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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:
Wednesday 3rd September 7.30pm. Under 18s v Corinthian
Saturday 6th September 3pm, Reserves v Croydon
Saturday 13th September 3pm, Firsts v Carshalton Athletic
Saturday 20th September 3pm, Firsts v Sittingbourne
Tuesday 23rd September 7.30pm, Firsts v Folkestone Invicta
Tuesday 30th September 7.30pm, Firsts v Faversham Town



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:: Tuesday 2nd September 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Raynes Park Vale 2, East Grinstead Town 1 - AET (1-1 after 90 mins)

Wasps bowed out of the FA Cup tonight in the Preliminary Round. They fell behind to a long clearance from inside the opposition penalty area which Ali Wiltshire latched on to and lobbed Grinstead keeper Callum Christie from 30 yards out. Layton Schaaf equalised 15 minutes into the second half with a fine finish. With a quarter of an hour of normal time left, AJ Morrison picked up a silly second yellow card and beacme the first East Grinstead player to be sent off in over a season. The tie finished all square after 90 minutes and after the first few minutes of Extra Time it looked as if the 10 men of the Wasps would go on and win the tie but they failed to clear a ball played in from the left which found John Key at the far post and his header flew into the net. A poor game of football and an opportunity for Wasps to progress wasted. [Match repoort to follow]

:: Saturday 30th August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Raynes Park Vale 2 - FA Cup Preliminary Round

An open and entertaining cup tie in which the attacks of both sides dominated. Okai for RPV in particular was a constant threat while Sam Schaaf of Wasps offered the best chance of a home win.

Steve Sargent's third successful dead ball kick gave the Wasps the lead in the 9th minute and all looked good for the home side until a defensive error allowed Simon Moore a tap in equaliser.

On 51 minutes Sam Schaaf collected a throw in, turned sharply and buried a low shot into the left corner of the net.

Back came the visitors and when Grinstead failed to clear, an unstoppable shot from Wiltshire levelled the scores.

Final chances at either end were foiled and a fair result means a replay next Tuesday (ko 7.45pm)..............[Match report]


Molesey Reserves 0, East Grinstead Town Reserves 1

After winning their first three matches, Simon Boddie's reserves top the Suburban League South Table. All three matches have been away from home with Obi Onyeka soring the only goal at Molesey this afternoon.

:: Monday 25th August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Guernsey 2, East Grinstead Town 4

Wasps overcame a four hour flight delay, which in turn pushed the kick off in Guernsey back by two hours, to record their second win of the season in Ryman League Division One South.

Grinstead fell behind after a minute as Dave Rihoy put the Green Lions in front, but the Wasps turned the game on its head with two goals in two minutes just before half time, the first a Steve Sargent penalty after Layton Schaaf was brought down just inside the box, followed by a sweet finish from Sam Schaaf from a Kieron Pamment cross.

Sargent then added a third with a superb free kick into the top corner seven minutes after the restart, before new signing Brad Curtis made it 4-1 to the visitors with a cool finish on 74 minutes.

Ross Allen pulled a goal back for Guernsey on 83 minutes, but the Wasps held firm for a victory that moves them up to 14th in the table..............[Match report]

Guernsey defender Simon Geall who had come on as a substitute broke two bones in an innocuous collision in the closing minutes of the game and underwent surgery on his leg at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.

:: Saturday 23rd August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Worthing 1

A late winner from sub Lloyd Dawes secured all three points for Worthing in a stop start contest that never really got going. Worthing had the best of the early chances but found goalkeeper Callum Christie in excellent form making a number of excellent saves with hands and feet keeping the game all square.

The match was drifting towards stalemate when a missed clearance led to a Worthing corner in the 88th minute. The deep corner was met beyond the far post and despite three chances for the East Grinstead defence to clear, the ball found its way to Lloyd Dawes whose shot through a crowded area was deflected and found its way into the net.

There was still time for East Grinstead to salvage a point when a penalty was awarded when Sam Schaaf was upended in the box after a good turn on 92 minutes. Steve Sargent stepped up only to see his well struck shot crash off the underside of the bar and the chance was gone..............[Match report]

Injuries to George Hiller-Jones and Drew Cooney could see them miss Bank Holiday Monday's trip to Guernsey when Simon Funnell will already be without Tom Graves and Matt Geard, who played today and Kieran Wilson who picked up a bad knee injury last Saturday against Hythe Town.

:: Friday 22nd August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New signings

Simon Funnell has made two new signings ahead of this weekend's Ryman League South fixtures when Wasps are at home to Worthing tomorrow before flying off to Guernsey on Bank Holiday Monday. Wade Eason has joined from Peacehaven and Brad Curtis from Horsham YMCA.


