THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME OF MIDHURST & EASEBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB
SCFL PREMIER DIVISION MIDHURST & EASEBOURNE
VS LITTLE COMMON SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER 2022 KICK-OFF 3PM
EASEBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB Full Name Midhurst & Easebourne Football Club Nickname The Stags Founded 1946 Ground The Rotherfield
Chairman Mark Broughton Secretary Mark Broughton Treasurer Barry McMahon First Team Manager Andy Ewen First Team Assistant Dan Trussler First Team Coach Jamie Angell First Team Coach Arnie Miron First Team Physio Lewis Sandy Reserve Team Manager Curtis Blake Reserve Team Assistant Mickey Barrow Reserve Team Physio Marcus Ball Groundsman Tom Merritt-Smith
Matchday Programme JMA Programmes
The club has 2 senior teams and 8 youth teams. The First Team are currently members of the Southern Combination Football League and compete in Premier Division , whilst the Reserves play in the Premier Division of the Hampshire Development League. The club was established in 1946 by a merger of Midhurst, whose ground had been used to build a school on, and Easebourne, who had lost several officials and players during the World War II. They joined the West Sussex League and went on to win the title in 1955–56, 1962–63 and 1964–65, as well as the Malcolm Simmonds Memorial Cup in 1959–60. After the top division was renamed the Premier Division, the club won the league again in 1967 –68, the Bareham Cup in 1970–71 and the Malcolm Simmonds Memorial Cup in 1973– 74. They won the Premier Division and Malcolm Simmonds Memorial Cup double in 1976–77 and retained the cup the following season, before winning another league and cup double in 1979–80. Although an application to join the Sussex County League was rejected in 1980, they were accepted into the league the following year, becoming members of Division Two. In their first season in Division Two, Midhurst & Easebourne were runners-up, earning promotion to Division One. The club finished bottom of Division One in 1986–87 and were relegated back to Division Two. They won the Division Two Cup in 1988–89, beating Newhaven 5–3 on penalties in a replay. The club returned to Division One after finishing second in 1991–92, but were relegated back to Division Two at the end of the following season. A second successive relegation in 1993–94 saw them drop into Division Three. Although they won Division Three at the first attempt, the club were relegated back to the division at the end of the 1997–98 season. In 1998–99 Midhurst & Easebourne finished bottom of Division Three and were relegated to the Premier Division of the West Sussex League. They were Premier Division champions and Centenary Cup winners in 2001–02 and were promoted back to Division Three of the Sussex County League. The following season saw them win the Division Three title and the Division Three Cup, earning promotion to Division Two. Although they finished bottom of Division Two in 2009–10, the club avoided being relegated to Division Three. In 2015 the Sussex County League was renamed the Southern Combination, with Division Two becoming Division One. Midway through the 2018-19 season, the club found themselves bottom of Division One and appointed Liphook United Manager, Andrew 'Lemmy' Ewen as First Team Manager, who subsequently saved the club from relegation to Division Two. The 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons were both ended early and deemed null and void due to COVID-19, with the club sitting 6th and 4th in respective seasons.
The 2021-22 saw a return of success to the club. With the first tema winning promotion to the premier division via the playoffs and also winning the league cup. A real triumph for Lemmy and his team after having the two previous seasons curtailed when in strong positions. The reserve team also enjoyed success with a second place finish, securing promotion to their respective premier division. With last seasons achievements, and subsequent promotion to step 5 football we now find ourselves competing in the Fa Cup for the first time in our history. 2022-23 is sure to be an exciting historical season for everyone involved in the club and town.
MANAGER’S MESSAGE LEMMY
Good afternoon welcome back to The Rotherfield. I’d like to welcome today’s visitors Little Common along with the match officials. Tuesday night we progressed into the 3rd Round of the RUR Cup with victory over Mile Oak on penalties.
Cup games are about getting through we eventually found a way with 5 well taken penalties, Josh making a good save. Must give credit to our visitors who worked really hard and made it a good contest. We did miss some good chances. pleasing to see certain players get some valuable minutes due to injury and illness. Squad wise were gradually getting stronger with bodies returning. We now need to find the form we had at the start, October has been an inconsistent month, with us dropping what I call silly points. Overall the first 1/3 of the season has been pleasing, if somebody said at the start your still be in 3 cups, sitting 8th place I would of taken it, so on reflection it’s positive, remember where we were then it makes you realise. it’s another building project that’s work in progress.
