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75th Anniversary Dinner
The Lodge at Winchelsea - Friday, 21st September 2012

We are now able to share some photographs taken at the 75th Anniversary Dinner held at the Lodge at Winchelsea on Friday, 21st September last year.
The dinner was a great success and enjoyed by all those who attended with all the tables named in memory of members of the club who made a major contribution during the first 75 years but who are sadly no longer with us. Te evening also provided an opportunity to present the first cheques from the charity fundraising to the good causes.
Dave Minett, fresh from the tremendous honour of being one of the bearers of the Olympic Torch, donned his uniform for people to have their photograph taken with the torch in return for a small donation to the charity fundraising.

1. Richard Forrest   2. The Arthur & Frank Baker Table & the Frank Crisford Table.   3. The Alf Holdstock table

4. Hazel Britt & Steve Beale  5. The William Dunlop Table, Andrew Dunlop Table & Jon Fuller Table  6. The Bert Glazier Table

7. David Mayne   8. Dave Minett with his Olympic Torch   9. George Potter, Jack Brown, Chris Ades, Bill Burt & David Ades

10. Marcia Dart from St Michael's Hospice receives a cheque from David Mayne.   11. Marcia Dart from St Michael's Hospice & Bob Baker.   12. Vanessa Martin receives a cheque on behalf of Children with Tumours from Dave Minett.

13. Members of the Sussex Junior Cup winning side of 1963-64.   
14. Back row: Brian Barden, Mike Hills, David Ades, George Potter, Jack Brown. Front row: Bryan Butler, Chris Ades, Bill Burt.


Jon Fuller Memorial Match - Sunday, 7th October 2012
Icklesham Casuals 4 v Viking 4 - (Icklesham Casuals won 4-2 on penalties)
The annual match in memory of former player Jon Fuller saw Icklesham take the lead mid-way through the first half thanks to a fine individual goal from Ollie Beaumont with George Barrow adding a second later in the half. Viking had a chance to pull a goal back from the penalty spot as the interval approached but the shot struck the right-hand post. They did narrow the lead in the last minute of the half with a header from a free-kick.
Viking then scored three times in the second half to go 4-2 ahead before Ollie Beaumont with his second of the game and a shot deflected into his own net by Robert Palmer levelled the score at 4-4. Both sides had chances to win the match with Luke Crisford in the Icklesham goal making a tremendous stop in the last minute to deny Viking a winner.
The match was decided by a penalty shoot out with Martin Tytherleigh, George Richardson and Adam Sully all successfully converting their spot kicks for Icklesham with both teams missing one penalty each. Luke Crisford then pulled off a fine save leaving Vernon Deller to coolly convert his penalty to win the game enabling Icklesham to lift the Jon Fuller Memorial Shield for the fifth time in seven years.
Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event which raised £157.49 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

