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Hailsham Town FC are the Senior football club for Hailsham, East Sussex.

Founded in 1885, Hailsham Town have had a long and successful history in Sussex football, winning many local competitions as well as reaching the Fifth Round of the FA Vase during the 1988/89 Season.

The Stringers are a Community Sports Club. For the 2018/19 season, will be running teams at Senior, Under 23, Under 18 and Veterans levels, and often hire our well appointed Clubhouse out for local events and to the community for weddings and parties.

 

Remembering Our Fallen

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"When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say,
For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today"

Installed in 2016, our War Memorial in the clubhouse remembers those who fell in action during World War I and World War II. Some nine players were killed during the First World War, and a further three in the second. Research continues on the fallen, and research which discovers any further players will be reflected with updates to the memorial.

We would like to thank David Dyer, whose book, 'The Heroes of Hailsham' was invaluable when putting together this memorial. We would also like to thank users of The Great War Forum for their assistance

 

Hailsham FM

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We are supporters of Hailsham FM, the Community Radio station for Hailsham and the surrounding area. Hailsham FM broadcast on 95.9FM and across the world online.

 

Hailsham News and Talk

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Our match reports are published on Hailsham News and Talk, an increasingly popular community run website offering news, sport, jobs and travel information for Hailsham and the surrounding villages.

 

Hailsham Hockey Club

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Hailsham Hockey Club use our facilities for post match teas and refreshments, and also as a venue for their meetings and social events. For more information on the hockey club, please contact them directly.

 

Hailsham Active

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Hailsham Active (formally Hailsham & District Sports Alliance) looks to draw together local organisations. Hailsham Active is a striving to make Hailsham a healthier place for all ages and their website looks to signpost you to all the great activity happening locally. Hailsham Active also look to campaign as a collective to improve services for its community..

 

Honours

Sussex County League
  • League Cup winners 1994-95
  • Division Two Invitation Cup winners 1955-56
East Sussex Football League
  • Champions 1953-54, 1969-70
  • Division Two Champions 1968-69
Sussex Senior Cup
  • Runners Up 1901-02
Sussex Royal Ulster Rifles Charity Cup
  • Winners 2005-06
  • Runners Up 1987-88
Sussex Intermediate Cup
  • Winners 1953-54
  • Runners Up 1927-28,1938-39
 

Club History

Founded in 1885, the club joined the East Sussex League and picked up early honours, winning the Sussex Junior Cup in 1896 before reaching the final of the Sussex Senior Cup in 1902. In 1955/56 the club joined the Sussex County League, but left to join the Eastbourne League in 1963 before rejoining the East Sussex League three years later.

Hailsham Town won promotion to the Sussex County League from the Southern Counties Combination in the 1975/76 season, finishing in sixth place in their first season. Promotion to the top level of the County League came in 1980/81 as runners up to Whitehawk. The best finish came seven years later - managed by Trevor Wood, the club finished fourth in Division One, in a season which included a memorable run to the last 16 of the F A Vase, before bowing out to Hungerford Town in front of 1250 spectators at the Beaconsfield.

The early 1990s were a strong period for the club - the League Challenge Cup lifted in 1995/96 capping an era of entertaining football at the Beaconsfield. As the decade progressed however, the club fell away and were relegated to Division Two at the end of the 1998/99 season. This period out of the top flight lasted just two years as a third place finish was enough to see the club return to Division One. 2004/05 saw the club in danger of relegation early in 2005, but they rallied to finish in 12th place for the second season in succession. 2005/6 saw a 10th place finish, as well as as a 2-0 victory in the Royal Ulster Rifles Cup Final against Whitehawk. The same club would end our R.U.R dreams the following season at the semi-final stage, but at the end of the season the side finished sixth in Division One in a year which saw another memorable F A Vase run, this time to the Third Round where the club bowed out to Sherborne Town.

The following season would see the Stringers - a nickname adopted at the turn of the Millennium as a tribute to the traditional industry of the town - finish in sixth place. Season 2008/9 was one of transition - long term manager Kenny McCreadie leaving the club in the latter part of what proved a difficult season - with some fine performances, including a victory over eventual title winners Eastbourne United, rounding off the season with a 13th place finish. Hailsham Town started the 2009/10 season having appointed locally born Dave Shearing as First Team Manager, but after a disappointing run of results Dave departed in early November. Joe Stevens took temporary charge until former manager Kenny McCreadie rejoined the club in December for a second spell at the helm. Injuries and player unavailability made for a difficult run in, and the Stringers finished second bottom staring relegation in the face. A first division place was fortunately retained due to non- league pyramid reorganisation.

