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Well the sun ☀️ is set to be shining on 8th September. There are still a few tickets remaining. Don’t miss out on what’s set to be an amazing community fund raising event
Ticket News ?
The remaining few tickets are available from:
Springfield Dental Care Springfield Road St Leonard’s ?
M&W Property Norman Road St Leonard’s ?
Conquest hospital flower shop the ridge Hastings ?
Tourist information Muriel matters House Hastings ℹ️
The Pilot Bar Hastings United Elphinstone Road Hastings ⚽️ ? ( home match games and Friday evenings )
A big thank you to our Sponsors!
Thanks to Macron Hastings and our Event sponsors Country Furniture Barns for sponsoring the United kit ⚽️??
Thanks to A&A cleaning and property services for sponsoring the 30 Mascot kits.
Thanks to Ian Fuller at Mixed up Discos for sponsoring the match balls ⚽️for this event!
LIMITED ADDITION BALLS ⚽️
We have just received our limited addition Legends balls ⚽️
They be available on the day priced at £15 they will be sold on a first come first served basis.
Our match day scarves ? for this event have arrived !⚽️
We have a limited number of these one off scarves available at £12.00 prior to the event and £14.00 on the match day
Postage is available for an additional £2.50
They are available from;
Springfield Dental Care ,6 Springfield rd st Leonard’s
The Pilot Bar Hastings United at Home fixtures
We are pleased to announce that Bexhill under 13’s were the successful team chosen to act as Ball Boys for this Forth coming event ⚽️
We hope you are as excited as we are ??⭐️
FREE TICKETS ? ⚽️
It is with great excitement we are offering 10 x 5 FREE tickets for this event, to local charities and community groups who may never get the opportunity to attend a football ground in normal circumstances .
If you are interested in applying for these or know someone or a group who would be please do not hesitate to contact Jo Nesbit at firstname.lastname@example.org
? WARNING ?
To avoid disappointment…….
Over 1700 tickets ? for this event are now sold ⭐️
We would like to remind you that with only a few days to go this event is likely to sell out before the day
Due to health and safety, (which is paramount in hosting a successful and safe event ) numbers are limited .
Tickets will NOT be available on the gate .
All players announced are fit and available to play in both home and away teams .
Our updates on players are done as soon as we have confirmation so there may be a delay in announcing the whole team .
Needless to say in the event that a player is unavailable due to health reasons we will do our upmost to advise you prior to the event . ?? this isn’t an issue we will need to address .
This event will be a great day and we look forward to welcoming you all to a great ⚽️ day out.
⚽️⭐️MASCOT APPLICATIONS ⭐️⚽️
⭐️THE WINNERS ARE ⭐️
Amelie Randall Smith
Henry Randall Smith
William Turner Anonchahs
Reuben Randall Smith
Reserves Callum Alexander
Congratulations to you all ????
⚽️We are looking for local businesses that wish to advertise in our commemorative Legends Program . ⚽️
Half Page adverts £25 ⭐️
Full page adverts £50 . ⭐️
With this event set to be a sell out event this is a great opportunity to get your business seen . For further details contact us directly.
VIP TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE ON ⭐️⭐️⭐️TUESDAY 9TH APRIL⭐️⭐️⭐️
VIP tickets will include the After Party at Hastings United Sports and Social Club where you will receive a free glass of bubbly, invited to partake in a free buffet, meet and greet the players and also be eligible to bid on auction items. tickets are £50 each
From 10am There will be 40 tickets available from
Tourist information, Muriel Matters House , Hastings ?
From 10am there will be 20 tickets available from :
The Conquest Hospital Flower Shop, The Ridge , Hastings ?
Springfield Dental Care , 6 Springfield Road, St Leonards ?
A further 20 will be available from 7pm from :
The Pilot Bar, The Pilot Field, Elphinstone Road, Hastings ?
?Tickets will be limited to 2 per person . There are no concessions on VIP tickets .?
NB tickets purchased from Tourist Information Hastings will be subject to a 50p surcharge
Thank you to our sponsors Country Furniture Barns
For any other event related information please PM us or contact Jo Nesbit Events Director HUFC email@example.com
The Club is proud to announce the following players will be taking part in our next Legends match against Manchester United Legends.
