Decade Round-up

It’s fair to say that Hurstpierpoint will look back on this decade with mixed feelings.

In the 2010/11 season we finished in our highest ever position in the football pyramid; 2nd in the SCFL division 3. In 2014 we won the Sussex Intermediate Cup after losing the SCFL Division 3 cup the year before.

A few difficult seasons followed and eventually, after an unsuccessful merger, Hurstpierpoint were a few hours away from not existing. This was before a strong collective of individuals grouped together and decided to take over the club and make it a village team once again.

The decision was made to drop into the MSFL in order to attract more local talent to become Blue Dogs. With this change, naturally, a stronger connection with the colts has been created; meaning a flurry of young Mid-Sussex based players are carrying on with their football and are being encouraged to pursue the game after finishing at under 16 level.

The adults side began as one team with a squad of just 17 back in 2016. Led by the experienced Dudley Christensen, acting as Chairman/Manager and Sussex football man Ed Bartram as club captain. The club has now two men’s teams with an under 19’s side providing a stepping stone for those colts players.

Listed below are the players who have played the most for Hurstpierpoint first team and scored the most goals for the front side since moving to the MSFL in 2016.

Here’s to another ten years of football in Hurstpierpoint. The club wants to thank every player, match day helper and volunteer that has pushed the club to where it is today – a proper village club.

Appearances:

10. Jake Godfrey 39

9. Luke Martin 40

8. Alex Oecken 43

7. Sam Hayter 44

6. Martin Smith 46

5. Will Maltby 50

4. Michael McFadden & Luca D’Alessio 51

3. Oliver Lambert 57

2. Simon Blaxall 59

1. Ed Bartram 69

Top goal scorers:

10. Kevin Budge 7

9. Luca D’Alessio 8

8. Tom Ward 9

7. Craig Mallon 12

6. Robbie Payne 12

5. Ed Bartram 16

4. Oliver Lambert 16

3. Simon Blaxall 17

2. Sam Hayter 23

1. Luke Martin 34


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