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Eastbourne Town
Full nameEastbourne Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Town
The Townies
Blue and Yellows[1]
Founded19 October 1881; 139 years ago (1881-10-19)
(as Devonshire Park FC)
GroundThe Saffrons, Eastbourne
Capacity3,000 (200 Seated)
ChairmanTony Guarino
ManagerJohn Lambert
LeagueSouthern Combination Premier Division
2019–20Southern Combination Premier Division (season abandoned)
WebsiteClub website

Eastbourne Town Football Club is an English football club based in Eastbourne, East Sussex, and are currently members of the Southern Combination Premier Division and play at The Saffrons.

Founded on 19 October 1881 as Devonshire Park F.C., they are founding members of the Sussex County F.A. in 1882,[2] Southern Amateur Football League in 1907 and the Sussex County Football League in 1920. The club is considered the oldest senior football club in Sussex.

The club is a FA Chartered Standard Community club affiliated to the Sussex County Football Association.[3]


Early history (1881-1905)[edit]

Location of Eastbourne in England

The Eastbourne Chronicle, dated 13 November 1880 first reported of the formation of Eastbourne United Football Club as a result of the amalgamation between Eastbourne Rovers and Eastbourne FC.[4] The club briefly changed its name to Eastbourne Football Club at a meeting on 5 October 1881. [5] Having failed to secure the use of a ground in South Fields, near to Guildredge Park, permission was sought to play on the grounds of Devonshire Park. Part of the deal was to change the name to Devonshire Park in return the Park Company would supply all match materials and pay travelling expenses to aways games. At a meeting on the 19 October 1881, it was agreed that the club would be known as Devonshire Park F.C. [6]

Currently the club have record that it was founded in 1881 as Devonshire Park Football Club by Rev. Willis[7] as an amateur gentleman's club, named after the original ground they played at now occupied by the Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club which is also the venue for the Eastbourne International Tennis tournament. The club held its first general meeting on 19 October 1881.[8] Members of this meeting were formerly associated with Eastbourne Football Club and Eastbourne United Football Club, formed several years earlier as Association Football and Rugby football clubs and had no connection to the current club of the same name today.[9] Mr. A.C. Hillman was elected as the club secretary to manage the team.

Eastbourne Football Club team photo from February 1892 displaying the Sussex Cup won in 1890 and 1891

The first recorded game was against Clifton House School on 26 October 1881,[8] which was won by Devonshire Park 5–1. The first loss was against New College on 12 November 1881. A game in which Devonshire Park lost 5 - 0.[10] Their first recorded away win was on 26 November 1881 with an away game at Ardingly College, although the game was played in a 'downpour of rain' and the pitch being in a bad state. Devonshire Park won the game by 4 goals to 1.[11] On 23 September 1882, at a meeting in Brighton with other clubs in Sussex, Devonshire Park became one of eleven clubs that formed the Sussex County Football Association[2] with Captain Cardwell being nominated as one of the Vice-Presidents for the first season. In the same year was the creation of the Sussex Senior Cup, following a dispute with a cup tie Devonshire Park withdrew from the Sussex County FA.[9]

Playing at Devonshire Park for 5 years, with the Tennis club and a Cricket club, they moved to the then newly opened Saffrons Field in 1886 when the tennis became a predominant sport there and the success of the South of England Championships.[12] It has been their home since along with Eastbourne Cricket Club and Eastbourne Hockey Club. In 1888, Devonshire Park re-joined the Sussex FA and competed again in the Sussex Senior Cup, reaching the semi-finals with Burgess Hill

In 1889 the club changed its name to Eastbourne F.C. to reflect the expansion of the town after the railway brought in tourism. Although not in a league, and still an amateur team, they competed in the Sussex Senior Cup reaching the final beating Chichester 4–0. The following season the club founder, Rev. Willis was elected as the club secretary and the senior cup was done on a league basis in which Eastbourne won, playing 15 games, winning 14 and drawing a game with Chichester.[9] Eastbourne reached the Sussex Senior Cup final ten times between 1889 and 1903, winning eight times in that period.[13] Around the turn of the century, Eastbourne played professional teams such as Woolwich Arsenal,[14] Derby County[15] and West Ham United. It has been recorded that Eastbourne played and won in two international tournaments, In 1904 the ‘Meeting du Nouvel’ and in 1909 the Challenge International du Nord, both cups were invitations for amateur clubs to compete in. David Noakes took over as the club secretary from Rev. Willis in 1906.

