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Manchester City announced today that they had bid £5 million for Icklesham Casuals utility player David Mayne. Mayne who has played anywhere in the defence even when he had a set position can also play in midfield although obviously you have to be desperate. Mayne is 46 and is viewed by City as not having yet reached his peak. City saw Mayne play 12 minutes for Icklesham Veterans last year before going off because of “fatigue” and that was apparently enough to convince City to stump up the cash. The Casuals are expected to reject the bid with a spokesman saying “David remains a vital member of our squad in our bid for future glory particularly in the Hastings F.A. Veterans and Lower Divisions Cups. And anyway who would produce our handbooks……?”
In response, David Mayne told the Sun newspaper "I can confirm the interest from Manchester City, although the figure of £5 million mentioned is much lower than the actual amount offered. Whilst very flattering, the only side I could ever contemplate leaving Icklesham Casuals for would be Tottenham Hotspur. In these times when football is sadly dominated by money, it is good to know that there is still some loyalty around and I do not want to be seen as a football mercenary. Besides I still harbour ambitions of winning the Premier League title with Icklesham."

The new season handbook (even bigger than last year) will be ready shortly (in change kit colours this time!) containing results, statistics and photos from last season, appearance records and many other details. 
This will hopefully be available at the Icklesham Fete and at at pre-season training and other club events but if anyone would like a free copy they can send their name and address to the club e-mail address ickleshamcasualsfc@hotmail.com and we will be pleased to forward one to you.


Little Common F.C. - Monday 24th May 2010
Icklesham Casuals were well represented at the East Sussex Football League Presentation Evening. 
Firstly, two Football Association 50 Year Service Awards were presented - one to Club President George Potter and the other to former player Jack Brown. George played 838 games for the club, more than any other player to date, between 1956 and 1997 without receiving a caution and Jack made 627 appearances between 1943 and 1979 scoring 127 goals before becoming a referee. Both were members of the Sussex Junior Cup winning team in the 1963-64 season, with George captaining the side. George and Jack received a 50 Year Service medal and badge from the Football Association, a badge from the Sussex County Football Association as well as a congratulatory letter from the F.A. Not only are these awards a great honour for George and Jack, they are also a great honour for the club.
George also accepted a cheque for £75 on behalf of the 2nd team - £25 for finishing in third place for the overall sportsmanship prize and a further £50 for winning the divisional award.
Martin Tytherleigh (very smartly dressed - please note Bill and Bob!) then accepted the Sportmanship Trophy on behalf of the 1st team together with a cheque for £150 being the £100 main prize and £50 divisional award.


East Sussex Football League Sportsmanship Marks


The 1st team have retained the Sportmanship Trophy which they won last year with an average mark of 8.86 out of 10. The 2nd team finished in third place out of 83 teams with an average mark of 8.58. This is a tremendous achievement and well done to everyone.


Also congratulations to Keith Swallow for finishing in third place in the Assistant Referee marks.




Congratulations to Bill Beaumont on winning the Ron Sellman Award for the First Soccer Player to Finish the recent 26th Hastings Half Marathon. Bill finished in a brilliant 79th position out of 3992 who completed the race in a time of 1 hr 24 mins 53 secs.

Bill, along with Nigel Sellman, Martin Tytherleigh and Keith Swallow, won the Sports Team award for Icklesham Casuals. Nigel finished in 1 hr 35 mins 6 secs, Martin in 1 hr 48 mins 45 secs and Keith in 1 hr 54 mins 44 secs. Well done to all of them for a tremendous achievement.


AWARDS - SEASON 2008-09  







     100 APPEARANCE AWARD  Gavin Moor  


Bob Baker, Michael Hambridge, Keith Swallow, Martin Tytherleigh  






The club would like to offer its congratulations to George Cooke who, as chairman of Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community, was awarded the MBE for services to sport in the recent Queen's Birthday honours list.



George played 173 games in goal for the Icklesham Casuals between 1961 and 1970 - 83 for the 1st team, 34 for the 2nd team and 56 for the 3rd team.



He was born in Icklesham, attended the local primary school and also played for the cricket club.



In 1994 George became a director of Middlesbrough Football Club and had a major role guiding the club from its famous old ground Ayresome Park to its new one at the Riverside Stadium and was instrumental in creating the Charity Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community which helps up to 45,000 Teesiders a year.





Season Report 2008-09

The first team under the management of Martin Tytherleigh and captaincy of Sean Baker started off slowly but improved as the season progressed ending with four successive victories to achieve a 3rd place finish in the first division of the East Sussex League with 10 wins from 22 games. 


Dave Pugh was top scorer with 28 goals with Steve Pugh getting 25. The last two games of the season saw a 9-0 victory over Ticehurst with Steve Pugh scoring six of the goals and Sean Baker showing another string to his bow with a faultless performance in goal followed by a 6-2 win against Crowhurst, the highlight being Sean Baker’s goal from the halfway line.



