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2nd Team announcement (02.11.2013)

The club recently made the extremely difficult and disappointing decision to withdraw the 2nd team from the East Sussex League. The club has run at least two teams in all but one of the first seventy six years so the decision was not made lightly and was only made after much debate, thought and deliberation and was not one the club wanted to have to make.

We apologize to everyone who has been adversely affected by the withdrawal of the 2nd team but would ask you all to stay loyal to Icklesham Casuals at a time when your support is most needed.

The aim is now to regroup and hopefully be in a position to re-enter a 2nd team next season. We need to apply to the League by the 1st May next year. We would therefore ask all past and present 2nd team players to get in touch with the club to ascertain the level of support for re-entering the team. We would also like to hear from any new players interested in joining Icklesham Casuals. The club recently made the extremely difficult and disappointing decision to withdraw the 2nd team from the East Sussex League. The club has run at least two teams in all but one of the first seventy six years so the decision was not made lightly and was only made after much debate, thought and deliberation and was not one the club wanted to have to make. 

We apologize to everyone who has been adversely affected by the withdrawal of the 2nd team but would ask you all to stay loyal to Icklesham Casuals at a time when your support is most needed.

The aim is now to regroup and hopefully be in a position to re-enter a 2nd team next season. We need to apply to the League by the 1st May next year. We would therefore ask all past and present 2nd team players to get in touch with the club to ascertain the level of support for re-entering the team. We would also like to hear from any new players interested in joining Icklesham Casuals.

FOR THE NEW PAVILION FUND Sunday, 27th October 2013.

With torrential early morning rain and forecasts of the worst hurricane since the Great Storm of 1987 later in the day, several phone calls and text messages were exchanged before Hastings Railway Station at 7.30 a.m. saw the rendez-vous of the advance party of intrepid walkers made up of Stuart Baker, Jamie Dobinson, Colin Godman, David Mayne, Peter Spencer, Pete Stunt and Nick Warren to catch the 7.44 train to Eastbourne.

Conversations on the way included local politics, a rough calculation of how much money would be raised from today’s walk, how the train journey to Eastbourne seemed far greater in distance than anticipated bearing in mind we had to walk all the way back and how long into the walk it would be before Bob Baker mentioned he was Icklesham Casuals’ all time record goal scorer. There was even a suggestion (from someone who obviously hadn’t met Bob before) that this could be as long as five minutes!

Once at Eastbourne Station the taxing walk to the pier needed to be tackled. For a number of walkers this additional mileage had not been taken into account when drawing up their training programme and concerns were expressed as to the effect this could have later in the day.

On arriving at the pier the nearest café was sought for a much needed tea or coffee accompanied by a croissant or chocolate twist. This involved even more walking.

On returning to the pier the remaining walkers - Clare Ovenden along with her dog Herbie, Helen Ferris, Bob Baker and Derek French had arrived and after a short photo call the walk began a few minutes past 9 a.m. under the expert guidance of Nick, the expedition leader. There were a few suggestions that we should head back to the station, catch the first train to Hastings for another quick photograph in front of Hastings Pier and then adjourn to the pub for the day.

After only a few minutes the heavens opened and a stop was required for waterproof trousers to be donned. The more hardened walkers among the group felt this was a rather unnecessary stop mainly because they had failed to bring any waterproofs with them!

The rain lasted for 10 to 15 minutes before the sun came out. At this point David confidently predicted that would be the last of the rain that would be seen before arriving at Hastings Pier. Despite derision and abuse from his fellow walkers this was another prediction that proved to be completely accurate. Apologies will be graciously accepted.

The walk took us along Eastbourne Seafront to Sovereign Harbour and then on to Pevensey Bay where we were joined by Tony Forster. After a brief stop for a sausage roll or donut the walk continued to Norman’s Bay. On this part of the journey there was much discussion between Bob and Tony regarding the actual terms of a bet on the number of games Manchester City would lose during the season. This involved reference to several old text messages. Bob was rightly nervous about City’s chances in the game against Chelsea that afternoon where defeat means City will now need to remain unbeaten for the rest of the season for Bob to win the bet. May as well pay up now Bob.

We passed the Star at Norman’s Bay - a potential stop for lunch but as such good progress had been made and we were a bit early for any lunch it was agreed to continue on. The road through Norman’s Bay is fairly narrow with a number of bends and at one point Derek, when appearing round a bend, somewhat startled an elderly driver coming in the opposite direction. It should be mentioned that Derek, in fear of letting the team down, had decided he should put in some practice - this involved walking the majority of the route the previous weekend!

