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FOOTBALL: Epping's football and rugby clubs could be promoted on same day


1.40pm - 4th March 2019

EPPING'S football and rugby clubs could both be promoted on the same day if results go their way on Saturday. 

Epping Town Football Club need to beat Canning Town Reserves in their last home match of the season - and hope Lakeside Reserves fail to beat Leigh Ramblers Reserves - to guarantee promotion from Senior Division Four of the Essex Olympian League. 

Meanwhile Epping Upper Clapton Rugby Club take on Upminster-based Old Cooperians at Upland Road, Thornwood (3pm kick-off) knowing that a win will see them win the London Essex 3 league with three games still to play. 

Epping are 18 points clear at the top of the table having lost only one match this season, out of 18 games, and have scored 700 points - and conceded 235 - throughout the campaign. 

Coach Marcus Tobin said: "Our target was to secure promotion but we expect a tough game on Saturday against a good team and nothing is being taken for granted." 

All are welcome at both fixtures. Admission is free.


FOOTBALL: Club awarded district council grant


4.02pm - 17th January 2019

A RANGE of equipment has been purchased by Epping Town Football Club thanks to a £915 grant from Epping Forest District Council. 

The club has bought a selection of training equipment including training pitch cones and markers, senior mannequins, goal nets and footballs. 

Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: "We would like to give our sincere thanks to Epping Forest District Council for their support in awarding the club this grant. 

"We intend to put the equipment to good use!"

Epping Town is currently fourth in Essex Olympian League Senior Division Four with several games in hand on the clubs above having been 'reborn' last summer with a new management team and a host of new players. 

The club plays its home matches at Stonards Hill recreation ground in Epping and hopes to soon work with the town council on sourcing funding for a spectator shelter / stand.


FOOTBALL: Club announces big-name signings


2.04pm - 7th January 2019

FORMER Colchester United and Leyton Orient player Joe Keith and non-league stalwart Elliot Styles have joined Epping Town Football Club. 

Keith spent six seasons with Colchester United scoring 28 goals in 247 league and cup appearances for the north Essex club before a brief loan spell with Bristol City and then more than 50 appearances in an 18-month spell at Leyton Orient. 

He most recently played for Brentford and AFC Hornchurch before becoming manager at Tilbury

 Styles - described by Epping Town manager Billy Cove as "a real-life non-league legend - joins the Stonards Hill-based club after making more than 500 appearances for AFC Hornchurch. 

The pair are expected to be in the squad for Saturday's home match against Galleywood Reserves (2pm kick-off). 

Billy Cove said: "Joe Keith is a friend who I admire tremendously?. He left his post as manager of Tilbury a little while ago and mentioned about coming over.

"I didn’t believe him at first but the discussion started to get serious and we agreed for him to join us. 

"I’m literally still pinching myself as I cannot believe these two players will be in our changing room.

" It’s a huge honour for me and it’ll be fantastic for our younger players to be around great men like these. I’m really excited."

Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: "This is exciting news for the club and demonstrates how appealing we are making the club look. Billy and Asa (Pamplin) are working hard behind the scenes to attract top quality footballers and this weekend’s signing of Joe Keith and Elliot Styles demonstrate how serious we are about it."


FOOTBALL: Club to welcome MP


5.02pm - 11th December 2018

EPPING Town Football Club will welcome Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing to Saturday's home Essex Olympian League match against Lakeside Reserves. 

Dame Eleanor will meet club officials and players before the 2pm kick-off at the Stonards Hill recreation ground. 

Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: "We are honoured to have our local MP visiting the club and we are really looking forward to meeting her. 

"The club is making great strides both on and off the pitch having been 'reborn' this season and we are looking forward to highlighting our successes and plans with Dame Eleanor on Saturday." 

The club now offers refreshments in the Jack Silley Pavilion with the players able to use the refurbished changing facilities in the building.


FOOTBALL: Chairman issues 'your club needs you' plea


7.45am - 16th November 2018

THE chairman of Epping Town Football Club has issued a 'your club needs you' plea ahead of Saturday's visit of Great Baddow in the Third Round of the Essex Senior League Cup. 