5th Icklesham Open – 24th July 2012

The largest ever field (18 players) assembled at Willingdon Golf Club for the fifth Icklesham Open. We welcomed new boys (Adam Forrest, Andy Vickers and Stuart Baker) and many familiar faces. Handicaps were discussed as we all waited to tee-off with Tim Linch particularly upset to be off 8 considering he had what he described as “major problem with his back”. Chris Baker was telling anybody who listened that he’d only played 4 rounds of golf this year and they were all on the same day (Icklesham’s 75 holes in a day fund-raiser).
As usual the event was an individual Stableford competition (points for birdies, pars etc.) with a team competition. Willingdon is a tight and hilly course with a number of the early holes crossing each other. The insults were flying therefore when Wayne Bumstead managed to lose his team (“golden”) ball on the 2nd and the Jo Beardsley, Chris Baker, Lewis Tiltman and Tony Forster lost their golden ball on the 4th.
The sun shone and the scores were good. New boy Adam Forrest along with Olly Beaumont, Dave Tiltman and Wayne Bumstead all scored well on the outward 9 holes. The rumour was however that Lewis Tiltman was putting together an excellent round. Playing off scratch Lewis had accrued 20 points on the first 9 holes. As we turned for home everybody knew that it was a difficult task to match the consistency of Lewis.
As for the team competition – most teams lost their golden ball on the outward 9 and it was only the Bob Baker, Steve Beale and Dave Tiltman team that had kept their ball – at least until the 14th when Tiltman managed to slice one that was never found.
As the groups came back to the clubhouse for a drink and a meal, a search party was sent out for the Hugh Sullivan, Stuart Baker, Keith Swallow and David Mayne group who were some holes behind. Rumours of Hugh’s diligence in looking for his ball may have had some foundation. There was also much hilarity in Steve Beale’s story of Bob Baker playing an excellent shot but to the wrong green!
The real news of the day however was Lewis Tiltman’s round. A 3-under par 66 scoring 39 Stableford points – only one 5 on his card (and that on a Par 5) with 4 birdies and one bogie. An unbelievable round even allowing for the fact that he is an excellent golfer.
And so to the results:
1st       Lewis Tiltman             39 points + nearest pin on 7th
2nd       Wayne Bumstead        31 points
3rd          Bob Baker                  30 points
4th        Adam Forrest             29 points + best front 9 not in top 3
5th        Olly Beaumont            28 points
6th        David Mayne               27 points
7th=      Tim Linch                   26 points + best back 9 not in top 3 + longest drive
9th        Tony Forster               24 points
10th =   Steve Beale                 23 points
10th =   Richard Forrest           23 points
12th      Hugh Sullivan              22 points
13th      Chris Baker                 20 points
14th      Andy Vickers               17 points
15th =   Keith Swallow             16 points
15th =   George Potter             16 points
17th      Stuart Baker               15 points
18th      Jo Beardsley                6 points Wooden Spoon
1st         Bob/Dave T/Steve                  21 points
2nd        Adam/Olly/Tim/George          11 points
3rd =     Jo/Chris/Lewis/Tony                5 points
3rd =     Hugh/Keith/Stuart/David           5 points
5th        Wayne/Richard/Andy                1 point
Keep your diary clear for Thursday 25th July 2013 for the 6th Icklesham Open.

75 HOLES OF GOLF IN A DAY (25.06.2012)

As part of Icklesham Casuals’ 75th season celebrations we set ourselves the target of raising £7500 to be spread across 10 charities – all of which have a connection to players or officials of the club. A major part of the fund-raising effort was playing 75 holes of golf in a day on two different courses in different counties with each hole sponsored. Here is a brief story of the day which took place on 25th June:

For most of the 12 players it was a 3.00 a.m. alarm call. We were on the first tee at Sedlescombe Golf Club at 4.00 a.m. – still a little dark for playing golf – so we left it a few minutes before playing our first shots. Four groups of three went off and balls were lost in the half-light before the sun was up but good progress was made. Two of the par 3 holes on our first round had the reward of a Ford Fiesta car (thanks to Birchwood Ford Hastings!) for a hole in one. Nobody was successful though one player got to within 4 feet. Bacon rolls and coffee after 21 holes and squash and cakes after 30 helped keep motivation high. By just after midday we had played 39 holes (2 and a bit rounds) but we now had the journey into Kent (the Weald of Kent course near Headcorn) and two more rounds.
At this stage Matt Hogan had been doing his best Nick Faldo impression – concentrate on the golf, Wayne Bumstead had not yet reached for his hip-flask and Steve Beale (as organiser) had a worried look that was dominating his features. George Potter (with Stuart Baker acting as caddy) was still fresh as a daisy, fresher at least than Tony Forster who was starting to lose his joie de vivre. David Mayne had what is known in football parlance as a “mare” over the first six holes – my guess is that the thought of another 69 at that stage wasn’t attractive….

