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Sportsmanship Table (23.12.2012)

Well done to the 2nd team who are currently top of the East Sussex Football League Sportsmanship table. SeeSportsmanship Marks for details.

Following on from the 75th Anniversary Reunion (16.06.2012)

75th Anniversary Celebration Raffle
There are still 3 unclaimed prizes from the raffle held at the 75th anniversary celebration at the Lodge at Winchelsea so if you still have your tickets the winning numbers are -
Blue ticket number 397 (a Dove Indulgent Silk Pampering Set)
Blue ticket number 372 (a Russell Hobbs Toaster)
Pink ticket number 27 (a Champneys Spa Indulgence Travel Collection)
If you have any of these winning tickets please email the club at ickleshamcasualsfc@hotmail.com and we will arrange to get the prize to you.
75th Anniversary Match Programme
A programme was issued for 75th anniversary match against Hastings Town Re-United Under 18s on 16th June. If anyone would like a copy of the programme please get in touch on the club email address.

Limited Edition Enamel Badge
A special enamel badge has been produced to mark the 75th anniversary season. This costs just £1.50 and can be obtained by contacting the club on the email address.

Cake in Club Colours
Eric Hollingsworth has very kindly provided a fruit cake which is iced in club colours. We are holding a draw for the cake. Tickets cost £1 each with all proceeds going to the charity fund raising. If you would like to enter the draw please email the club as soon as possible as the draw to find the winner will be held in the very near future.

Open Meeting re Icklesham Pavilion (Tuesday, 15th May)

There was a great turn out at the open meeting held in the Memorial Hall at Icklesham to discuss the various proposals with regard to the pavilion at the Recreation Ground.
The unanimous decision made by those who attended was to knock down the existing pavilion and replace it with a new larger building. This was the proposal supported by all three sports clubs as well as the sub-committee set up by the Icklesham Trust Committee to look into the future of the pavilion. Because of the overwhelming backing for a new building, the decision was immediately ratified by the Trust Committee.
Thank you on behalf of the sports clubs to everyone who came along to the meeting and supported the new build.
This is just one more hurdle overcome but a significant one. There is now much hard work ahead including raising the funds to finance a new building, but we are now in a position where a new enlarged pavilion on the Recreation Ground which fully recognises and acknowledges the contribution made by Walter Merricks in donating the current building to the village is now a distinct possibility.

The Icklesham Trust Committee which looks after the pavilion and Village Memorial Hall at the Recreation Ground appointed a sub-committee to consider four proposals for the future of the pavilion. These proposals were -
1) Extend the present pavilion
2) Keep the existing pavilion and build a new one elsewhere 
3) Refurbish the present pavilion
4) Knock down the current building and build a new one on the same site
After giving careful consideration to all four propositions and looking at all the evidence put before the sub-committee, it was unanimously agreed that the recommendation to be put before the full committee would be option 4 - to knock down the existing pavilion and replace it with a new building.
At the last Trust Committee meeting, rather than accept the recommendation of the sub-committee it was decided to hold an open meeting in the Village Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 15th May at 7.30 p.m. to discuss all four proposals. This meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend so we would welcome any support on the evening to back the new building recommendation.
It is extremely frustrating that it has taken nearly two and a half years to get to this stage and we are keen to now move things forward.

George Roberts (08.05.2012)

The club has received further sad news with the death on the 7th May of former player George Roberts. George played in 75 games between 1943 and 1962 scoring 27 goals. The number of appearances would have been far higher but for the time George spent serving in the army. George was a member of the first team squad that won the Robertsbridge Charity Cup in 1947-48 and regularly organised dances which raised much need funds for the club in the early years.
George lived in Icklesham until last year, moving following the death of his beloved wife Ann. The thoughts of the club go out to his family.

His funeral is at Hastings Crematorium on Thursday, 17th May at 11 a.m. followed by a wake at the Robin Hood in Icklesham.

Display of Photographs and Club Memorabilia at Turtle Fine Arts in Rye (31.03.2012)
The club was officially founded at a meeting held at Thompson's Tea Rooms in Rye on Saturday, 3rd April 1937. Thompson's Tea Rooms is now Turtle Fine Arts at 26 Landgate. The building is currently for sale and the owners have kindly allowed us to put a display of photographs from all decades of the club's history along with other memorabilia in the window.


Hastings Half Marathon 2012

Congratulations to Bill Beaumont, Paul Sully, Gavin Moor, Martin Tytherleigh and Keith Swallow for their success in winning the trophy for the first Non Athletic Sports Team in the recent Hastings Half Marathon. Also well done to Bill on finishing 50th overall and once again picking up Ron Sellman Memorial Award for the first soccer player to finish the race.

Dave Minett (23.03.2012)

The club would like to offer congratulations to former player Dave Minett who has been chosen as one of the torch bearers who will carry the Olympic Flame when it travels through the region in July. This is a brilliant achievement and a great honour.

Dave says that he will be given a white and gold uniform so won’t be able to wear his green and white Icklesham Casuals shirt! 


Dave was selected for his dedication as ‘the most loving and supportive grandfather a granddaughter could have’.


Dave’s granddaughter Nicole, who is 15, has Neurofibromatosis (NF), a diverse genetic condition that affects many people in many ways. It causes tumours to grow on nerves anywhere in the body, internally and externally, causing extreme pain with a 15 - 20 % chance that the lumps will turn malignant.