The winners will have a home quarter-final tie against either Catholic United or Sungate. 

The match is at the Stonards Hill recreation ground, Epping, with a 1.30pm kick-off.

Club chairman Chris Ottaway added: "Great Baddow are a Premier Division outfit and being at home must be made to be an advantage. 

"We had 60 people at the last game and if we could double that then the home atmosphere will act as an extra player.

"This game is so important to all of us - your support is needed and will be greatly appreciated." 

He added: "Once again we have been out around the town putting up posters and would like to thank the shops and businesses who are displaying them for us. 

"The match is the biggest for the club for many years and it would be marvellous to see the town turn out to support the lads as we aim for a place in the quarter-finals." The club is keen to attract ball boys and ball girls for the match. 

Anyone who would like to be involved should turn up on the day. 

The match is the second for the new-look club since its return to the Tidys Lane venue following the refurbishment of the changing rooms at the Jack Silley Pavilion.

The club this week received the backing of Epping Town Council over its wish for a spectator shelter and seating and is now set to work with the council to try and secure grant funding. 

Epping's Tesco store has showed its support for the club by donating 18 drinks bottles for use by the players on Saturday.

Gemma Murless, from Epping Tesco, said: "We are pleased to be able to help the team and hope they progress in the competition on Saturday." 

Mr Ottaway said: "We would like to thank Tesco for their kind gesture. 

"We are delighted with the support being shown in the club by the local business community but would still welcome input from local shops and companies, as well as local people, who would like to help us progress and be successful both on and off the pitch."


FOOTBALL: Five Epping Town players named in representative squad


1.51pm - 4th November 2018

FIVE Epping Town players have been named in the Essex Olympian League squad for a representative match against the Kent County League. 

David Morgan, Joe Killingback, Chris Lockwood, Harry Watkins and Daniel Garfinkle are in the Essex squad for the fixture at Rochester Football Club on November 13.

Their selection has delighted Epping Town manager Billy Cove. 

He said: "I'm a very proud manager. What an honour this is for our players.

"I asked these players to trust me by dropping down leagues to join me at Epping. 

"I promised them that I would do my best to build a squad that is capable of getting them back up the leagues as quickly as possible and they’ll be playing for a club that will grab peoples' attention. 

"It’s all going to plan at the moment and they’re being rewarded for their hard work and dedication. 

"It’s been a positive few days for the club with Daniel Garfinkle winning the Essex County FA 'Fair Play' award, and now this."


FOOTBALL: Player "honoured" to receive Fair Play award


1.17pm - 4th November 2018

EPPING Town footballer Daniel Garfinkle has described his Essex County FA 'Fair Play' award as a "massive honour". 

He was nominated by manager Billy Cove after he turned down the chance of an open goal in a cup match at Writtle to allow the home team's injured goalkeeper to receive treatment. 

He said: " It's a massive honour to win this award and it's fantastic recognition for the club. "I wasn't expecting anything like this to happen when the incident occurred so all this is a bit of a surprise. I really appreciate all the people who voted for me. 

"As for the incident, I remember our striker Tim (Curtis) clashing with the Writtle 'keeper and the 'keeper going down injured. 

"It looked serious so I put the ball out of play so that he could get treatment. Thankfully it wasn't as bad as it looked and it turned out to be nothing serious."

Epping Town manager Billy Cove said: "I'm really pleased for 'Garf'. It was a very good thing that he did and you don’t see it enough these days. 

"Thankfully the 'keeper was okay and we went on to win the game pretty comfortably. "It’s more recognition for the club, so we’re very thankful to all the people that voted."

Daniel, who will receive a voucher from the Essex County FA, received 66 per cent of the votes cast in the online Facebook poll.


FOOTBALL: Epping Town player nominated for Fair Play award


9.42am - 3rd October 2018

AN Epping Town footballer has been nominated for an Essex County FA 'Fair Play' award after he turned down the chance of an 'open goal' after the opposition's goalkeeper was injured.

