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HUFC Bulletin – August 2023

Hastings United Football Club – Bulletin August 2023

Welcome to the August Bulletin from Hastings United FC


Team News – Mens

It has been a brilliant start to the new era at Hastings United, with a very warm welcome from everyone associated to the club.

I have been very lucky to inherit some brilliant people and professionals, and wanting to continue the clubs tradition of promoting our own HUFC staff and coaches, so promoting Ben Cornelius to First Team Coach to get continuity from the academy and provide that pathway was imperative, add Bobbi Deegan to lead on all aspects of Performance, we have two brilliant coaches who know the club inside out.

We have done very well with recruitment and are very pleased to have attracted the calibre of player we have both with a good level of experience from leagues above, combined with some very exciting players from various levels, who we feel can flourish at Hastings United and help us achieve collective and individual success along the way.

We are two weeks away from the start of the Isthmian League season, and are very much excited to get going and playing in front of the Pilot Field faithful. – Paul Barnes, Manager



Team News – Womens

I can’t speak highly enough of the players throughout pre-season so far. The players that are still with us from last season, joined us this summer, and those that are returning to the club after time away have brought great intensity, shown brilliant leadership and fully committed to the direction the club is heading.

The Women’s First Team has changed since last season’s success, but the aim hasn’t shifted. I, as well as everybody else, in the team are focused on achieving great things at Hastings United. The work has started, and we want to share this journey with as many of you as possible so get down to Pilot Field and get behind the players! – Tom Young, Manager


Thanks to Tom Chalmers for his recent video message and it is good to hear that Tom has begun light training as part of his recovery programme. We join Tom in thanking everyone for their good wishes and the many donations received.


The Isthmian League will not be running an under 23 League for the 2023-24 season. However, it is the intention of the Club to continue some bespoke under 23 games and fixtures will be announced in the usual way.


HUFC Women’s team will play their League and Cup games at the Continental Pilot Field for the 2023-24 season. The team was awarded the Division One South Sportsmanship Award 2022 – 23 by the London & South East Regional W.F.L.


Club News

We welcome the appointment of Pat McCrossan as Parent Liaison & Player Care Officer for Hastings United FC Academy.


The Club notes with regret the decision of Hastings Borough Council not to give support to the Tilekiln Project following their meeting on 19th July. A Statement will be issued by the Club in due course.


The Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Emson as HUFC Catering Manager who together with on-site Manager Becky will be responsible for the future catering operations at the Continental Pilot Field.


It is proposed to establish a HUFC Fans Memorabilia Wall in the Pilot Bar – further details to come soon.


The Club has recently sought and received approval for a variation in its Premises Licence and will now be able to sell alcohol in the Boardroom and Hospitality Box.


YOUR SUPPORT NEEDED – We need sponsorship for match days, match ball sponsorship, player sponsorship for both the Men’s and Women’s fixtures and players. Full details available from Hayley Clout. Please consider this important sponsorship opportunity.


You can also give your support by purchasing a 50/50 from Barbara and Phil; the more sold the better the prize money. Or why not try the 200 Club with a monthly draw- further details from Dave Ormerod.


We welcome new Club Sponsors and Business Partners – Ashdown Hurrey, Rush Witt Wilson, Lance Richards Financial Advisors and DRPG Dr. Rad, General Practitioner with thanks for their support for the Club.


Features/Forthcoming Events

Family Fun Day Sunday 27th August – Special Bulletin to follow – help and donations needed.



Huge thanks to our fantastic fans and volunteers who have carried out the summer maintenance works over the past few weeks.


Please welcome Kevin Perry, Adam Wilson, Connor Kenward and Chris Munn who join us as new Club Stewards and we thank them for their offer of help.


Hastings Means Business next lunch on 25th August 2023 at HUSSC – details available from and enquiries to James Hopkins



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