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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:

Friday 27th November 7.30pm, Under 21s v Steyning Town - POSTPONED
Saturday 28th November 3pm, Reserves v Cray Valley
Tuesday 1st December 7.30pm, Firsts v Molesey
Saturday 5th December 3pm, Firsts v Walton & Hersham
Tuesday 8th December 7.15pm, Firsts v Steyning Town - Sussex Senior Cup
Wednesday 9th December 7.30pm, Under 18s v Burgess Hill Town
Friday 11th December 7.30pm, Under 21s v Hassocks
Saturday 12th December 3pm, Reserves v Raynes Park Vale
Wednesday 16th December 7.30pm, Under 18s v Bognor Regis Town
Saturday 19th December 3pm, Reserves v Westfield
Saturday 26th December 3pm, Firsts v Three Bridges

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:: Friday 27th November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 21s match off

Tonight's scheduled Under 21s match against Steyning Town has been postponed. With more rain foreacst, tomorrow's scheduled Suburban League match against Cray Valley is also in doubt.

:: Tuesday 24th November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Chatham Town 1

Wasps finally recorded their first home win of the season by beating Chatham Town tonight. New signing Jack Mahoney opened the scoring in the 77th minute after coming off the bench at half time. Chatham equalised 3 minutes later after the Wasps defence stopped when the ball was carried over the line but play was allowed to continue and Kieron McCann equalised. Callum Emptage secured the vital three points in the 86th minute. Wasps didn't have Nic Taylor and Melford Simpson available because of a virus. Brett Milham made his debut but had to come off in the 66th minute after he broke his nose..............[Match report]

Under 18s match off

Tonight's Under 18s match at Burgess Hill has been postponed.

Sussex Senior Cup tie

Wasps were scheduled to host Hastings United in a league match on Tuesday 8th December, but with both teams in the 3rd round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Challemge Cup, Wasps will now be hosting Steyning Town and the Hastings match will be rescheduled.

:: Sunday 22nd November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matt Longhurst updates supporters

After being appointed as Wasps new boss six weeks ago, Matt Longhurst is keen to update Wasps' supporters on what's been going on, both on and off the pitch.

"It's been a busy month or so since taking charge. We came in with the initial idea of seeing what we already had in the squad and then assess what we needed. It was important to give the players here the opportunity to impress first, we have then slowly made changes to the squad to suit the style we want to play and also make sure that the dressing room is full of players that genuinely want to play for East Grinstead Town Football Club.

"Whilst the changes have been made, we have made fairly regular contact with the reserve team manager Grant Hearn and under 21s manager Nathan Campbell and have included a few players from each squad trying to blend them into the first team squad which is something long term that needs to happen to enable the club to have long term success.

"Since coming in, the fans have been superb and it really does make a difference having that vocal support home and away and the players respect that each week win lose or draw. With lots of new signings we are trying to build a squad that pre-season then only needs tweaking here and there. I don't want to rebuild all over again in the summer. We want a young, hungry team of players that have the right attitude.

"On the player front we have slowly assembled a core of players we want now and have just brought in Andrew Mills from Woking who is a centre back on a long term loan. Andrew has been involved with their first team and they want him to gain valuable game time in senior football. I am this week aiming to complete the signing of two midfield players, one hopefully ready for Tuesday and another should sign Friday in time for Saturday. We are then possibly only one player away from the squad we want. There will be competition for places which is what we want going into a busy period of games over the next few months.

"On the management team front, I have brought in Louis Dean as my assistant manager as Bill Manners has left due to work and personal matters which won't allow him to continue in his role. I'm hoping when fit he can come back in and play a part on the pitch for us. Louis is a great coach and has been involved in football for a number of years as a coach and player. He has settled in well and compliments the rest of the management team well so I'm pleased he's on board.

"So it's been a slower process than possibly we would of liked, but to get this right and to have some longevity to what we're doing, it will take time. The players have been fantastic of late. We'll just take game by game and see where we are but I'm certainly starting to see improvements on and off the pitch but we have a long long way to go yet but it's a start.

