: Thursday 16th July 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ryman League fixtures released

The countdown to the big kick off of the 2015-16 Ryman League campaign is underway with the release of the new season’s fixtures this morning.

Following the publication by the Football Association of the draws for the early rounds of the FA Cup and FA Trophy earlier this month, fans, players and officials can now start planning in earnest for the upcoming campaign after the fixtures were posted at 11am

Wasps open the season with a home fixture against Tooting & Mitcham United on Saturday 8th August and then travel to Whyteleafe the following Tuesday and are away at Molesy the following Saturday. For all Wasps fixtures click here

:: Tuesday 14th July 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tony Beckingham on pre-season preparations

I’m sure that the close season is made shorter each year as no sooner has the last campaign finished the new one can be spotted over the horizon.

There has been quite a bit of change on the management side and those that have attended our first two pre-season games will also have noticed the new faces on the playing side as well. We managed to stay up by the skin of our teeth last season and it is our intention to avoid that situation from happening again this time around, I don’t think my heart would take it.

So, just to clarify the make-up of the management team; Kenny McCreadie has come in as Assistant Manager, Darren Anslow as Head Coach, Ray Tolfrey remains as Director of Football, Tony Prime as Goalkeeping Coach and Kev Goldsmith Physio. I am delighted to have Kenny and Darren on board and already in pre-season they proving to be worth their weight in gold.

Kenny should need no introduction after working alongside Steve Johnson who was manager at East Grinstead a few short years ago and Darren is an ‘A’ Licence Coach who works full time running Cray Wanderers FC’s Academy.

On the playing front, we have signed a number of new players which on paper should strengthen us up considerably but unfortunately as yet I’ve never seen a team on paper beat a team on the pitch.

Pre-season training started on the 30 June and is going well with around 30 players attending on a Tuesday and Thursday evening at East Court recreation ground. Kenny and Darren are working the boys hard and we will be ready for the first game of the season on the 8th August.

We have had two pre season friendlies to date against Erith Town and Lordswood who both compete in the old Kent League. We have managed to win both games 4-0 and 3-1 respectively. The results are totally irrelevant at this stage and they are really only glorified training games for fitness and familiarity. We have used around 20 players in each game and after the four team ‘Kendo Cup’ which is being held on Saturday 18 July we will be looking to reduce that number considerably. For the last three weeks we will need to focus on what is likely to be the squad that starts the season and although it is never an exact science, decisions need to be made on whether to keep or release players.

The final squad will be announced on the club website once it has been finalised.

:: Saturday 11th July 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Lordswood 1

It was a first time for a number of the Wassps players today playing a match at the GAC Stadium where a crowd of just some 50 people saw Grinstead put on a good display coming from behind to win 3-1.

:: Saturday 4th July 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pre-season opener a good workout

Tony Beckingham was pleased with Wasps' first pre-season friendly. After his side's 4-0 win against Erith Town on the 3G pitch at East Grinstead Sports Club this afternoon, he said things went pretty well overall and there were lots of positives. Training continues this coming Tuesday and Thursday before hosting Lordswood from the Southern Counties East Football League next Saturday at the GAC Stadium (ko 3pm).

:: Friday 3rd July 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Early FA Competition fixtures unveiled

Wasps have been drawn away to Molesey in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup which will be played on Saturday 29th August and will travel to Cray Wanderers on Saturday 3rd October in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy, the winners going on to face Bognor Regis in the first qualifying round.

The Under 18s have also been drawn away in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Youth Cup and will face the winners of Margate v Little Common in the week commencing 21st September.


Appointments

At the AGM which was held on Monday 29th June, Ian Nicholls was elected onto the Management Committee in his new role as Head of Youth Development and two managerial positions were confirmed: Tyrone Liston has joined the club as its first Under 21s manager and Grant Hearn has taken charge of the Reserves which will focus on the development of Under 21s and Under 18s. The reserves start training next Tuesday evening at the East Court Recreational Grounds at 7.30pm.

Simon Parrett will be taking charge of Wasps' team in the Mid Sussex League Team.

:: Wednesday 17th June 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s pre-season training

East Grinstead Town’s U18 team begin their preparation for their second season at Ryman U18 Youth level under manager Bob Smith & his coach Chris Waters.

Pre season training starts Tuesday 23rd June 7pm at East Court playing fields. Any players interested in wanting to play at this level should either contact manager Bob Smith 07709 154350 or simply turn up ready to work hard and show ambition to achieve success at this level with the town's premier football club.


First Team pre-season training

A reminder that First Team pre-season training starts on Tuesday 30th June at East Court Recreational Grounds from 7.30pm

:: Monday 15th June 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
U15s seeking keeper

East Grinstead Town are seeking a goalkeeper for their Under 15s who will be competing in the Horsham & District Youth League again next season. Matches are played on Saturday mornings and training is on Thursday evenings during the season on a 3G pitch.. Anyone interested should contact Simon Comber

:: Sunday 14th June 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
2015/16 admission prices

Admission prices for Wasps' home Ryman South matches for the 2015/16 season will be the same as last season, namely:
£8 for Adults, £5 for Concessions / Senior Citizens and £2 for Under 16s. Programmes will be £2.
Season tickets are available at £125 Adults, £65 Concessions / Senior Citizens and £30 Under 16s. These entitle holders to entry to all home league matches. If you wish to purchase a season ticket please contact Richard Tramontin

:: Saturday 30th May 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS RYMAN LEAGUE UNDER 21’s MANAGER

East Grinstead Town FC is inviting applications for a manager and coaching team for our new U21’s team that will play in the Ryman League from the 2015-6 season.

