Soccer Chat October 1968

Iden teams hit twenty in opening games


Rye United

Rye United opened the season with mixed fortunes—three away matches against Bognor, East Grinstead and Horsham Y.M.C.A., resulted in a win, a defeat and a draw.

The forward line seems a little off balance with the absence of Joe White—now with Bexhill—but prospects must be fairly bright for this keen bunch of lads playing good team football.

The second team has started well with a couple of wins but the “A” team seemed very unsteady in the early games.

Iden Football Club

The Iden camp also opened well with wins. The first eleven thrashed a weak-locking West Hill by twelve goals to one. Hat-tricks by Bob Clout, Alan Tolhurst and Jed Say were supplemented by a goal each from Terry Curd and Dave Jarrett, and one own goal.

The Seconds, not to be outdone, also won their first League match against a fairly good Peasmarsh team. Trevor Ashbee put himself right at the top of Iden’s goalscoring list with five great goals in the club’s 8—5 victory. Nibby Young, Richard Coleman and Nick Machin were the other Iden scorers.


Reckitts — with new captain Terry Lane marshalling a mixed team of established players and new talent—will have their work cut out to finish as highly placed in Division 5 as they did last season; they will miss the Four Musketeers — Ray Sargent, Ernie Whiting. Derek Stonham and Bernard Clark, who have gone en bloc to Udimore.



The “Greens” have had a number of disasters in pre-season friendly matches. In an attempt to convert to the 4-2-4 system they have understandably been off balance in these early games.

The second team has had similar experiences and many team changes have made the conversion even more difficult.

Ernie Whiting. the first team captain, hopes to be among this season’s top scorers—he set the ball rolling with Udimore’s only goal in the pre-season clash with Brede. Two ex-Udimore players—Mick Crouch and Brian Hall—were included in the Brede eleven.

Both Udimore sides faced Brede teams for their first League games on the 21st—


East Guldeford opened their season in fine style, with two good wins against Punnetts Town II (home) and lcklesham III (away).

Ron Colyer, Guldeford’s Secretary and Organiser. must be very pleased with his team’s early results.

Mick Burr and Peter Eastern, supported by several of last season’s youngsters—who now seem to have grown in size and stature—plus a couple of useful signings, have blended into an attractive looking side.

“Rye’s Own” October 1968

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