The Manchester United Legends Team
⭐️OUR FIRST CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER ⭐️
⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️WES BROWN ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
Brown began his career with Manchester United, joining the club’s academy at the age of 12 in 1992. After turning professional in 1996, he made his senior debut in 1998 and became a semi regular first team player during the 1998–99 season, when the club won the Treble. After a year-long hiatus due to injury, Brown became a regular fixture in the first team from 2000 onwards. Over the next eight years, he won numerous honours, including four more Premier League titles, an FA Cup, a League Cup and another Champions League. Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that Brown is “without question the best natural defender this club has had for years”. After 15 years with Manchester United, Brown was allowed to leave for Sunderland.
Brown earned his first England cap in 1999 and was selected to play at the 2002 World Cup. He played in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers but England failed to progress to the final tournament. He scored his first international goal in 2008 against the Czech Republic. Brown announced his retirement from international football on 8 August 2010, just a day after being recalled to the England squad by Fabio Capello.
SECOND CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER ⚽️
Gillespie signed for Manchester United on leaving school in the summer of 1991, being a member of the FA Youth Cup winning side in 1992. Also in that team were Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Robbie Savage.
Gillespie made his first senior appearance for Manchester United in the 1992–93 season. He scored on his debut against Bury in a 2–0 FA Cup third round triumph on 5 January 1993. He was issued with the number 31 shirt for the 1993–94 season with the introduction of squad numbers, but did not play any first team games and was loaned to Division Three club Wigan Athletic, scoring four goals in eight games.
Occasional appearances for United followed in 1994–95, but he was never able to displace Andrei Kanchelskis as United’s first-choice right winger.
He moved to Newcastle United on 10 January 1995, as a £1 million component in the £7 million deal (£6 million cash) which took Andrew Cole to Old Trafford. Gillespie had scored one of United’s goals against Newcastle in the 2–0 victory at Old Trafford which had knocked Kevin Keegan’s side off the top of the Premier League table less than three months earlier. This meant that he had scored twice for Manchester United in three seasons as a professional.
OUR 3RD CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
⭐️RUSSELL BEARDSMORE ⭐️
Beardsmore began his career with Manchester United. He made his debut in September 1988 against West Ham United and was one of the first wave of ‘Fergie’s Fledglings’. In only his second league start on New Year’s Day 1989, he inspired Manchester United to a 3–1 home win over Liverpool at Old Trafford in the league, setting up goals for Brian McClair and Mark Hughes before scoring the third himself.
He became a regular in the team for the rest of the 1988–89 season, with former midfield regular Gordon Strachan being sold to Leeds United in March. Beardsmore played a total of 30 times for United in that campaign, scoring twice.
Beardsmore faced fresh competition for midfield places in the 1989-90 season following the arrivals of Neil Webb, Mike Phelan, Paul Ince and Danny Wallace, but still managed 25 appearances in all competitions (15 as a substitute) and scored twice, his chances of first team football being helped by long-term injuries in midfield to Neil Webb and Bryan Robson. However, both Webb and Robson had returned to full fitness by the end of the campaign, and Beardsmore missed out on a place in United’s triumph in the FA Cup.
He played 15 times in the 1990-91 season, and by the end of the season competition for places in midfield and on the wing had become fiercer still, with the signing of Andrei Kanchelskis and the breakthrough of Ryan Giggs. Beardsmore would play just three times for United in 1991-92 season.
He collected senior medals on 18 August 1990 as an unused substitute in the 1990 FA Charity Shield and on 19 November 1991, when he was selected as a non playing substitute in Manchester United’s 1–0 European Super Cup win over Red Star Belgrade at Old Trafford. This was his last first team game for United. He then played twice on loan in the Second Division for Blackburn Rovers.
OUR 4TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
⭐️DAVID MAY ⭐️
In July 1994, Manchester United bought May for £1.2 million,as he was apparently unhappy at Blackburn in his final months due to the breakdown in contract negotiations.Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson had been searching for a defender to add to the squad, and specifically needed an Englishman who would not be affected by the restrictions on foreign players in European competition that were in place at the time. He was also thinking about the future, as central defender and captain Steve Bruce was in his 34th year and Gary Pallister was approaching 30.
Injuries to first-choice right back Paul Parker meant that May was often used as a right-back in his first season, and rarely played in his preferred centre-back position due to the strong partnership of Bruce and Pallister.As May underperformed, by the end of the season, Gary Neville had emerged to become the new first-choice right back, while Parker was rarely used the following season and then left the club.
Manchester United finished the season in second place in the Premier League, losing out to May’s old club Blackburn Rovers.