Midfielder Daniel Garfinkle could have scored against Writtle in the First Round of the Essex Junior Cup on Saturday but instead kicked the ball away with the Writtle 'keeper lying on the ground with a knee injury. 

Epping Town manager Billy Cove said: "Scoring a goal when the 'keeper is laying on the ground injured isn’t our style. 

"Daniel showed amazing sportsmanship to do what he did. He stopped the ball, turned around and kicked the ball out for a throw-in so the 'keeper could get some treatment." 

The Epping physio Sarah Hulme also received praise after she dashed onto the pitch to treat the injured player. 

Epping Town were 3-0 up at the time, and went on to win the tie 4-0.


FOOTBALL: Epping Town raring to go for new season


4.33pm - 20th August 2018

THE long-awaited start of the new season for Epping Town FC is still two weeks away but the club has already made great strides both on and off the pitch. 

The club has undergone a major transformation since last season with a new chairman, new manager and a host of new players. 

Manager Billy Cove has joined the club from Essex Senior League outfit Ilford, and with him come a number of players who have all bought into the long-term plans of new Epping Town chairman Chris Ottaway. 

Off the pitch, the club has secured kit sponsorship deals with VIP Grooming Lounge in Epping High Street, which is sponsoring the club's home strip, and Richard Pryor Opticians in Epping High Street which is sponsoring the away kit. 

The club - thanks to the efforts of Mr Ottaway - has also teamed up with The Theydon Oak pub in Coopersale Street, Epping, and Epping's Tesco store. 

On the pitch, the club has lost just two of its eight pre-season friendlies which have included fixtures against club's six leagues higher than Epping. 

The club has already secured its first silverware of the 2018-19 campaign with a 3-2 victory (after extra time) against Clapton in a special invitation match for the Walter Tull Cup - in a match hosted each year by the east London club to commemorate one of the first black footballers to play English league football. 

Epping Town manager Billy Cove said: "It’s been a very long pre-season and we are all raring to go now. 

"I am glad we chose the type of opposition we did for our friendly games because I have learned a lot about our players. 

"When I was first appointed as manager I promised the chairman and the committee that I would bring some silverware to the club. 

"We have already won one trophy, and I am expecting this squad to win a lot more.

"The council have got behind us by making some much needed improvements at Stonards Hill, which we are very grateful for. 

"It would be amazing if the local community got behind us too and came to support us and joined us on this journey of getting Epping Town FC back on the non-league football map. 

"I am honoured to be at the club, It’s going to be one hell of a ride!" 

Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: "We are excited about our new season. I am satisfied with the club's new infrastructure - both on the field and behind the scenes.

"We have brought in some commercial backing and we are very fortunate to have Billy Cove as manager. 

"Our pre-season has gone well with good results against quality opposition. But that is pre-season. We now have to perform in all departments and create success which, in turn, will increase attendances and make us more commercially viable. 

"I have no doubt that Billy and the boys will deliver and I am looking forward to our journey." 

Epping Town have no fixture this Saturday (August 25), the opening day of the new Essex Olympian League Senior Division Four season, and do not play their first league match until they face Dagenham United away on Saturday, September 8.

Epping FC's first competitive match is on Saturday, September 1, when they travel to Barking Abbey School to play Old Barkabbeyans - who finished two places above Epping in the league last season - in the First Round of the Essex Senior Cup.

Epping Town has initially been allocated away fixtures while refurbishment work is carried out by Epping Town Council on the changing facilities at the Jack Silley Pavilion at the Stonards Hill recreation ground in Epping.


