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1066 East Hill Steps Race (9th October 2011)

Congratulations to Martin, Val and Bill who entered the 1066 steps race and won the team competition.
As usual better at running than footie.....
We were 5th, 7th and 29th out of 73 runners, you can guess the order!
 
    

AFC Wimbledon
 
The Club would like to congratulate AFC Wimbledon on their promotion to the Football League after winning the Conference Play-offs.
 
Most of you will probably not be aware but following a 'bulk purchase' from the Club shop, ICFC enamel badges are now available to buy at the Wimbledon Ground in Kingsmeadow.
 
These clearly much sought after badges can still be bought from the 'ICFC Club Shop' at only £2 each - all proceeds to Club funds.

 
A conversation took place recently on a train journey from Kentish Town to St Pancras. This began by talking about going to the upcoming Kent v Sussex Pro40 cricket game at Canterbury. Not so much about the match, the current form of the two sides and who was more likely to be victorious but more what to do should the game be interrupted by the weather - a shopping trip to Canterbury town centre seeming to be the preferred option.
 
The conversation then progressed to the Icklesham Cricket Club v Icklesham Casuals match last May - not mentioning the nail-biting 2 wicket victory for the Casuals, Dale Longley's 5 wicket return, Alfie Weller's vital 32 runs, Tim Hambridge's knock of 31 or Bill Beaumont's match winning innings of 22 not out. Oh no, the dress sense of the footballer's being the main topic of discussion - namely Nigel Sellman's grass-stained trousers, George Potter's 'persil-like' flannels and David Mayne's 'Simon Cowell' high trouser look.
 
At this point it was noticed that a man sitting nearby was finding the conversation highly amusing. This person turned out to be none other than former England cricket captain, Mike Atherton OBE.
 
Please look forward to reference to the impeccably turned out ICFC cricket team on Sky Sports coverage of the Sri Lanka Test Series as well as in his column in the Times.
 
By the way Mike Atherton predicted a Kent win.

 
Congratulations to the 2nd team on finishing runners-up for the East Sussex Football League Sportsmanship Trophy with an average mark per game of 8.83 and winning the award for teams in Division Four. The 1st team were also divisional winners with an average mark of 7.72.
 
Well done also to Keith for finishing in fifth place for the Assistant Referee Award. (4th May 2011)
 
Chairman’s blog (part 2) Sunday 2nd April 
Lightning doesn’t strike twice so they say. So how come it has done for Icklesham? First you need to read my blog for 30th January and then understand that this time our firsts were playing Eastbourne Galaxy who were top of the league with 36 points (we had 14!)
 
Once again I got the call about us only having 11 and could I come along. I did and arrived 5 minutes after kick off to find Nigel Selman in goal and Alfy Weller (who had been in goal for us since October) up front – No Phil, no Val, no Emil. I was slightly relieved that we had a linesman (bless you Keith!) and that Martin had been able to find another sub.
 
The pitch was bumpy and it was windy so control was difficult. Galaxy went ahead and I feared the worst. They appeared confident as did their 25 spectators on the side. We were looking unsure but got an equaliser through an excellent strike from George Richardson. A few minutes later our ageing striker Martin Tytherleigh was pushed in the area and Jamie Walker notched the penalty. We were now up and running and played some good stuff – Nick Bellhouse hit the post and we had plenty of the game.
 
Half-time and we came out for the second half having to play mostly against the wind. The first 15 minutes we barely got out of our half and rode our luck and then – with just over 20 minutes to go – Galaxy equalised. I now feared the worst again but within 5 minutes of the equaliser we had a rare attack. Tytherleigh turned and crossed to perfection and Alfy Weller put a bullet header into the top corner. We held out without too many scrapes and – for the second time in 10 weeks – we’d beaten the league leaders.
 
Two things pleased me most. Firstly that we worked really hard as a team after a dodgy opening twenty minutes. Secondly a couple of the Galaxy “crew” said to me that they could not believe – because of our work-rate and our football - that we were bottom of the table.
 
So well done to the whole team for a fantastic effort and now one more win please!
 

CHAIRMAN’S BLOG – SUNDAY 30TH JANUARY 2011 

Yesterday I got the phone call that used to thrill me but now sends a shiver down my spine. “We’ve only got 11, you’re named as sub and can you line? Our firsts were playing Sandhurst - leading the table and unbeaten in the league all season. Naturally I feared the worst but – as I arrived three or four minutes after kick off – our “young” striker Martin Tytherleigh (50 last July) was just putting us 1-0 up with an impressive lob. Sandhurst were good with excellent movement up front – but Icklesham held firm in the first half and also had a couple of good chances to go further ahead. 
 
I started to change into my kit at half-time but without any desire to play and any expectation of being needed other than because of injury. We started well in the second half and Phil Badrock who had spurned a couple of 1 on 1 chances, finished neatly about 10 minutes into the half. Sandhurst were still threatening – Alfy Weller in goal for us made a number of important saves – but then the unbelievable happened when George Richardson nodded home from a Jon Fitton free-kick to put us 3-0 up with about 25 minutes to go. 
 
3-0 up became 3-1 up when Sandhurst got a scrappy goal and then with around 15 minutes still to go they brought it back to 3-2 with a sweet volley. The game was now very open and both sides had opportunities in the last few minutes. I would say Icklesham held on but it really wasn’t like that as we played excellent football and held the ball well to get an outstanding result. I have played for or watched Icklesham since 1974 and I can rarely remember a game where all 11 players played so well and put in so much effort. A fantastic effort and a deserved win. 
 
My contribution? I wasn’t needed on the pitch but I took plenty of stick as linesman….. 
 
Bob Baker  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


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