OUR 5TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
⭐️CHRIS EAGLES ⭐️
A technically skilled attacker, he has good awareness and distribution skills. After coming through the youth system at Watford, he began his professional career with Manchester United, but was unable to break into the first-team on a regular basis. He played 17 times for United, including in the 2004 and 2007 FA Community Shield matches. He had two loan spells back at Watford, as well as with Sheffield Wednesday and Dutch club N.E.C., before a permanent move to Burnley for a £1.2 million fee in July 2008. He spent three seasons with the club, helping them to win promotion out of the Championship in 2009. He was sold on to Premier League side Bolton Wanderers in July 2011, where he stayed for another three seasons. He went on to have brief spells with Blackpool, Charlton Athletic, Bury, Accrington Stanley, Port Vale and Ross County.
OUR 6TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
After a number of appearances for the club’s youth team during the 1997–98 season, Webber began his footballing career as a trainee at Manchester United in July 1998. After scoring 16 goals in 11 appearances for the Under-17 side, including five goals against Fulham, Webber was rewarded with a professional contract on 28 December 1998.Despite only scoring one more goal between then and the end of the 1998–99 season, Webber finished as the Under-17s’ top scorer.
He progressed to the Under-19s in 1999–2000, for whom he scored 11 goals in 14 appearances. He also made his first appearances for the reserve team during that season, playing in matches against Bradford City, Newcastle United and Manchester City. In 2000–01, Webber established himself in the reserve side, scoring six goals in 20 appearances, and made his debut for the first team in November 2000 in a League Cup match against Sunderland.
He made a second appearance for Manchester United in the League Cup in November 2001,and then joined Port Vale on a one-month loan.He made five appearances for Port Vale,returning to Manchester United at the end of his loan spell as he felt that the departure of Andy Cole from the club at the end of December 2001 would enhance his first team opportunities.
OUR 7TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
⭐️LEE MARTIN ⭐️
Martin started his career in the Manchester United youth system. In 1990, he scored the only goal in the FA Cup final replay against Crystal Palace. This was one of just two goals Martin scored in his entire United career. The other goal, his first, came 16 months earlier in the 3–1 defeat of West Ham at Upton Park.
His debut came on 9 May 1988 as a substitute in a 2–1 home league win over Wimbledon and he made his breakthrough at left back the following season following the departure of Arthur Albiston. By the time of his first United goal, in a 3–1 win at West Ham United in the league of 21 January 1989, he was a regular feature in the United squad.
He played in 32 out of 38 league games in the cup winning 1989–90 campaign, but managed just 14 league games the following season as Clayton Blackmore established himself as United’s regular left-back, with Denis Irwin joining as a right-back, and Martin struggled against a back injury.
Lee Martin scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the 1990 FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.
OUR 8TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
Clegg, born in Ashton-under-Lyne,began his football career as a trainee with Manchester Unitedand was part of the 1995 FA Youth Cup-winning side.
He turned professional soon afterwards,and made his first-team debut on 23 November 1996, in the Premiership game away to Middlesbrough which finished as a 2–2 draw.
He played in four FA Premier League games in the 1996–97 season, and although United were champions for the fourth time in five seasons it was not enough for a title winner’s medal.
He managed a further three appearances in 1997–98 (when United were trophyless for only the second time in the decade) before making his final two appearances in the 1999–2000 campaign, when United won their sixth title in eight seasons
OUR 9TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
⭐️BEN THORNLEY ⭐️
He is most widely known for his career as a youth and reserve team player at Manchester United, where he played in the left wing position from 1991 to 1998 (becoming a professional in 1992 after helping United win the FA Youth Cup) but was occasionally used as a striker.
Thornley made his debut for United on 26 February 1994 as a substitute in the Premier League match against West Ham United which ended in a 2–2 draw at Boleyn Ground.
A quick and tricky, right-footed left winger who was highly regarded by Alex Ferguson and at one point was expected to become a regular player at Old Trafford.
Although he did make nine league appearances for United, serious injury and increasing competition for places prevented him from making the expected impact at first-team level.
The most notable injury came in April 1994, when he suffered knee ligament damage in a reserve game against Blackburn Rovers due to a reckless tackle by opposing defender Nicky Marker; the injury kept him out of action for over a year.
He was rated by contemporaries including David Beckham (one of the players who went on to eclipse him in the first team), as well as club legend and former youth coach Nobby Stiles, as one of the finest young players at the club during that era.
OUR 10TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
Casper joined Manchester United as a trainee in 1991 and played in their FA Youth Cup winning team a year later.
When still only 17, he signed professional terms in January 1993, making his United debut in the League Cup game against Port Vale at Old Trafford on 5 October 1994.