Amateur Football League (1907-1976)[edit]

Southern Amateur League (1907-1946)[edit]

In 1907 the club split from the Football Association, as they didn't recognise amateur clubs, at a meeting on 25 July 1907, the club committee decided to join the Amateur Football Association[16] and became founding members of the Southern Amateur Football League, along with Ipswich Town, they remained in the league until 1946, winning the Sussex Senior Cup[12] a further three times in that period. In 1909 Eastbourne were invited to play in the Challenge International du Nord, a competition for amateur teams in both England and France, reaching the final after beating Le Havre AC 2–0, the final was played in front of 2,000 spectators against RC Roubaix and Eastbourne won 5–0. Town entered the competition in December 1909 but withdrew after a dispute with their opponents and at Christmas hosted Paris University, winning 10–1, the following Easter Red Star Paris visited and beat Eastbourne 8–1. On Boxing Day 1910 Eastbourne were defeated 3–2 to Racing Club Paris.

In 1920, the Town was one of the founding teams of the Sussex County Football League. Finishing third in the 1920-21 season and finishing 8th in the Southern Amateur league the same season.[17][18] They returned fully committed to the Southern Amateur Football League, winning the league twice in 1923 and 1926, and in four consecutive seasons reaching the AFA Senior Cup final, winning the trophy twice, Beating Ealing Association 1–0 in 1922 and 2–0 1925. Also winning the Sussex Senior Cup in 1922.

April 1931 saw the retirement of David Noakes[19] who had managed the club for the past 25 years and his role was taken over by the club captain Mr. W. S. Grevett. In his first two seasons he lifted the Sussex Senior Cup twice and the Sussex RUR Cup in 1933 at their first attempt, but still struggled in the Southern Amateur League, finishing mid table in most seasons. At the end of the 1937–38 season, Eastbourne were relegated[20] into Division 2 A, but came back up the following season after winning the league.[21] The second World War brought a halt to the league and regular friendly fixtures being played, Eastbourne played the 1939–40 season in the Sussex County league, and came sixth in the Eastern Division. 1943 saw their heaviest defeat with an army team. The Southern Amateur League restarted in 1945. The 1945–46 season saw Eastbourne finish 5th in the table.[22]

Corinthian and Athenian Leagues (1946-1976)[edit]

In 1946 Eastbourne left the Southern Amateur League and joined the Corinthian League, another amateur football league for teams based in the south of England. Attendances averaged around 3000 and the ground was improved, the pitch moved closer to the cricket ground to allow the Town Hall side to be terraced. Town won the R.U.R Cup twice again in 1948 and in 1950 under manager W.E. Collings but were sadly hovering around mid-table around that period. In December 1950, defender Eric Beardsley became the club's first Amateur International player being selected to play for the England Amateur Team against the Republic of Ireland on 6 January 1951. Sadly he lasted 4 minutes of his debut when he broke his ankle.[23] In June 1951, Collings resigned from his role as manager after 9 years.[24]

The 1950s saw George Duke, a professional coach between 1949 and 1954, and manager Bob Baker, winning the Sussex Senior Cup in 1953, the last time Eastbourne won this competition. Both were found guilty along with other officials in the club in a fraud conspiracy where amateur players were being paid more than the F.A. amateur salary cap. Duke was banned from football and football management for a period of one year and the club was fined £50.[25] The club recorded their highest attendance on 10 October 1953, when 7,378[26] spectators watched local rivals Hastings United play in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying round. Eastbourne lost the game 7–2. 1954 saw Scottish born Alex White, a former Chelsea Defender briefly manage the team until the end of the season and George Skinner taking over from June 1954 until 1959, later becoming the chief coach for the Sussex FA and later the national coach for Libya, Jordan, Saudi Arabia.

