Football clubs

On this section of the website, any team discovered during research should be listed here, some clubs have good detail others not so much. The clubs who have been the most senior in Hastings, are listed first with links to individual pages. Any club outside of Hastings, in the general Rother area, who currently play or have played at senior level in recent years are listed after. The rest of this page you’ll find clubs who have competed at intermediate or junior level, again split into teams from Hastings and those outside the borough boundary.

This is very much a work in progress so there a likely to be errors or lack of information. If you can help me correct or add to a clubs history, please do get in contact.

Last updated: 12 February 2021

Senior Clubs

Hastings United (ex-Town)

Hastings United emblem

1893 - Present

The current most senior club in the area who currently play in the Ishtmian League South East Division. The club are often confused of the previous club of the same name who folded in 1985, however the current club were founded as Rock-a-Nore in 1893, and have since be known as Hastings Rock-a-Nore (1920), Hastings & St Leonards FC (1921) and Hastings Town (1976).

Hastings United

Hastings town coat of arms

1948 - 1985

Formed in 1948 to reintroduce professional football to Hastings and St Leonards. Partially named after Hastings & St Leonards United, the club spent their thirty-seven year history competing in the Southern League and went on some famous FA Cup runs. The club folded in 1985 due to long term financial trouble.

St Leonards (STAMCO)

St Leonards FC emblem

1971 - 2004

The club was formed in 1971 as a works team for the local firm STAMCO and initially played friendly matches. The club soon entered competitive football and rapidly progressed through the league pyramid, the Southern League Premier Division being the clubs peak. However the club struggled on and off the field following their relegation from the Southern Premier and eventually folded midway through the 2003-04 season.

Hastings & St Leonards (Hastings FC)

1890 - 1906

Formed in 1890 as the football branch of the Hastings & St Leonards Amateur Athletic Club who used the Central Recreation Ground as their home venue. The team changed name to Hastings & St Leonards FC in 1895 and became one of the strongest clubs in East Sussex. The club merged with local rivals St Leonards United in 1906 to become Hastings & St Leonards United.

For information about other clubs named or referred to as Hastings & St Leonards, see Hastings & St Leonards

St Leonards United

1898 - 1906

Founded in 1898 as St Leonards FC, the club were nicknamed the greenbacks due to their colours of green and white. The club were the first in the area to turn professional in 1905 when they joined the Southern League having also changed name to St Leonards United. In 1906 it was decided to merge with Hastings & St Leonards FC and combine resources with the objective to become a successful Southern League club.

Hastings & St Leonards United

1906 - 1910

Founded in 1906 through the amalgamation of Hastings & St Leonards FC and St Leonards United, the club spent its short history playing in the Southern League with the aim of winning promotion from Division Two. However, the club were unable to win promotion and lacked sufficient support to sustain professional status and so it was decided to fold the club following the 1909-10 season.

St Leonards Amateurs

1907 - 1914

Founded in 1907 as St Leonards Amateurs, the club went onto to field the strongest side in the area following the demise of Hastings & St Leonards United. They won the East Sussex League in 1912 and 1913 and the Sussex Senior Cup in 1912. The club changed name to Hastings & St Leonards Amatuers ahead of the 1913-14 season where they joined the Athenian League, however the club folded after the outbreak of World War One and never reformed.

1921 - 1923

In 1921 Christ Church Rovers took on the identity of St Leonards Amateurs following a name change, but folded in 1923.

For information on the club known as Hastings & St Leonards Amateurs between 1948 - 1976, read the history of Hastings United.

Neighbouring Senior Clubs

Bexhill United

Bexhill United emblem

2002 - Present

The current Bexhill club were formed in 2002 through the merger of Bexhill Town and Bexhill Amateur Athletic Club, though the AAC faction have since split from the club. Bexhill Town were founded in 1927 as Bexhill following the amalgamation of Bexhill Town and Bexhill United and the club joined the Sussex County League shortly after. The club reformed as Bexhill Town Athletic following the Second World War before changing to Bexhill Town in 1969.

Little Common

Little Common FC emblem

1966 - Present

Founded in 1966 as Albion United fielding two youth teams, the club started playing adult football in the Hastings League before progressing onto the East Sussex League and then onto the Sussex County League in 1977. The club changed name to Little Common Albion in 1986 and left the County League in 1995. At some point the club dropped ‘Albion’ from their name and won the East Sussex League Premier Division in 2005, earning promotion back to the Sussex County League. The side were denied promotion, due to ground grounding, following the 2016-17 season where they finished second in the now named Southern Combination League Division One. However in 2017 Little Common entered a ground share agreement with Eastbourne United Association and were able to win promotion after winning Southern Combination League Division One.

At the time of writing in 2021, planning permission has been granted by Rother District Council to erect permanent fencing around the main pitch at Little Common Recreation Ground which would allow the club to return home.

Rye United

Rye United emblem

1938 - 2014

Rye United was formed in 1938 through the merger of Rye FC and Rye Old Boys. The club was consistently one of the strongest sides in the East Sussex League following World War Two and became founder members of the Sussex County League Division Two in 1952. United dropped out of the league and senior football in 1983 when they joined the Kent County League, however the club made return to Sussex football in 2001.

The club merged with Iden to become Rye & Iden United FC in 2001, before Iden split in 2006 and Rye reverted to its old name. The clubhouse suffered from an arson attack in 2010 and the team were forced to play most of the 2010-11 season away from home, which included a run which saw them reach the quarter-finals of the FA Vase. By the 2013-14 season it looked as though the club were facing relegation due to ground grading and Rye United folded following an EGM held in March 2014, where they announced their immediate withdrawal from the Sussex County League.

Football made a return to the town following the formation of Rye Town in 2016, who won the East Sussex League Division One in their first season. The club played in the old clubs colours of red and black and used the Salts as their home pitch, though in recent seasons the side have been playing home fixtures at Rye Rugby Club.