Thanks for your continued support"

:: Saturday 21st November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Corinthian Casuals 1

A good even contest with both teams shring the points.

Wasps were caught cold on 3 minutes when a deep cross wasn't dealt with at the far post, allowing Juevan Spencer time to cut inside and fire in a shot across goal. Casuals' lead lasted 10 minutes when after mounting pressure a well rehearsed corner found Callum Emptage in enough space to control the ball and fire into the top corner.The rest of the half was evenly contested with both defences on top.

The second half was much of the same but started to open up as the half went on. Nic Taylor in the Grinstead goal made a couple of good saves from shots from distance and a couple of chances in the box went begging for Grinstead. Danny Leonard thought he had won the game for Grinstead after a great run from midfield only to see his shot thunder off the underside of the bar with the keeper beaten and bounce to safety.

That proved to be the last of the real chances leaving both sides satisfied with a deserved draw..............[Match report]

:: Thursday 19th November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s match off

Tonight's scheduled Under 18s Ryman South match at Three Bridges has been postponed.

:: Wednesday 18th November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
South Park 1, East Grinstead Town 3

Wasps earned a much sought after but well deserved three points tonight at Whitehall Lane. Melford Simpson got his first goal at the club in his first full debut but Wasps went in at half time at 1-1 after the referee awarded South Park a penalty 5 minutes from the break much to the astonishment of everyone in the ground. Simpson scored his second early in the second half with a firm header from a corner to restore Wasps lead and Danny Leonard added a third in the 84th minutes in his first league match for the club..............[Match report]

:: Saturday 14th November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Worthing 5, East Grinstead Town 2

On a wet and blustery afternoon Ryan Richeford put the hosts in front after 35 minutes with Greg Cundle equalising 6 minutes later. Just before the referee blew for half time it looked as if Callum Emptage's powerful shot was going to see Wasps going in ahead at the break only to see Rikki Banks pull off a superb save. 5 minutes into the second half a dubious penalty award saw Brannon O'Neil put Worthing ahead. Four minutes later Harvey Sparks made it 3-1 latching onto a mishit pass and then O'Neil scored his second after a mishit shot found him just inside the box. Callum Emptage headed home from a corner to make it 4-2 and soon afterwards a penalty appeal was turned away. With eight minutes to go Amar Bugiel made it 5-2 to Wothing who go second in the table..............[Match report]

:: Friday 13th November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 21s 3, Loxwood Under 21s 1

Wasps Under 21s came from behind against previously unbeaten Loxwood to win 3-1 with goals from Alex Moore (21 minutes), Reanu Grossett (73 minutes) and Levi Campbell (80 minutes). Wasps are now back in second place in the SCFL U21 West League, 6 points behind Loxwood with a game in hand.

:: Tuesday 10th November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Haywards Heath Town 2, East Grinstead Town 4

Wasps went through to the next round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Challemge Cup tonight but needed extra time to see off Southern Combination Football League Division One Haywards Heath Town who included three ex Wasps in their starting line-up - Tom Graves, Matt Geard and Dan Turner. Wasps took the lead thanks to a Greg Cundle 38th minute penalty kick but the home side equalised 3 minutes from normal time. The second half had been a poor spectacle but Wasps upped their game in extra time and Hassan Ibrahim and new signing Hassan Jalloh scored in the first period. Haywards Heath pulled one back before Jalloh made certain with a couple of minutes to go..............[Match report]

:: Sunday 8th November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Girls Football Development Centre

For details of a 10 week football coaching programme for girls which starts tomorrow Monday 10th November contact Steve Hill and follow this link

:: Saturday 7th November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Molesey match postponed

Torrential rain late in the morning has resulted in the postponement of this afternoon's Ryman South match against Molesey.

:: Friday 6th November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Cup match off

Wasps Under 15s Fred Sparkes Cup tie against Roffey Robins United tomorrow has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Reserves new coach

Ben Burns has been appointed Reserve Team Coach. Burnsey was a youth player at the club and progressed through into the first team when he was 17. He has also been previously involved with coaching youth teams and recently returned to play for the reserves under new manager Grant Hearn.