Nicole has a tumour growing inside and around her sciatic nerve, stretching from her hip to her knee, which causes her immense pain. It means she will have to be on very strong pain killers for the rest of her life. There is also a very high chance that she will lose that leg in the future as surgery is impossible. She has curvature of the spine and suffers from severe headaches.


Nicole does not let NF stop her from making the most of her life. She is currently studying at Rye College and doing a Small Animal Care Course at Plumpton College. Having been put forward by the Westerleigh Judo Club, Nicole has been selected for the Special Olympics in Bath in 2013 and the club would like to congratulate her on this tremendous achievement.


In order to raise awareness of the condition and funds for Nicole, Dave got on his bike and cycled 1000 miles around Germany. He did not forget Icklesham Casuals on the way as the photograph shows!


As we hope many of you will already know, the Neuro Foundation is one of the good causes for which the club is raising money during the 75th season. Please see the details of the charity fundraising for how you can help us achieve our target.



Cryil Rich and Reg Carter (23.03.2012)

The club has received more sad news with the deaths of two former players in Cyril Rich and Reg Carter.
Cyril played for the club from 1944 to 1961 making 389 appearances in total and was a prolific goalscorer - netting on 219 occasions putting him in 6th place in the all time leading scorers for the club. Cyril passed away on the 20th March and our condolences go out to his family.
Reg made his first appearance on the 15th October 1938 and altogether played 215 times scoring 16 goals. He was 1st team captain from 1941-42 to 1947-48 and led the side to their first ever trophy when they won the Robertsbridge Charity Cup in the 1947-48 season. Reg was present when the 75th anniversary photograph was taken at the Recreation Ground on the 11th September 2011.
Reg passed away on the 21st March and the sympathy of the club goes out to his wife June, to Wayne, Karen and Tristan and all his family.

Cyri, Reg and Reg (middle) Sept 2011.

Ron Barden

The club was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ron Barden on Saturday, 3rd March.
Ron made 256 appearances for the club between 1948 and 1969 scoring 88 goals and was a key member of the 1st XI that became Hastings League Champions for the second time in 1957-58. Ron loved his sport and was a stalwart of Pett Cricket Club.
Ron's funeral will be at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15th. The club's sincere sympathy goes out to Ron's wife Betty and his family.
In the club's 75th anniversary season we have now lost Ron, Les Beeney, John Archer and Harry Fellows.


Les Beeney

It is with great sadness that the Club has learned of the death of Les Beeney, one of the foundingmembers of the Club. Les passed away last week at the age of 93.
Les was present at Thompson's Tea Rooms in Rye on 3rd April 1937 when the meeting was held to officially form Icklesham Casuals Football Club. He played in the very first match on 11th September 1937 against Rye Old Grammarians and scored with a 35 yard free kick in the 3-2 victory.
Les was the Club's first captain and made 73 appearances between 1937 and 1946 scoring 22 goals. His funeral will take place at 2.45 p.m. on Tuesday, 7th February at Hastings Crematorium.
The sincere sympathy of the Club goes out the family.

 Les, third from the  right, with Frank Crisford, Alf Holdstock, Reg Carter, David French, Peter Moon and Will Dunlop.
 Les with his wife Evelyn and Neil Perry at the Club's 70th Anniversary Celebrations on 21st July 2007
(Jan 2012)

Icklesham Parish Magazine
Icklesham Parish Magazine is kindly including an article in the next issue on the Club's 75th Anniversary Celebrations and the season to date. The Club will also be providing reports and articles for future editions.
The Parish Magazine is an excellent way of promoting the Club and it would be appreciated if members of the Club, their friends and families will show their support by subscribing to the magazine. Subscription costs only £5 for 11 editions in the year.
If you are interest in receiving the Icklesham Parish Magazine please give your name and address along with the £5 payment to David Mayne. Each issue will then be sent to you.
(Jan 2012)

75th Anniversary Reunion - Saturday ,16th June 2012
Invitation letters are at present being sent out for the 75th Anniversary Reunion to be held at the Recreation Ground and in the Memorial Hall at Icklesham on Saturday, 16th June.
We are trying to obtain contact details for as many former players and those having connections with the Club as possible so anyone not receiving an invite in the next 2 or 3 weeks and who would like to come along to the reunion, please ring David Mayne on 01424 424986 as we have probably been unable to track you down.

John Archer

It is with great sadness that the Club has learnt of the death of former player John Archer. John made 129 appearances for the Club between 1940 and 1965 scoring 48 goals. The Club's thoughts and condolences go out to John's family.
John remained a strong supporter of the Club and was present on the 11th September when the photograph was taken to mark the start of the Club's 75th season.
In the Club's news bulletin of July 1943, William Dunlop described John as frequently being the star forward of the under 19 team. Playing at inside left he showed good football sense and ball control, but often shot too high and lay rather far back. In the early years when John was in the R.A.F. he could only play when on leave, but still impressed William who in later bulletins identified John as a match-winning forward although sometimes there was no one to take advantage of his cleverly placed passes. William noted that his shooting was still inaccurate!
John Archer at 70th Anniversary Celebrations 21st July 2007
Bob Baker on the radio
There is a short interview with Bob Baker (Icklesham's record goal scorer!) about the Club and the 75th Anniversary Celebrations on RXfm which does a weekly local sports show covering Rye and the local villages. The link to the interview is www.webinsite.co.uk/rxfm/sport.html and you then need to click on 'keep it on the island3', and will available on 3rd October.
The latest ICFC Handbook for season 2011-12 will be available shortly. The Handbook is free again this year but if  anyone would like to make a small donation to the 75th Anniversary charity fund raising efforts this would be very much appreciated.

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