See also: An article about Rye Town by David Bauckham on his website.

Sidley United

Sidley United emblem

1902 - Present

Founded in 1902 as Sidley, the club first played in local Hastings FA competitions for the 1905-06 season before joining in the East Sussex League in 1920; it is also around this time they changed name to Sidley United. They were founder members of the Sussex County League Division Two in 1952 and enjoyed a sixty year spell in the league, winning Division One in 2001. However they were forced to withdraw from the league after losing their home ground in 2013 due to the collapse of Sidley Sports & Social Club who ran the venue.

Sidley made a return ahead of the 2014-15 season in the East Sussex League, playing their home games at Hooe Recreation Ground. The club won the East Sussex Premier Division in 2018-19 and transferred to the Mid-Sussex League, but were unable to join the Mid-Sussex Premier due to ground grading. The team started playing the 2019-20 season in the Mid-Sussex Championship, before the season was halted due to the Covid-19 outbreak, however the club won the league title after the league awarded final positions through points per game. As of the 2020-21 season the club are playing in the Mid-Sussex Premier and using the main pitch at Little Common Recreation Ground as their home venue.

Westfield

Westfield FC emblem

1927 - Present

The current club were founded in 1927, though there previous Westfield clubs playing beforehand. The club joined the East Sussex League in 1971 and went on to win the Premier Division in 1978. The club remained in the league a further eighteen seasons and finished the 1996-97 season in second place behind Polegate in the Premier Division. The club joined the Division Three of the Sussex County League ahead of the 1997-98 season and were promoted in their second season in the league to Division Two.

Ground grading has since hampered the clubs progress, whilst plans have been in place for years to build a new football and cricket facility located on the opposite side of the A28 to the Parish field, the move has not yet materialised. The side finished the 2006-07 in third, but were unable to be promoted due to the lack of floodlights. Ground grading affected the club once more as they were relegated from senior football after the 2014-15 season to the newly named Southern Combination League Division Two. The club remained in the Division until 2019 when they transferred to the Mid-Sussex League Premier Division.

Read an article about Westfield by David Bauckham on his website.

Intermediate & Junior Clubs

Clubs from Hastings

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230th Sussex Battery RA

1923 - 1929

Team formed from the 230th (Sussex) Field Battery of the 58th (H.C.) Field Brigade of the Royal Artillery Territorial Army, who occupied the Hatherly Road Drill Hall. Harley Shute and Blacklands Terrace were used for home games and the team competed in the Hastings League.

See also: Engineer Volunteers, Hastings Rifles and St Leonards Artillery Volunteers.

AFC Hollington

2017 - Present

AFC Hollington emblem

AFC Hollington currently field two teams in the East Sussex League and play at Helenswood Lower School, having previously played at William Parker.

Alexandra

1898

There are records of an Alexandra FC in 1898, who played at Bopeep.

1907 - 1910

A team named Alexandra was formed in 1907 and competed in the Hillier Cup; home games were played at the East Hill.

All Saints

1898 - 1923

All Saints were formed in 1898 and used the East Hill as their home throughout their history. The club progressed to become a prominent local side winning the Carlisle Cup four times between 1904 and 1913.

Following the First World War the Saints won the Carlisle Cup in 1920-21. This success saw the club invited to merge with Hastings & St Leonards, who had recently changed name from Rock-a-Nore; however the proposal seemingly fell through, as the senior club refused to incorporate All Saints into the club name and the Saints did not want to lose their identity. Despite this a number of key players joined the County League side, however this affected the Saints who folded the first team and fielded a single Saturday team in Division Two. The team struggled in the league and folded following the 1922-23 season.

All Souls

1898

1921

A team named All Souls existed in 1921 but there are no known records of them entering any competition.

Baldslow

1921 - 1922

Baldslow spent one season competing in the Hastings League Division Two; Harrow Lane was used as their home ground.

Blacklands

1898

There are records of a Blacklands FC in 1898, who played their games at Bopeep.

1924 - 1939

Blacklands were established in 1924 and entered the Hastings League for the 1925-26 season. The club fielded a Saturday team until the 1934-35 season, after which they competed in the Wednesday League. The team competed in the league until the outbreak of World War Two.

Bohemia

1904 - 1905

Bohemia FC was formed in 1904 and competed for one season in the Brassey Cup; home games were played at Moon’s Field and Horntye.

1914 - 1925

Bohemia St Peters, who were often referred to simply as ‘St Peters’, was formed in 1913 and initially played at Horntye. Following the First World War, the club entered the Hastings League and played their home games at the BOS.

Bopeep

1900

Bopeep Swifts were recorded playing at Bopeep in 1900.

1912 - 1925

Bopeep United entered the Hillier Cup in 1912 and competed for one season until the outbreak of World War One; homes games were mostly played at Bopeep, whilst a pitch in Hollington was also briefly used. The club joined the Hastings League following the war before folding in 1925.

Boys Brigade

1890

No information known about the first named club.

c1900 - 1902 / 1908 - 1909

The team initially spent two years playing friendly games before disappearing. The team reformed and spent one season playing at Ore Valley and won the Old Boys Cup.

Boys Own Society (BOS)

1898 - 1914

The Boys Own Society was a youth club based at the Robertson Street Congregational Church and a football team was formed in 1898. The club name was always shortened to BOS, which is probably where the BOS field gets its name from. However there are no records of the BOS football team using the field, who used Ore Valley, West Hill and Bopeep for home games.

Calvert

1898

Cave Austin

1905

Cave, Austin and Co was a grocers company who had shops dotted throughout the south east. A team was reported to be playing in 1905, presumably made up of employees, but didn’t seem to last more than a year.

Central United

1930 - 1932

Central United spent three seasons competing in the Hastings Wednesday League and played their games at the East Hill.

