THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME OF MIDHURST & EASEBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB
FA CUP 1ST QUALIFYING ROUND MIDHURST & EASEBOURNE
VS CHATHAM TOWN SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 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, which is another historic day for the football club, with us hosting this afternoon’s Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying round game. I’d like to welcome today’s visitors Chatham Town, their management team, committee members and supporters. Chatham Town play in the Isthmian South East Division which is a step 4 league. Last season they were runners up to Sheppey Utd in the SCEFL, which is a very competitive step 5 league. Getting promotion being one of the best teams on PPG across step 5. They’re record last year was impressive, I must mention the great support they get, I hope you all enjoy your visit this afternoon. We’re gonna have to be at our best and hope they have an off day, that’s what makes this game so interesting, you just never know, our season won’t be defined today. I want everyone to enjoy the occasion, we’re have a good go and what will be will be. Like to extend my welcome to the match officials for todays game. Last Saturday in the FA Vase we progressed winning on penalties but the injuries we suffered was something I’ve never experienced before in one game. I wish the lads a speedy recovery. Tuesday evening we finally got a league game in with the last few games being cup matches. We were far from our best in terms of flowing football, what we did show was great work rate and real togetherness, we rode our luck at times, we’re take a clean sheet on a Tuesday night away from Home. Enjoy the game
MATCH REPORT GREENWAYS - 27 AUGUST
Midhurst & Easebourne 1 Greenways 1 4-2 on pens. Stags progressed into the next round of the FA Vase. it was a terrible afternoon picking up 3 major injuries to Robbie Tambling, Kieran Carter and Billy Connor. Stags boss Andy Ewen was lost for words after Saturday’s win. Loosing 3 key players in 1 game is something I’ve never had before. We’ve picked up the odd major injury over the years, but 3 in 1 game has left us really short with our attacking options plus the holiday period you couldn’t make it up. I would of rather lost the game and had these lads fit, these injuries won’t be weeks they’re months. People who normally help me out can’t as they’ve had 2 games themselves over the bank holiday, we’ve got FA Cup Saturday so lads are either cup tied or they don’t want them to be which I understand. Stags started really well taking the lead in the 6th minute. Robbie Tambling was through on goal he squared to Charlie Osbourne who tapped home. Minutes later Tambling went down, having to be stretchered off. This affected the Stags, who never got going to there usual standards, although they did create some good chances with some good goalkeeping and poor finishing. Kieran Carter went off injured at half time as he took a knock on his knee. Greenways started the second half well Josh Bird made 1 very good save. Billy Connor had to go off with 15 minutes remaining leaving Stags with 10 men. Greenways were pushing without testing Bird. They were given awarded a penalty in the 81st minute which was scored. The game finished with the Stags winning 4-2 on penalties. Bird making a good save to see Stags through.
SCFL PREMIER DIVISION
POS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Peacehaven & Tels. Horsham YMCA Eastbourne United Broadbridge Heath Midhurst & Ease. Crowborough Athletic Hassocks Eastbourne Town Bexhill United AFC Uckfield Town Loxwood Newhaven Crawley Down Gatwick AFC Varndeanians Steyning Town Lingfield Little Common Alfold Saltdean United Roffey
P 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 5 5
W 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
D 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 3 1 0 0
L 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 1 4 5 5
F 12 11 12 8 8 6 15 8 12 9 7 12 8 4 4 6 5 3 1 0
A 2 3 5 3 5 6 8 4 5 8 9 4 5 8 8 12 6 13 19 18
=/10 8 7 5 3 0 7 4 7 1 -2 8 3 -4 -4 -6 -1 -10 -18 -18
STAGS STATS 2022/23 SEASON
JOSH BIRD, DUNCAN BROWN
ROB TAMBLING 4-1 VS AFC UCKFIELD
MOST APPEARANCES 8 STARTS TOP GOALSCORER 3 LEAGUE AND CUP GOALS BIGGEST WIN 6 AUGUST
PTS 12 12 12 12 10 10 9 8 7 7 7 6 6 4 4 4 3 1 0 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 Sep 10 Sep 13 Sep 17 Sep 20 Sep 27 Sep 1 Oct 8 Oct 15 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 22 Apr
Bexhill United Hassocks AFC Uckfield Town Eastbourne Town Horsham YMCA Harefield United Greenways Loxwood Chatham Town AFC Varndeanians Lingfield Crowborough Athletic Alfold Steyning Town Roffey Peacehaven & Tels. Eastbourne United 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 Saltdean United
H A A H H H H A H A H H A H A H A H A A H A H A A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A H
SCFL SCFL FAC EP SCFL SCFL FAC P FAV 1Q SCFL FAC 1Q SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL SCFL 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 3pm 3pm 7:45pm 3pm 7:45pm 7:45pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 11am 11am 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 3pm 11am 3pm 3pm
TODAY’S VISITORS CHATHAM TOWN remain until 1889 - the beginning of season 1889/90 seeing them move to "Alderman Winch's Enclosed Ground", or as it is now better known, the Maidstone Road Ground.
