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.
Taster sessions underway!
24th November 2014
Taster sessions for the 2015 season are now underway!
The senior team will hold their third session at Play Football, Southend on Sunday, November 30th from 11am until 2pm. Anyone wishing to attend is advised to arrive at 10:30am for registration.
Following this session, the senior team return home for their final taster of 2014 - Hannakins Farm, Billericay on Sunday, December 7th from 12pm until 3pm. For more information, please email the team.
The Academy have now completed their three taster sessions, and move on to the next stage, two "Football 101" courses, geared towards new recruits who have never played our exciting sport before. These sessions will consist of some time in a classroom environment going through the basics of Academy football, before moving to the field and running through drills and exercises in full kit - remember those gumshields!
The first of these sessions will be held on Sunday, November 30th, from 11am until 2pm. The second session will be held on Sunday, December 14th, from 11am until 2pm. Both sessions will be held at our home ground of Hannakins Farm, Billericay.
For more details, please contact the Academy.
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!