Lunch at the Cooden Beach Hotel was also turned down and we continued towards Bexhill. At the Sovereign Light Café Bill Beaumont joined the group for the remainder of the walk and a stop for refreshments was made near the De La Warr Pavilion. The sudden influx of walkers sent the café into a state of panic and extra staff were required. The staff were extremely helpful although there was some confusion over the number of orders for ham sandwiches. There was also much discussion amongst ourselves as to whether everyone had actually paid for their food (mentioning no names).

It was here that we said goodbye to Tony and continued along Bexhill seafront to Galley Hill which provided some good photo opportunities. As we arrived in St. Leonards the end was in site. Stuart advising that the old bathing pool site was a mile from the finish at Hastings Pier. The party had by this point split into a number of smaller groups and each one in turn reached the finishing line at Hastings Pier shortly after 3 p.m. - a challenging but enjoyable day and a great achievement by everyone involved.

Well done and a big thank you to all those who took part, everyone who supported the event and those who helped to obtain sponsorship. Approximately £800 has been raised for the new pavilion fund which is a fantastic effort.

A massive thank you as well to Nick for his organisation of the walk and leadership on the day. Unfortunately there were one or two complaints regarding the organisation. Namely -

1) No markers had been placed every mile along the route to advise the distance covered.
2) No feeding/water stations had been set up at regular intervals.
3) A round of golf had not been arranged at Cooden Beach as we passed the course.

Apart from this the organisation couldn’t be faulted!

Bob and Helen used the ‘Pier to Pier Walk’ as a warm up for the South Downs Way (100 miles) which they are planning to walk next May over a number of days to raise money both for charity and the pavilion fund. Your support for this will be most welcome.

For more pictures see Photo Gallery 2.



The club raised £150 at the Icklesham Fete and Flower Show on Saturday,3rd August for the Icklesham Trust Committee who look after the Memorial Hall and pavilion.

Thank you to everyone who assisted on the day, provided prizes for the tombola, made the lovely cakes or who came along to support the event.

  Bill Beaumont and his new career after football. Bill Beaumont awards Jon Fitton his ESFL Division Two Runners-Up medal.

Steve and Elise Tytherleigh hoping to win the skipping rope on the tomola.


Help Needed (26.07.2013)

Here is a copy of a photograph kindly given to the club by Allan Pope which shows the Minor Team from the 1954-55 season.

The picture was taken prior to the last game of the season against Round Table Boys Club, a match played at the Boss in Elphinstone Road on 5th May 1955. The game ended in a 2-1 defeat with Des Burrett scoring the Icklesham goal.

We are trying to identify the two players in the back row of the photo to the immediate right of goalkeeper Peter Stone as you look at the team line up. We believe these to be Chris Larkin and Alan Skinner but are not sure which is which. If anyone can help please email the club on ickleshamcasualsfc@hotmail.com.

Crohns and Colitis UK cheque (22.07.2013)

On Monday, 22nd July the club presented a further cheque from the 75th anniversary season charity fundraising when Harry Gatcum accepted the sum of £750 on behalf of Crohn's and Colitis UK from Mike Beaumont.

To date the magnificent sum of £5625 has been handed over to seven different charities with further presentations to be made in the near future.

Thank you again to everyone who supported the fundraising efforts.

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Bob Baker, club chairman and all-time record goal scorer, is seen here signing for the club for his 40th consecutive season in 2013-14. He is looking forward to another 2 minute run out as substitute in order to add to his appearance record.

Bob made his debut for Icklesham Casuals on the 19th January 1974 in the 2nd team match against Observer Athletic played on the East Hill. Surprisingly Bob didn’t score in a 2-1 defeat, probably because Paul Milton wasn’t playing in the game and no one else would pass to him.

Asked what it was like to be pulling on the famous green and white quartered shirt for another season, Bob replied “It has been an honour to lead the line for the Casuals for all these years and I hope I have been able to pass my experience and prowess in front of goal onto the younger players and did I tell you about my goal against Coco the Clown’s XI in 1982? I outpaced Dame Barbara Cartland down the left, turned both of the Chuckle Brothers inside out, exchanged passes with Paul Milton before slotting the ball past Donald Duck as he advanced from goal.” 

