Club Update

With the Government announcement about more COVID restrictions we need to be as aware as ever about the current situation, When spectators turn up to the ground everyone is expected to scan the QR code via the NHS Test and Trace app this is for everyone’s safety and to protect all at the ground, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Epping Rugby Club for how quickly the precautions have been put in place.

New Fixtures have been released and our website has been updated, We’ve but drawn against Old Chemsfordians at home in the next round of the Essex Senior Cup next Saturday (03th Oct) the reserves have got Shenfield A.F.C Reserves in the Essex Junior Cup at home and week later (10th Oct), it would be great to get some support at the ground. Pictures from the cup match Vs Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ are now attached to the report Via our Fixtures/Results tab at the top of the page, including a Spitfire ! its amazing what our Chairman can arrange

We are still looking for donations via our GoFundme Page here https://uk.gofundme.com/f/epping-town-fc

Alternatively why not buy some merchandise from our partners at  https://prosportsgfx.com/club-shops/club-shops/epping-town-fc/

Replica Kit can be ordered via Macron Sports from training Wear, Coats, Hoodies  https://macronstoregloucester.com/clubshop/e-i/epping-fc/

We’ve been very fortunate to have Montagues Letting and Sales come forward to sponsor the first team, please take a look at them if you are thinking of moving http://www.montaguesproperty.com 

We are looking for a Sponsor for the reserves if anyone is interested in any sponsorship then please contact us at  eppingtownfootballclub@gmail.com 

Epping Win first game at their new Home

Thanks to Dan Hills for the Fantastic picures 

103 people enjoyed a sunny afternoon at Epping Upper Clapton Rugby club with Epping running out 2-0 winners in a close game against Hullbridge Sports ‘A’ in the Essex Senior Cup, 

With the Sun out and a strong breeze blowing, Epping started there new era with a strong win against youthful and energetic  Hullbridge Sports ‘A’, Epping edged the opening exchanges with some pleasing passing and soon found there feet at the new venue, Hullbridge had some decent chances to take the lead but did trouble impressive keeper Skingley, Epping broke the deadlock on 24 mins when Charlie Pollard pounced on a loose ball in the box to fire it home, Epping continued to dominate possession limiting Hullbridge to only half chances. 

Will Skingley

Half Time the Spectators made them selves familiar with the new facility’s and enjoyed the view from the balcony in the modern, spacious and well equipped clubhouse, including a bar that was staffed and well stocked, anyone coming to Epping games for the last couple of decades will understand how much of a change this is.    

with the second half underway Callum Turner showed some touches of class to retain and control possession and would been fitting for him to score but his header rattled the bar, Epping’s second came with some good passing and a great run by substitute Charlie Avent showing blistering pace and he laid the ball of for Chris Gormley for a smart finish in the top right hand corner, Epping could have had a couple of more but 2-0 was a fair reflection of the match and we go on to the second round of the Senior Cup (date to be announced)

The Reserve team started of there season with an away fixture at Collier Row Reserves, unfortunately running out 7-3 losers they now play in the Reserve Cup next week at home Vs Runwell FC 14:15 Kick Off, with the 1st team taking the journey to Rochford to start their league campaign 

Will Skingley

Club Statement – Ground Move

CLUB STATEMENT

On the 10th August 2020 we received a letter from Grahame Scruton, the Mayor of Epping, informing the club that Epping Town Council have decided not to renew the licence at Stonards Hill for the 2020/21 season, effectively kicking out senior football from Epping. Epping Town played in the Spartan league in 1936 and were London league premier division champions in 1963/64. In 1975/6 the club won division 2 of the Arthenian league before joining the Isthmian league until the mid-1980s. Football remained at Stonards Hill and the club brought back the Epping Town FC name for the 2018/19 season. Epping Town Council have now decided to pull the plug on the club making any more history at Stonards.

The reasons given by Mr Scruton include “Epping Town FC have questioned and criticised Epping Town Council over their management of Stonards Hill” Surely, in a democracy, it is every person’s right to question and challenge, indeed the basis of freedom of speech that still exists in the UK today! For reference, the point of the questions and criticism has always been based on requests to use the football pitches at Stonards for preseason training and matches. In times of poor public health and a national obesity crisis, leaving sports fields unused between May and September is at best a scandal, but more importantly, denies young, local people the opportunity for organised exercise. Mr Scruton also states, “care is taken over the maintenance of the football pitches, which seems to be overlooked by the clubs desire to play and train on the pitch as much as possible” Over the last 3 years, due to weather and the Covid crisis, there have been about 30 games played on the pitch. Most senior pitches would have seen over 150 games during that time and often 2 training sessions per week.

Over recent years Epping Town Council have taken down the floodlights, removed the covered stand and refused permission for dugouts at Stonards as well as the refusal to allow league games to be played in August. This year we again approached the council to request games at Stonards in August and despite requesting to play games to raise money for a charity and the NHS, our request was flatly rejected. A request to use Stonards for an under 18 team was also rejected, Mr Scruton also cites a letter sent to the local MP in his letter to the clubs chairman “where further abusive comments were levied at the council” Again requesting help from ones MP to raise concerns about town folks’ holistic health is a right in a democracy and raises concerns in itself about Scruton’s approach to people’s rights?

