2015 senior schedule released
3rd March 2015
The Essex Spartans are thrilled to announce the senior fixtures for the upcoming 2015 season.
The programme sees the return of old opponents Ipswich Cardinals, London Hornets and Bury Saints, as well as welcoming two new teams to the fold this year.
West London-based outfit Wembley Stallions, and a new development squad from the highly established and successful London Blitz, complete the 5-team BAFA National League South conference.
Two of the ten games will take place on a Saturday night with a later 7pm kick-off, with the final game of the season against Wembley Stallions being played in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness on 1st August.
Click here for our full fixture list.
5th February 2015
We are saddened to have to announce that Kent Exiles Head Coach Tony Bainbridge has passed away following a longstanding battle with crohns disease. The whole Exiles family are in shock, and the thoughts of the Spartans family are firmly with our friends in Kent and Tony's family at this heartbreaking time.
Tony had a longstanding relationship with Britball, both as a player and a coach at teams such as the Maidstone Pumas, Brighton Tsunami, London Olympians and of course the Exiles. His enthusiasm and knowledge will be a huge loss for the entire British American Football community.
The Exiles family, and all of Britball, are mourning the loss of a big man.
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
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.