Bob is planning to mark the achievement by inviting all his team mates from that debut game to a meal at the Queen’s Head in Icklesham on the fortieth anniversary of the match when he can spend the evening reminiscing about his goal scoring exploits for the club. Bob has already started preparations by booking a table for one…..

AGM & Presentation Evening (21.06.2013)

A very productive Annual General Meeting followed by the trophy presentations for the last season were held at the Cinque Ports Arms in Hastings on Friday, 21st June.
The award winners were -
1st XI Players' Player of the Year - Justin Wall
1st XI Manager's Player of the Year - Jack Davies
1st XI Leading Goal Scorer - Dave Pugh (19 goals)

2nd XI Players' Player of the Year - Ollie Beaumont
2nd XI Manager's Player of... the Year - Ben Eighteen
2nd XI Leading Goal Scorer - Dan Russell (11 goals)

Young Player of the Year - Chris Young
Bert Glazier Cup Winner - Neil Hastings
Colin McPhail Trophy Winner - Martin Tytherleigh

The East Sussex League Division Two runners-up medals were presented to the 1st team players and presentations were also made to Stuart Pearson, Sam Richardson and Alfy Weller for 100 club appearances and Nick Bellhouse for 200 club appearances.

Those award winners who were unable to attend will be presented with their trophies in due course as will those still to receive their runners-up medals.

Dave Pugh is presented with the 1st Team Leading Goal Scorer Shield for season 2012-13 by Bill Beaumont along with his East Sussex League Division Two runners-up medal. Dave netted 19 times in the 16 games he played.

There is a rumour that Dave was standing on a box when the photos were taken!

At the Presentation Evening held the Cinque Ports Arms on Friday, 21st June, Steve Tytherleigh handed out the Predictor League awards for the season. Bob Baker took the trophy as Predictor League Champion while Keith Swallow was Predictor League F.A. Cup Winner.
Thank you to Steve for all the hard work put in throughout the year in organising the Predictor League. All profits are donated to charity so anyone who would like to take part in next seasons competition please either get in touch with Steve or the club.
**** For all pictures of the evening see the folder in Photo Gallery 2 ****

25th Anniversary Division 1 Champions  (10.05.2013)

A reunion to mark 25 years since the 1st team became champions of Division One of the East Sussex Football League without losing a game was held at the Queen's Head in Icklesham on the evening of Friday, 10th May. This is the only time in the club's history that a side has gone through a whole league campaign undefeated and was achieved with a 4-3 victory over Ticehurst at the Bell Field on Friday 13th May 1988.
The 1987-88 season was the first that the club had competed in the East Sussex League having transferred from the Eastbourne and Hastings League at the end of the previous season.
The championship-winning squad consisted of fourteen regular players and it was great to see ten of them at the reunion. The ten were - Bob Baker, Steve Beale, Russell Drew, Richard Forrest, Tony Forster, Derek French, David Mayne, Paul Milton, Hugh Sullivan and Martin Tytherleigh. Stuart Adams would have been there if his beloved Brighton hadn't been involved in the play-off game with Crystal Palce that night, no reply to an invite was received from either Mick Booker or Gavin Stace and Jon Fuller sadly died in 2006. Paul Milton came all the way from Cornwall to be present.
It was a thorughly enjoyable evening and brilliant to get everyone together again to reminisce about one of the highlights and greatest achievements in the history of the club.
Derek French was presented with a medal to mark over 100 appearances for the club, Hugh Sullivan received a salver in recognition of 300 appearances and Russell Drew a tankard for 400 appearances. Between them the fourteen man squad had a total of 6426 club appearances and 1338 goals. In keeping with the club being up-to-date and on the ball, Derek was also presented with his Veterans Player of the Year trophy from the 1996-97 season!
Thank you to Bob Baker for organising such a successful reunion.
 1. 1st Team - Season 1987-88 - Match v Ticehurst 13-5-1988.    2. Re-creation of the 1987-88 photograph.

 3. Bob Baker, Derek French, Russell Drew, Hugh Sullivan & Tony Forster 4. Tony Forster, Martin Tytherleigh & Hugh Sullivan.  5. Derek French & Richard Forrest

 6. Richard Forrest, Paul Milton & Tony Forster. 7. Derek French with his 1996-97 Veterans Player of the Year award! 
 8. Hugh Sullivan with his salver for 300 appearances.