SCHOOLS: Triple jumper visits school


10.11am - 22nd July 2018

INTERNATIONAL triple jumper Daniel Lewis put pupils at Roydon Primary Academy through their paces with a morning of circuit training. 
The Olympics 2020 hopeful, who competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and has secured 45 gold medals, worked with pupils to inspire them to find a passion for sport. 
He said: “Today is about getting children more active and having fun, as well as giving them some inspiration. 
"The message is simple; that if they get some enjoyment and passion for something, they will naturally want to do it more. “It has been really good; the children are really enthusiastic.” 
During the visit, organised through Sports for Schools, Daniel wowed pupils by measuring out the 16m 31cm distance he is able to triple jump. 
He said: "It was not until I reached secondary school that I even heard of triple jump. “At my first English Schools Championships I came ninth. I remember looking at those in first, second and third places and thinking I could never be as good as them. I thought I might as well give up. My coach convinced me to dedicate myself to it. 
"The following year I came first and became the number one in Britain at the age of 16.”
 Pupils had spent a couple of weeks preparing for the circuits after watching a video sent to them by Daniel. 
They were sponsored to take part, raising money which will be split between the school for new sporting equipment and the athlete for Olympic preparations. 
PE specialist Elaine Luscombe said: “This is a great way to show children how easy it can be to do circuit training. 
"They could do this at home as it does not require any equipment, it’s just all about moving their bodies. 
“I know they will go home from this and want to find out more about Daniel and his career. They will remember this day. It has been so inspiring. 
"They will now be able to use what they have learnt as warm-ups in their PE lessons.” 
Head of School Michael Clark said: “The visit was about getting pupils excited about exercise and sport. There were lots of high fives and cheers; there was a real buzz around the school. 
“Sport is a big deal at Roydon and this was just another opportunity to show our young people that getting physically active can be a lot of fun. 
"It has been a completely inclusive day, with Daniel showing pupils alternative exercises to try where necessary.”


FOOTBALL: Club to play in commemorative match


12.54pm - 29th June 2018

EPPING Town Football Club will help commemorate one of the first mixed heritage footballers to play in top flight football when they play Clapton in a special pre-season match. 
The new-look Epping Town side will play Clapton in a commemorative match in memory of one-time Clapton player Walter Tull (1888-1918) at Clapton's Old Spotted Dog ground in Forest Gate, East London, on Saturday, July 28 (3pm kick off).
Tull was an English professional footballer and British Officer of Afro-Caribbean descent. 
He played as an inside forward for Clapton, Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton Town and was the third person of mixed heritage to play in the top division of the football league. 
Tull was commissioned as a second lieutenant on May 30, 1917, and became the first mixed heritage infantry officer in a regular British Army regiment.
He was killed in action near the village of Faveuil in the Pas-de-Calais on March 25, 1918. 
Epping Town chairman Chris Ottaway said: "Epping Town FC are honoured to be invited to play in such a special match." 
Epping Town Mayor councillor Nigel Avey will be presented to both teams before kick-off.


FOOTBALL: Dawn of new era for club


10.13pm - 11th June 2018

EXCITING times lie ahead for football in Epping with "the rebirth of a sleeping giant" as Epping Town Football Club prepares for a new season - and a new era. 
Under one name or another football has been played in Epping since 1948 when the original Epping Football Club was formed as Coopersale FC and played in Coopersale. 
Various name changes have taken place over the decades but this season - the 70th anniversary season for football in Epping - the reborn Epping Town Football Club will play its home matches at the Stonards Hill Recreation Ground as it looks to quickly climb the non-league ladder. 
Epping Town will be playing in Senior Division 4 of the Essex Olympian League.
Changes have taken place on and off the field with new backroom staff, including a new chairman (Chris Ottaway), a new manager (Billy Cove, who joins Epping Town from Essex Senior League club Ilford - and several new signings who have joined Epping Town from higher-ranked clubs. 
Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: "We're really looking forward to the new season and the rebirth of a sleeping giant that in the 1970s was a force to be reckoned with when Stonards was a fortress. 
"Hopefully now with the right committee set-up, manager, players and infrastructure, commercial support and fans from Epping we can get the club back to where it should be." 
Chris added: "Our priority immediately is to get back to the Essex Senior League as fast as we possibly can. 
"To do that we've brought in a seasoned professional manager (Billy Cove) who has acquired quite a few players already. 
"Together we are going to work as hard as we possibly can to get the club back to where it should be. 
"Everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet and hopefully we are going to achieve what we want to."