Cup tie date confirmed

Wasps' home tie in the Ryman League Cup against Three Bridges will be played on Tuesday 7th October.

:: Thursday 21st August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Raynes Park Vale 2, East Grinstead Town 4

Wasps reserves got off to a winning start in their new league campaign tonight at Raynes Park Vale with 2 goals from both Michael Death and Rhyss White..............[Match report]

:: Tuesday 19th August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Chipstead 2, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps lost to top-of-the-table Chipstead tonight conceding in both halves. The scoreline at half time was a fair reflection of the game with the home side looking sharper and closing down well. Grinstead came out with a different belief in the second half and looked as if they would go on and equalise until the Josh Gallagher got his second goal of the night on 75 minutes latching onto a ball over the top after Wasps gave it away in midfield..............[Match report]


200 Club winners

Winners of the last three monthly draws of the 200 Club:

August 2014
1st prize £60 - P Johnson
2nd prize £20 - A Evans
3rd prize £10 - S Hatswell

July 2014
1st prize £60 - M Stevens
2nd prize £20 - M Lyons
3rd prize £10 - I Brown

June 2014
1st prize £60 - A Woolley
2nd prize £20 - G Hearn
3rd prize £10 - S Hatswell


:: Sunday 17th August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps' opponents in the FA Cup Preliminary round at the GAC Stadium on Saturday 30th August will be Raynes Park Vale after the Combined Counties League club beat Cray Valley this afternoon.

:: Saturday 16th August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps unlucky to suffer first Ryman League loss

Wasps had at least a deserved point snatched away from them in the closing stages of this afternoon's Ryman South match against Hythe Town. The visitors went ahead twice through Sam Conlon and Josh Burchell with Steve Sargent and Sam Schaaf equalising for Wasps but the Cannons snatched all three points with a late header from Burchell from a corner. Wasps should have taken the lead in the latter part of the second period but squandered a couple of good chances before conceding the killer goal with the match ending 2-3..............[Match report] Photos courtesy of John O'Brien.

Still, a win, a draw and a loss from the first three matches at this level is not such a bad start to Wasps' first ever Ryman League South campaign. Next up league leaders Chipstead away on Tuesday (ko 7.45pm)

:: Tuesday 12th August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Horsham 1

Wasps earned their fist victory in their first ever home match in the Ryman League tonight, beating Horsham 2-1 with goals from Steve Sargent and John Sinclair. .............[Match report] A crowd of 158 were the first to sample the newly upgraded facilities at the GAC Stadium.

Listen to a post match interview with Simon Funnell courtesy of BBC Sussex Sport by following this link

:: Saturday 9th August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Redhill 1, East Grinstead Town 1

In their first ever Ryman League match this afternoon, Wasps snatched a late equaliser through Dan Turner in stoppage time and notched up the club's first ever Ryman South point..............[Match report]


New season kicks off today


Simon Funnell and his team took time out for a team photo at Thursday night's training. This afternoon the Wasps travel to Redhill for the club's first ever match in the Ryman League (ko 3pm).

:: Wednesday 6th August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Historical new season

East Grinstead Town are getting ready for the start of one of the biggest seasons in the club’s 124-year history as they prepare for life in the Ryman League.

Having secured promotion after finishing runners-up in the Sussex County League in May, it has been a busy summer on and off the field as the Wasps get ready to play at the highest level in the club’s history.

Instead of trips to Newhaven and Selsey, they will be taking on some of the south-east’s traditional non-league powerhouses including Carshalton Athletic and Worthing as well as a host of other Sussex clubs operating at Step 4 in the national non-league pyramid.

It all starts on Saturday with the short trip to Redhill before the first of those ten games against county rivals next Tuesday when Wasps host Horsham in the first Ryman League game at the GAC Stadium, kick off 7.30pm.

Manager Simon Funnell is quietly confident his squad can adapt to a higher level of football, which will also see Wasps taking part in the FA Trophy for the first time in their history.

And chairman Richard Tramontin and his committee of enthusiastic volunteers have pulled out all the stops to get the GAC Stadium up to Ryman League standard. Last season was still not completed when the bulldozers moved in during April to start work on a new dressing rooms complex which also features new accommodation for match officials, a hospitality room and utility rooms. With more seats installed into the main stand and an extensive pitch renovation programme, it has been the busiest close seasons in the club’s history.

Richard said: “I am absolutely delighted with what we have achieved as a club, on and off the field, in the last few months. Our new facilities look superb and I’m sure the other Ryman League clubs will enjoy coming to the GAC Stadium, just as we are looking forward to going to some new grounds.