Christ Church

c1900

For information about Christ Church FC c1900, read the history of St Leonards Swifts.

1903

For the club based in Ore in 1903, see Ore & Clive Vale.

c1900

Christ Church Boys Brigade were formed in 1900, possibly the same team as or merged with Boys Brigade.

1905 - 1923

Christ Church Rovers were formed in 1905, in 1907 it was reported that the team was made up entirely of the members of Rev. W. Astley Coopers’ Bible Class. The club reformed in 1920 and changed name to St Leonards Amateurs in 1921, taking on the identity of the former club.

Civil Service

1938 - ????

The Civil Service formed a football club in 1938, competing in Division Two of the Hastings League for one season before the outbreak of World War Two. The team reformed after the war and joined the East Sussex League in 1950, their membership of the league lasted until at least the 1980s.

Claremont Rovers

1893 - 1896

Claremont Rovers were a predecessor team to Observer Athletic; the side was formed in 1893 in connection with the employees of the Hastings & St Leonards Obsever office.

Clerks Athletic

1905 - 1912

See: Hastings & St Leonards Athletic.

Clifton Vale United

1924 - 1926

Clifton Vale United competed for two seasons and used the East Hill for home games.

Clive Vale

1890 - 1893

For the club referred to as Clive Vale between 1890 - 1893 read the history of East Hastings FC.

1898

Clive Vale United were in existence in 1898, but no more is known about the team.

1901

There are records of a Clive Vale FC in 1901, but no more information is known about the club.

1907 - 1909

Clive Vale Old Boys competed in the Brassey Cup for two seasons.

Clock House United

1936 - 1937

Clock House United spent two seasons competing in the Hastings Wednesday Division and played home games at the BOS.

Corbens Sports

1952 - ????

Corbens Sports was a team formed in connection to a local building firm.

DMS

1935 - 1936

DMS spent one season competing in the Hastings League; no other information is known about this team.

East Hastings

1890 - 1893

Founded in 1890 as East End FC, the club was also referred to as Clive Vale FC. The team played their matches on the East Hill and were renamed East Hastings in 1892, before disappearing after the 1892-93 season.

Eldridge & Cruttenden

1936 - 1937

Eldridge & Cruttenden were a long established building firm, a team was formed for one season who competed in the Hastings League; home games were played on a pitch located on the Ridge.

Emmanuel

1898 - 1901

Emmanuel were formed in 1898 and spent at least one season competing in the Carlisle Cup; home games were played at Ore Valley, Ore and Bopeep.

See also: Hastings Orient.

1912 - 1922

Another Emmanuel team was formed in 1912, but there a no records of them playing competitive football.

Engineer Volunteers

1906

Engineer Volunteers was a team formed possibly in connection with 2nd Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers, they spent one season competing for the Hillier Cup.

See also: 230th Sussex Battery RA, Hastings Rifles and St Leonards Artillery Volunteers.

Gas Works

1908 - 1910

Gas Works were a team established in 1908 for employees of the Queens Road Gas Works, now the site of Morrisons supermarket. The side played its games at Ore Valley and Goddens Farm.

1921 - 1922

Another gas works team was formed in 1921, but little is known about this side.

Griffins Athletic

1938 - 1939

Griffins Athletic competed for one season in the Hastings League before the outbreak of World War Two.

Halton Athletic

1914

See Vale Orton.

Hastings Banks

See United Banks.

Hastings & St Leonards

1875 - 1891

The first known Hastings & St Leonards Football Club was formed in 1875 as the football branch of the Hastings & St Leonards Amateur Athletic Club. The athletic club was possibly formed in 1868 and the football club mostly followed rugby rules. The first game played under association rules was in 1879 against New College from Eastbourne, however association games were a rare occurance and the club folded in 1891.

Following quotes are from Hastings & St Leonards Observer 24/04/1880…

"Mr Wright suggested that during the next season the club should play one or two assocation games."

"The chairman of the club seemed to be in favour of the rugby rules. They had arranged for four assocation matches, but three of these had to be put off because they could not get a team together."

1890 - 1906

For information about the club named Hastings & St Leonards between 1890 - 1906 read the history of Hastings & St Leonards.

1913 - 1914

For information about the club referred to as Hastings & St Leonards between 1913 - 1914 read the history of St Leonards Amateurs.

1921 - 1976

For information about the club named Hastings & St Leonards between 1921 - 1976 read the history of Hastings United.

Hastings & St Leonards Amateurs

1906 - 1907

Hastings & St Leonards Amateurs were established in 1906 and partly took on the identity of Hastings & St Leonards, playing in red and blue. The team played on the Central Ground but only survived one season.

1913 - 1914

For information about the club named Hastings & St Leonards Amateurs between 1913 - 1914 read the history of St Leonards Amateurs.

1921 - 1976

For information about the club referred to as Hastings & St Leonards Amateurs between 1921 - 1976 read the history of Hastings United.

Hastings & St Leonards Postal

1902 - 1910

The third team in the borough known to be formed for local postal workers.

See also: Post Office.

Hastings & St Leonards Swifts

1889 - 1892

Hastings & St Leonards Swifts was the first club in the area to be formed exclusively as an association football club. The Swifts were formed in 1889 and entered both the Sussex Junior and Senior Cups for the 1889-1890 season, though it is currently unknown how far they progressed. The clubs life was short lived as they folded in 1892.

Hastings & West Marina Locomotive

1907

Hastings & West Marina Locomotive were a team formed for local railway workers and played at Bopeep.

Hastings Alliance

1889 - 1897

The football branch of the Hastings & St Leonards Alliance Amatuer Athletic Club was first recorded playing fixtures in 1889. The Athletic club was formed in 1887 and published its own monthly magazine, in which an 1892 edition lists games against Ashford Victoria, Highbury House, Eastbourne College, University School, Rye, Hastings Grammar School, St Leonards School, Battle and East Hastings. By 1897 the Alliance club were defunct, possibly merged with Hastings Athletic Club and Hastings & St Leonards FC took over as main football users of the Central Recreation Ground.