Groupings were re-drawn on the way to Headcorn and put together the ultra-fit triathlete Mick Beaumont with the ailing Forster and Richard Forrest whose legs were still damaged from an ill-advised sojourn onto the football pitch 9 days earlier. Bob Baker was delighted to be grouped with Wayne and David with the promise of Wayne’s hip-flask full of a lovely whisky liqueur to sustain him. The first round played at Weald of Kent (the third completed round of the day) seemed to last an age and it wasn’t until around 6.00p.m. that the 12 players teed off for their final round. By now after walking 15+ miles, pulling/carrying clubs and playing shots, most parts of the body ached though Ollie Beaumont was showing the benefit of youth by continuing to spank his drives down the fairway and Club President George Potter – over 70 years old - still seemed disgustingly perky! Keith Swallow’s body had certainly seized up, Steve Beale had his “let’s get this done face “ on and Chris Baker was vowing never to volunteer to play 75 holes in a day again. The final 18 holes were a struggle but with an enjoyable team format passed relatively quickly. The clubhouse at Weald of Kent – by now shining brightly in the gathering gloom – was like an oasis as we teed off on our 75th and final hole. 

The day concluded with a curry and prize-giving before everybody went home and slept soundly!
Winners were:

Morning teams: Chris Baker/Wayne Bumstead/Matt Hogan
Afternoon teams: Wayne Bumstead/Bob Baker/David Mayne
Best individual golfer: Wayne Bumstead
Keith Swallow was presented with a “goody bag” of golf stuff for being able to stand. 
In addition commemorative spirit glasses were given to every player. 

Thanks to Steve Beale for organising a great event and to all our sponsors who helped us raise more than £3000.
See Photo Gallery 2 for all photo's of the day.

75th Anniversary Celebrations - Saturday, 16th June 2012  (16.06.2012)
The main celebration to mark the club’s 75th anniversary took place on Saturday, 16th June with two games of football in the afternoon followed by an evening buffet at the Lodge at Winchelsea which was attended by around a hundred past and present players, guests and friends of the club.
The wet weather leading up to the big day gave cause for concern over the football games. The cricket club had been most co-operative in allowing the matches to be played during their season and the club was extremely conscious of ensuring no damage was done to the outfield. Fortunately three dry days leading up to the Saturday meant the games could go ahead.
The first match was against Hastings Town Re-United Under 18s who kindly stepped in at short notice when Rye Old Scholars Association advised that they were unable to raise a side. The contrast in the youth of the Hastings Town team and some of the more veteran players in the Casuals squad seemed quite appropriate to mark the 75th anniversary. Those who turned out having not pulled on their boots for a number of years included Andrew Dunlop, Steve Beale, Richard Forrest and Derek French and the nineteen players on duty for the Casuals had between them made 5695 appearances. A minutes silence was held before the game to remember former players in John Archer, Ron Barden, Les Beeney, Reg Carter, Harry Fellows, Cyril Rich and George Roberts who had sadly passed away during the 75th season.
Icklesham largely dominated the first half and goals from Phil Badrock, Chris Baker and Sean Baker put them 3-0 ahead at the interval. The second half was a different story when the superior fitness of the young Hastings Town team began to show. They pulled two goals back before Bob Baker made it 4-2. Hastings Town netted once more from the penalty spot to leave the final result a 4-3 win. The match was also refereed by a former player in John Cannan.
The second game was a friendly amongst current and former players of the club which included an appearance by Tim Jury. This was won 4-1 by the ‘green and white’ side with Steve Baker among the scorers. Thank you to Keith Swallow for officiating the match.
Among the spectators for the first game were a group of ‘football travellers’. They have visited all ninety two league grounds and then moved on to non-league football and try to watch a game somewhere every Saturday. They come from various parts of the country and heard about the match through the internet. There is a Football Traveller magazine and the commemorative programme issued for the game will be reviewed in the next issue which should be published in September.
The celebrations then moved to the Lodge at Winchelsea. It was good to see so many old faces with a number of people coming a considerable distance to attend. Colin McPhail travelled all the way from Scotland, George Cooke, who was with brother Peter, from Middlesbrough, Brian Barden from Peterborough and Mike Hills from Suffolk. Other members of the Sussex Junior Cup winning team of season 1963-64 in attendance were Chris Ades, Jack Brown, Bill Burt and George Potter. Also present during the day who have all played a significant part in the history of the club included Jimmy Britt, Wayne Bumstead, Dick Crisford, John Crisford, Stephen Crisford, Peter Drew, Russell Drew, John Dunk, Tony Forster, Colin Hills, Matt Hogan, Eric Hollingsworth, Nick Jury, Tim Jury, Dave Minett, Michael Osborne, Neil Perry, Roger Puttick, Robin Shearer, Hugh Sullivan and Steve Turner. Sadly both David French and Bob Southerden were unable to be there due to ill-health.
Bob Baker acted as Master of Ceremonies and introduced guest speakers and former players, George Cooke, who talked about his time as a director of Middlesbrough Football Club and the major role he played in the club moving to their current Riverside Stadium and Steve Beale, who spoke about his recollections of the club during his 491 appearances including the amazing contribution made by Will Dunlop. George Cooke very kindly presented the club with a Middlesbrough shirt with ‘Casuals’ printed on the back.
Colin McPhail had advised that he would like to donate a trophy on the evening and the club could decide how this would be used. This was a very kind gesture and one which is greatly appreciated. It had been decided that the trophy would be given to an individual who had made a major contribution to the club and Colin presented the trophy to the much deserved first recipient, Stuart Baker. Stuart has raised over £1500 for the club from the quizzes in the Memorial Hall, as well as raising similar amounts for all the other village organisations, he has given the club tremendous support during the 75th anniversary season and has played a major role in pushing for a new pavilion on the Recreation Ground. Stuart has backed the club in many other ways including being present at 4 a.m. for the 75 hole charity golf event on June 25th. 

