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C O M M E N T S / H I G H L I G H T S
FAC 1q Woking   1-3            
FAT 1q Croydon   0-5            
HC 2nd Met Police 0-3            
LSC 3q Welling United 1-2            
SSC 1st Egham Town 0-1            
SCC 1st Wokingham Town 0-3            
Ho= me Ground: West Street, Ewell              
Be= rger Isthmian League First Division              
Po= sition 10th out of 22                
Chairman:     Ian Grant              
Treasurer     Alf Cooper              
Secretary     Stan Bailey            
Manager     Pat O'Connell            
Re= serve Manager   Graham Hemphrey (39)          
Pr= ess Secretary   Dave Wilson            
Me= mbership Secretary Ivor Smith              
So= cial Secretary   Nigel Anstis            
Co= mmittee: Dave Ellins, Jimmy James, Vic Lumm, George Nathan, Graham Peacock, Wilf S= mith    
Hi= tachi to sponsor Epsom for 78-79 season            
Cl= ub announces profit of 96 for last season            
Ju= ne 78 Chessington United fete includes a Superstars style competition. Epsom's = team came third.    
Ga= ry Butler leaves the club for more first team football.            
Ju= ne 78 Future player Peter Gaydon plays for Epsom & Ewell FC at cricket as a guest. Currently    
he= is Carshalton captain.                
Wi= llie Bennett leaves after 1 game for Chessington Utd with Arthur Evans who becomes manager.    
E= vans had been reserve team manager at Epsom under Mike Christie before O'Connell c= ame in. Evans is  
38= and married with four children, and played for Fulham Juniors before a leg injury end= ed his career.    
D= ave Ritman and Trevor Wales are already there. Steve Jones, Elvin Box and Marvin Hou= gh all go there too.  
J= uly 78 Epsom & Ewell FC defeat Ewell Village at cricket. First ever win in five matches over recent years.  
Ma= ny players and Dave Wilson, Danny Dunwoody, Colin Bell.          
To= ny Coombe joins Carshalton Athletic for a while. Due to be married in December 78.<= /td>      
Fr= ank Allen also makes the same journey.              
Ad= rian Hill signed from Croydon, and Dave Turner signed from Dorking        
Jo= e Palladino joins from Banstead.              
Di= ck Vincent is moving to Chelmsford for business anyway.          
Ke= ith Abbott leaves for Dorking, while Dave Hall moves to Fisher Athletic.        
T= ommy McCready was considering retirement, but Micky Lyel requires a cartilage operation, so he will  
pr= obably play on. He plays all season!              
N= ew local youngster Roger Breen also joins the club. HT on debut for Reserves in friendly v Chessington  
on 3/8/78.                    
AG= M 19/7/78 at clubhouse. A small profit of 96 was made which was deemed unsatisfactory= by Ian    
Gr= ant if they want to progress. Graham Peacock was re-elected to the Committee while Pe= ter Smith    
t= akes Dave Ellins place as Vice-Chairman, but he remains on the Committee too. Over = 40 present, but  
no= t yet clear if it was Monday or Tuesday that the meeting was held.        
7/= 8/78 Stan Bailey suffers a heart attack while at work. He is making good progress i= n St Thomas'    
Ho= spital, Waterloo.                  
19= /8/78 Opened the season with a 3-2 loss at Finchley.            
22= /8/78 Late late winner from the spot for Horsham. Lost 2-1 at West Street.        
22= /8/78 Horsham were managed by former player Terry "Tex" Wiltshire. Pr= og numbered 1.    
Au= g 78 Micky Lyel will be out for 12 weeks while Alan Webb has an operation this week, both with    
ca= rtilage trouble. Willie Bennett, now with Chessington is injured again and career= is in doubt.    
26= /8/78 Makeshift Epsom side lose at home 2-1 to Harlow. Prog numbered 2.      
2= 8/8/78 First win of the season and first goal for Tuite as Epsom win 1-0 at Aveley's M= ill Field ground.  