Hastings Albion

1934 - 1939

Hastings Albion was formed in 1934 as Hotels United, the team changed name in 1937.

Hastings Athletic

1875 - 1891

For information about the club referred to as Hastings Athletic between 1875 - 1891 read the history of Hastings & St Leonards FC.

1905 - 1912

Hastings Athletic were founded in 1905 as Clerks Athletic the team spent most of its existence playing home games at Moon’s Field and Drapers Field in Silverhill. The side changed name to Hastings & St Leonards Athletic in 1908 and spent a season playing at Horntye.

2010s

Hastings Athletic who currently field numerous youth teams, entered an adult side into the East Sussex League for one season in 2010s.

Hastings Central

1923

Litte information known about this team, possibly from the Hastings Central School?

1937 - 1939

Hastings Central Old Boys competed in the Hastings League for two seasons; the BOS was their home pitch.

Another team formed in connection to the Hastings Central School were Old Centmodians.

Hastings Corporation

c1900

The Hastings Corporation first formed a team c1900.

1927

The Hastings Corporation Sports Club established a team also referred to as Hastings Corporation Athletic; games were played on the East Hill.

1933 - 1937

The Hastings Corporation Electricity Department (HCED) entered a team into the Hastings League for three seasons. The East Hill was initially the teams home ground before moving onto the BOS.

1951 - ????

Hastings Electricity were formed in 1951 and entered the Hastings League; the club were playing their home games at Harrow Lane in 1952.

Hastings Invicta

1905 - 1909

Hastings Invicta were formed in 1905 and competed for the Brassey and Hillier Cups. The team mostly played their home games at the East Hill, also using Moon’s Field at Silverhill for a brief period.

1920 - 1922

This team played for two seasons and used Goddens Field for home fixtures.

Hastings Juniors

1919 - 1925

Hastings Juniors competed for the Hillier and Old Boys (Wednesday) Cup and later entered the Hastings League. Home fixtures were played at Bopeep and then the East Hill.

Hastings Labour

1952 - ????

Hastings Labour joined the Hastings League in 1954 and home games were played at Bulverhythe.

See also: Junior Labour.

Hastings Locomotive

1922

Hastings Nomads

1900 - 1903

Hastings Nomads were formed in 1900 as Normanhurst Nomads, the team changed name in 1902. The side played its games firstly at Ore Valley and then the East Hill.

Hastings Orient

1908 - 1914

Hastings Orient were formed in 1908 and reported in the Hastings & St Leonards Observer to have “recently rose Phoenix-like from the ashes of the Emmanuel Athletic”.

Hastings Police

1896

A Hastings Police football team was first formed in 1896, the side played games at the West Hill and Central Ground, but they barely lasted one season.

1920 - ????

A police team was established in 1920 who played Wednesday fixtures, the side played in a police competition and used the pitch at Hickmans Field; the side were able to use the Observer sports ground from 1929.

Hastings Rangers

1909 - 1911

Formed in 1909 as West Hill Athletic, the team played on the East Hill and West Hill before folding in 1911.

1919 - 2018

Hastings Rangers old emblem

Hastings Rangers were established in 1919, though there are records of a previous Hastings Rangers club, there are no records to indicate the two clubs are linked. Rangers played in the Hastings League before joining the East Sussex League in 1926, a year later they became the first users of the newly laid out Bulverhythe ground and soon became permanent tenants, having previously played at the East Hill and the Pilot Field upper pitch.

In 1952 the club became founder members of the Sussex County League Division Two and later spent four seasons playing in Division One, before dropping back into Division Two, where they remained until 1973. Rangers were forced to drop out of the County League following a mass exodus of players and the resignation of manager John Brook. The last few years of the clubs existence were a turbulent one, which saw them withdraw from the East Sussex League in the mid-2010s, the adult side reformed but were unable to reach their centenary year, though Hastings Rangers Youth are still running.

Hastings Rifles

1897 - 1898

Hastings Rifles were formed in 1897 for volunteers of the 2nd Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers, possibly in connection with the Rock-a-Nore Drill hall which had opened in 1896. The team played games on the East Hill, however only lasted one season.

See also: 230th Sussex Battery RA, Engineer Volunteers and St Leonards Artillery Volunteers.

Hastings Rovers

1895 - 1902

Hastings Rovers were formed in 1895 as All Saints Rovers and played their home games at the East Hill. The club changed name to in 1897 and would last another five seasons before disbanding.

1905

There are records of a Hastings Rovers in 1905, but no more information is known about the club.

1910 - 1913

Formed as Municipal Employes in 1910 the team changed name to Hastings Rovers in 1912; home games were played on the East Hill.

Hastings Tramways

1905 - 1922

The Hastings & District Electric Tramways company was set up in 1905 and the football club was established the same year. As well as competing in local competitions, the side also played in a national competition against tramway teams from other towns; games were played at Silverhill and Bopeep.

Hastings Trinity

1897 - 1898

Hastings Trinity were formed c1897 as Holy Trinity and changed name the same year, before disappearing a year later. The team played its games at the East Hill and West Hill.

May possibly have changed name to Trinity United.

Hastings Wanderers

1914

See United Banks.

1935 - 1939

Hastings Wanderers initially competed in the Hastings Wednesday Division for a season before entering the Saturday Divisions. Gilridge and then Harrow Lane were used for home games.

Hastings Wednesday

1907 - 1918

Hastings Wednesday were also referred to as Wednesday Athletic and formed in 1907. The team played games at Silverhill and Ore Valley; It was reported in one edition of the Hastings & St Leonards Observer that a game was played at Laton Road.