Triathlon (28.05.2012)
Our intrepid triathletes, Martin Tytherleigh, Mick Beaumont and Val Newman (with Bob Baker sitting comfortably in the support van!!!) completed their mega-triathlon at Icklesham Pavillion on Saturday 26th May. An amazing £1,100 was raised towards the 75th anniversary charity fund, well done to the lads and if anyone wanted to sponsor but didnt get round to it, details of how to donate can be found elsewhere on the website. A full report and photos will be posted in due course.

Race Night and Presentation Evening (11.05.2012)

Race Night
The Race Night held on Friday, 11th May in the Memorial Hall at Icklesham proved to be a galloping success raising the sum of £296.55 for the chosen charities which the club is aiming to help during the 75th anniversary season. Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event and to Steve Beale for hosting the evening and Sue Beale for her help in running the tote. The total amount raised for the good causess currently stands at £3110.93.
Presentation Evening
The awards for the season were made at the Race Night in the Memorial Hall on Friday, 11th May. The winners were -
1st XI Players' Player of the Year - Stuart Pearson, Manager's Player - Adam Sully, Leading Goal Scorer - Phil Badrock 15 goals
2nd XI Players' Player of the Year - George Barrow, Manager's Player - Alfie Janman, Leading Goal Scorer - Dan Russell 10 goals
Young Player of the Year - Toby Swann, Bert Glazier Cup Winner - Ollie Beaumont 
Awards were also made to George Richardson for 100 appearances and Neil Hastings for 200 appearances.

1st XI Players' Player of the Year -
Stuart Pearson
1st XI Manager's Player of the Year -
Adam Sully
1st XI Leading Goal Scorer - 
Phil Badrock 15 goals
2nd XI Players' Player of the Year -
George Barrow (collected by him mum)
Bert Glazier Cup Winner -
Ollie Beaumont
Young Player of the Year -
Toby Swann
Neil Hastings
for 200 appearances
George Richardson
for 100 appearances
Race night

Quiz night (14.04.2012)

The quiz night in the Memorial Hall in Icklesham on Saturday raised the magnificent sum of £350.30. The club would like to sincerely thank Stuart for running the quiz on behalf of the football club, Mags for her help in setting up the hall and everyone who took part and supported the event. Congratulations to SteveTytherleigh's 'Top Table' team on winning the quiz with Stalybridge Celtic finishing as runners-up.

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