We had a real good analysis session Thursday which pleased me. These sessions are so valuable as we can show the lads the good, along with the bad, it really makes them realise. It’s what’s needed if we want to keep improving. Enjoy the game
SCFL PREMIER DIVISION
POS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Broadbridge Heath Newhaven Steyning Town Crawley Down Gatwick Eastbourne United Hassocks Bexhill United Midhurst & Ease. Crowborough Athletic Peacehaven & Tels. Horsham YMCA AFC Varndeanians Eastbourne Town Little Common AFC Uckfield Town Lingfield Saltdean United Loxwood Alfold Roffey
P 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 13 13 12 13 13 13 13 12 15 13 12 14 13
W 9 9 9 9 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 5 4 4 5 4 4 3 1 0
D 2 1 1 0 2 2 1 1 4 1 1 2 4 4 1 2 1 1 1 0
L 1 3 3 4 3 4 4 5 3 5 6 6 5 5 6 9 8 8 12 13
F 26 42 32 26 22 29 27 28 19 17 20 19 17 20 22 24 10 17 11 9
A 10 11 13 13 11 18 20 23 15 16 21 27 13 17 24 36 34 27 42 46
=/16 31 19 13 11 11 7 5 4 1 -1 -8 4 3 -2 -12 -24 -10 -31 -37
STAGS STATS 2022/23 SEASON JOSH BIRD, DUNCAN BROWN
HARRY TREMLETT 5-1 VS ROFFEY
MOST APPEARANCES 20 STARTS TOP GOALSCORER 7 LEAGUE AND CUP GOALS BIGGEST WIN 1 OCTOBER
PTS 29 28 28 27 26 23 22 22 22 19 19 17 16 16 16 14 13 10 4 0
FIXTURES & RESULTS LEAGUE AND CUP 22/23
30 July 2 Aug 6 Aug 13 Aug 16 Aug 20 Aug 27 Aug 29 Aug 3 Sept 6 Sept 13 Sept 17 Sept 20 Sept 24 Sept 27 Sept 1 Oct 8 Oct 11 Oct 15 Oct 22 Oct 25 Oct 29 Oct 5 Nov 12 Nov 19 Nov 26 Nov 3 Dec 10 Dec 26 Dec 2 Jan 7 Jan 21 Jan 28 Jan 4 Feb 11 Feb 18 Feb 25 Feb 4 Mar 11 Mar 18 Mar 25 Mar 1 Apr 8 Apr 10 Apr 15 Apr
Bexhill United Hassocks AFC Uckfield Town Eastbourne Town Horsham YMCA Harefield United Greenways Loxwood Chatham Town Broadbridge Heath Lingfield Crowborough Athletic Alfold Crowborough Athletic Steyning Town Roffey Peacehaven & Tels. Selsey Eastbourne United AFC Varndeanians Mile Oak Little Common Crawley Down Gatwick Saltdean United AFC Uckfield Town Newhaven Hassocks Bexhill United Broadbridge Heath Loxwood Eastbourne Town Alfold Steyning Town Horsham YMCA AFC Varndeanians Lingfield Newhaven Roffey Peacehaven & Tels. Eastbourne United Little Common Crawley Down Gatwick Crowborough Athletic Broadbridge Heath AFC Uckfield Town
H A A H H H H A H A H H A A H A H H A A H H A A H A H A A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A
SCFL SCFL FAC EP SCFL SCFL FAC P FAV 1Q SCFL FAC 1Q PBC 1 SCFL SCFL SCFL FAV 2Q SCFL SCFL SCFL SSC 1 SCFL SCFL RUR 1 SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL
D 1-1 W 4-3 W 4-1 W 1-0 L 0-1 W 2-1 D 1-1 [W 4-2 on Pens] W 2-0 L 0-6 L 0-4 L 0-1 W 3-2 W 4-1 L 0-3 L 1-4 W 5-1 W 3-0 W 3-2 L 0-2 L 4-7 D 0-0 [W 5-4 on Pens] 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 11am 11am 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 11am 3pm
TODAY’S VISITORS LITTLE COMMON FOUNDED
LITTLE COMMON RECREATION GROUND CAPACITY
DANIEL ELDRIDGE MANAGER
RUSSELL ELDRIDGE TOP GOALSCORER 21/22
LEWIS HOLE 21 MOST APPEARANCES 21/22
LEWIS HOLE 44 Little Common Football Club formed originally as Albion United in 1966, when Ken Cherry had a vision for youth football in the area. Initially two youth teams were formed one at Under 16 level and one at Under 14 level. However, the two teams grew like topsy and today the club runs sixteen youth and four senior teams.