Hastings YMCA

1910 - 1935

The Hastings YMCA formed a football team in 1910, the club played in local competitions whilst also competing in a regional YMCA competition. The club played at Horntye, Hickmans Field, BOS, East Hill and Harrow Lane.

Havenhurst Swifts

1901 - 1906

Havenhurst Swifts for the Hillier Cup and home games were played at Bopeep.

Horntye Swifts

1898 - 1902

Horntye Swifts were formed in 1898 as Hornty Swifts (note the missing ‘e’) and spent one season playing at the venue they were named after. The team went onto use Silverhill, Ore Valley and Moon’s Field in Silverhill for home games before folding in 1902.

Hollington CCC

1895

Not much known about this club who were the first recorded football team to represent Hollington.

Hollington Church Lads Brigade

1903

The Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade is a scout group formed in 1891, the Hollington Church Lads Brigade was also referred to as Old Church Lads Brigade and was playing games in 1903.

Hollington Old Church

1921 - 1939

Hollington Old Church FC was founded in 1921 and spent their first eight seasons playing home games on a pitch known as Blacklands Terrace, located in Hollington Old Church Road. The team spent its short history in the Hastings League and would also play home games at Harrow Lane and Wishing Tree Road before the outbreak of World War Two. The club never reformed following the war and the only branch of the Hollington Old Church club that still exists is the bowls club.

Hollington St Johns

1921 - 1925

Hollington St Johns were also known as Hollington Boys Club and the team was established by members of St Johns Hollington Boys Club; games were played at Blacklands Terrace located on Old Church Road.

There was also a previous club connected to the church named St Johns Hollington United.

Hollington Scouts

1912

Hollington Wesleyan PSA

1907 - 1912

Hollington United

1901 - 1904

There are records of a Hollington United team playing in the area between 1901 – 1904, who the present day club are possibly named after, who have their founding year as 1899. But there are no records of this club playing after 1904.

1907 - 1914

See: St Johns Hollington United.

Hollington United emblem

1914 - Present

There are records of previous Hollington teams playing as early as 1895 and the club claim to have been founded in 1899, which was a club who existed from around that time until 1904. The year of the current clubs formation is unclear, but according to Observer records the club were seemingly formed c1914 as Silverdale United, who reformed in 1920 and changed name to Hollington United in 1921. The club started out playing local football and their first permanent home was at Silverhill Park, before going onto play at Old Church Road and Wishing Tree Road in the 1930s.

Following the Second World War they once again established themselves as a prominent local team and spent a short time using a pitch located down Windmill Road and at Silverhill, before moving back to the Gibbons Memorial Field. Despite finishing the 1951-52 season in second place behind Rye United in the East Sussex League, the club did not join the newly formed Sussex County League Division Two. Following the 2017-18 season which saw the side win the East Sussex Premier, the Lions finally made the step up above East Sussex Football, joining the Mid-Sussex Premier for the 2018-19 season, which has been made a step 7 league – the same standard as the Southern Combination Division Two. A second place finish was achieved in their first season and the side won the Sussex Intermediate Cup.

Read an article about Hollington United by David Bauckham on his website.

Hotels United

1934 - 1939

See Hastings Albion.

Incogs

1908 - 1911

Incogs were a team reported in the Observer as being “composed of boys picked from elementary schools of the borough”.

Junior Club Tackleway

1916 - Present

The Junior Club Tackleway was founded by the vicar of All Saints Church as a boys club in 1916, based in an old school hall in Tackleway initial activities were gymnastics and boxing. Football was introduced later on as well as table tennis, the only two surviving branches of the club. The football club used the East Hill pitches for home fixtures, before being forced to move by the mid-1980s. The club were based at Sandrock for a short while before eventually moving to the newly laid out Dave Brown Memorial Field, Barley Lane in 1997.

Junior Conservatives

1910 - 1913

The Junior Conservatives were initially formed as a cricket club before forming a football team in 1910. The team played home games at Ore Valley and competed for the Brassey and Hillier Cups.

Junior Imperials

1924 - 1930

The Junior Imperials initially played at the East Hill before moving onto the BOS; the team competed in the Hastings Wednesday Division.

Junior Labour

1925 - 1929

Junior Labour were also referred to as Young Labour. The team were members of the Hastings League and played home games at the East Hill.

See also: Hastings Labour.

Lunsford Athletic

1929

This team lasted one season and played their games at Harley Shute.

Maidstone Bus Company

1930

MASBRO

1922

MASBRO was formed for the employees of Mastin Brothers, a large drapers and clothiers shop.

1930

Another team was established as well as a cricket team, but existence was also short lived.

Municipal Employes

1910 - 1913

See: Hastings Rovers.

National Old Boys (NOBS)

1898 - 1904

National Old Boys were formed in 1898 in connection to the National School in St Leonards, the team played on pitches reported as being at Bulverhythe, Filsham Park and Hollington, plus the well established football pitches at Drapers Field in Silverhill and the East Hill. In 1904 the club merged with St Leonards, with the first and second teams becoming St Leonards A and B.

Nil Desperandum

1891 - 1892

Nil Desperandum were based in St Leonards and played their games at the Green.

Normanhurst

1904 - 1905

Normanhurst Rovers competed for one season for the Hillier Cup.

1900 - 1903

See Hastings Nomads.

Observer Athletic

1903 - ????

The sports club established for employees of the Hastings & St Leonards Observer founded its football team in 1903. The side played at various venues around the borough including Bopeep, Moon’s Field, Silverhill, Ore Valley, Harley Shute, East Hill, Summerfields and Wells Field. It was reported in 1921 that the team had not entered any competitions due to difficulties in finding a home ground. A field located at Downs Road was obtained in 1927 and become home to sports club, with the football club playing here in addition to the cricket, stoolball, bowls and tennis teams.

An earlier team formed for Observer employees who played between 1893 - 1896 was called Claremont Rovers.