Skinner left in the summer of 1959 and was replaced by Jock McGuire who lifted the Sussex Intermediate Cup for the first time at the end of the season and was replaced by Don Gold who the previous season was coaching the minors team and played for the Town for years before that. Whilst in charge in 1961 saw another milestone in the club's history. A game versus Moulsecoomb Rovers in the FA Amateur Cup saw the Town win 13–1,[27] a feat that has yet to be beaten. Town were finishing around mid-table at this point. In 1963 the Corinthian League merged with the Athenian League[28] and placed in the first division for the first three seasons before being relegated into the second division. Town again were finishing around mid-table. 1967 Town reached the 4th Qualifying Round of the F.A. Cup but lost at home to a strong Margate side 9–0, finished that season in 15th. Town missed out on promotion in the 1968–69 season and finished 3rd by four points, and again nearly reached the 1st round proper of the F.A. Cup drawing Canterbury City 2–2 at the Saffrons in the 4th Qualifying Round, but losing the replay 4–2.

1969–70 season saw success in the A.F.A. Invitation Cup but finished 4th in the league and in 1971 the club being nicknamed as the "town club" for over 80 years, became Eastbourne Town F.C. their present name today. Town reached the finals of the 1971–72 Sussex Senior Cup losing 1–0 to Ringmer at the Goldstone Ground. Attendances were sadly falling in this period, although reaching the 5th round of the FA Vase in the 1975–76 season, the club resigned from the Athenian League at the end of that season as became uneconomic to remain.

Sussex County League (1976–2007)[edit]

Joining the Sussex County Football League for the second time in the 1976–77 season,[29] the team was placed in Division 1 and won the title, a year later they reached the Sussex Senior Cup final losing 4–0 to Worthing at the Goldstone Ground, a regular fixture for the cup between 1952 and 1995. Onwards in the league for 20 years between 1980 and 2000, Town saw 14 different managers and were quite quiet in the Sussex County League. Usually finishing around mid-table. In 1985 Town seemed stronger finishing 3rd in the table and reaching the semi-finals of the R.U.R. Cup. The 1985–86 season Town finished 3rd again, but won the R.U.R Cup which then won again the following season. After which Town were quiet again, finishing in the top five the following two seasons before going back to finishing in the lower half of the table. They nearly missed out relegation in the 1992–93 and 1993–94 seasons finishing 17th both seasons and the 1990s were no improvement to the team. Towards the end of the decade, a joint management team with Rob Thorley and ex-Langney Sports manager Peter Cherry seemed to improve the team but had a shock in the 2000–01 season when Town were relegated for the first ever time into Division Two, along with Lancing and East Preston. With manager Dave Winterton at the helm, Division Two only lasted two seasons, finishing 4th in 2002. The summer of 2002 saw Yemi Odubade sign for Eastbourne Town having moved from Nigeria and became a prolific goal scorer alongside Gary Brockwell contributed to Town's then record of 97 goals in the league but were runners up at the end of the 2002–03 season by 3 points to Rye & Iden and returned to Division 1. Yemi was also top scorer the following season and left in the summer of 2004 when Yeovil Town took an interest in his 70 plus goals in his two seasons at Town, who finished that season in 5th place. Yemi was clearly missed in the 2004–05 season when Town dropped form and Dave Winterton was sacked by the Town board in January 2005, for his aggression to match officials[30] and was replaced by Adrian Colwell 18 days later, finishing the season in 10th place.