Albion United started life in the Hastings League and was very soon running two sides instead of the planned one and they moved to the East Sussex league. That league held no bounds for the highly successful United sides and after the double winning success of the 1977/78 season the club successfully applied to join the Sussex County League Division Two. In 1974 the club committee decided to provide the club with its own club house and changing rooms, to include showers and a bar after spending eight years on grounds which did not have such facilities. The club obtained two prefabricated houses which were built in Fulham at the end of the Second World War. They cost £250 each and the necessary planning permissions were given. The club erected these two buildings, joined together, to make one large building; half was changing rooms, showers and toilets and the other half lounge and bar. This became the clubs home on entry to the Sussex County League and their first season saw them finish in the top five and they reached the Division 2 Cup Final only to be beaten by Crowborough Athletic. Subsequent seasons saw the club occupy a mid to lower position in the table, actually finishing bottom in 1980/81 and 1981/82 (Division Three was not formed until 1983). Albion enjoyed their best placing since entering the League when they finished 6th in 1985/86 and changed their name to Little Common Albion at the end of that season. The newly named club again finished in 6th place the next two seasons, before their fortunes began to slump once again. In 1993/94 they were relegated after finishing bottom; and left the League altogether after finishing 15th of 16 in Division Three the following season. The 1990s proved a difficult period for the club and they re-joined the East Sussex League. A third consecutive relegation was a huge blow for the club and in the space of just three seasons they had gone from playing senior football to junior football. The club committee decided that in order for the club to progress further new facilities were
required in order to attract and retain players. Buoyed on by a thriving youth policy the club began its rebuilding process. The club joined together with the local council and cricket club in order to develop a project to build a new sports pavilion. After many years of hard work by all involved the project finally began to get moving and in 1999 a £262,000 Sport England Lottery Grant was awarded for the project. Building finally began in 2001 and the club moved into its new home in November 2002.
season saw Common finish outside of the relegation zone. The 2012/13 season saw the club finish 3rd but ground grading regulations prevented the club from being promoted. At the beginning of 2016 the club lost its founder and chairman, Ken Cherry, fifty years after forming the club. The 2016/17 season saw Common finish runners-up to Saltdean United and their highest ever league placing, once again ground grading regulations prevented them from being promoted to the Premier Division and a ground share agreement was secured On the pitch the clubs fortunes continued to with Eastbourne United for the 2017/18 season. fluctuate, a successful 1998/99 season saw The Commoners went on to claim the Division Common just miss out on promotion to SeaOne League and Cup double in the 2017/18 ford before being relegated the following seaseason to seal a place in the Premier Division son. A rise followed with an instant return to for first time in the club's history. Despite a the Premier Division and after avoiding relega- tough season the Commoners enjoyed a good tion on the final day of the 2003/04 season the end to the 2018/19 season to finish outside of club committee decided to make a concerted the relegation places and secure another seaeffort the following season to realize its ambison in the premier division. The following two tion of a return to the Sussex County League. seasons saw the Commoners comfortably placed when the league season was curtailed After spending ten seasons in the East Sussex due to the Covid pandemic, during the 2020/21 League, the club were successfully crowned season, Common’s all-time leading goal scorer, Premier Division champions in the 2004/05 Lewis Hole, scored his 350th goal for the season and applied for a return to the County club. In September 2020, the club finally reLeague. After carrying out the essential work to ceived planning permission to enclose their their ground to achieve promotion the club ground and make the necessary improvewas successful in its application. After spending ments for Step 5 football and in January 2022 four seasons in Division 3 the club was promot- the club finally returned to its home at Little ed to Division 2 at the end of the 2008/09 seaCommon Recreation Ground. son after clinching the second promotion spot In the 2008–09 season the club again gained on the final day of the season against Bosham. promotion to Division one but only survived The club went on to record a 4th place finish in one season back in the top flight of the Sussex the 2009/10 season before a mid-table finish in league. 2010/11. The 2011/12 season saw a change in management after a disappointing start to the campaign, Russell Eldridge returned to the club and a win on the final weekend of the
DUNCAN BROWN PLAYER PROFILE
Name - Duncan Brown Position - CB Most Skilful - Marcus Bedford Quickest - Billy Connor Slowest - Jordan Warren [Pictured, Below] Worst Trainer - Oli Kershaw and Harry Tremlett (work commitments) Worst Dress - Marcus Beford, Sue Ryder wouldn't take his clothes donations Most Intelligent - James Liddiard Least Intelligent - Kieran Carter
Longest in shower - Harry Giles Best player played with Danny Ings Favourite Meal - Thai Got to Drink - Guinness Ronaldo or Messi - Messi Holiday with misses or Lads - Holiday with the Mrs Team Support - Arsenal Biggest Fear - Crocodiles
MIDHURST Josh Bird Dan Wood Lawson Bright Charlie Osbourne Harry Tremlett Kieran Carter Duncan Brown Harry Giles Lewis Hyde Lewis Hamilton Marcus Bedford Billy Connor James LIddiard Will Essai Liam Dreckmann Jordan Warren Ollie Kershaw Jordan Stallisbrass Harry Tollworthy Rob Tambling
LITTLE COMMON Matt Cruttwell Adam Smith Ollie Weeks JJ Walker Louis Walker Russell Eldridge Jamie Bunn Sam Cruttwell Lewis Hole Sam Ellis Freddie Warren James Miriam-Batchelor Lewis Parsons Harry Saville Paul Feakins Oscar Barry
MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: TBC Assistants: TBC and TBC