2/9/78 Addlestone are defeated 2-0 at home in the FA C= up. Future players Andy Abel and Roy Beswick played
as= did former player Paul Butler.                
5/9/78 Lewes are defeated 6-1 with a Tuite HT largely responsible. 5-0 up at HT. Programme numbered 3 even
t= hough the Addlestone one should have been 3. This was the last one to be numbered f= or over 30 years.  
Sept 78 Epsom get past Hounslow in an FA Trophy replay= but Woking end their FA Cup interest the following
we= ek by a score of 3-1. Two of the Woking goals are scored by future player Alan Morton.    
19/9/78 A 2-0 win for Epsom ended Wokingham's unbeaten record. Confusion over the date but Wokingham programme
co= nfirms the date as 19/09/78 which was a Tuesday.            
14= /10/78 Heavy 5-0 loss to Croydon in FA Trophy, but they were top of the Premier at the time.    
1= 7/10/78 Epsom win 2-1 at St Albans in LSC. Game stopped briefly because the home = fans were throwing  
ac= orns at Dave Turner from the terracing!              
19= /10/78 Glyn OB 5 a side tournament saw Epsom defending their title. (NR).        
21/10/78 Match is sponsored by Gerry Shepherd, Terry Larkby and Gerry Larkby. Drew 0-0 with Wembley (H).
4/11/78 Phil Weller returned after a lot of injuries. = He scored and then limped off again as St Albans were beaten
4-0 at West Street. Club apologises for a limited numb= er of programmes this day. The were using the remaining
old covers prior to having them reprinted as Steve Del= aney was obscured by a black line on the original cover picture.
11= /11/78 Epsom win 2-1 at Met Police, just a month after being knocked out 3-0 in League Cup.    
Nov 78 Leatherhead lose 4-0 at Colchester in FAC. Form= er Epsom player Trevor Lee gets the first for the U's.
No= v 78 Micky Stratford joins from Kingstonian.            
No= v 78 Mark Steel (16) joines from Wimbledon. Advised in papers as Martin.        
No= v 78 Martin O'Toole returns to Epsom from Molesey and Steve Whittall also joins from Molesey.    
21= /11/78 Finchley (H) is n/p.                
25= /11/78 Stratford makes debut at Harrow in 3-1 defeat, despite Tuite's 199th goal= for the club.    
28= /11/78 Bromley (A) is n/p.                
N= ov 78 Epsom have trouble with planning officers who don't want them to put an adverti= sing hoarding on the  
bo= ttom bank looking out to the trains. One of the posts was still there in late 1981.=      
2/= 12/78 Clapton game is not played due to SSC match with BAC Weybridge.        
2= /12/78 Epsom play in yellow and white due to colour clash. They defeat Bae Weybridge 3= -1 in SSC.  
10= /12/78 Old Vic XI v Dennis Waterman's XI at West Street. Prog Y.        
16/12/78 Tommy Tuite scores his 200th goal for the clu= b in a 4-0 win over Southall & Ealing Borough. Only the second
pl= ayer ever to do this in club history after Reg Marlow. In 2012 they remain the only tw= o to do this.    
23/12/78 Met Police are defeated 3-1 at West Street in= a game brought forward from Boxing Day, possibly at
po= lice request. Archer, Hunn and Tuite on the score sheet.          
De= c 78 Roy Beswick joins from Addlestone. Formerly with Staines Town.        
De= c 78 future player Steve Hill is with Harrow Borough briefly (17 appearances).      
De= c 78 Press strikes lead to limited newspaper coverage.          
De= c 78 Mick Stratford joins from Kingstonian            
De= c 78 Richard Parkin leaves for Camberley              
Dec 78 reference to Peter Gaydon approaching 350 appearances for Carshalton after joining from Dulwich Hamlet in 1972
De= c 78 reference to future player Ian Finch being at Carshalton since 1974/75        
De= c 78 Alan Walker is also at Carshalton and was leading scorer in 1977/78 - related = to Phil Walker.    
