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Relegated non league club have complete overhaul with new boss, new badge and a new movement

Relegated non league club AFC Uckfield Town have a complete overhaul with a new boss, new badge and a new movement, they confirm this week.

AFC Uckfield Town announce they arrival of Billy Wood, among big chances with the aim of taking the club to the next level in all areas.

The hope is to restructure to make the club competitive both on and off the pitch, boost the average attendance, with help of a new club crest to attract younger fans through the turnstiles, and to change their fortunes around.

AFC Uckfield Town finished the 2023/24 season finishing the Southern Combination Premier Division bottom (20th) with 14 points from 38 games played, 3 wins, 5 draws, 30 defeat, 34 goal for, 127 goals against, and will be in the Southern Combination Division One next season.

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AFC Uckfield Town are delighted to announce an exciting complete overhaul as the club enters the 2024/25 season.

The football club will adopt a new club crest, ushering in a modern design that has a clean and clear look, that can attract a young demographic of supporters from the town and makes it obvious this is a NEW MOVEMENT for football in Uckfield.

Billy Wood, formerly of Hastings United and prior Eastbourne United AFC joins the club and will oversee the First Team alongside the restructuring of the football club to make us more competitive both on and off the pitch.

Wood, at the helm of Hastings United saw the club go from 300 spectators to hitting hits of over 3,000 with average attendances of 1,200, won the Isthmian South East Division, Sussex County Cup Winners (U23 & U16s), Isthmian Development League and Champion of Champions Winners (U23), Sussex County Womens League Champions and left with their highest league finish in the Isthmian Premier in 20 years with the club growing their youth section significantly at all ages.

Prior to Hastings United, Wood was at Eastbourne United AFC, helping them stay in the SCFL Premier on the last day of the season after at one point being 14 points adrift from safety.

In previous roles Wood has been CEO & Chairman but has held managerial jobs in the Womens game in the National League, previously at Hastings United and Eastbourne Borough.

Billy Wood: “1 am delighted to be joining AFC Uckfield Town and excited to get to work to restore some pride to the club. The committee are a great bunch, and it was a pleasure to try and help the last couple of games last season, though player availability and survival was already out of the club’s hands, it gave me a feel for the place and the people. Yes, it’ll be the first time I’ve led a dressing room in a Men’s Senior environment but when you have overseen some of the best managers, coaches, and players you know what makes a strong team and how to deliver a defined environment. It’ll be on us looking to change the fortunes of AFC Uckfield Town to be aggressive in our desire, celebrating mediocracy won’t be tolerated at this club and I am looking forward to getting to understand the footballing stakeholders locally, how we can help others around us and be a positive football environment to develop players in senior football. The barriers will be removed, and we welcome conversations.”

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The club’s new structure will see a largely dedicated push to improve off the field facilities, the playing surface and make the match day experience fun for all the family. Whilst new roles will be assumed by committee members, we are delighted all are behind this exciting change and will play a huge part in the NEW MOVEMENT of AFC Uckfield Town.

AFC Uckfield Town kit supplier for the 24/25 season will be JOMA and our new Red/Black Home Kit will be available for purchase soon.

If you would like to sponsor the club including shirt sponsorship, training kit or have an advertisement board at our ground email commercial@afcuckfieldtown.com

AFC Uckfield Town originally formed in 1880 play in the Southern Combination Football League Division One with the Womens team playing in Sussex County Womens and Girls Football League Division One, with a Reserve Team in the Mid Sussex Football League.

Our Under 18s will compete in the SCFL Under 18s league next season, playing home fixtures at The Oaks

For more information about the club please email info@afcuckfieldtown.com

This is what Twitter users are saying as the relegated non league club have a complete overhaul with new boss, new badge and a new movement…

@WillHugall: A very exciting, bold move! Canโ€™t argue with Billyโ€™s CV – heโ€™s the right man to be involved in inspiring the club. With a good team around him, anything is possible! ๐Ÿ™Œ

@ellis_wright02: Up the uckers ๐Ÿ”ดโšซ๏ธ

@boxall_bridle: Good luck

@NickPars96: Love itttttโค๏ธ๐Ÿ–ค

@GoonerMatt1066: Good luck and all the best @BillyWood__

@nickbignell: An exciting โ€˜new movementโ€™ for football in Uckfield – welcome @BillyWood__ ๐Ÿค

@101Groundhopper: All going on down at my Local club. Great scenes ๐Ÿ‘

@wilfhmy: Weโ€™re so unbelievably back

@lewisssffc: what a comeback

@dansussexman: This guy loves a new badge ๐Ÿซฃ Eastbourne Utd, Hastings now Uckfield

@jonsmalldon: Interesting timesโ€ฆ

@trevk37: Best of luck @BillyWood__ ๐Ÿ‘

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