Isthmian League (2007–2014)[edit]

Isthmian league game v Herne Bay in August 2012

The 2006–07 season saw them County League champions[31] for the second time in their history, 30 years after the previous time, securing the title by defeating Oakwood F.C. 6 – 1 away and earning promotion to the Isthmian League Division 1 South. Eastbourne Town survived the first season in the Isthmian League, finishing 18th with 44 points . Danny Bloor replaced Colwell as manager in 2009 and finished the 2008–09 season 13th in the table. The 2009-10 was a poor season for the Town and finished bottom of the table with just 6 wins, however they were reprieved from relegation when Ashford Town went into administration, Folkestone Invicta and Croydon Athletic both being promoted into the Isthmian Premier Division and a knock on effect from Merthyr Tydfil being expelled from the Southern League and liquidating. In the 2012–13 season Bloor hired ex Eastbourne Borough manager Gary Wilson as his assistant manager,[32] but Town finished the season 11th in the table, the highest finishing position to date.[29] Bloor left the club in June 2013[33] and the club saw two different managers over six months. Kevin Laundon between June and August and Tony Reid from August to January 2014.[34] John Lambert took over in January 2014[35] but after seven seasons, Eastbourne Town were relegated back into the Sussex County League at the end the 2013–14 season.

Southern Combination League (2014-present)[edit]

Town came 4th in the Sussex County League Division 1 in 2014–15 season, and reached the quarter finals of the Peter Bentley League Cup, but Town did have success in winning the RUR Cup final scoring two late goals against a 10-man Loxwood. [36]

The 2015–16 season, the Sussex County Football League was renamed and became the Southern Combination League (SCFL) and what was Division 1 became the Premier Division. The 2015–16 season saw Eastbourne finish in 2nd place in the league and reach the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in 47 years.[37] At this point attendances started to rise as a new fanbase started. The 2016-17 and 2017–18 seasons not only saw Eastbourne Town finish 5th in the table but achieve a successful run in the FA Vase by reaching the 4th round on both occasions, losing to Crowborough Athletic and Windsor. The 2018–19 season saw them being knocked out by Abbey Rangers F.C. in the third round, which led them to concentrate the rest of the season on league results, finishing the season 3rd place and reaching the quarter finals of the Sussex Senior Cup, losing to Brighton & Hove Albion Under 23 squad and a tight game which went into extra time.

The 2019–20 season started with more success, by November the Town were unbeaten in the league drawing only two games. Although had been knocked out of the League and Sussex Senior Cups, they were still in the FA Vase beating Windsor 7–1 in the second round. By the end of November, Town had lost two league games, to Lancing and to Crawley Down and again knocked out of the 3rd round of the FA Vase in a tight game away at Leighton Town. By the end February Town were sitting around 3rd place in the table and reached the finals of the [Sussex [RUR Cup]] beating Lancing 2–0. In March the league was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the league was abandoned with all results expunged on 26 March 2020, including the RUR Cup final.[38]

The 2020–21 season started on 5 September 2020, a late start due to the COVID-19 pandemic with only one league cup to compete in, the Sussex Senior Cup. The FA Cup and FA Vase was also played with Eastbourne being knocked out the Preliminary and First Rounds respectively. The season was also halted between 5 November and 2 December as the United Kingdom has a 4 week lockdown.

Colours and Badge[edit]

Club crest[edit]

The club crest is mostly based on the Eastbourne coat of arms. As with all the other Eastbourne sports teams who use the same basis of the town crest, with the exception of rival team Eastbourne United also used the same town crest until their merger with Shinewater Association in 2003. And Eastbourne Borough, who have their own crest. Until recently, the club crest was in blue and yellow instead of the red and white as used by the town council and the Hockey and Rugby clubs in the town.

  • The red bars being from the Badlesmere family landowners of the Eastbourne area and residing in Bourne Place, now known as Compton Place in the 14th century.
  • The stags heads from the Arms of the Duke of Devonshire, the principle landowners of Eastbourne, notably the landowners of The Saffrons.
  • The Rose and visor from the Arms of the Davies-Gilbert family, another large landowner of the town.

The Seahorse above the crest to resemble Eastbourne as a coastal town.

Both the Devonshire and Davies-Gilbert families contributed in developing Eastbourne in the 1850s. The motto 'MELIORA SEQUIMUR' is translated to "We follow the better things", also on the Eastbourne Coat of arms.

Football Kits[edit]

The club's colours have mainly been yellow and blue, the colours that represent the county of Sussex.[1] The club originally played in yellow and blue halves until just before the 1960s when the team played in yellow shirts with variations over the years.