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FOOTBALL: Girls given chance to play football


2.32pm - 25th April 2018

GIRLS are being given the opportunity to play football at Epping Youth Football Club after the club was awarded SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre status by The FA.
It means girls aged five to 11 can be offered regular opportunities to play football. 
The initiative offers organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. 
More than 200 clubs were initally piloted across England and the scheme is now being extended to more than 900 centres with 26,000 participants across the country.
SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football sessions take place on a weekly basis, either after school or at weekends and provide a safe environment where girls can try football for the first time. 
SSE and The FA hope the initiative will inspire participants to engage with football, meet new friends, develop fundamental skills, learn new things and create the foundation for a lifelong love of football.
 The Epping Youth sessions are at Upper Clapton Rugby Club in Upland Road, Thornwood, from 9am on Saturdays. Each SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre is run in conjunction with local County FAs and utilise qualified coaches. 
As well as activities for girls, there are opportunities for attending parents, carers and siblings to engage with the sport at the same time through ‘Family Sessions’ including Soccercise and Walking football. 
The initiative is in line with The FA’s Gameplan for Growth, with the target of doubling girls’ participation in the sport by 2020. 
The strategy for women’s and girls’ football at grassroots level includes initiatives alongside SSE Wildcats, such as FA Girls’ Football Week. 
Epping Youth FC's Head of Football Richard Cobb said: "We are delighted with the interest shown for girls football in Epping and we look forward to seeing many more female players joining us at our new SSE Wildcats Centre." 
For further information ring Richard on 07887 758062 or email eyfc@kcagroup.co.uk


BOWLS: Epping Bowls Club launches new season


4.09pm - 17th April 2018

EPPING Bowls Club celebrated the launch of the new season with Epping Forest District Council chairman Dave Stallan and Peter Minoletti, from the Grange Farm Trust. 
Club captains Ron Perryman and Lorraine Mead thanked both organisations for recent grant aid funding that has enabled the club to replace twos mowers. 
Ribbons were cut for the official opening and both men fired bowls across the green to before members enjoyed their first roll up of the season. 
Mr Stallan said: "Being able to come along and see the fruits of our grant funding on the first day of the new season was a great pleasure. 
"We are happy to contribute to the new equipment and wish the club all the very best for the future." 
Mr Minoletti, a trustee of Grange Farm Trust and responsible for grants, said: "We are very pleased to provide funding towards the new mowers which we know will make a big difference to the future of the club.
"A focus for the Trust is to support local community groups and this is an excellent example." 
Men’s Captain Ron Perryman said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding which marks a new beginning for the club. 
"We are off the beaten track so it’s good to be able to celebrate in style and promote the joy of playing bowls to a wider audience." 
Epping Bowls Club was established in 1911 and is based at Lower Bury Lane, opposite Epping St John’s School’s back entrance. 
The club is keen to recruit new members. Free 'Come & Try' days will be held on Sunday, April 29, and Sunday, May 27 (10.30am-3.30pm). 
Participants need to take flat-soled, trainer-type shoes. 
For more details, visit www.eppingbowlsclub.co.uk


FOOTBALL: Student named Player of Tournament in World Futsal Cup


3.12pm - 5th January 2018

A WEST Hatch High School student has been named Player of the Tournament after playing in the Under-12s World Futsal Cup in Spain. 
Year 7 student Prince Sikiru plays football for Ole Futsal Academy and Watford U12s.
He recently travelled with the Ole U12 team to Barcelona to compete in the World Futsal Cup against teams from all over the world, including Japan, USA, Columbia and Spain, including a team from FC Barcelona. 
Prince helped his team win their group before they beat American team RVA in the semi-final before losing 6-4 to FC Barcelona in the final. 
Prince was awarded the U12 Player of the Tournament trophy. 
West Hatch headteacher Daniel Leonard said: "Prince is a lovely young man with a great deal of talent. He has performed extremely well for the school this year and we are very lucky to have such a talented player at West Hatch. 
"This is an amazing accolade to receive among a number of high quality performers.
"We are exceptionally proud of his achievements."


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