Casper was a product of the same United youth setup that sparked the highly successful careers of players such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, who all spent a decade or more with the club, helping them win numerous trophies and also being regular members of the England national football team
OUR 11TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
Stapleton was a tough tackling forward who was an especially good header of the ball.
He started his career with Arsenal, joining them in 1972 as an apprentice, after being turned down by Manchester United.
He made his first-team debut in 1975 against Stoke City, and would go on to form a potent striking partnership with Malcolm Macdonald; the two scored 46 goals between them in 1976–77.
He was Arsenal’s top scorer for the three following seasons, and helped the Gunners reach a trio of FA Cup finals; Stapleton scored one of the goals in Arsenal’s 1979 FA Cup Final 3–2 win over Manchester United, and scored 108 goals in 300 appearances in total for the Gunners.
Stapleton went on to move to Manchester United in 1981 for £900,000 (a fee set by tribunal after the two clubs could not agree).
He helped United win the 1983 and 1985 FA Cups. It was in the first of those finals, when he scored against Brighton, in which Stapleton made history by becoming the first man to score for two different clubs in FA Cup Finals.
He left United in 1987, after scoring 78 goals for the club in 365 matches.
OUR 12TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
?ARTHUR ALBISTON ?
Albiston joined Manchester United as an apprentice in July 1972, turning professional in July 1974.
He made his debut in a League Cup Third Round match against local rivals Manchester City in 1974.
He made 485 appearances in 14 years, playing at left back, and scored six goals. He helped the club win the FA Cup in 1977, 1983 and 1985.
Albiston left Manchester United in August 1988 for West Bromwich Albion, managed by ex-Red Devils boss Ron Atkinson, on a free transfer.
By the time of his departure from Old Trafford he was the longest-serving player at the squad and the only player remaining from the Tommy Docherty era.
OUR 13TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
⭐️ GRAHAM DEINIOL ⭐️
Born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England, Graham signed for Manchester United as an apprentice in October 1985 and left school in the summer of 1986.
He turned professional a year later, and made his debut for the first team in the 1987–88 season, coming on as a 53rd-minute substitute for Mike Duxbury in the club’s League Cup Second Round second leg match against Hull City on 7 October 1987.
He made one further appearance that season.
Graham scored his first and only goal for the Manchester United first team on 11 January 1989 in a 2–2 draw with Queens Park Rangers in an FA Cup Third Round replay.
However, just over a month later, he suffered a broken arm in a youth team match against Bury Reserves and was ruled out for eight months, severely denting his first team opportunities.
OUR 14TH CONFIRMED MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER
⭐️ SAMMY MCILROY ⭐️
McIlroy was born in Belfast and moved to English club Manchester United in 1969 becoming Matt Busby’s final signing.
He made his debut on 6 November 1971 in the Manchester derby against Manchester City scoring in a 3–3 draw.
He drifted in and out of the side and played in 31 matches in 1973–74 as Manchester United suffered a rare relegation.
He was an ever-present in 1974–75 playing in all of the club’s 51 fixtures as they gained an instant return to the First Division.
On their return they finished in third place and also reached the 1976 FA Cup Final where they lost 1–0 to Southampton.
The Hastings United Legends Team
OUR FIRST CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
The current first team coach !
Peter first joined the old Hastings United from Bexhill Town in 1979 and played a few games as a centre half under Peter Sillett .
Tony Burns ( ex united keeper ) took the young 19 year old to Tonbridge made him captain and converted him to a Centre Forward .
He returned to Hastings Town in 1984 and played at the Pilot Field for 4 seasons before being transferred to Hythe Town.
He returned to Hastings on loan during the 1992/93 season and then came back permanently the following season. In all he made 210 appearances scoring 82 goals. He has also played for Albion United(LittleCommon),Gillingham, Hereford United,( under John Sillet ) Doncaster Rovers, St Leonards, Margate, Sidley United And Eastbourne .
It was a pleasure to have him at our previous legends match and can’t wait to welcome him back !
OUR 2ND CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER is also our Player Manager for this event ??⚽️
Terry first played for Hastings Town in the Sussex County League in 1983/84 before joining the old Hastings United for their final season when he made around 30 appearances scoring 3 goals. He then rejoined Hastings Town when they moved into the Southern League and in his 3 spells as a player at the club made 558 appearances scoring 175 goals. He was voted Supporters Player of the year in 1986/87. He has also played for Bexhill Town, Hythe Town and St Leonards. He has been manager at Hastings on 2 occasions and also at St Leonards and Dover Athletic.