1960s until 1990s
Circa 1999
Circa 2010
2019–Present [40]

Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit supplier Shirt sponsor
??–2010 Nike Owen Contractors
2010–11 D J Eade Jewellers
2011–2014 MKK Sports Sussex Business Times[41]
2014–2015 Nike McDonald's
2015–2017 Macron UK Packaging[42]
2017–2019 Errea
2019–Present Macron


Devonshire Park (1881–1886)[edit]

Devonshire Park Clubhouse, April 2008.

Originally a cricket ground, Devonshire Park opened its gates in 1874, with Tennis courts added in 1879. Devonshire Park FC being formed in 1881, played on a grass pitch here the same time the South of England Championships tournament started.

The first recorded game played here by Devonshire Park was on 12 November 1881 versus New College,[10] a game which Devonshire Park lost 5 - 0.

After 5 years as the tournament became popular, both the football team and cricket team moved 500 meters northwest to the newly opened Saffrons Field.

Devonshire Park is still open and is the current venue for the annual Eastbourne International tennis tournament.

The Saffrons (1886–present)[edit]

Eastbourne Town currently play their home games at The Saffrons, Compton Place Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 1EA. Located in Eastbourne town centre, a 5-minute walk from Eastbourne Railway Station.

Eastbourne Town have played football here since 1886, when the then Devonshire Park Football Club moved grounds from their former namesake (now the venue for the Eastbourne International tennis tournament).

The ground is enclosed with a cricket pitch, hockey pitch and grass bowls surrounding three sides of the ground, all of which share a clubhouse. There is a capacity limit of 3,000 spectators and seating for 200. The gate house at the Meads Road end was built in 1914. 1994 Also saw the main stand and floodlights installed. There is also an uninterrupted view of the Town Hall, the chimes are often heard during home games.

A panorama view of The Saffrons football ground. Taffy Jones/Sid Mayall stand on the left, East Terrace in the middle and Meads Road End on the right. 13 January 2019


Pier Pressure at an away game

First reference of the Eastbourne Supporters Club goes back to September 1930 when the club reported growing membership numbers.[43] The club was formed to encourage its supporters to visit games at home buy introducing season tickets and arranging transport to away games. By September 1937 membership was noted at 148 members and slowly growing.[44] By June 1951 the membership was totalled at 949 members.[45] Numbers dropped in the 1970s.

In the present day Eastbourne Town's support now includes two main supporters groups Pier Pressure and the Beachy Head Ultras. Started in 2015, the groups follow the European ultras tradition and were formed by local fans disengaged with modern professional football.[46] The club's supporters groups have regularly backed anti-discrimination and anti-homophobia initiatives, amongst many other initiatives within the community.[47] Pier Pressure have strong links with the Whitehawk Ultra's and both groups regularly visit each other's games. There has also been similar links with the supporters of Dulwich Hamlet and Clapton Community.

Pier Pressure are often heard at both home and away games, often with drums, big flags and unique chanting. An occasional saxophone makes an appearance at certain games. A youth section was formed during the 2018–19 season, with kids from local schools, who make use of the free entry, join in. Bringing in their own drums and flags for support.

The groups have gained attention for their graphic work for the club (programmes, merchandising and promotional posters) using an eclectic range of visuals relating to Eastbourne including Throbbing Gristle's 20 Jazz Funk Greats, co-author of the Communist Manifesto; Friedrich Engels (whose ashes were scattered in the town) and Aleister Crowley (who edited a Chess column for the local newspaper).[48][49]

Eastbourne Town often has games where over 100 people attend. In March 2019 it was noted that Eastbourne Town, along with Peacehaven & Telscombe, were 8th in the top 13 Non-league Sussex clubs with the highest attendance. The average standing at 257.[50]


Eastbourne is one of very few towns to have four senior teams. The highest ranked of these, Eastbourne Borough, who play in the National League South aren't considered as rivals since they compete at a considerably higher level. The other two, Eastbourne United and Langney Wanderers, both play in the Southern Combination Premier League with Eastbourne Town. Local team Little Common, who are some 10 miles away near Bexhill. currently ground share with Eastbourne United.