Old Centmodians

1946 - 2008

Old Centmodians were founded in 1946 for former pupils of the Central Modern School and started life in the Hastings League. Old Cents joined the East Sussex League in 1960 and enjoyed a long spell in the league before folding in 2008.

See also: Hastings Central Old Boys.

Old Hastonians

Old Hastonians emblem

1894 - 1909 / 1933 - 2017

Old Hastonians were established in 1894 for former pupils of Hastings Grammar School, who themselves first fielded football teams in 1899. The club initially played local football and used the Grammar School field at Ore Valley as their home pitch, whilst also using the pitch at the Sports Ground for a brief stint before folding in 1909.

The club reformed in 1933 and won Division One of the Hastings League the second season after their return, earning promotion to the East Sussex League. The side remained in the league until the outbreak of World War Two. The club reformed following the year and spent many years in the East Sussex League.

The club was inactive for a period during the 2000s, but the Stones were revived following a name change from Guestling FC in 2013. The side reached the East Sussex Premier before withdrawing from the league before the commencement of the 2017-18 season.

Ore & Clive Vale

1900

Ore & Clive Vale Harriers were recorded playing games at Ore in 1900.

1903

There was a Ore & Clive Vale team, also referred to as Christ Church, who played in 1903.

1919 - 1920

There was team called Ore & Clive Vale who played on the East Hill for one season.

Ore

1920 - 1923

For the club named Ore United see St Helens.

1923

Ore Juniors played for one season and used the East Hill for games.

1923

Ore Wednesday were a team who played for one season.

1926 - 1927

A team named Ore United played for one season.

1937 - ????

Ore United was formed in 1937 and before the Second World War were reported to be playing at Fairlight and Burgess Field. The club reformed after the war and used the Pilot Field upper pitch for the 1946-47 season.

Pain Brothers

1901 - 1902

The Pain Brothers were watch makers whose products are still sought after at antique auctions. One can only assume the team was formed in connection to their company.

Peche Hill Select

1991 - Present

Peche Hill Select emblem

Peche Hill Select were formed in 1991 and have spent their years in the East Sussex League, quickly rising through the divisions to reach the Premier Division in 1998. Peche remained in the East Sussex top flight until 2016, where they withdrew from the league after finishing the season as champions. However the club reformed and as of 2021 field two sides in Division One and Division Two.

Pelham Rangers

1923

Plummers

1937 - 1939

Plummers FC was established for employees of Pummer Roddis (later bought by Debenhams), the team competed for two seasons and had use of the Observer Sports Ground.

Post Office

1893 / 1895 - 1896

A team for postal workers was first formed in 1893 but barely lasted one season. Another postal team was formed two years later in 1895, but this clubs existence was also short lived. Both clubs used the East Hill for matches.

See also: Hastings & St Leonards Postal.

Radcliffes Athletic

1931 - 1936

Radcliffes Athletic competed in the Hastings League for two seasons, playing their home games at Ore Valley; Bulverhythe was also occasionally used.

Railway United

1931 - 1933

Railway United was established for railway workers, the team competed in the Hastings League for two seasons. Bulverhythe was the sides’ home ground.

Red Lake

1946 - 1949

Red Lake Rangers entered the Hastings League in 1946 using the BOS as their home pitch; the team started using Hurst Court the following season.

Regnal United

1937 - 1939

Regnal United competed in the Hastings League for two seasons and played home fixtures at Harrow Lane and the BOS.

Rock-a-Nore

1893 - 1921

For the history of Rock-a-Nore between 1893 - 1921 read the history of Hastings & St Leonards FC.

1921 - 1954 / 1979 - Present

The current club were founded as Old Town Athletic in 1920, before changing name and taking on the identity of Rock-a-Nore in 1921, who’d been renamed Hastings & St Leonards FC just weeks previously. Just like the old club, the Rocks home pitch was at the East Hill, though a season was spent at the Pilot Field upper pitch and Hickmans Field.

The club folded after the 1953-54 season, before reforming in 1979 and currently play the East Sussex League, having been one of the strongest teams in the league from the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s.

St Clements

1891 - 1939

St Clements were founded 1891 and the East Hill was their home. The club were reported to have had their own pitch at the Golf Links, Barley Lane in 1912 and were also reported to have used a pitch near Fairlight around this time. The club were reformed as St Clements United in 1926, before dropping United from their title around 1929. The club folded in 1939 due to the outbreak of World War Two and never made a return after the conflict had ended.

1892 - 1893

St Clements Rovers were separate club to St Clements FC who also played at the East Hill, but were only in existence for one season.

1924 - 1939

St Clements United were formed in 1924 and would drop United from their name in 1929; the East Hill was used for home games.

St Helens

1900 - 1905

The team was formed c1900 and played games at Ore and North Seat.

1920 - 1923

Formed in 1920 as Ore United, the team played on pitches at Toll Meadow (location unknown) and later Wells Field, located near Mount Pleasant.

2000s

There was a team named St Helens who competed in the East Sussex League in the 2000s.

St Johns Hollington United

1907 - 1914

St Johns Hollington United was formed in 1907 and the team played its home games at Drapers Field and Moons Field in Silverhill. Team colours were an interesting mix of “chocolate and amber with navy blue knickers”, in 1909 it was reported money was owed to Hastings Athletic for use of the Silverhill pitch, months after the side had played their last game before folding. The club made a brief return before the outbreak of the First World War.

There was a team who competed between 1921 - 1925 named Hollington St Johns.

St Leonards Albion

1912 - 1913

St Leonards Albion competed for the Elca-Hillier Shield for one season; the team played their home games at Horntye and then Fairlight.

St Leonards Artillery Volunteers

1901

St Leonards Artillery Volunteers were team formed for volunteers of the 2nd Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers who were based in the Hatherly Road Drill Hall. However the side barely lasted one season.