:: Tuesday 3rd November 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Carshalton Athletic 3

Wasps looked to have earned their first home victory of the season leading 2-1 as they entered the 90th minute only then to concede twice..............[Match report]

:: Saturday 31st October 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Bognor Regis Town 3

Ryman Premier side Bognor Regis knocked Wasps out of the FA Trophy this afternoon in a match that was played at Bognor's ground becsause the GAC stadium was hosting the town's fireworks display..............[Match report]

200 Club Winners

October 2015
1st prize £65 - C White
2nd prize £20 - D Medcalf
3rd prize £13 - A Cooper

:: Tuesday 27th October 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Whyteleafe 2

Tonight's match started at a very quick tempo and the visitors took the lead through Jamie Byatt on 11 minutes. They doubled their lead through Louis Hollingsworth with a powerful header following a corner before Marcus Elliott pulled one back for Wasps with a great solo effort on the half hour mark. Wasps finished the half well but neither side created too many chances in the second half and eft Wasps still looking for their first home win of the season..............[Match report]

:: Sunday 25th October 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Coach to Bognor

Any supporters wishing to travel with the team on a coach to Bognor Regis next Saturday for Wasps' FA Trophy tie please contact Brian McCorquodale by noon on Tuesday.

:: Saturday 24th October 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Chipstead 2, East Grinstead Town 3

A Marcus Elliott hat-trick sealed Wasps second win of the season at bottom club Chipstead this afternoon. Elliott put Wasps 3 - 0 ahead in the 88th minutes not long after Greg Cundle came close when his controlled volley came off the crossbar but Chipstead snatched two late goals and Michael Hunter was forced to make a fine save from a free kick deep into added time..............[Match report]

:: Tuesday 20th October 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, South Park 2

Wasps suffered their first defeat under new boss Matt Longhurst tonight through two errors. South Park took the lead on 41 minutes against the run of play when Karl Parker latched onto a long hopeful ball that caused confusion in the Grinstead defence and he gratefully slid the ball into an empty net. The visitors made sure of three points when Kofi Quartey got away from his defender and scored off the inside of the post in the 87th minute.............[Match report]

:: Saturday 17th October 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Hythe Town 2

Wasps had to be content with sharing the points today in Matt Longhurst's first match in charge his predecessor, Tony Beckingham, after just four weeks since 'Becks' left the club. Hythe took the lead after applying early pressure but as Wasps settled, Greg Cundle equalised to send the sides in level at the break. Substitute Hassan Ibrahim had a golden opportunity to put the home team ahead after working his way through the defence but placed his shot agonisingly wide of the post. Wasps played with more confidence in the second half and were the better side and then took the lead through another Greg Cundle goal after some good work by Jon Difford. It wasn't to be debut joy for Longhurst however, as Craig Thompson scored his second of the match to equalise just on 90 minutes.............[Match report]

FA Trophy match to be played at Bognor

Although East Grinstead Town FC are holding the town's annual Firework Display on Saturday 31st October, they were unsuccessful in their request to rescheule the FA Trophy tie against Bognor Regis Town from the Saturday to either the Friday night or Sunday afternoon. The tie will therefore be played at Bognor Regis Town on Saturday 31st October.

Sussex Senior Cup draw

Wasps will travel to Haywards Heath Town in the 2nd round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup.

:: Thursday 15th October 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club Winners

August 2015
1st prize £65 - P Presland
2nd prize £20 - S Boddie
3rd prize £15 - R Hedgecock

September 2015
1st prize £65 - R Holah
2nd prize £20 - R Hedgecock
3rd prize £13 - G Gilbert

:: Wednesday 14th October 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town U18s 0, Eastbourne Town U18s 7

Wasps Under 18s went into the break at half time trailing by a single goal but conceded six in the second half in tonight's Ryman South Youth fixture.