Terry returned in our previous legends game as player manager and also played much to the supporters delight . It’s great to have him back on the team this year and with Man U being his childhood team it’s set to be a great show from him.
OUR 3RD CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
⭐️ NIGEL KANE ⭐️
Nigel joined Hastings United as a player for the 2005/06 season making 6 appearances before being appointed manager with Pat Brown in November 2005 and taking sole charge in February
2006. He led United to promotion the following season but was sacked in December 2007. He also managed United in 2014-15 firstly as caretaker during September/October and then
permanently from January 2015. He has also managed Bexhill United. As a player he has played for Ramsgate, Croydon, Banstead Athletic, Erith & Belvedere, Lymington & New Milton
and Beckenham Town.
Kane Did immensely well to get United promoted via the play offs the hard way with two away games at Dover Athletic and then Tooting & Mitcham. At one stage that season, United had been bottom of the division – a fine achievement to pull things around.
OUR 4TH CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
⭐️ SEAN (Razor) RAY ⭐️
Sean first joined Hastings United from Rye United in August 2004. He had 3 spells at the Pilot Field as both a player and manager making 398 appearances and scoring 51 goals. He was voted Supporters Player of the year on 3 separate occasions and was runner up twice and as manager took the club to the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. He has also played for Ashford Town, Kingstonian, Eastbourne United,Eastbourne Town and Hollington United.
Razor as he was known, and nearly 400 appearances with his piece de resistance being the FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough back in 2013. Classic no nonsense centre half.
Sean currently still plays for Hollington United FC and also manages Hastings United’s -18’s ??⭐️⚽️
OUR 5TH CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER ⭐️⚽️
A fast and tricky winger, Paul began his career with Hastings Town before being snapped up for £50,000 by Nottingham Forest. He failed to make the first team at Forest and moved to Lincoln City in December 1997. His time at Lincoln City was ended by a back injury which forced his retirement from the professional game.
We look forward to welcoming Paul back to his home town ⚽️
OUR 6TH CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
Stuart would be fondly remembered by the Hastings faithful for being a reliable presence in the defensive line. He made 255 appearances for Hastings Town FC and played for numerous other clubs including Kent teams, Ashford Town ,Folkestone Invicta and others around East Sussex ,including Eastbourne Borough, Rye United and Hollington to name a few.
The season before Hastings was known as Hastings United , they were promoted and played as Hastings Town, Playford was involved that season but unfortunately near the end of the season Stuart received an injury and was out for the season.
In the 2002/03 Season Stuart was involved in one of the Hastings United’s impressive FA cup runs, making it all the way to the 1st round proper against , at the time Conference side Stevenage.
Stuart played alot of games for Hastings United and can be seen often at the Pilot Field supporting his local club , and up until recently supporting his family member Tom Climpson who also played in defense
I’m sure everyone at the club will be delighted to see Stuart playing at the Pilot Field again. ??⚽️
OUR 7TH CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
Started his football career at Croydon and joined Crawley Town in 2001.
At the time in 2006 he was Crawley’s longest serving player made over 250 appearances and has captained for the Sussex Red Devils and even had a spell as Co-caretaker player manager. He finished playing for Crawley in the 2007/08 season before he moved to Bromley where he was appointed captain, but left Hayes Lane to join the Wimbledon on the last day of the 2007/08 transfer window.
After agreeing terms at Kingsmeadow in May, Ben, 31, said “I am absolutely delighted to join Wimbledon. I was there for the last few weeks of the season and got a chance to see, close up, what a good club it is, and it was a privilege to be involved in the celebrations. Despite my injury, I was really made to feel part of it all and I’m proud to be joining”.
In the 2008/09 season under the management of Terry Brown defender Ben Judge helped Wimbledon towards the Conference South title and in the 2009/10 season Judge helped the Dons secure a mid table finish in the Conference National.
In the 2010/11 Season Ben Judge moved to Kent side Tonbridge Angels. Judge provided a calming presence in the Angels backline during a nervy run to the play-offs.
The centre-back celebrated the fifth promotion of his career by helping Tonbridge through the Ryman Premier Division play-offs and was delighted to extend his stay in west Kent.
Judge finished second behind former U’s Goalkeeper Lee Worgan in the Angels supporters’ player of the year vote the club was happy to secure Judge as they begin preparations for Conference South football in the 2011/12 season.
Judge played half a season for the Angels before moving to the Ryman Premier, Sussex side Hastings United in January 2013.
