Clubhouse Facilities

Clubhouse and Facilities

The Beaconsfield

The Beaconsfield has space for 2000, with Covered Seating for 100 and covered standing for a further 100. The Tea bar is open for all First & Reserve Team matches, serving teas, coffees, chocolate, crisps, Soup, Bovril and soft drinks, whilst the hot food bar serving burgers, hot dogs and chips is also open for First Team games.

The Clubhouse

Our Clubhouse was opened in 1997, and offers a range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. The clubhouse also hosts a pool table, darts boards, a Widescreen TV and comfortable seating.

Hire The Clubhouse

Our clubhouse can be hired for very reasonable rates - please contact the club for more information

Club History

Founded in 1885, Hailsham Town F.C. was briefly known as the Hailsham Butchers just before the First World War. 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 club's 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 - a third place finish was enough to see the club return to Division One. 2004/5 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 Hailsham's 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. A number of players came in from Seaford Town and AFC Uckfield, but only 1 point was gained from the first 7 league matches and we were beaten in the first round of 4 cup competitions. Our first win came on the 1st October, but due to the way the fixtures had been allocated we went three and a half months without a Saturday home match. The team continued to struggle and for most of the season were second from bottom in the league table. A late rally moved us up a couple of places, and a 5-0 final day victory over fellow strugglers Worthing United guaranteed our survival in the 1st division or season 2014/15.

Last season started badly with 7 straight defeats and we were never out of the bottom 5 of the table. In November the Stringers parted company with manager Andy Goodchild, replacing him with Ian Stevens who was the youth team manager at Eastbourne United. Results improved temporarily and we reached the semi-Final of the Peter Bentley Challenge Cup only to be beaten 4-2 by Arundel. Only 2 wins in 11 matches meant that we had to better RingmerÂ’s result on the last day of the season, and we duly beat Selsey 4-0 at home to finish 4th bottom and stave off relegation. Despite that we managed to score 24 cup and 82 league goals and had 3 players in the top 20 of the division 1 goalscorers chart.

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