Having been promoted the previous season the second team consolidated in division four and finished in a very creditable 5th position with 9 wins from 20 matches. After a good start, they suffered a poor run of results, partly due to the loss of several key players for a variety of reasons, but completed the season with a resounding 10-1 win against J C Tackleway II with George McEwan appearing in goal in the second half of the game. Good cup wins were achieved notably against Eastbourne Dynamos (5-0) and Mayfield (2-1) both from higher divisions. Aaron Leech scored his second goal for the club in a cup victory over Catsfield II. Jimmy McGachy was top scorer with 15 goals and Jon Fitton played in every game passing 200 appearances for the club during the season. Michael Hambridge is again due our thanks for a tremendous job in running the side.



The veterans reached the final of the Hastings F.A. Veterans Cup but went down to Little Common in the game played at Sidley United’s ground.



One notable achievement of which the club is extremely proud is the first team winning the East Sussex Football League Sportsmanship Trophy. This is based on marks given by referees throughout the season and is competed for by all 81 teams in the league. The team was top from the start to the end of the season. The second team finished in 14th place also with a very high average mark. The first team will receive the trophy along with a cheque for £100 at the League’s presentation evening.



During the season Martin Tytherleigh made his 750th appearance for the club. It was also good to have Stuart Adams back playing again although disappointing his season ended early through injury and to see Tim Hambridge progress from the second team to become a first team regular.

Thank you to all those who contributed to an enjoyable season especially Keith Swallow as secretary, linesman and for pitch marking, Bob Baker as chairman and his work with the veterans, Martin Tytherleigh and Michael Hambridge as team managers and Michael Beaumont and Micky Zysemil for their help in running the sides. Also to Dave Harding for the setting up and running of the club’s website and to everyone who came along to support the teams. 




Another wet winter resulted in a rash of postponements and heavy fixture congestion towards the end of the season.  At one point the First Team were playing 3 times in 8 days, amidst fears that ageing limbs would not be able to respond.  Rather than this having  a detrimental effect, however, the team responded and put together a remarkable run of form which saw them ultimately finish 3rd in Division 1 of the ESFL, their best placing for a number of years.  For a team which early on appeared to be flirting with relegation this was a significant achievement (and compares with 8th place in 2007/08).      Highlights of the season were a 9-0 victory at Ticehurst, and a 6-2 defeat of Crowhurst.  Dave Pugh just edged out Steve Pugh as the team’s leading scorer; and in addition to their goals, Neil Hastings’ recall between the sticks was an instrumental factor in the team’s late run.



1st XI League record:


P22      W10      D3        L9         For 66   Ag 55   Pts 33 



The Second XI in contrast made an excellent start in their first season in ESFL Division 4 and, with a 3-0 away victory became the first side to defeat Eastbourne Galaxy (who were not to suffer another reverse until January).  However, the aforementioned resurgence of the 1st XI was due in part to the promotion of some of the younger players from the 2ndXI - notably Tim Hambridge and Freddie Williams - and their loss was keenly felt by the 2nd XI after Christmas.  Nevertheless, with Ashley Jansen and top scorer Jimmy McGachie holding the midfield together; and Alfie Weller proving highly dependable in goal following an injury which prevented him playing in his usual forward role, relegation was never a serious threat.  A 10-1 victory at Tackleway on the last day of the season ensured that the team ultimately finished a highly creditable 5th (of 12 teams). 



2nd XI League record:


P20      W9       D2        L9         For 54   Ag 57   Pts 29



The Veterans’ team continued to perform well in the H&DFA competition; and once again reached the final, having finished top of their group and then defeating a strong Wadhurst side 4-0 in the semi-final.  In a re-match of the 2007-08 final, however, Little Common this time reversed the result and we had to settle for being runners-up.


The First XI won the ESFL Sportsmanship award (based upon referees’ markings over the whole season), for the first time.  This is a commendable achievement.


A total of  70 were players registered for the Club during the season.



A significant off the field activity was the development of the Icklesham Casuals website, which has attracted a lot of very favourable comment not just from within the Club, but from many other parties; Icklesham Parish Council even has a link to the site!  This includes a wealth of photographs covering the whole history of the Club; player appearance and goalscorer records; and many other items of interest.  The “news” pages advise of forthcoming events, which also helps to improve communications - an area where we have not been strong in the recent past.   To get this website up and running was a huge undertaking, and we are indebted to Dave Harding for bringing this about and for ongoing management.



As ever, a lot of work was required behind the scenes over the season; and the level of postponements (which had the effect of extending the playing season into May) brought additional problems.  The Club is lucky to have a number of very loyal and dedicated officers and supporters and I should particularly like to thank Martin Tytherleigh, Michael Hambridge, David Mayne, Mike Beaumont, Micky Zysemil and Bob Baker for their commitment - not just over the season but over many years.




Michael Beaumont collecting the Sportmanship Trophy and a cheque for £100 from Eddie Potter of the East Sussex Football League - 18th May 2009

HASTINGS HALF MARATHON Sunday 15th March 2009  


As I reached the seafront I was up with the leaders - just over 2 miles to go, feeling really strong and confident of winning my first half marathon..........