 9. Russell Drew with his tankard fro 400 appearances. 10. Steve Beale. 
 11. Richard Forrest, Russell Drew, Derek French, Paul Milton & Bob Baker.

 Veterens Friendly 5th May 2013
Icklesham Casuals Veterans 3 v Bullsmoor Allsorts 1
The season was brought to a close on the morning of Sunday, 5th May with a very enjoyable friendly against Bullsmoor Allsorts, a touring team who come mainly from the Enfield and Cheshunt area.
The slow pace of the game suited the ages of both sides and also the very warm conditions. Icklesham dominated the opening exchanges and took the lead early on when Gavin Moor side footed in from close range. Vernon Deller doubled the lead with a confident finish after being put through. Both teams had chances in the remainder of the first half with Gavin Moor coming closest with a 20 yard drive that struck the crossbar.
The second period followed a similar pattern to the first with Icklesham the better side but with Bullsmoor Allsorts also creating chances and both John Vidler and Mark Stace had to clear off their own line. It was Mark Stace who scrambled in the third lead mid-way through the half and Bullsmoor Allsorts pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining (more details later).
Mick Beaumont, Neil Hastings and Martin Tytherleigh all turned out against doctors advice! Mick was apparently our best player according to the opposition although they were soon put right on this. Martin came on for the last few minutes merely to record another club appearance (a philosophy in no way supported by either Bob Baker or David Mayne). This was still enough time for Martin to miss a couple of decent chances.
It was good top see Ian Carter back in an Icklesham shirt and Pete Gumbrell showed he had lost none of his talent despite suffering with a tight hamstring! Ross Shand came in as goalkeeper at the last minute and performed admirably apart from one minor blemish when (for the older members of the club) in a 'Phoenix from the Flames' moment he recreated a Ray Clemence-like blunder from the1976 England-Scotland game by allowing a speculative shot to squirm between his legs and into the net!
The Icklesham Casuals side was - Ross Shand, Ian Carter, Shane Cuddington, Mick Beaumont, John Vidler, Mark Stace, Rob Palmer, Gavin Moor, Vernon Deller, Bob Baker, Pete Gumbrell. Subs - Steve Tytherleigh, Neil Hastings, David Mayne, Martin Tytherleigh.

1. Veterans Team v Bullsmoor Allsorts   2. Steve Tytherleigh, Vernon Deller & Ian Carter in action   3. Gavin Moor on the ball.

4. Pete Gumbrell, Steve Tytherleigh & Vernon Deller.    5. Goalmouth action following an Icklesham corner

6. Another corner to Icklesham.    7. Steve Tytherleigh on the ball.

8. More Icklesham pressure from a corner.   9. Vernon Deller drives down the left wing.   10. Steve Tytherleigh in action.

11. Gavin Moor & Mick Beaumont.    12. Steve Tytherleigh plays in Mark Stace.

13. Shane Cuddington on the ball.    14. Rob Palmer & Ian Carter.

The 1st XI finish runners-up in Division Two. (04.05.2013)
Congratulations to the first team on winning promotion back to Division One of the East Sussex League following the 4-1 victory over Sedlescombe Rangers in their final game of the season

It was a deserved win thanks to a fine team performance with the side taking the lead after only five minutes when Ollie Beaumont finished after good work from Val Newman.

In the final minute of normal time in the first half Sam Richardson headed in from a corner and two minutes into stoppage time Ollie Beaumont scored the best goal of the game with a fine solo effort when he rounded a Sedlescombe defender and then the goalkeeper before knocking the ball into the net.

Sedlescombe Rangers came out strongly after the interval putting Icklesham under considerable pressure with Shane Ridgers making a brilliant point blank save in goal. They pulled a goal back from a free kick in the fifty seventh minute but despite further pressure failed to create many clear chances and in the second minute of added-on time Rob Levett fired home the fourth goal.

With Battle Baptists drawing 1-1 at home Windsor, the 1st team leapfrogged both Battle ands Sedlescombe to secure the runners-up spot.


Charity Cheque Presentations
The club has to date presented cheques totalling £4875 to the good causes supported by the 75th anniversary charity fundraising.
Cheques for £750 were presented to both St. Michael's Hospice and Children with Tumours at the 75th Anniversary Dinner at the Lodge at Winchelsea on 21st September 2012. A similar amount was given to the Pett Level Rescue Boat Association in February (please see separate website item) and at the quiz in the Memorial Hall at Icklesham on 6th April presentations were made to both the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Alzheimer's Society with an additional donation given to Children with Tumours.
There will be further presentations made in the near future.
Thank you to everyone who supported the fundraising efforts during the 75th season.