This reprieve proved to be only temporary however and despite finishing 5th from bottom at the end of season 2010/11 Hailsham Town were relegated as The Beaconsfield did not then meet the F A ground grading requirements for County League Division 1. The work required to bring the ground up to standard was duly completed during the 2011/12 season and the Stringers finished runners up to make a quick return to Division 1. A respectable mid-table position was achieved in season 2012/13, but at the end Kenny McCreadie left the Club to take over at Bexhill United. Andy Goodchild was appointed as manager for the 2013/14 season, but was handicapped by the fact that most of our front side had followed Kenny McCreadie to Bexhill United. Our first win came on the 1st October, but the team continued to struggle and it took a 5-0 final day victory over Worthing United to guarantee our survival in the 1st division. Following a poor run of results in season 2014/15 the club parted company with Andy Goodchild in November, replacing him with Ian Stevens who ran the youth team at Eastbourne United. A great run in the Peter Bentley League Cup ended in a 4-2 defeat against Arundel in the semi-final at Shoreham, but again we had to win on the last day of the season to stay in the top flight, culminating in a 4-0 victory over Selsey at the Beaconsfield.

Season 2015/16 was yet another struggle not helped by injury, unavailability and numerous postponements mainly due to the wet weather. A huge backlog of fixtures had to be completed in the last few weeks of the season and it proved to be a bridge too far as we finished 3rd bottom facing relegation. Our place in the Premier Division was maintained however due to ground grading issues with the team from division 1 coming up to replace us. Ian Stevens resigned as team manager at the end of the season to become general manager and former manager Dave Shearing was appointed. Only 2 wins and 2 draws were achieved in season 2016/17 and Hailsham Town were relegated to division 2 together with Wick. The highlight of the season however was the lifting of the Eastbourne Challenge Cup after our U21 side defeated favourites Eastbourne United 5-3 at the Saffrons in April. At the end of the season Dave Shearing left the club by mutual consent, and former player Jamie Salvidge was appointed manager for season 2017-18 with Ian Stevens as his assistant and Paul Turner as coach.

The 2017/18 season proved to be a step forward, with several locally born players returning to the club and an eigth placed finish achieved in Division One, putting in the foundations for an improved 2018/19.

 

Your Club Officials

Want to help behind the scenes at Hailsham Town FC? Contact any committee member at a home game, or email the club

President; Mervyn Walker

Life Vice Presidents; Sir Trevor Brooking, Phil Comber

Chairman; John Nuttall

Vice Chairman; Ian Fairweather

Treasurer; TBC

Club Secretary; Stuart Fairway

Match Secretary; Rob Squires

Ground Coordinator; Joe Stevens

Commercial Manager; Dan Fairway

Committee; John Nuttall, Ian Fairweather, Stuart Fairway, Rob Squires, Joe Stevens, John Baker, Ian Stevens, Kevin Roberts, Lee Mewett, Fraser Logan

Bar Manager; Kate Williams

Ground Staff; Joe Stevens, Percy Cox, Terry Evenden, Roger Hayler, Ian Fairweather, Dennis Stevens

Programme Editor; Stuart Fairway

Welfare Officer; Rob Squires

Social Media; Stuart Fairway, Dan Fairway

Webmaster; Stuart Fairway

 
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Club Website sponsored by Invisional Hosting

Launched in May 2005, was brought about to bring high quality, valuable web hosting to home users and small-to-medium businesses

 
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Members of the Southern Combination Football League.

Affiliated to the Sussex County Football Association

 

Win With The Stringers

2001 Club

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The 2001 Club is a Monthly Prize Draw with prizes of £75, £50 and £25 to be won every month, as well as a grand Christmas draw with £2001 of prizes to be won in the December draw.

Membership costs just £3 a month, with additional numbers available for £3 each

To support your local club and be in with a chance of winning cash prizes, simply pick up a form from the Clubhouse or complete the below form and email it to Lee Mewett

This Month's Winners

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Congratulations to this month's winners
Previous Monthly Winners

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Announcements

Treasurer
The club are looking for a Treasurer. This is an important role which will involve managing the club finances and helping it to plan income and expenditure. An interest in football is helpful but not essential, however you will need to be able to attend monthly committee meetings (which are usually held on the first Monday evening of each month). If interested in helping to keep your local club going please contact Chairman John Nuttall.
Ground Staff
We are seeking additional volunteers to help maintain the ground and pitch ahead of the 2018/19 season. Any interested parties should come to the ground on a Saturday morning from 8am, where you will be assured of a warm welcome

Contact information

Hailsham Town FC
The Beaconsfield
Western Road
Hailsham
BN27 3JF
Footpath to ground signposted opposite SETYRES
Clubhouse Phone: 01323 840446
E-mail: hailshamtownfc@gmail.com