THE BAUVILL STADIUM CAPACITY
KEVIN HAKE MANAGER
KEVIN HAKE TOP GOALSCORER 21/22
DAN BRADSHAW 47 MOST APPEARANCES 21/22
RYAN HAYES 39
The club was formed in 1882 as Chatham United, when Rochester Invicta merged with the football team of the Royal Engineers Band with the intention of creating a side that was capable of holding their own with the best in the country. Harry Hobart's plan being to bring together all the best players in the Medway Towns in one team. They played their first match on 7th October that year, beating Harley Street F.C. 4-0. Owing to their strong Army connections, Chatham soon moved to a regular home on "The Lines", where they were to
Having been formed with an eye to competing in the F.A. Cup, they went on to reach the Quarter-Finals in 1888-89 - famously defeating Nottingham Forest after two replays, only to lose to the holders West Bromwich Albion. This game, which was played on "The Lines" where an admission fee could not be charged owing to Army regulations, was instrumental in the decision by the Football Association that all future matches in the competition must be played on fully enclosed grounds, where the visiting club would receive a share of the gate money. In 1894 Chatham were founder members of both the Southern League and the original Kent League, becoming the first winners of the latter competition. They were also winners of the Kent F.A. Badge in the three seasons it was contested, and the first winners of its successor, the Kent Senior Cup, in 1888/89. They also became the first club to win the Thames and Medway Combination, the direct predecessor of the present Kent League, in 1896/97. Although the club were drawing crowds of up to 1,000 playing against strong Non-League opponents as well as sides from Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, they lost no time in returning to the Kent League when it was reformed in 1968. Up until their return to the Southern League in 1983, they had won the Kent League on four further occasions, completing the League and Cup double in both 1971/72 and 1977/78. For a brief period during the seventies they changed their name to Medway F.C., again at the request of the local Council, but happily reverted back to Chatham Town in 1979. In 1980 they achieved their biggest postwar success to date in winning the Eastern Professional Floodlight League, playing against some of the strongest Non League clubs of the day, including Maidstone United, and defeating Chelmsford City in the Final over two legs. In 1983 Chatham returned to the Southern League for the fourth time, this time staying there until 1988, when having failed to gain re-election they were relegated back to the Kent League - once again in severe financial difficulties, with crowds often in double figures against poorly supported clubs, as opposed to the much healthier attendances they had enjoyed in the Kent League against more local opposition. After struggling during their first couple of seasons back in the Kent League, the real turnabout in the clubs' fortunes came with the appointment of popular former player John Adams as First Team manager, however despite reaching the Third Qualifying Round
of the F.A. Cup in 1993/94, taking the club to the Final of the Kent Senior Trophy in 1995/96 and finishing in the top three of the Kent League for three successive seasons, he was dismissed by the club following a disastrous start to the 1996/97 season. 1997/98 was to prove one of the most difficult seasons in the club's history. Problems with a new drainage system meant that only a handful of games could be played at Maidstone Road - which led to a brief return to their "spiritual home" on the Lines, courtesy of the Royal Engineers, as well as a brief ground-share with Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium. The club returned home for the 1998/99 season under new manager Carl Laraman, fortunes improving immediately before in January Laraman left to take up a coaching position at Charlton Athletic. His assistant, Steve Hearn, was appointed player-manager and finally led the club to the Kent League Championship, and promotion to the Dr. Martens League, in 2000/01. The club enjoyed a good start to their first season back at this level, but a poor run of results at the end of the season led to Steve Hearn's resignation and the appointment of his assistant Peter Coupland as his successor. After a bad start to the 2003/04 season, Clive Walker replaced Coupland. Things improved dramatically, and a season that had looked certain to end in relegation, ended instead with Chatham in a mid-table position. The 2004/05 season saw Chatham being placed in the newly formed Southern League Eastern Division. The campaign got off to a promising start, with Chatham sitting as high as fourth in early October, however a poor run of results coupled with Clive Walker's decision to return to his old club Dover Athletic, saw the Chats slip to 16th. Assistant Steve Binks was appointed manager and results improved towards the tail end of the season. Chatham finished the season in 11th place, and was Kent's highest placed club. Following yet another