See also: 230th Sussex Battery RA, Engineer Volunteers and Hastings Rifles.

St Leonards Athletic

1912 - 1921

The team was formed in 1912 and played home games at the Green and Bopeep.

1937 - 1939

The team finished bottom of the Hastings Wednesday League for two successive seasons; home games were played at Bulverhythe.

St Leonards Social

???? - Present

St Leonards Social FC emblem

St Leonards Swifts

1900 - 1903

St Leonards Swifts were formed in 1900 as Christ Church FC, but the club changed name that same year; multiple venues in St Leonards were used by the club including The Green, Bopeep, Moons Field and Drapers Field at Silverhill and Horntye.

St Leonards United

1922

St Leonards United was formed in 1922 and bears no relation to the former professional club; the side barely lasted one season.

St Leonards Wanderers

1896 - 1898

St Leonards Wanderers lasted two seasons and played games at the Green, Bopeep and Horntye.

St Mary's

1892 - 1897

St Mary’s was formed in 1892 the club played mostly at the East Hill but also occasionally played home games on the West Hill.

1902

There are records of a St Mary's FC in 1902, but no more information is known about the club.

1905 - 1906

St Mary’s United competed for one season in the Hillier Cup.

St Matthews

1900 - 1903

St Matthews United entered the inaugural Hillier Cup and the team played matches at Drapers Field, Moon’s Field and at the Green.

1914 - 1927

St Matthews Sports were formed as St Matthews by members of the St Matthews Sports Club, who were based at St Matthews Mission Hall; the team competed in the Hastings League.

St Michaels

1902 -1907

St Michaels were formed as part of the St Michaels Cricket and Football Club based at the Holy Trinity in Hastings Town Centre; the team played its home games at Horntye, Bopeep and Ore Valley and spent one season competing for the Hillier Cup.

St Peters

1914 - 1925

For the club referred to as St Peters, see Bohemia St Peters.

St Saviours

1927

St Saviours used a pitch on Bulverhythe for home games.

Silverhill

1894

A Silverhill Football Club was formed in 1894 at the Welcome Stranger, but there are no records of the club having actually played any games.

1922 - 1925

Silverhill Juniors were formed in 1922 and played their games at Harrow Lane.

1926 - 1927

Silverhill Presbyterians played for one season at Harrow Lane and Old Church Road.

1931

A team named Silverhill Rangers was formed in 1931 but little is known about them.

1934 - 1939

Silverhill Old Boys was formed in 1934 and competed in the Hastings Wednesday League from 1935. Home fixtures were played at Harrow Lane.

Silverton

1936 - 1936

Silverton United competed in the Hastings Wednesday Division for the 1935-36 season.

South Coast Wanderers

1894 - 1895

South Coast Wanderers were formed in 1894 and played home games at the Green, however the side only lasted on season.

South Saxons

1881 - 1939

The South Saxons club was an amateur athletic club based in St Leonards who were formed in 1877 at a gym located on the Marina. The club were early pioneers of football, but more practised playing the rugby code before playing the first association game in 1881 at the Green, going onto enter the inaugural Sussex Senior Challenge Cup in 1882. The club reformed in 1892 and went onto win the Carlisle Cup the first two years after it was set up.

The football team first started playing at Bopeep in 1898; two years after the Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club obtained the ground but would disband in the years leading up to the First World War. The club reformed in 1929 and played up until the outbreak of World War Two. The football club never reformed and the only remaining branch of the South Saxons are the hockey club, who were founded in 1895.

Stewarts Ltd

1936 - 1939

Stewarts Ltd played in the Hastings League for three seasons and home games were played at Harrow Lane.

Timpsons Athletic

1933 - 1934

Timpsons was a coach company who had branches in Hastings, Woolwich and Lee Green. A team was established for local employees who competed in the Hastings League for one season; the home ground was reported to be situated at St Helens Road.

Trinity United

1898

Not confirmed but may possibly be the same club as Hastings Trinity following a name change?

1926

United Banks

1914 - 1923

United Banks was formed as Hastings Banks and also referred to as Hastings Wanderers for a brief period; the team played at Ore Valley and then Bopeep.

United Trades

1923

United Clothiers

1910

Vale Orton

1914 - 1925

Vale Orton was founded in 1914 as Halton Athletic and the club changed name in 1919. The team initially played home games at Goddens Field, before moving onto the BOS in 1922.

Victoria Rangers

1945 - 1946

Victoria Rangers competed for one season following the reformation of the Hastings League after World War Two; the team used Wishing Tree Road for home games.

Wellington Square Baptist Church

1905

West End United

1921 - 1922

West End United played for one season and played on a pitch located at Harley Shute.

West Hill

1898

West Hill Rovers were recorded playing games on the West Hill in 1898. However there are no other records of the club in the following years.

1905 - 1907

West Hill Swifts were formed in 1905 as West Hill FC and the team were using Silverhill for games in 1906. The team competed for the Hillier Cup for two seasons, winning the competition both times.

1909 - 1911

Team was formed in 1909 as West Hill Athletic who then in 1910 changed name to Hastings Rangers.

1923

West Hill United were in existence for one season before disappearing.

2009 - Present

West Hill United were formed in 2009 and currently play in Division Five of the East Sussex League. Home games are played at Bulverhythe, having previously played at William Parker.

West Marina

1901

West Marina played for one season at Bopeep but did not enter any competitions.

Woodwards Sports

1938 - 1939

Woodward Sports played for one season and used a pitch named Gilridge, situated at Hillside Road, north of the Hastings Grammar School grounds.

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231st Sussex Battery RA

1923 - 1929

Team formed from the 231st (Sussex) Field Battery of the 58th (H.C.) Field Brigade of the Royal Artillery Territorial Army from Bexhill.