The club has been planning the formation of an U21’s side for some time as part of its commitment to developing locally-based players who can eventually feed into the first team. Ian Nicholls has recently joined the club in a new role as Head of Youth Development. He will work closely with the Under 21s, Under 18s and the younger teams to develop players together with the First Team coach.

The club was due to announce the appointment of an Under 21’s management team last week but an unforeseen territorial restriction with a Charity has meant that the appointments were withdrawn.

Interested applicants should apply in writing with a CV to Ian Nicholls

:: Monday 25th May 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New appointments

Tony Beckingham has been confirmed as first team manager as East Grinstead Town prepare for their second season in the Ryman League.
His re-appointment is part of a major restructuring of the club’s football operation with Wasps to operate a side in the Ryman under-21 League next season as they make a strong commitment to developing their own locally-based players who can eventually feed into the first team.
Beckingham has restructured his own management team with Ken McCreadie returning to the club as his assistant.
McCreadie is back at East Court for a second spell, having worked as First Team Coach in 2009 when Wasps were in the Sussex County League.
The backroom team is strengthened by the arrival of Darren Anslow as coach.
Anslow, a UEFA A License coach, has considerable experience of Kent football, having managed Cray Wanderers, Sevenoaks Town, Beckenham Town and Cray Valley before a spell with Deal Town in the Kent Premier League last season. Director of Football Ray Tolfrey, goalkeeping coach Tony Prime and physio Kevin Goldsmith all remain from last season to complete the management team.
Beckingham said: “Unfortunately JP Collier has left the club but I am delighted with the appointment of Ken and Darren, who have added experience and know-how to my backroom team.
“The priority when I came back to the club was to make sure we remained as a Ryman League club and that was achieved. Next season is going to be tough for sure, but with a year’s experience under our belts hopefully we can push on.”

Forming an under-21 team is a key step forward for the club with Ian Nicholls joining the club in a new role as Head of Youth Development.
He will work closely with the Under 21s, Under 18s and the younger teams to develop players together with Darren Anslow to progress them into the First Team.
Ian was a former youth player at the club and brings with him a wealth of experience gained from working in Premier League Club academies, nationally acclaimed schools programmes and long established development centres in the area.
Bob Smith will continue to manage the Under 18s with coach Chris Waters.
Chairman Richard Tramontin said: “It has taken a lot of hard work to get the team in place for next season but we are delighted with both the structure we have in place and the personnel we have appointed. We are looking forward to the new season with real optimism.”


First Team training starts on Tuesday 30th June at East Court Recreational Grounds from 7.30pm

200 Club Winners

May 2015
1st prize £65 - B McCorquodale
2nd prize £20 - G Gilbert
3rd prize £15 - L Parrett


:: Friday 15th May 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps confirmed in Ryman South for 2015/16 season

Fans, players and officials can start looking forward to next season’s campaign getting underway after the Football Association announced the make-up of the Ryman League’s three divisions on Thursday.

The allocation of 72 clubs into the Ryman Premier, Ryman North and Ryman South followed the annual end of season reshuffle of football’s Non-League pyramid at Steps 1-4 by the FA’s Leagues Committee at Wembley.

Like those of the Football Conference, Evo-Stik League Southern and Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, the league’s constitution for the 2015-16 season is subject to appeal and will be confirmed at the Ryman League’s AGM which takes place on Sunday 14 June at the Hilton London Wembley.

East Grinstead Town have been confirmed within Ryman South. Burgess Hill and Merstham won promotion to Ryman Premier and are replaced by relegated Peacehaven & Telscombe and Chatham Town who move across from Ryman North. Horsham and Redhill are relegated and replaced by Dorking Wanderers who finished runners up in the Sussex County League and Molesey, Combined Counties League Champions.

Ryman South constitution 2015/16: Carshalton Athletic, Chatham Town, Chipstead, Corinthian Casuals, Dorking Wanderers, East Grinstead Town, Faversham Town, Folkestone Invicta, Guernsey, Hasting United, Herne Bay, Hythe Town, Molesey, Peacehaven & Telscombe, Ramsgate, Sittingbourne, South Park, Three Bridges, Tooting & Mitcham United, Walton & Hersham, Walton Casuals, Whitstable Town, Whyteleafe, Worthing.

:: Friday 8th May 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Happy Birthday to Us!

It is a special day in our club's history as May 8 marks the 125th anniversary of the club.

During that time we have played at three grounds - West Street, King Georges' Field and East Court - competed in leagues as diverse as the Mid Sussex League to the Ryman League while literally thousands of footballers have played for the club at all levels and age groups.

'The Wasps' have become an established name not just in Sussex but beyond, thanks to our regular participation in the FA Amateur Cup, FA Cup and FA Vase but, in the last 12 months, promotion to the Ryman League and its member clubs in Kent and Surrey and the FA Trophy.

Our facilities have improved steadily over the decades, particularly in the last 10 years, and are now the envy of many clubs.

Throughout our existence East Grinstead Town has relied heavily on the unstinting efforts of the volunteers who run the club's off the field operation. Remarkably, for much of the 20th century the club only had two secretaries - John Wood and George Tizzard - and these days the Wasps rely heavily on a small but hardworking team of people who give up their time to try to keep the club moving forward.

So if you're a fan of the Wasps why not raise a glass to celebrate our birthday and here's to the next 125 years.


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