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Mixed fortunes for the Spartans

A weekend of highs and lows for the Spartans, as one team secured a playoff spot while another saw their postseaon hopes dashed with an upset.

Saturday saw the Spartans Academy U17's travel to Colchester for their final regular season tournament of 2015. By the time the dust settled, the Spartans had claimed two victories over the hosting Colchester Gladiators and London Warriors, but fallen to the Kent Exiles in a real nailbiter 12-14. However, the two victories were enough to see the young Spartans secure second place in the Division, and with it, the top seed from the South East Conference going into the playoffs!

The Spartans must now wait until the final South West tournament on August 1st to learn their opponents and the location of the playoff tournament, which will be held at the end of August.

Sunday saw the senior team travel to Ipswich to take on the Cardinals, knowing only a victory would be enough to keep their playoff dreams alive. Sadly, it was not to be, the Cardinals pulling off a 14-21 upset victory. The full report can be found here.

In other senior games this weekend, the table-topping Bury Saints defeated the London Blitz B 42-6, and the Wembley Stallions took a huge step towards the postseason with a convincing 41-0 shutout of the London Hornets.

Two Spartans teams in action this weekend, as the senior team look to end their season on a high and the Academy U19's play their final home game of the season.

The seniors take on the Wembley Stallions in their second Saturday Night Lights game of the year, with this game designated as the "Wear It Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness charity game. Players and fans are encouraged to show their support and wear something pink as they cheer on the Spartans, who will be hoping to end the season on a high!

The next day, the Academy U19's welcome the undefeated East Kent Mavericks to Tony Palmer Field, hoping to end their home season with a victory.


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  • Essex Spartans 14 - 19 Bury Saints


    The Spartans opened their 2015 campaign with a hard-fought loss to the Bury Saints

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 12 - 31 London Blitz B


    The Spartans slipped to defeat in a tough contest, going down 12-31 to London Blitz B

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 12 - 22 London Hornets


    The Spartans showed real signs of improvement, but sadly slipped to their third defeat of the season against the visiting London Hornets

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 24 - 14 Ipswich Cardinals


    VICTORY! The Spartans took their first win against the visiting Ipswich Cardinals, 24-14

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 28 - 27 Wembley Stallions


    The Spartans went 2-for-2 with a thrilling 28-27 victory over League new boys Wembley Stallions.

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 6 - 55 Bury Saints


    The Spartans saw their winning streak snapped by the table-topping Bury Saints.

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 38 - 14 London Blitz B


    On an emotional Tony Palmer Night, the Spartans put the Blitz B to the sword under the Saturday Night Lights

    Full Report | Multimedia

  • Essex Spartans 24 - 24 London Hornets


    The Spartans continued their push for the playoffs with a thrilling 24-24 tie with the London Hornets

    Full Report

  • Essex Spartans 14 - 21 Ipswich Cardinals


    The Spartans saw their post-season hopes dashed with defeat at the hands of the Ipswich Cardinals

    Full Report

Tony Palmer

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.

RIP Tony.

Senior Game 10

Wembley Stallions

Hannakins Farm

Saturday, August 1st

7:00pm kickoff

Academy U19 Game 5

East Kent Mavericks

Hannakins Farm

Sunday, August 2nd

2:30pm kickoff

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