“We were delighted that our principal sponsors Rydon decided to continue the longest-runing sponsorship in the history of non-league football and our other partners including Bill Hill, vice-president at GAC are continuing to support us.

“It’s a new era for football in the town and we really want the people of East Grinstead to get behind us. More support at the gate is absolutely crucial if we are to establish ourselves at this level but anyone who comes along will enjoy good facilities at the GAC Stadium and we hope an exciting team playing at a very good level of football.”


Boss Funnell has played several pre-season games, all away from home, with some eye-catching results including a 2-1 win over Ryman Premier Lewes. On Saturday they concluded their friendly programme at Crowborough where last season’s top scorer Sam Schaaf was on target in a 1-0 win.

He has signed five new players: defenders Bradley Bant, Joel Reyes and Steve Sargent, midfielder AJ Morrison and striker Layton Schaaf, brother of Sam.

Funnell, whose preparations for the new season included getting married last week, said: “We have retained everyone from last season, added some real quality and we also have Ben Chick back after a season out which is like signing another player.

“We needed to add depth to the squad, which we have done, because of the step up and the need to have plenty of options, particularly in the first half of the season when the games come thick and fast and there is plenty of travelling involved.

“We know it’s going to be tough but we’re ready to embrace the challenge. It’s a new era for the club and one everyone involved is excited about. I hope people in East Grinstead get behind us as well because more support can make such a big difference.”


:: Tuesday 5th August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Admission Prices

Admission prices for Wasps' home Ryman South matches for the 2014/15 season will be £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 2nd August 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Final friendly before start of Ryman League football

Wasps played their final pre-season friendly before the start of their first ever Ryman League campaign this afternoon against Ctowborough Athletic. Sam Schaaf scored the only goal of the match while John Sinclair missed a penalty. It was Schaaf's first start in pre-season after his injury towards the end of last season and he completed 70 minutes. The reserves followed on after the first team in a double header and after going 1-0 down, ended the match winning 6-1.

Wasps first ever match in Ryman South is next Saturday when they travel to Redhill (ko 3pm). This is followed by a home match against Horsham the following Tuesday, 12th August (ko 7.30pm) in what will be the first match in the vastly improved East Court facilities.

:: Tuesday 29th July 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps travel to Eastbourne United tonight

Simon Funnell takes his squad to Eastbourne United for a friendly tonight. This follows two friendlies last week both away against Ryman Premier opponents: Peacehaven & Telscombe last Tuesday when the hosts won 2-0 but Funnell was pleased with his squad's performance and last Friday when Wasps beat a full strength Lewes 2-1 with goals from Leighton Schaaf and Michael Death. Match report courtesy of Lewes FC.


First Team fixtures updated

Wasps' First Team fixtures have been updated for their inaugral Ryman South season and the preliminary rounds of the FA Cup and FA Trophy.

:: Sunday 6th July 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Website updates

Apologies in advance, but it will probably not be possible to update the website for the next couple of weeks.

:: Friday 4th July 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Cup Draws

Wasps have a home tie in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 30th August and host the winners of Cray Valley and Raynes Park Vale. In their first ever match in the FA Trophy, they have been drawn away at Walton Casuals in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 18th October. The Under 18s have been drawn away in the Prelimnary Round of the FA Youth Cup against Dulwich Hamlet to be played in the week commencing 8th September.

:: Wednesday 2nd July 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s still holding trials

It's not too late to trial for Wasps Under 18s as they prepare for their first season in the Ryman Youth League. Training is taking place evry Tuesday and Thursday at East Court recreational grounds from 7pm. Anyone interested should emailBob Smith or call him on 07709 154350

:: Sunday 29th June 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matchday Press Officer

East Grinstead Town are looking for a Matchday Press Officer. This voluntary position would consist of attending Wasps 1st team matches, writing match reports for the website and the programme, updating our Twitter feed and if possible taking match photos. If you are interested in joining the Wasps team, please email Bruce Talbot.

:: Saturday 28th June 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps' Ryman League Trial Day

There is still time to contact Simon Funnell ahead of Monday night's trial day at East Court recreational ground. Pre-season training for the club's first season in the Ryman League started last week but anyone who believes he has the necessary experience, skill and determination to compete at step 4 of the non-league pyramid with a progressive club can still email Simon Funnell or call him on 07789 636096.

The club is pleased to announce that Simon has appointed Tony Prime as Goalkeeping Coach. This will be Primey's second spell at the club which he joined at the same time as Tony Beckingham and the late Ken Thurgood.