After Hastings remarkable FA Cup run to the 3rd Round against Middlesbrough losing 4-1, Player manager Sean Ray felt he needed an experienced defender to help a team fighting to escape relegation to the Ryman South however come the end of the season playing catch up in league games United were relegated to the Ryman South.
In the 2013/14 Season Judge had a new manager in Terry White and Mark Stapley then former Crawley Town Goalkeeper John Maggs was made manager then in February 2014 Terry White was made manager again and Ben Judge and his teammates got Hastings United into the Ryman South playoffs finishing 5th and played Folkestone Invicta away in the semi final losing in extra time 3-2.
In the 2014/15 season Judge decided to play his football else where.
I’m sure all at Hastings United will look forward to seeing this very experienced defender playing at the Pilot Field again.
OUR 8TH CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
⭐️DANNY SIMMONDS ⭐️
Danny joined Hastings Town from Brighton & Hove Albion in 1995. He spent 8 seasons at the Pilot Field and made a staggering 369 appearances for the club scoring 90 goals.
He joined Eastbourne Borough for the 2003/04 season and later played for Ashford Town,Eastbourne Town, Rye United and Eastbourne United.
Danny played in the Tottenham Legends Match and we look forward to having back ! ??
OUR 9TH CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
A midfielder who was a popular player in the local football scene playing for St Leonards Stamcroft in the late 90s.
He then joined Hastings Town in the early 2000’s and was part of the team Town team that were confirmed Dr Martens Eastern Division Champions under George Wakeling. Scoring the first goal away at Wisbech Town on the 20th of April 2002 in a game that confirmed promotion.
The 2002/03 season, Paul Ruddy was part of the Hastings United team that went on the FA Cup run and played against Stevenage as a substitute.
Ruddy went on to play more games for United. He was part of the Hastings United legends team against Tottenham legends last year.
I’m sure supporters will be delighted to welcome back to the Pilot Field, Paul Ruddy.⭐️
OUR 10TH CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
Stuart joined Hastings Town from Brentford firstly on loan during the 1996/97 season and then permanently at the start of the 1998/99 season. He spent 6 seasons at Hastings and made 239
appearances for the club and scored 57 goals.He left the club in February 2004 to join Eastbourne Borough He also played for Brighton & Hove Albion, Folkestone Invicta, Horsham and Eastbourne United.
We look forward to welcoming him back to The Pilot Field ⚽️
OUR 11TH CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
⭐️DAVE KING ⭐️
Dave King was Hastings Town’s Number 1 under manager George Wakeling in the 2001/02 season.
A very successful season for King and the club as he helped Hastings gain promotion from the Dr Martens Eastern Division.
Dave King returned as the Goalkeeper for the newly formed Hastings United in the 2002/03 season in the Dr Martens Premier Division.
King was the Goalkeeper in the United team that made it all the way to the FA Cup First Round Proper away at Stevenage.
Despite the FA cup run, United found themselves struggling for league results and at the end of the season resulted in the club’s return back to the Dr Martens Eastern Division.
Hastings United Supporters will fondly remember their number 1, Dave King for helping get club promoted in the 2001/02 season, the FA cup run in the 2002/03 season.
Despite relegation King made some very impressive performances in the United goal over the season and won player of the season by the supporters.
Please welcome back to the Pilot Field in goal for the Hastings legends team. Club Title winning and FA cup hero Goalkeeper Dave King. ??
OUR 12TH CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
Adam joined Hastings Town from St Leonards in August 2001 and spent 2 seasons at the Pilot Field before joining Folkestone Invicta for the 2003/04 season.
He made 96 appearances for the club scoring 17 goals as well as being voted Supporters Player of the year for the 2001/02 season.
He has also played for Dagenham & Redbridge,Dartford, Billericay Town,Malden & Tiptree and Aveley. He has managed Brentwood Town and his current club Concord Rangers.
Welcome back Adam ??
OUR 13TH CONFIRMED HASTINGS UNITED PLAYER
⚽️ PAUL WATSON ⚽️
During his career, Watson played for Gillingham, Fulham, Brentford, Coventry City and most notably for Brighton & Hove Albion before dropping into Non-League and playing for Woking, Rushden & Diamonds, Crawley Town and finally Bognor Regis Town.
After retiring from football, Watson studied a part-time course at Brunel University in physiotherapy.
Watson was appointed as Brighton & Hove Albion’s assistant physiotherapist on 11 June 2009.
He was appointed as head of Sheffield United’s medical team at the start of the 2017-18 season.
Welcome back ??
Stay tuned for more updates!