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.

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

Coronavirus Update

Currently all Football has been suspended due to outbreak of Coronavirus once we’ve been updated by the FA we will publish that on here and on all of our social media platforms

Epping Town FC 3 vs Hampton Town 3 (Hampton win 8-7 on pens)

Epping Town went out of the Anagram Records Trophy when they were beaten by Hampton Town 8-7 on penalties after the first round match finished 3-3 after 90 minutes.

Epping Town went 3-0 down before Daniel Garfinkle pulled one back for the hosts before half-time.

Epping Town then dominated the second half with goals from Brad Gayer and Dagyaran Taner leveling the score at full-time, before the visitors from Division One of the Middlesex County League edged through to the Second Round at Stonards Hill.

Next Saturday Epping Town play their third successive cup match in as many competitions when they welcome Great Bentley to Stonards Hill in the First Round of the Essex Premier Cup (2pm kick-off).

It was a good day for Epping Town as far as their league position is concerned with one of their closest rivals, Corinthians, dropping points for the second successive week.

The other pace-setters in the division, Leigh Town, won 4-2 at home to Rochford Town to remain unbeaten after five matches in Division Two of the Essex Olympian League.

Epping Town are now third (with 12 points), unbeaten after four matches, and with a far superior goal difference (+30).

Unbeaten leaders Leigh Town have 15 points from 5 matches with Corinthians second with 12 points from six matches.

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Epping Town Football Club supports children’s charity

Epping Town Football Club is supporting a children’s grant-making charity with the charity’s name featuring on the club’s shirts for the 2019-20 season.

‘Wipe Away Those Tears’, which was established in 2006, grants wishes for terminally ill or seriously ill children in Essex.

Epping Town FC chairman Chris Ottaway said: “Everyone at Epping Town is delighted that the club is supporting such a worthy charity this season.

“‘Wipe Away Those Tears’ does so much to help children and their families at extremely difficult times.

“”It is an unbelievable charity that performs miracles for the lives of terminally or seriously ill children in Essex.”

“”Gail O’Shea, one of three trustees for the charity along with her husband, Jason, said: “We are delighted Epping Town FC are supporting the charity through its first team shirts this season.

“We are truly grateful to everyone involved for their support and generosity.”

For more about the charity visit www.wipeawaythosetears.org, check out its Facebook page and follow @wipeawaythosetearsessex on Instagram.

Epping Town Football Club, with 18 new signings, all set for new season!

Epping Town Football Club is all set for the 2019-20 season having completed a gruelling pre-season campaign with a 13-1 victory over Buckhurst Hill Reserves last Saturday (August 17).

Some 18 new signings have been recruited to bolster the club which secured the runners-up spot in Essex Olympian League Senior Division Four last season.

Such was the dominance of Epping Town in the division that the club, along with league champions Corinthians, have been granted a ‘double promotion’ and will begin their Essex Olympian League Division Two campaign at Wickford-based Rawreth on Saturday, August 31.

Epping Town manager Billy Cove said: “We have had a busy time recruiting players over the summer as I felt we needed to strengthen the squad pretty much all over, and with the five substitute roll on, roll off rule coming into effect this season, it’s important to have a strong 16-man squad for each game which is something I thought we were lacking last season.”

He added: “It’s been another long pre-season which has given me plenty of time to look at different players and formations that we could use this season.

“We will be aiming to bring some silverware to the club this season, and I would like us to mount a serious challenge on the league. We certainly have the players to make this a reality.

“Hopefully the local community will get behind the team this season and it would be nice to have a packed Stonards Hill on Saturday, September 7, when we face last season’s league winners Corinthians in the cup.”

Among the changes made by the club over the summer, former player Liam Clifton has been promoted to first team coach while among the new signings is midfielder Joey May who joins from Essex Senior League club Redbridge and is being tipped by Billy Cove to be “the best player in our league by miles”.

Epping Town chairman Chris Ottaway is looking forward to the new season, and hopes that progress can be made with Epping Town Council to get a spectator stand at Stonards Hill in the coming months.

Mr Ottaway said: “We have had a very active pre-season with Billy running flat out. If you get back what you put in, we should do very well this season as Billy just hasn’t stopped since the end of the last campaign.

“Now that the new season is upon us and we are really hoping for a great year with more silverware – let’s hope we achieve it.”

Survey seeks support for new spectator shelter

A survey has been launched to establish the level of community support for a new football shelter (small stand) alongside Epping Town Football Club’s pitch at the Stonards Hill recreation ground.

Epping Town Football Club and Epping Town Council are working in partnership exploring the possibility of having a spectator shelter at the football ground, on the site of the previous shelter near to the entrance from Fairfield Road.

Epping Town is set to apply for grant funding for the shelter, with the bid supported by the town council.

The club ended this season as runners-up in the Essex Olympian League Senior Division 4 with the best goal difference in the entire league.

The club’s efforts are set to see it given a ‘double promotion’ up to Senior Division 2.

Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: “The players more than did their bit for the club this season by achieving promotion several weeks before the end of the season.

“We are keen to see the club develop both on and off the pitch and a spectator shelter is a key facility if we are to attract larger crowds to Stonards Hill.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the town council on the funding application. It would be great if we can have the shelter for the new season in August.”

To complete the two-question survey click here.

Old Barkabbeyans vs Epping Town FC

Match Report

Already-promoted Epping Town eased to a 6-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Old Barkabbeyans in Senior Division Four of the Essex Olympian League to take their goal tally against the opposition this season to 18 in three matches.

After beating Old Barkabbeyans 5-0 in their opening competitive match of the season – the First Round of the Senior League Cup – Epping Town followed that with a 7-2 win in the reverse league fixture at Stonards Hill, and completed the treble with another emphatic victory this afternoon.

Despite their dominance, Epping Town went in at half-time with only one goal to their name – a strike from Daniel Garfinkle – but the second half saw Epping Town score five times, including a hat-trick from Glen Warwick, with Chris Lockwood and Alex Paraskeva also finding the net.

The win extends Epping Town’s lead at the top of the table to five points but fellow title contenders Corinthians have three games in hand.

Next Saturday Epping Town visit Galleywood for their last match of the season, needing one goal to reach the 150-goal milestone for the season.

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