Pyramid reshuffle, the next few seasons saw the club ping-pong between the Ryman League North and South Divisions with regular mid table positions. Frustratingly the club experienced regular wins against top six and promoted sides but often followed up with defeats to bottom six sides. Season 2006/07 saw Phil Miles - another popular former player - move up to take over as Manager. December 2007 saw Phil stand down due to work commitments with Steve Binks taking over the job again, then to be followed by 1st team coach Alex O’ Brien stepping up for the 2009-10 campaign. Throughout this period the club's strong youth policy provided several new established first team players and the club also achieved the coveted FA charter Standard award. Season 2010-11 saw the club struggle on the pitch with Manager Paul Foley resigning in the final weeks of the season with Player coach Kevin Watson taking over. After achieving some great results Kevin was appointed to his first Managerial position at the age of 30 after four seasons Kevin resigned following a run of poor results but left the club with a legacy of some very good players for the new incoming Manager Kevin Horlock in October2015, Kevin stood down at the end of the season due his commitments with Colchester United, Tony Beckingham took over in the Summer of 2016, the club now back playing in Division 1 South of
the Ryman League, for their second season, after four seasons in the North, Tony stood down as Manager in September 2016, Darren Anslow took over as Manager, after suffering some heavy defeats, Darren was relieved of his duties in November 2016 and Paul Piggott was installed as Manager. Despite a number of changes within the squad and some encouraging performances toward the end of the season, the damage had already been done and Paul and his team were unable to avoid the drop and The Chats were relegated to the SCEFL Premier. Despite this, changes at boardroom level revitalised the atmosphere around the club and a number of ground improvements have been undertaken as the first step in what will hopefully be a new era of success for the club. Following a disappointing start to the 2017/18 season and only 1 win in 8 league games, a management change was again instigated with Paul and his team being replaced in September 2017 with James Collins. James and his team improved the fortunes of the team immediately and within a few games had staved off the threat of relegation. 2 quarter final cup appearances were achieved, losing both on penalties. Despite a disappointing 16th place finish, there was room for optimism as exciting signings during the close season built a team that promised an interesting 2018/19 season. And so it proved, an exciting league campaign saw the team go close but just fall short with a fourth placed finish but a double cup winning season saw The Chats win their first trophies for 30 years with the Kent Senior Trophy and the SCEFL challenge Cup finding their way back to Maidstone Road. Vast close season changes saw a 4G artificial pitch laid and yet more improvements to the clubhouse take place, that coupled with links to local businesses and partnerships to develop sporting legacies has made it an exciting time to be part of Chatham Town FC. Following the resignation of James Collins in October 2019, the club turned to Scott Lindsey to take The Chats onwards. Scott brought in ex Chats player Darran Smith as his assistant, whilst retaining the experienced Tony Hine as goalkeeper coach. Ex Arsenal Carl Laraman was installed as Director of football and so, yet another chapter in Chatham Town’s rich history began. Winning community club of the year in 2020 was a huge honour for everyone at the club and one on which we hope to build as we feel it is vitally important to connect with people and businesses in the locality and to build a club with facilities that benefit everyone in the community.
Scott Lindsey left the club prior to the 2021/22 season after he was appointed assistant manager at Swindon Town FC, Chairman Kevin Hake took over as manager and guided us to promotion at the first attempt, with a step 5 record goal tally and a record goal difference. During this season Chatham Town also received the Queens Award for our work in the community of which we are immensely proud as we feel that work off the pitch is just as important and goes hand in hand with the progress on it.
1ST QUALIFYING ROUND
MIDHURST Josh Bird Dan Wood Lawson Bright Charlie Osbourne Harry Tremlett Kieran Carter Duncan Brown Harry Giles Lewis Hamilton Marcus Bedford Billy Connor James LIddiard Charlie Cooper Liam Dreckmann Jordan Warren Ollie Kershaw Harry Tollworthy Rob Tambling
CHATHAM TOWN Dan Ellis Harry Brooks Matt Bodkin Dan Bradshaw Reece Butler Mikey Dalton Danny Kedwell Jack Evans George Sheminant Christian Lawal Dean Beckwith Ike Orji Ryan Gill Andy Pugh Jordi Robins Malachi Robinson Emmanuel Oloyede Isaac Thompson Ainsley Everett Simon Cooper Prince Domafriyie Fabio Saraiva Joshua Ogunseye Joseph Taylor
MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Steven Goldup Assistants: Oliver Westgate and Darren Eaton