1. Dave Minett receives a further cheque for £375 on behalf of the Children with Tumours chaity from club President George Potter.
2. Marcia Dart from St. Michaels Hospice receives a cheque from David Mayne.
3. Steve Beale presents Sarah Neighbour from the Alzheimer's Society with a cheque for £750.
4. Stuart Baker presents Bernard Duncan from the Motor Neurone Disease Association with a cheque for £750.
5. Vanessa Martin receives a cheque on behalf of Children with Tumours from Dave Minett


Quiz Night - Icklesham Memorial Hall - 6th April 2013

The recent quiz at Icklesham which was in aid of the football club raised £350 (including a £4 donation to round it up) with all proceeds going to the New Pavilion Fund. Thank you to everyone for their support.

Sixteen teams entered and it was probably one of the best finishes so far with three teams ending on the same points total meaning a tie-break to find the winners.

Nobby's Nuts, Casualties, Casualties Reserves, Stalybridge Celtic, Empty Heads, Allsorts and Saints and Sinners challenged each other for most of the evening, then at Round 7, Fab 6 played their Joker and became joint leaders of three going into the last round. All three of the joint leaders Nobby's Nuts, Fab 6 & Empty Heads scored the same on the last round, however the tie-break was won by the Fab 6 (made up of all females) to become the outright winners.

Over the seven quizzes a total of £2,406 was raised -
MacMillan Nursies received £160
Church raised £248
Ickleham Trusts £376 + £100 (hire of hall) = £476 
New Pavilion Fund raised £1522

Thank you to Stuart for another thoroughly enjoyable evening and for raising so much money over the course of the quizzes.

1. Quiz Night 
2. Casualties Reserves Team - Keith Swallow, Jane Morrell, Ben, Dave Minett, Chris Morrell & Sue Swallow
3. Reverend Hugh Moseley makes the April draw assisted by Bob Baker
4. The Casualties Team - Steve Beale, Bob Baker, George Potter, Helen Ferris, Suzanne Beale & David Mayne (who took the photo)


Sportsmanship Final Positions
Well done to the second team who finished in fourth position overall in the Sportsmanship Table with an average mark per game of 8.42.
The first team ended with and average mark of 7.30.



Team.                                 Matches                 Points          Average Per Game (out of 10)
1.   Bexhill Rovers                    22                         191                           8.68
2    Battle Baptists                   20                         164                           8.55
3.   Robertsbridge United II       15                         127                           8.47
4.   Icklesham Casuals II          19                         160                           8.42
5.   Burwash                            20                         168                           8.40

Memorial Hall Table Sale (16.02.2013)

The Table Sale held at the Memorial Hall on Saturday, 16th February raised an excellent £220 for the new pavilion fund. Thank you to Sandra for all her hard work in organising the event, to Stuart, Mags, Kim, Peter and all those who helped on the day and also to everyone who provided the lovely cakes.
A generous donation of £50 was also received towards the new pavilion for which we are extremely grateful.

Pett Level Rescue Boat Association (10.02.2013)

The Pett Level Rescue Boat Association was presented with a cheque for £750 Sunday, 10th February by Keith Swallow. This was part of the money raised during the club's 75th anniversary in 2012 which will be divided between a number of different charities.The funds donated will be used to provide radio controlled helmets.
Founded in 1970, the Pett Level Rescue Boat Association is an independent inshore rescue facility run entirely by volunteers and depends solely on fundraising, donations and sponsorship.
The club has already presented similar amounts to both St. Michael's Hospice and the Children with Tumours Charity with further donations to be made to other good causes in the near future.

Dick Crisford (Feb 2013)

The club were extremely saddened to hear of the recent death of Dick Crisford. Dick was a stalwart of the club and the name Crisford is synonymous with history of Icklesham Casuals.
Dick made 374 appearances for the club between 1946 and 1964 and played in goal in the Hastings League Division One Championship winning sides of 1951-52, 1957-58 and 1962-63. He was part of the photograph taken at the beginning of the 75th season which represented all the decades of the club's history and was present at the reunion in June to help celebrate the 75th anniversary.
Dick's funeral will be held at Pett Church on Monday, 18th February at 2 p.m.
The condolences of the club go to Jenny, John, Stephen and families.


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