The Saffrons

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The Saffrons is a multi-purpose sports ground in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The ground is home to Eastbourne Cricket Club, Eastbourne Hockey Club and Eastbourne Town Football Club. There is also an astroturf pitch. The sports ground is located on the edge of Eastbourne town centre, next to the town hall and is in easy reach of local transport links. The ground was first used in 1884. Sussex County Cricket Club played some of their matches there between 1896 and 2000.


The Saffrons
Full name The Saffrons Sports Ground
Location Compton Place Road,
East Sussex,
BN21 1EA
Capacity 3,000 (200 seated) for Football
Built 1884
Opened 1884
Eastbourne Town F.C.

The Saffrons is home to Eastbourne Town F.C., who play in the Isthmian League Division One South who have played football here since 1886, when the then Devonshire Park Football Club moved grounds from their former namesake (now the venue for the Eastbourne International tennis tournament). Devonshire Park Football Club changed their name to Eastbourne in 1889 and the 'Town' suffix was added in 1971.

The ground has seen many improvements over the years with the stand behind the far goal being rebuilt in 1994, now known as the Taffy Jones/Sid Myall stand. The original was a wooden structure and was destroyed by a fire in 1969. The stand was rebuilt but lost its roof in the 1987 hurricane.[1]

Also since the late 1990s, floodlights have been installed at the ground along with a clubhouse, new dressing rooms and a tea bar have been built behind the stand. At the near end of the ground is a small terrace area for spectators with a movable fence to enclose the cricket ground opposite.

There is another covered area next to the main turnsite which currently has wooden benches. The main turnsite was originally built in 1914 and was destroyed by a fire in February 2004 but restored before the new season started.[2]

The ground plays host to many county cup finals at youth and intermediate level. The capacity of the football ground is 3,000, with seating for 200 spectators.[citation needed]


The Saffrons
Ground information
Location Eastbourne, East Sussex
Establishment 1884
Capacity 4,500
Operator Eastbourne Cricket Club
End names
Saffrons End
Meads Road End
Team information
Eastbourne (1884? – present)
Sussex (1896 – 2000; 2017-)
As of 10 December 2016
Source: Cricinfo

The cricket ground is home to Eastbourne Cricket Club, who play in the Sussex Cricket League. The venue saw its first game of cricket played in 1884 and has a capacity of 4,500.[3]

The Saffrons hosted 226 first-class matches between 1896 and 2000. Most of these involved Sussex County Cricket Club, but (especially in earlier years) a number of tour and invitational sides played here too.[4] The inaugural first-class match at the Saffrons was played in May 1896, when South of England drew with the touring Australians.[5] The ground hosted 32 List A matches between 1970 and 2000,[6] and one match each of Youth and Women's One-Day Internationals, as well as Sussex Second XI games.

County cricket returned to the Saffrons in May 2017 when Sussex played Gloucestershire in a Royal London One-Day Cup match.[7]



List A


  1. ^ Bauckham, David. "Eastbourne Town F.C." Nomad Online. Archived from the original on 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  2. ^ Bauckham, David (2004-02-26). "Saffrons phoenix to rise again". Nomad Online. Archived from the original on 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  3. ^ Cricinfo page on the ground
  4. ^ "First-Class Matches played on The Saffrons, Eastbourne". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
  5. ^ "South of England v Australians in 1896". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
  6. ^ "List A Matches played on The Saffrons, Eastbourne". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
  7. ^ "Royal London One-Day Cup, South Group: Sussex v Gloucestershire at Eastbourne, May 14, 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Most Runs in an Innings for Somerset". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
  9. ^ a b Same match.


  • The Saffrons, Eastbourne from CricketArchive
  • The Saffrons, Eastbourne - Records from CricketArchive
  • Eastbourne Town F.C. from Nomad Online

Coordinates: 50°45′57.87″N 0°16′30.12″E / 50.7660750°N 0.2750333°E / 50.7660750; 0.2750333

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