With Whitstable Town coming from behind twice to win 3-2 at Ramsgate tonight, Wasps dropped to second from bottom in Ryman South although they have 3 or 4 games in hand over teams immediately above them. Matt Longhurst's first match in charge will be this Saturday against Hythe Town which ironically was of course where Tony Beckingham went to as joint manager when he left Wasps 4 weeks ago. In another twist, Becks also took three of Matt's former players at Erith & Belvedere to Hythe. After Saturday's match, Wasps are again at home on Tuesday against South Park (ko 7.30pm).

:: Saturday 10th October 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps welcome Longhurst

East Grinstead Town are delighted to confirm the appointment of Matt Longhurst as their new first team manager.

Matt takes over from Tony Beckingham, who left the club in September.

Matt has considerable managerial experience in Kent. He reached three cup finals and won a trophy during three years with Corinthian FC before joining Erith & Belvedere, whom he led to the quarter-finals of the FA Vase.

Matt said: “It’s a great pleasure to be appointed manager of the Wasps. It’s the next step in my managerial career and one I am relishing. There’s a great core of players already at the club and I feel we are capable of climbing the league and I can’t wait to get started.”

Bill Manners, Lee Barnett and Sonny Gladdish will be assisting Matt along with Jon Difford, who has led the club in a caretaker capacity for the last three weeks.

Town chairman Richard Tramontin said: “We had 30 applications for the post which reflects our status in non-league football including some very good candidates.

“But we were impressed with Matt’s track record, his football philosophy and his plans for the future and we’re all looking forward to him leading us to success in the future.”

Herne Bay 1, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps came away with a draw against eighth placed Herne Bay this afternoon in a scrappy match that interim manager Jon Difford felt they should have won. In their first league match in three weeks the team showed great character and determination after going behind following some sloppy defending. Javlon Campbell equalised with a good header from Ade Joshua's cross and Junior Kaffo had a great opportunity to secure all three points.............[Match report]]

East Grinstead Town Reserves 3, Cobham Reserves 1

Wasps reserves got their second consecutive win with goals from George Wallis, Connor Tobin and Jack Unwin............[Match report]

:: Saturday 3rd Octoer 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Cray Wanderers 2, East Grinstead Town 3

Jon Difford celebrated his first competitive game in charge of Wasps as interim manager with a well deserved win against top-of-the-table Ryman North side Cray Wanderers in the FA Trophy this afternoon. Wasps were unfortunate not to take the lead as early as the 8th minute when Ade Joshua hit the post after good work from Casey Johnson down the left. Junior Kaffo put Wasps ahead on 14 minutes and Greg Cundle scored on 35 and 43 minutes, the second a peach of a goal, to give the visitors a 3-0 lead. Cray got one back with the help of a deflection just before half time. They pulled another goal back with 9 minutes to go but Wasps held firm and will now host Bognor Regis Town in the next round.............[Match report]

East Grinstead Town Reserves 3, Croydon Reserves 2

Wasps Reserves earned their first win of the season with a fine display against Croydon............[Match report]

:: Thursday 1st October 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
FA Trophy

Wasps are on the road on Saturday in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy when they play Cray Wanderers who currently top Ryman North. The match is being played at Bromley FC (Hayes Lane, Bromley, BR2 9EF)

Tuesday's match off

Wasps' league match against Carshalton Athletic next Tuesday has been postponed as the opposition are playing in the Ryman League Cup.

:: Saturday 26th September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps' home fixture against Hastings United on Tuesday night has been postponed as Hastings will be involved in an FA Cup replay following their 1-1 draw with Herne Bay today.

:: Friday 25th September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
With no league fixture tomorrow, Wasps interim manager, Jon Difford is focusing on the visit of Hastings United on Tuesday night and earning Wasps their first home victory of the season. He has been extremely pleased with the support and committment of all the squad and some potential new additions. Chairman Richard Tramontin said:"Jon has really embraced the role and his enthusiasm and determination is clearly evident and it goes without saying that he has our thanks and full support."

He added:"The number of applications for the manager's position that we have had is very encouraging and they are still coming in. As I've said before, the club will not be rushing to make a decision. We want to ensure that we appoint the right candidate to take the club forward."

