Soccer Chat April 1967

Soccer Chat

Iden  The Cup Fighters.

With the end of the season in sight the clubs are jockeying for position in their respective leagues. For Rye and local clubs Cup prospects have disappeared.
Little Iden, riding high on the top of the Hastings League Division IV table, have carried the cup banner the longest, eventually being knocked out of the Lower Divisions Cup by Division III league leaders, Clive Vale. Iden did not go out without a great fight though, after being 3-0 down at half time in their third round match with Vale, the Iden youngsters fought back and levelled the scoring. They held on through extra time and forced a replay. In the replay they were beaten by the only goal of the match in an exciting tussle on the East Cliff.

United Fight Back

A month ago Rye United were struggling at the foot of the Sussex County League Table. Today they have moved up to the halfway position and it is on the cards that they could even climb higher and possibly finish in the third spot in the table by the end of the season. What is the secret of this late recovery ? The short answer is GOALS. It’s goals that count in football and in the last six league matches the Rye forwards have ‘clicked’, scoring 23 goals and earning nine valuable points. Goal scoring heroes were Alan Home, Johnny Guest and Derek Mammone with seven, five and four respectively, but arch schemer Joe White has been the instigator of many of these goals and has popped in three himself. It is interesting to note that more goals have been scored in the last six matches than in the seventeen league games played before when only 20 goals were accumulated.

United’s Second and “A” Teams are both placed second in their respective East Sussex Leagues but in both cases there is quite a gap between them and the league leaders.


Udimore F.C.

A poor month for the Udimore sides. The first team earned two points with a narrow 2-1 victory against Westfield but were beaten 3-2 in a close match with Icklesham II. In a Third Round Cup Tie they were decisively beaten by Lynton Athletic.

The Reserve side had two friendly matches, losing 6-5 in an exciting game with Icklesham 111 and 7-1 against Reckitt & Coleman

East Guldeford F.C.

Two league wins Two away league victories lifted Guldeford away from the relegation zone of the Hastings League Division III. Their luck held in a further league game at Lynton when the game was abandoned shortly before full time when they were 6-1 down.

The second team failed to gain a point this month and remain at the foot of the Fourth Division.



Sussex County League Division I

18th Feb.—Rye Utd., 4 Horsham Y.M.C.A., 4

25th Feb.—Rye Utd., 1 Littlehampton, 3.

4th March—Rye Utd., 4 Sidley, 2.

11th March—Horsham Y.M.C.A., 1 Rye Utd., 6.

East Sussex League, Division I

18th Feb.—Rye Utd. II, 6 Civil Service, 1.

25th Feb.—Herstmonceux, 3 Rye Utd. II, 2.

4th March—Sidley, 5 Rye Utd. II, 2.

11th March—Rye Utd. II, 12 Hastings Rngrs., 1.

East Sussex League, Division II

25th Feb.—Rye Utd. “A”, 10 Ninfield, 2.

4th March—Ninfield, 2 Rye Utd. “A”, 8.

11th March—Rye Utd. “A”, 7 Weald Electricity, 7

Hastings League, Division III

18th Feb.—Beckley, 3 Guldeford, 6.

25th Feb.—Westfield, 1 Udimore, 2.

Lynton, 6 Guldeford, 1 (Abandoned)

4th March—Icklesham, 3 Udimore, 2. Hawkhurst, 0 Guldeford, 4.


Hastings League, Division IV

18th Feb.—Guldeford II, 1 Punnetts Town, 3.

25th Feb.—Hollington, 0 Iden, 0. Guldeford II, 1 Crowhurst, 6


Hastings League, Lower Div. Cup. Third Round

18th Feb.—Udimore, 2 Lynton, 5.

Iden, 3 Clive Vale, 3 (after extra time)

Replay 11th Mar.—Clive Vale, 1 Iden, 0.

Talbot Kent Cup

18th Feb.—Round Table, 4 Rye Utd. “A”, 1.


From the April 1967 Issue of “Rye’s Own”


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