7 a.m.        Wake up. 


10.20 a.m.  Lining up ready for the start - can't believe a finely tuned athlete like myself is being made to start so near to the back of the field.


10.30 a.m.  Starting gun goes - set off full of hope and confidence.

10.31 a.m.  Confidence shattered when I realise my chances of winning the race are remote.  


10.32 a.m.  Confidence further dented when I realise my chances of finishing the race are remote.


10.33 a.m.  Cross the start line.  


10.43 a.m.  Turn left at the bottom of Filsham Road aiming to run back to the finish line and win the race in record time - sent back by the Race Marshalls - b*****ds.


10.55 a.m.  Harley Shute Road - overtake man in clown costume (no, it wasn't Keith).


11.15 a.m.  The climb up Queensway - the part of the course I am least looking forward to but boosted as I am feeling better than expected at this stage........


11.16 a.m.  Overtaken by man dressed as a Dalmatian and pushing a pram.


11.17 a.m.  Ask man dressed as a Dalmatian and pushing a pram for a lift - told where to go.


11.26 a.m.  Relieved to reach the top of Queensway in a faster time than anticipated - met by a shout of 'What kept you?' Unable to respond due to breathing difficulties.  


11.40 a.m.  Reach the Conquest Hospital - call in for a supply of oxygen and a lie down - no beds available.


11.58 a.m.  The Ridge - receive abuse from John and Gary Osborn.


12.20 p.m.  Arrive at the Old Town and stop off at the Dolphin for fish and chips - it is getting on for one o'clock and I haven't had any lunch yet.


12.35 p.m.  Set off again but soon regret having the pickled egg.  

12.45 p.m.  Crawl past the pier and then Warrior Square on my hands and knees - cursing Keith for talking me into running this and deeply regretting not starting my training until February.   


12.55 p.m.  Scramble over the finish line - relieved, knackered and so looking forward to next years race.  



I would like to thank Keith for giving me a lift down to the race and more so for waiting behind afterwards for me having finished so much earlier himself (even though he was also overtaken by the man dressed as a Dalmatian and pushing a pram!) - I fully appreciate he was losing valuable drinking time.



I would also like to point out to Gavin that if I hadn't been very narrowly beaten by 3178 people (and a man dressed as a Dalmatian and pushing a pram) he would be playing football naked next Saturday. 



On a serious note Keith and I would like to thank everyone who supported us with sponsorship - we will be collecting the money shortly! We hope to raise around £250 for the new pavilion fund - if anyone didn't sponsor us but would still like to do so, it's not too late - any further contributions will be gratefully accepted.


David Mayne

 CHRISTMAS RAFFLE (20th December 2008)


The Christmas Raffle raised the sum of £266 for the new pavilion fund and we would like to thank everyone for their support.   


The main prize winners were:-  


1st Prize  - Gift Experience              -  Freddie Williams 


2nd Prize - Christmas Hamper         -  Ken Tytherleigh 


3rd Prize  - Case of Choice Wines    - Michael Hambridge  





The 'Bus Stop' was also drawn along with the raffle and the winners were:- 



1st Prize     £30    Bob Baker (Crystal Palace) 


2nd Prize    £15    Sue Beale (Bolton Wanderers) 

3rd Prize     £5     Keith Swallow (Stockport County)     



The event was superbly organised and although the weather wasn't wonderful - cold and damp - it wasn't too bad for distance running.  The course was fairly tough, with a number of hills and  a cruel departure at 23 miles which took runners onto the stony beach at Bexhill - a killer. The local support was great (Pete Gumbrell cycled alongside me for a short time!).  My final time was just under 4 hours 10 minutes (chip timing is used to adjust the clock time); I felt fairly pleased with that until I found out that Bill Beaumont had beaten me by nearly an hour - bastard! (running 3:13 in your first marathon on this course is really impressive).



Running in my Icklesham kit, I got a fair bit of positive encouragement at all parts of the course (surprised to hear somebody shout: "come on the Casuals" at Cooden), although somebody at Bexhill was less enthusiastic ("We hate Icklesham").  Strangest of all was some woman who yelled "It's Rush Witt & Wilson!" (I had an old shirt with the sponsor's name on it).  I've been called a lot of things when running the line, but never before been acused of being an estate agent.








John Parsons (August 2008)



It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death on the 21st August of our former player John Parsons.




John played 276 games for Icklesham Casuals between 1954 and 1966 scoring 175 goals including 47 goals in 29 appearances for the 1st team in the 1958-59 season. He played in most of the rounds of the Sussex Junior Cup in 1963-64 but unfortunately missed the final after being injured on the Saturday before the game. John came to the 70th Anniversary evening last July. He will always have a place in the history of the Club and our sympathy goes out to his family.




John's funeral will be held at Hastings Crematorium on Wednesday 3rd September at 11 a.m. Family flowers only but donations if desired to 'Hospice at Home', c/o Hinkleys Funeral Directors, 50 Mount Pleasant Road, Hastings.





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