Eastbourne Derby[edit]

For many years, the unofficial named Eastbourne Derby has been played between Eastbourne Town and Eastbourne United, often attracting big crowds. Earliest known record of a game between Eastbourne Town and Eastbourne United was the Sussex RUR Cup Final on 7 May 1956 at the Eastbourne Oval. Eastbourne United won the game 6–0 in front of a crowd of 6,600 spectators. During the 2018–19 at the Boxing Day fixture saw a record crowd in the 21st century of 856 people. The game was won by Eastbourne Town 5 goals to nil.

League Meetings[edit]

Season League division Eastbourne Town vs Eastbourne United Eastbourne United vs Eastbourne Town
Date Venue Score Attend. Date Venue Score Attend.
1966–67 Athenian League Division 2 27 March 1967 The Saffrons
2,010 27 August 1966 The Oval
1975–76 Athenian League Division 2 19 August 1975 The Saffrons
550 27 December 1975 The Oval
1998–99 Sussex County Division 1 14 October 1999 The Saffrons
16 February 1999 The Oval
1999–00 Sussex County Division 1 15 September 1999 The Saffrons
6 May 2000 The Oval
2000–01 Sussex County Division 1 26 December 2000 The Saffrons
16 April 2001 The Oval
2002–03 Sussex County Division 2 21 April 2003 The Saffrons
26 December 2002 The Oval
2004–05 Sussex County Division 1 27 December 2004 The Saffrons
368 28 March 2005 The Oval
2005–06 Sussex County Division 1 17 April 2006 The Saffrons
347 26 December 2005 The Oval
2006–07 Sussex County Division 1 26 December 2006 The Saffrons
323 9 April 2007 The Oval
2014–15 Sussex County Division 1 27 December 2014 The Saffrons
408 6 April 2015 The Oval
2015–16 Southern Combination Premier 28 March 2016 The Saffrons
427 28 December 2015 The Oval
2016–17 Southern Combination Premier 17 April 2017 The Saffrons
563 26 December 2016 The Oval
2017–18 Southern Combination Premier 26 December 2017 The Saffrons
674 17 April 2018 The Oval
2018–19 Southern Combination Premier 26 December 2018 The Saffrons
856 23 April 2019 The Oval
2019–20 Southern Combination Premier [a] 13 April 2020 The Saffrons
Not played
26 December 2019 The Oval
2020–21 Southern Combination Premier 5 April 2021 The Saffrons 26 December 2020 The Oval
Overall Town Wins Draws United Wins United Wins Draws Town Wins
  1. ^ League abandoned on 26 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic all results expunged.

Other meetings[edit]

Date Venue Score Competition Attendance
7 May 1956 The Oval
Sussex RUR Cup: Final 6,600
15 October 1958 The Oval
Floodlight game 4,100
30 September 1967 The Saffrons
FA Cup: 2nd Qualifying Round
19 October 1968 The Oval
FA Cup: 3rd Qualifying Round
19 September 1970 The Oval
FA Cup: 1st Qualifying Round
1977 The Saffrons
FA Vase: 3rd Round
8 December 2010 The Saffrons
Sussex Senior Challenge Cup
7 August 2012 The Oval
Pre-season Friendly 98
Town wins Draws United wins
5 0 3


Current squad[edit]

Correct as of 31 October 2020[51]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK England ENG Chris Winterton
DF England ENG Callum Barlow
DF England ENG Sam Cole
DF Republic of Ireland IRL Kevin Farragher
DF Republic of Ireland IRL Joshua Mailey
DF England ENG Matthew Rodrigues–Barbosa
DF England ENG Dan Rogers
DF England ENG Tom Vickers
DF England ENG Dale Waring
MF England ENG Dan Bolwell
MF England ENG Harry Colbran
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Dan Hull
MF England ENG Simon Johnson (team captain)
MF England ENG Brad Pritchard
MF England ENG Jack Shonk
MF England ENG Ethan Strevett
FW England ENG Zac Attwood
FW England ENG Nathan Crabb
FW England ENG Tom McDonald
FW England ENG Daniel Perry
FW England ENG George Taggart
FW England ENG Bright Temba