De= c 78 reference to former player Larry Pritchard joining Sutton in 1965 from Leatherhead    
Ja= n 79 future player Keith Seager joins Egham Town from Kingstonian        
Ja= n 79 former attacking player Phil Walker now listed as a defender at Millwall!      
Ja= n 79 Alan Cook joins from Hampton. A former Sutton and Woking player.        
9/= 1/79 Bromley (A) is n/p.                
27= /1/79 Improved performance in a 4-1 win over Ware. Att 200.          
2= 9/1/79 Southall & Ealing Borough (A) is not played as they had a rearranged London Senior Cup tie.  
3/= 2/79 Four more for Epsom in 4-2 win at Walton & H. "Tom and Gerry" sc= ored two each.    
6/= 2/79 Met Police (A) is n/p.                
Feb 79 Paul McLean (19) joins from Bromley. Dick Vince= nt has applied to join Hampton after losing his place.
Fe= b 79 Club are negotiating the purchase of their own ground.          
Fe= b 79 Cliff Etheridge returns from Chessington.            
Fe= b 79 Steve Percival is now with Ditton.              
Fe= b 79 Fitzroy Samoth is at Kingstonian whose Manager is Barry Rowan.        
Fe= b 79 Clapton (A) and Wembley (A) are p/p.            
F= eb 79 other players (may have been earlier in season) Dick Vincent now with Hampton, = Gary Evans with  
Re= difon FC?, Martin O'Toole and Alf Stone are both with Walton & Hersham.        
24= /2/79 Epsom are lucky to win 1-0 over Maidenhead despite being outplayed for 75% of t= he game.    
26= /2/79 After 4 straight wins, Epsom lose 3-2 to bottom club Southall.        
10/3/79 Meant to play at home to Bishops Stortford but they had a Hertfordshire Senior Cup tie so we hosted
Av= eley instead and won 3-0.                
13= /3/79 Harlow (A) is p-p at 6.30. Prog Y.              
17= /3/79 Last gasp defeat at Hertford. L 0-1.              
21/3/79 First home defeat in league since August as Bishops Stortford break the deadlock with two late goals.
24= /3/79 Epsom hammer soon to be promoted Harrow Boro 4-1 at West Street.      
Ma= rch 79 Micky Lyel (31) retires Persistent cartilage trouble.          
Ma= r 79 Dick Vincent leaves for Hampton              
Ma= r 79 Paul McLean joins from Bromley              
Ma= r 79 Alan Cook joins from Hampton              
29= /3/79 Harlow (A) p-p                
31= /3/79 Ilford (H) p-p.                  
Ap= r 79 Barry Rowan released as Kingstonian Manager            
7/= 4/79 Epsom lose 2-1 to Ilford. Pat O'Connell describes the performance as "a joke".      
12= /4/79 Epsom defeat Ilford in return match 3-1 in a vastly improved performance.      
3= 0/4/79 A superb performance from Dave Turner gets a point in a goalless draw at Champions Harlow Town.  
The match was advised as to be played at Bishops Stort= ford but there is no reference to this in the Harlow programme.
Th= e match was moved back to Harlow Town at short notice.          
2/= 5/79 Unfortunately a 0-4 home defeat to Bromley ends the season.        
Ma= y 79 Barry Rowan joins Hampton from Kingstonian            
Ma= y 79 Martin O'Toole leaves for Walton & Hersham            
Ma= y 79 Colin Morris joins Walton & Hersham from Hampton          
M= ay 79 At the Club Dinner on a Saturday night Gerry Archer is player of the Year while Graham Hemphrey  
w= on the Reserve Team Player of the Year and Vic Lumm won Clubman of the Year. Din= ner was at the  
Cav= alier in Wallington.                
SIC 3q WR Sports 0-2            
LIC 3q Ambrose Fleming OB 1-2            
SLC 1st Sutton United 0-3            
Su= burban League Section B Position 12th out of 16            
3/= 8/78 Reserves 5-0 up at HT v Chessington at Chalky Lane. Eventually win 5-3. R= oger Breen HT.    
2= /9/78 8 new players for Reserves who win 4-2 at Fleet with goals from Ralph Stanton (= 2), Phil Weller and  
Ha= rry McFadden.                  