Battle Hill

1919

Battle Rangers

1894 - 2012

Battle Rangers were initially founded in 1894 as Battle FC and reformed once more in 1904; there had also been another Battle club founded in 1890 who played for two years. The club first played friendly fixtures before entering the Hastings FA administrated Carlisle and Brassey cup competitions for the 1905-06 season. In 1909 they became founder members of the Sedlescombe District League and its successor the Battle League in 1934, the same year they changed name to Battle Rangers. Battle joined the East Sussex League in 1938, returning after the Second World War, where they remained until 1955 when they were accepted into Division Two of the Sussex County League. The side spent twelve seasons in the County League before dropping out to return to the East Sussex League in 1967. The club folded before the 2012-13 season.

Battle Town

Battle Baptists FC emblem

2004 - Present

Battle Town were established in 2004 as Battle Baptists, the side grew from an informal side who had been formed to play against Beulah Baptist Church for the annual Neville Barnett Trophy. The club entered the East Sussex League in 2004 and have since expanded to field three adult sides, with the firsts playing in the East Sussex Premier. In 2020 the club changed name to Battle Town, though the club remain closely linked to the church.

See also: An article about Battle Town by David Bauckham on his website. Plus another article from his first visit.

Bexhill Rovers

???? - Present

Bexhill Rovers FC emblem

Burwash

1890 - 2019

Burwash FC emblem

Catsfield

1906 - Present

Catsfield FC emblem

Catsfield were established in 1906 and reformed in 2001 having disbanded after the 1996/97 season.

Crowhurst United

1898

Crowhurst

1923 - Present

Crowhurst FC emblem

East Guldeford

1921

Guestling

1927

There was a team from Guestling established in 1927.

???? - 2013

Guestling Rangers was established as a youth football club and the oldest age group entered adult football in 2007. The side dropped ‘Rangers’ from their name and soon fielded two sides in the East Sussex League. By the 2012-13 season the club fielded one adult team who went onto change name to Old Hastonians prior to the 2013-14 season.

Hawkhurst United

1891 - Present

Hawkhurst United FC emblem

Herstmonceux

1900 - Present

Herstmonceux FC emblem

Hooe

1907 - Present

Hooe FC emblem

Hutchinson Brothers

1927

Hutchinson Brothers was a team from Battle, who were recorded playing their games at Crowhurst.

Icklesham Casuals

Icklesham Casuals emblem

1937 - Present

Icklesham Casuals were founded in 1937 by William Dunlop, who remained an important ever present figure until he passed away in 1988. Since their formation the club have played at Icklesham Recreation Ground, having also made use of grounds at Pannel Lane in Pett and at Guestling when their home pitch has been unavailable or fielding a third team. The club initially played in the Hastings League and then the Eastbourne and Hastings League following a merger of the two leagues. In 1987 they joined the East Sussex League where they still compete.

The club has seen a number of players make over 500 appearances for the club, some even reaching 600, 700 and 800 appearances. A remarkable 1000 appearances has been achieved by Martin Tytherleigh who joined the club in the late 1980s.

See also: Icklesham have a good history section on their website, where you can also view their collection of photos from throughout their history. Also read an article about Icklesham Casuals by David Bauckham on his website.

Mountfield United

1909 - Present

Mountfield United were established in 1909 as Mountfield FC, the club spent their formative years competing in the Battle, Sedlescombe and Ticehurst Leagues, before entering the Hastings League in 1936. The club now play in the East Sussex League and play their home games at Riverhall, having previously played on pitch located by the A21 at John’s Cross, on the opposite side to the old John’s Cross Inn. Mountfield have also temporarily used pitches at Claverham School and Netherfield Recreation Ground.

Northiam 75

1975 - Present

Northiam 75 FC emblem

Orington

???? - Present

Orington FC emblem

Orington currently play at Bexhill College having previously played at Bexhill Road, Netherfield and Hillcrest School.

Old Town Lions

2019 - Present

Old Town Lions FC emblem

Robertsbridge United

1896 - Present

Robertsbridge United emblem

Robertsbridge United were founded in 1896, possibly reformed in 1905 and spent their early history playing in the Battle, Sedlescombe and Ticehurst Leagues; the club later joined the Hastings League before progressing to the East Sussex League in 1937. The club disbanded in 2000 following the flooding of the village, which wiped out their home pitch at the Clappers and changing facilities. However the club reformed in 2002 and have worked their way up to the East Sussex Premier.

SC Pass + Move

2017 - Present

SC Pass + Move FC emblem

Sedlescombe Rangers

1981 - Present

Sedlescombe Rangers FC emblem

South Coast Athletico

2017 - Present

South Coast Athletico FC emblem

South Coast Athletico were formed in 2017 and has rapidly progressed up the East Sussex League Division; the teams' home pitch is at Bexhill College.

Ticehurst

1895 - Present

Ticehurst FC emblem

Three Oaks

1927

Wadhurst United

1972 - Present

Wadhurst Unted was formed in 1973 by the amalgamation of Wadhurst FC and Wadhurst Toc H, the former being founded in 1890. In 1964 Wadhurst were invited to join Division Two of the Sussex County League, winning promotion in 1966-67. The side spent three seasons in Division One before being relegated following a bottom place finish; they spent another two seasons in the league but then were not elected back due to the sloping nature of their pitch at Washwell Lane.

After leaving the County League in 1972, Wadhurst became founder members of the Southern Counties Combination, winning the league twice and the Sussex Intermediate Cup in 1975-76. Following the demise of the Southern Counties Combination, the club joined the East Sussex League ahead of the 1988-89 season and won the Premier Division in 1992-93. The club went onto win the Premier Division another three times and after their 2002-03 success rejoined the Sussex County League. The side more than held their own during the three seasons in Division Three of the County League, where they had relocated to Sparrows Green, but dropped out after the 2005-06 season, making a return to Washwell Lane where the club are still located.

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