:: Thursday 24th September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Margate Under 18s 8, East Grinstead Town Under 18s 2

Despite going ahead in the first five minutes, Wasps Under 18s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup by a very strong Margate side, managed by a former Wasps coach, Paul (Fudge) Robinson.

:: Wednesday 23rd September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Following his appointment as Interim First Team Manager, Jon Difford is seeking an opponent for a friendly this coming Saturday as Wasps do not have a scheduled fixture. If interested please contact him directly.

:: Tuesday 22nd September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Becks gone

East Grinstead Town FC can confirm that first team manager Tony Beckingham has today resigned with immediate effect to take over as joint manager at fellow Ryman South club Hythe Town FC.

Chairman Richard Tramontin said: “Tony has decided to take up an offer from Hythe. We are all disappointed with his decision but we wish him all the best and thank him for his efforts at East Grinstead during his two spells in charge.”

Captain, Jon Difford, has been appointed interim manager with immediate effect. His first match in charge will be next Tuesday’s home game against Hastings United.

Richard added: “I’m delighted that Jon has agreed to take on managerial responsibilities whilst carrying on playing and allowing us the time to ensure we appoint the right candidate to take the club forward.

“Anyone with suitable experience who would be interested in the post can email me".

Under 18s & Reserve matches off

Both tonight's FA Youth Cup tie at Margate and the Reserves Suburban League match at Crowborough have been postponed.

:: Sunday 20th September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 16s 1, Crawley Town Boys Under 16s 1 AET - 4-5 on penalties

Wasps Under 16s played their John Davey 1st round cup match a the GAC Stadium this morning. They took the lead which they held onto for most of the match before the visitors equalised from the penalty spot. The score remained 1 - 1 after extra time with the young Wasps losing out 4-5 on penalties.

:: Saturday 19th September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Folkestone Invicta 3, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps lost to their table topping hosts this afternoon after conceding two scruffy goals and a soft penalty..............[Match report]

:: Friday 18th September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps away fixture against Hastings United has again been rescheduled - it will now be played on Tuesday 10th November.

:: Thursday 17th September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Rearranged fixtures

With South Park's FA Cup replay at Leatherhead last night postponed and rearranged for Wednesday 23rd September, Wasps away fixture at South Park on that day has been rescheduled for Wednesday 18th November. The away fixture against Hastings United on October 13th has also had to be rescheduled and will now be played on Tuesday 1st December.

FA Youth Cup

A coach is being organised for Wasps Under 18s FA Youth Cup tie at Margate next Tuesday 22nd September. Anybody interested in going to the match on the coach should contact Bob Smith at the latest by first thing Monday morning (21st) to reserve a seat - cost £10 per head.

:: Wednesday 16th September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s match abandoned

Tonight's Under 18 Ryman League Cup tie against Thamesmead Town was abandoned at half time with the acore at 1 - 1. Despite the persistent heavy rain during the day, the pitch was fine at the start of play but the continual heavy deluge during the whole of the first half meant that the water just stayed on the surface and after consulting with the two managers, the match referee deemed the pitch too dangerous to continue the game, which was the right decision. The vistors took the lead against the run of play and Wasps came close to equalising when a goalbound volley had the keeper beaten but hit a Wasps player and went over for a goal kick. Jack Unwin did equalise from the penalty spot. The match will be rescheduled.

:: Sunday 13th September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Rearranged fixture

With Chatham Town through to the next round of the FA Cup which is being played on Saturday 26th September, our home match has been rearranged for Tuesday 3rd November.

:: Saturday 5th September 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Ramsgate 2

Wasps suffered their fourth consecutive home defeat conceding with twenty minutes to go and again on 90 minutes..............[Match report]

:: Monday 31st August 2015 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Three Bridges 1, East Grinstead Town 1

Both teams had to try and bounce back from FA Cup defeats on Saturday in this local Bank Holiday local derby. Trevor McCreadie put Wasps in front in the 37th minute but Ben Godfrey equalised for Bridges in the 79th minute..............[Match report]

:: 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]

:: 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)


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.


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

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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