16/9/78 Former and future players Rob Weller, Rob Dilg= er play for Sutton v Epsom in our 3-0 defeat. Phil Weller
b= ooked for not retreating ten yards at a free kick. Also in their programme line up = was former player Richard  
Ho= oke, with other future players Bob Major and Peter Kemp.          
23= /9/78 Phil Weller booked again for retaliation in a 0-2 defeat at Redhill.        
27= /9/78 Lost 3-0 at Dorking despite a pensave from Dave Lamble.          
3/= 10/78 A 2-1 win over Lightwater aet with two goals from Steve Percival.        
1= 1/10/78 We were behind at home to Banstead but Phil Weller's equaliser was worth the admission money.  
Dr= ew 1-1 but HT unk.                  
28/10/78 Former players John Brickell and Kevin Jordan play for Molesey as we defeat them 3-1 at Walton Road.
Oc= t 78 Ted Richards and Steve Whittall join club from Banstead and Molesey respectiv= ely.    
18= /11/78 No game for Reserves.                
22= /11/78 Game v Hounslow brought forward by a week to 22/11/78.        
22/11/78 Crushed 5-1 by Hounslow (H). Former player Ar= nie Venturini scores twice for the town where he lives.
25= /11/78 SIC tie v WR Sports is a 2pm kick off. No idea where it was though.        
23= /12/78 No game for Reserves.                
20/1/79 Martin Crawford makes debut for the Reserves a= s a sub. He would go on to scout for Millwall, Reading and
Liverpool under Managers like Mick McCarthy, Brendan Rogers and Steve Coppell. He is currently Assistant Manager
of Largs Thistle in the West of Scotland League. Recen= tly turned 65 at the time of the article written on 02/08/2020.
Fe= b 79 Steve Hill is at Kingstonian              
3/= 2/79 Roger Breen suffers broken leg v Camberley. Won 2-0 at West Street.        
10= /2/79 No game for Reserves.                
Fe= b 79 Aldershot (H) is p-p. Date of game not clear but before 3/3/79 as it is played then.    
Ma= rch 79 Nigel Simpson joins. Former Sutton Youth player.          
10= /3/79 No game for Reserves.                
14= /3/79 Farnborough Town (H) is p-p. Weather related.            
M= ar 79 Also reference to another home game with Fleet being p-p but I can't find a da= te for the fixture.  
17= /3/79 No game for Reserves.                
27= /3/79 Harrow Borough (A) is p-p.              
31= /3/79 No game for Reserves.                
Ap= r 79 Henry Hill Manager of Molesey              
14= /4/79 Slough Town win 2-1 at West Street despite a goal from Paul McLean. Prog Y.      
18= /4//79 Harrow Borough (H) put back a day to 19/4/79 and Harrow win 1-0. Prog Y.<= /td>      
21= /4/79 No game for Reserves.                
7= /5/79 Harrow Borough field full first team and Epsom lead at half time before losing 4= -1 at Earlsmead.  
1= 2/5/79 probably this date saw the reserves win 7-4 at Southcroft Utd the New Addington League Premier  
Div= ision Champions. Reported in Wimbledon News on 18/5/79 (Friday)        
Friendlies         Prog?          
= 03/08/1978 Chessington Utd A 5-3   RES Breen (3), Mc Fadden, o.g. HT 5-0
= 05/08/1978 Dulwich Hamlet H 1-2 Y (1-1) McCready      
= 08/08/1978 Croydon   H 1-3 Y (1-2) Breen      
= 10/08/1978 Chessington Utd A 3-1 N ? Tuite, Palladino, o.g.    
= 12/08/1978 Chessington Utd A 2-2 N (1-0) Tuite (2)      
Jan 79 friendly v Chessington. J.Bates, J.Frewing, M.Earley all played for them.                    
= 24/02/1979 Cobham   A 1-1 N RES K.Koper     (0-1)
1= 2/05/1979 Southcroft Utd A 7-4 N ? ?