17th October 2014
It is with great sadness and regret that we report the death of our founding father and chairman for more than 20 years, Tony Palmer. He passed away on 15th October.
Tony did not just found the team; he was the lifeblood of the club for 25 seasons and his commitment, dedication, work rate and love of the team was second to none. Not only did Tony dedicate 25 years of his life to Essex football, he also was involved in many other projects and events during his time in the sport including the North/South All Star games, and volunteering at Britbowl amongst others.
Tony was truly a special man and a real unique character, known and respected throughout British American football. I know there are many people who have benefitted greatly from his experience, wisdom and sense of humour over the years.
Tony is survived by his devoted wife Sue, who also did an enormous amount of work for the club; his daughter Donna, son-in-law Aaron (a former Spartan player) and a beloved granddaughter and grandson.
Our players and staff extend their condolences to all of Tony’s family and friends, and wish them peace at this difficult time.
He will be greatly missed.
Spartans Academy launched and trial dates announced
24th September 2014
The Essex Spartans are pleased to announce the formation of the new Essex Spartans Academy, which encorporates the Youth and Junior teams and encourages the Spartan nature of "one family" across all flavours of football.
Taking control with be new Academy Head Coach Steve Watson, who is keen to continue to build on the strong links already established between the young Spartans and the senior programme.
"The creation of the Spartan Academy allows our young players to really feel part of the Spartan organisation", said Watson. "The term 'Academy' dates back to the ancient Greeks, and refers to an institute of higher learning and research, so what better name for our developing players as they look to take the first steps in their football lives?
"I'm delighted to be at the helm of the new Spartan Academy, and to be able to help develop the Spartan superstars of tomorrow - I'm very excited about the future, and to us playing a key part in the Spartan family!"
The Essex Spartans Academy begins work with the "come and try" sessions, aimed at recruiting new players for the 2015 campaign. The first of three such sessions will be held at the Spartans home ground of Hannakins Farm, Billericay, on Wednesday, October 29th from 10am until 12pm. The second will be held at Central Park, Chelmsford on Sunday, 16th November from 10am until 12pm, and the third will be held at Hannakins Farm, Billericay on Sunday, 23rd November from 12pm until 2pm. For more information, please email the Academy.
The Essex Spartans Seniors also announced their dates for player trials - firstly at Central Park, Chelmsford on Sunday, 16th November from 12pm until 3pm, then Parsoles Park, Dagenham on Sunday, November 23rd from 12pm until 3pm, Play Football, Southend, on Sunday, November 30th from 11am until 2pm, and finally Hannakins Farm, Billericay on Sunday, December 7th from 12pm until 3pm. For more information, please email the team.
Essex Spartans 26 - 28 Bury Saints
The Spartans ended their 2014 campaign with a hard-fought loss to the Bury Saints
Essex Spartans 32 - 28 Ipswich Cardinals
The Spartans bounced back with a hard-fought victory over the Ipswich Cardinals
Essex Spartans 8 - 38 Kent Exiles
The Spartans hosted their second Saturday Night Lights game of the season, but went down 8-38 to the visiting Kent Exiles
Essex Spartans 8 - 55 Ouse Valley Eagles
The Spartans were unable to snap their losing streak, going down 8-55 to the Ouse Valley Eagles
Essex Spartans 6 - 35 Watford Cheetahs
The first "Saturday Night Lights" game of 2014 ended in defeat as the Watford Cheetahs left with a 35-6 victory.
Essex Spartans 6 - 37 Kent Exiles
The Spartans slipped to defeat against the Kent Exiles in 2014's "Battle Of The Bridge" Rivalry game.
Essex Spartans 36 - 8 London Hornets
The Spartans took on another new team and came away with the victory, 36-8 over the London Hornets.
Essex Spartans 69 - 0 Maidstone Pumas
The Spartans achieved their first win of 2014 in convincing fashion, a 69-0 shutout of old foes Maidstone Pumas.
Essex Spartans 13 - 19 Bury Saints
The 2014 season started with a defeat for the Spartans at the hands of one of the new teams entering League competition in 2014, the Bury Saints
Cecil Martin visits the Spartans
11th April 2013The Spartans would like to thank Sky NFL TV presenter and former NFL player Cecil Martin for his recent visit to Hannakins Farm, which was an incredible success.
Cecil conducted an hour-long coaching session for children between the ages of 10-18, followed by an hour of questions and answers, a short speech, and some time for autographs and photographs. With the April showers holding off just long enough, the training session was well attended with various members of the Spartans coaching staff and senior team able to assist Cecil and learn from the great man himself.
The motivational skills of Cecil were evident in his address to those attending the event, and some interesting questions provoked some truly insprirational responses.
For more, read our special report written by the Spartans own Conor Porter here. Additionally, the Spartans were delighted to be joined by Emma Webb, a freelance sports journalist who has had her article and interview with Cecil published on the Sport.co.uk website - the article can be found here, with the interview here. Great work by both Conor and Emma!
Thanks again Cecil!