Notable former players[edit]

For a list of former players, see Category:Eastbourne Town F.C. players

Former Eastbourne Town players who have also played in the Football League, Premier League or hold an International cap include:

Club officials[edit]


Boardroom staff[edit]

Position Name
Chairman England Tony Guarino
Vice Chairman England Dave Pelling
President England Roger Cooper
Secretary England Mark Potter
Commercial Manager England David Jenkins
Social Secretary Italy Luci Del-gaudio
Media Officer England Mark Potter

First-team coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager England John Lambert
Assistant Manager England Jamie Podmore
First Team Coaches England Clive Connell
England Lawrence Brand
Goalkeeping Coach Vacant
Physio England Vicki McFarlane

Other coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Under-23 Manager England Chris Rea
Under-23 Assistant Manager England Craig Ottley
Under-23 Coach England Chris Scott
Under-18 Manager England Mark Simpson
Under-18 Assistant Manager England Lee Walsh
Ladies Manager England Zak Dove

Management history[edit]

Between 1881 and 1942 Eastbourne Town managers were known as Secretaries,[56] nominated at each Annual General Meeting. after which they were known as Managers. A.C. Hillman was nominated as the first secretary[8] for Devonshire Park Football Club. He was elected for nine years until the club founder, Rev. W Willis, took over for a further 16 years. A year before Eastbourne joined the Southern Amateur League, David Noakes was elected and is currently the clubs only long serving secretary holding the position for 25 years before the role was handed to W.S. Grevett who held the role for a further 11 years until 1942.

After which the role was called Manager or Head Coach. W.E. Collings was the first to be hired as a manager followed by George Duke who was the first professional coach to manage Eastbourne. George Skinner managed Eastbourne between 1954 and 1959 and became the head coach of the Libya, Jordan and Saudi Arabia national teams during the 1960s.


  •    caretaker Managers with this background and symbol in the "Name" column are italicised to denote caretaker appointments.
  •    caretaker, then permanent appointment Managers with this background and symbol in the "Name" column are italicised to denote caretaker appointments promoted to full-time manager.

Stats as of 26 March 2020. League matches only. G = Games, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost

John Lambert, the current Eastbourne Town F.C. Manager since 2014
Name From To Duration G W D L Win % Honors Notes
England A.C. Hillman 26 October 1881 1890 9 Years Sussex Senior Cup Winners: 1889–90 [8]
England Rev William Willis 1890 1906 16 Years Sussex Senior Cup Winners: 1890–91, 1893–94, 1894–95, 1898–99,
1899–1900, 1900–01, 1902–03
Tournoi du Novel An Paris Winners: 1904
Eastbourne Charity Cup Winners: 1897–98, 1899–1900
England David Noakes 1906 April 1931 25 Years 395 192 62 141 048.61 Southern Amateur League Division 1 Champions: 1922–23 1925–26
AFA Senior Cup Winners: 1921–22 1924–25
Sussex Senior Cup Winners: 1921–22
Challenge International du Nord Winners: 1909
Eastbourne Charity Cup Winners 1909–10
England W.S. Grevett 1931 1942 11 Years 186 69 32 85 037.10 Sussex Senior Cup Winners: 1931–32 1932–33
Sussex RUR Cup Winners: 1932–33
England W.E. Collings 1942 13 June 1951 9 Years 140 49 22 69 035.00 Sussex RUR Cup Winners: 1947–48, 1949–50 [24]
England Robert Baker 14 June 1951 20 July 1953 2 years, 36 days 52 16 14 22 030.77 Sussex Senior Cup Winners: 1952–53 [58]
England George Duke caretaker, then permanent appointment 21 July 1953 21 February 1954 215 days 13 7 2 4 053.85 [25][59]
Scotland Alex White 23 February 1954 29 June 1954 126 days 13 4 3 6 030.77 [60]
England George Skinner 30 June 1954 29 June 1959 4 years, 364 days 136 33 33 70 024.26 [61]
Scotland Jock McGuire 1 July 1959 14 August 1960 1 year, 44 days 30 8 4 18 026.67 Sussex Intermediate Cup Winners: 1959–60 [62]
England Don Gold caretaker, then permanent appointment 15 August 1960 30 April 1962 1 year, 289 days 60 18 12 30 030.00 [63]
England Bob Mallen 1 May 1962 16 May 1964 2 years, 15 days 56 14 8 34 025.00 [63][64]
Scotland Jack Boyd 4 July 1964 11 September 1965 1 year, 69 days 34 9 9 16 026.47 [65]
England Alan Cornwall caretaker 12 September 1965 31 May 1966 261 days 26 6 3 17 023.08
England William Booth 1 June 1966 1968 [66]
Wales Melton "Taffy" Jones 1968 1971 A.F.A Invitation Cup Winners: 1969–70
England William Booth 1971 1972
England Roger Savage 1972 1978 Sussex County League Division 1 Champions: 1976–77
England Keith Giles 1979 1980
England Peter Andrews 1980 1981
England Doug Pearson caretaker 1981 1981
England Roger Addems 1981 1984
England Trevor Woods 1984 16 October 1986 Sussex RUR Cup Winners: 1985–86
England Jeff Dyson caretaker 17 October 1986 1986 [67]
England Brian Donnelly 1986 1988 Sussex RUR Cup Winners: 1986–87
England Godrey Stevens 1988 1988 3 Months
England Jim Stevens 1989 1980
England Don Guy 1990 1991
England Roger Cooper 1991 1993
England Peter Roberts 1993 1994 6 Months
England John Kemp 1994 1994
England John Lambert 1995 1995 3 Months
England Rob Thorley & England Peter Cherry [a] 1995 21 May 2001 190 61 48 81 032.11 [68]
England Dave Winterton 29 June 2001 4 January 2005 3 years, 189 days 124 71 22 31 057.26 Sussex Intermediate Cup Winners: 2003–04 [69][30]
England Jon Purdey caretaker 4 January 2005 22 January 2005 18 days 2 1 0 1 050.00 [70]
England Adrian Colwell 22 January 2005 30 December 2009 4 years, 342 days 192 86 38 68 044.79 Sussex County League Division 1 Champions: 2006–07 [70]
England Danny Bloor 30 December 2009 14 June 2013 3 years, 166 days 146 41 38 67 028.08 Sussex Intermediate Cup Winners: 2010–11 [71]
England Kevin Launden 14 June 2013 21 August 2013 68 days 4 0 1 3 000.00 [33]
England Tony Reid 22 August 2013 10 January 2014 141 days 20 3 6 11 015.00 [34][72]
England Sammy Donnelly caretaker 10 January 2014 13 January 2014 3 days 1 0 1 0 000.0 [72][35]
England John Lambert [b] 13 January 2014 Present 7 years, 95 days 211 117 41 53 055.45 Sussex RUR Cup Winners: 2014–15 [35][36]
  1. ^ Rob Thorley became manager in 1995 and the role was shared with Peter Cherry from 1996. Rob later left and Peter Cherry was the sole manager. League stats for both managers between 1995 and 2001 seasons.
  2. ^ 2019–20 season stats for John Lambert not included due to the league being abandoned.

Other teams[edit]

The club runs two FA Chartered youth teams and a ladies team:[73]

  • Eastbourne Town Under 18's competing in the Southern Combination Under 18 (East) League
  • Eastbourne Town Under 23's competing in the Southern Combination Under 23 (East) League
  • Eastbourne Town Women, competing in the London and South East Women's Regional Football League

Eastbourne Town also run several other younger age group youth teams after a merger in 2010/11 with Old Town Boys F.C. OTBFC were established in 1983.


First team[edit]

Reserve / Under-23's team[edit]

Club records[edit]


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