The football club discussed the situation with the Football Association ( FA), presenting the councils “evidence” ( we are happy to share this if people wish to see the criticism that apparently offended Mr Scruton and his fellow councillors) and an FA spokesman said ” If all councils took this stance when criticised over use of facilities, there would be a lot of clubs with no ground to play football on”

To ensure the senior Football Club in Epping continues, we are delighted and indeed indebted to the great people at Epping Upper Clapton Rugby Club. We will sadly be leaving Stonards, to play our home games at the Rugby Club based at Upland Rd, Thornwood Common. This presents our club with a great opportunity to grow and develop, an opportunity that Epping Town Council have been set on denying us for several years (in our experienced opinion).
The Rugby club are currently unable to play competitive rugby due to Coronavirus restrictions and we aim to provide an outlet for people in the local area to enjoy competitive sport whilst supporting their local town

Epping Town FC make no apology for any criticism or challenge to Epping Town Council and believe any such challenges have always been motivated by a desire to provide a sports club that the people of Epping can support and be proud of. It is our opinion that Epping Town Council have indeed been obstructive in the club’s efforts to thrive and although it saddens us all, Epping Town Council have forced Epping Town FC out of Stonards.
Epping Town FC will be playing our first home game of the season 5th September 2.15pm kick off and we ask the good people of Epping to show your support for The Football and Rugby club by turning up to enjoy live sport and cheer on the town’s senior football club.
We are still looking for further sponsorship to help us fund the transition to our new home and if you can help in any way or you would like to get involved with the new venture then please do contact us at Eppingtownfootballclub@gmail.com.

Pre-Season update

We are now allowed to start preparing in earnest for the new season following the guidance and approval from the Government and the FA, our Pre-Season training continues at Epping Upper Clapton Rugby Club, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NJ but our focus will now be getting game time so we have plenty of pre-season games organised and these have been uploaded to this website 

1st Team Kit has been ordered via Macron Sports you can see a preview here and even order something for yourself from there shop here https://macronstoregloucester.com/clubshop/e-i/epping-fc/

Alternativly you can see some fantastic  merchanidise here which also raises funds for the club https://prosportsgfx.com/club-shops/club-shops/epping-town-fc/

We’ve been very fortunate to have a Montagues Letting and Sales come forward to sponsor the first team, please take a look at them if you are thinking of moving http://www.montaguesproperty.com/

We’ve managed to secure Funding from Sport England and The Football Foundation which we are obviously delighted about so we’ve decided to close down our GoFundMe page as we’ve reached the target for this season, if anyone wants to still donate or sponsor the club please get in contact with us eppingtownfootballclub@gmail.com for details.

Epping Town FC announce fundraising initiative

Epping Town Fc are trying to raise funds to support the running of the club for the coming season. With the current situation we have lost sponsors and need to raise £5000 to help pay for the running of the club for the good people of Epping. If anyone is interested in sponsoring kits, training kit or match ball then please do contact us. This is a difficult time for us all and we will be donating 20% of funds raised to the local NHS charities. Thank you for your support from all at Epping Town FC. please follow the link below
https://www.gofundme.com/f/epping-town-fc?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1w the link below


Management Team in place

Epping Town Football Club is Delighted to announce that 1st XI Management team is in place for the 2020/21 season with Stuart Hoskins keeping the reins as Manager he and the club where overwhelmed with the interest in the advertised 1st XI positions and we are happy to have David Limber as Assistant Manager from White Ensign & Sean Aitchison as First Team Coach from Ilford FC both bring experience and enthusiasm to the club and will help push the club, along with Stuart on to great things in the future once we are allowed to play football again.

 

Stuart Hoskins – 1st Team Manager

I Played for Pontardawe Town FC back in Swansea in the Welsh league, then I moved to play in Australia for 3 yrs with Moreland City FC (Captain) and Avondale FC. then back to the UK to Saffron Walden in 2013 as I met my wife in Australia who is from Saffron Walden. My first season in England was with Saffron Walden FC Where I played a full season in 2014 before moving to Stansted FC for 3 yrs before work commitments cut short playing time in the last season so ended up signing for Foxton FC in the Kershaw Premier for a few months before starting the management journey this season.

David Limber – Assitant Manager

I spent the majority of my time as a player in the Essex Olympian Leagues and have been lucky enough to have won divisions 2 and 3 as well as coming runners up in the Premier Division. I’ve had the privilege to have played for and captained a number of very good clubs including Sungate, Debden Sports, Hannakins Farm, Stansted and most recently White Ensign. I have joined Epping Town as assistant manager after a successful first season in the role of player/coach with White Ensign at step 6 in the Eastern Counties Football League. I’m really looking forward to working as part of the clubs new management team and i’m hoping for a long and successful spell at the club.

Sean Aitchison – First Team Coach

life long Hornchurch FC where I’ve seen the team go from Essex senior to Conference South, the Essex Senior Cup Final Hornchurch v Grays in 2013 which I was in attendance and have a picture of my self with the cup. I had a short playing career due to injury the only semi pro club I played for was Romford FC during season 2004-2005 as GK. In 2013 I gained my level 2 coaching badge and Youth Module 1 and 2 and GK level one. I’ve spent 5 seasons within Essex senior league gaining vital experience as physio. 3 seasons at southend manor under Stuart Marshall and 2 seasons at Ilford under Martin Haywood. I’ve overseen the youth last year at Ilford which I have a passion of breeding youth and will continue as part of my philosophy. I was on a winning side in my time as physio championship medal from Southend Manor reserves taking part in the Denny King u21 cup. My next step is to now get Epping Town FC to a decent level like my previous teams which looks possible. I cant wait to be part of this Epping Town FC future

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Big News

The Club is delighted to announce that we are re-starting our reserve team from next season, and this will hopefully comprise of lads from Epping Youth FC current under 18’s and a few more local players and anyone looking for competitive football, so that being said, we are now actively recruiting a Reserve Team Manager, Reserve Team Assistant Manager, Reserve Team Coach and as always Players,  we would also like to get some more people involved in both running the club behind the scenes and on matchdays, many hands make light work.
anyone interested in applying for any role/player please contact info@eppingtownfc.co.uk on Twitter @EppingFC_ or on the contact from below

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