Simon Funnell is looking for a volunteer kit manager to work with the first team. You would travel with the squad home and away and be responsible for making sure preparations for every game are of the highest possible standard. That means looking after match and warm-up kit for the players and coaching staff and other equipment. You will have to be organised and take pride in your work but it's a rewarding job and you will be at the heart of the club as we prepare for life in the Ryman League.

:: Monday 16th June 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps' Ryman League Trial Days

As both the First Team and Under 18s prepare for the coming season in the Ryman League, Simon Funnell and Bob Smith are holding trial days.

The First Team trial day will be on Monday 30th June meeting at the club ground at 7pm - anyone attending must take note that work on the ground is still ongoing and due care must be taken. Any new players who are interested in attending should either email Simon Funnell or call him on 07789 636096.

Trials for the Under 18s are being held at East Court playing fields on Monday 23rd, Weds 25th and Friday 27th June each starting at 7pm. Trialists will need to attend as many of the dates as possible. Anyone interested should emailBob Smith or call him on 07709 154350.

:: Wednesday 4th June 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Cup ties

Wasps will be competing in the FA Trophy for the first time next season. Their inaugral match will be in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 18th October. They will also enter the FA Cup at the Prelimnary Round stage on Saturday 30th August.

:: Tuesday 3rd June 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ryman League update

Any doubts there may have been on Wasps' promotion to the Ryman League have now gone after confirmation that East Preston have withdrawn their Ground Grading appeal to the FA.

:: Monday 2nd June 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
First Team seeking kit man

The club are about to embark on an exciting new era as we prepare for our first season in the Ryman League.

It is a great time to be part of East Grinstead Town and you can join us on the journey!

Manager Simon Funnell is looking for a volunteer kit manager to work with the first team. You would travel with the squad home and away and be responsible for making sure preparations for every game are of the highest possible standard. That means looking after match and warm-up kit for the players and coaching staff and other equipment. You will have to be organised and take pride in your work but it's a rewarding job and you will be at the heart of the club as we prepare for life in the Ryman League.

Interested? If you would then email Simon Funnell.


Fancy playing Ryman League football?

Do you think you have what it takes to play Ryman League football?

As the club prepares for its first season at this level, manager Simon Funnell is keen to hear from anyone who thinks they have the necessary experience, skill and determination to compete at step 4 of the non-league pyramid with a progressive club offering a great pitch and superb new facilities.

We are also looking for under-18s to play in the Ryman Youth League next season.

Prospective players should contact Bob Smith.

:: Sunday 1st June 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Facility and pitch update

Here are some latest images showing the progress with construction work on the major facility upgrade at the GAC Stadium and with the pitch.

New building, covered area and pitch looking good after 7 weeks View of front Area between buildings and pitch taking shape
The roof is expected to go on by the end of this coming week after the internal walls are completed. Meanwhile after the extensive end-of-season renovation work, the pitch is now being cut twice a week and was fertilised again last week.

:: Friday 16th May 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club Winners

May 2014
1st prize £60 - P Presland
2nd prize £20 - B Smith
3rd prize £10 - C Down


Thanks to everyone for their kind messages after our promotion was confirmed. Now the hard work starts.... for the club to establish itself at the highest level we have played in our 124 year history we need more volunteer help.

If you could spare a few hours a week and love football we'd like to welcome you at East Grinstead Town FC. Whatever your skills, we can always do with an extra pair of hands.

If you can help please email Chairman Richard Tramontin, Secretary Brian McCorquodale or any other committee member.

COME ON YOU WASPS!

:: Thursday 15th May 2014 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ryman League football next season for Wasps

East Grinstead Town have received confirmation that they have been promoted to the Ryman Isthmian League South Division after the Football Association approved the allocation of clubs across the top levels of Non-League’s pyramid system earlier today, subject to any subsequent appeals.

The clubs allocated to the Isthmian League Division One South are: Burgess Hill Town, Carshalton Athletic (relegated), Chipstead, Corinthian Casuals, East Grinstead Town (promoted), Faversham Town, Folkestone Invicta, Guernsey, Hastings United, Herne Bay, Horsham, Hythe Town, Merstham, Ramsgate, Redhill, Sittingbourne, South Park (promoted), Three Bridges, Tooting & Mitcham United, Walton Casuals, Walton & Hersham, Whitstable Town, Whyteleafe (promoted), Worthing.

Everyone at the club is delighted and looking forward to the challenge. Promotion is just reward for all the hard work put in by players, management and everyone at the club. Demands will be higher all round at Step 4 and the club will have facilities to be proud of as they embark into the highest level it has competed at. The Club would welcome any new volunteers to help in any capacity. If interested please contact Chairman Richard Tramontin, Secretary Brian McCorquodale or any other committee member.


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