Management

Kevin O'Donnell - Joint First Team Manager

Kevin joined the Seasiders from Thetford Town where he was assistant manager and coach from June 2011 until October 2012, helping the Norfolk based club to gain promotion from the Eastern Counties League (Thurlow Nunn League) First Division to the Premier Division after 21 years in the second tier. Previous to that he spent five years as club coach at Needham Market seeing them gain promotion from the ECL into the Isthmian (Ryman) League.

When first appointed it was as joint manager with Rob Charles, but by the end of that first season, 12/13, Kevin had been confirmed as manager in his own right after Rob Charles had left the club.

In his four full seasons at the helm the Seasiders have finished 3rd, 5th, 4th and last season (2016/17) he took the club to their highest ever finish as runners up, plus achieved the Seasiders best ever run in the Emitates FA Cup before being knocked out by Southern League  Beaconsfield SYCOB in the 3rd qualifying round, a tremendous achievement for a step 5 club.

A UEFA  B Licenced coach, Kevin also holds an FA  level 1 goalkeeping badge, sports therapist qualifications plus many other sports related qualifications.

He works for BT as a Network Operations Manager based at Martlesham Heath and prior to being employed by BT he spent five year in HM Forces as an instructor.

Kevin also has a sound knowledge of Junior football and the importance it carries within clubs at our level, having spent 10 years as the Chairman/Manager of Needham Market Phoenix Youth FC.

Sponsor: - Shaun Rudduck

 

Ian Watson - Joint First Team Manager

Ian joined the Seasiders from Suffolk & Ipswich League Premier Division side Felixstowe Harpers United, where he had been the manager for several seasons. He is married to Jo and they have three daughters and a son, the latter now with the Needham Market U16 EJA side.

Ian began playing men's football at the age of 16 for the then Ipswich & District League side Nicholians, before moving across town to Ransomes where he made his senior debut against Billericay Town in the FA Vase.

His first involvement with the club (then Walton United) came when he was 21 playing for nine seasons before moving to Grundisburgh, but just five games into his time at the village club he joined Bury Town, then playing in the Jewson League and managed by Keith Vince.

Ian rejoined the 'new' Seasiders when the clubs merged to become Felixstowe & Walton United, playing under Steve Bloomfield & George Ainsley and then Paul Adams, before a difference of opinion between them ended with Ian moving to Felixstowe United & playing junior football in the SIL Division One. He took on the role of Player Manager and together with Dave McCarthy managed to achieve promotion to Senior Football in their second season in charge.

Ian considered retiring at the tender age of 36 but an approach from Grundisburgh renewed his enthusiasm, and in three seasons he managed to win the Suffolk Senior Cup and every piece of silverware available in the Suffolk & Ipswich League.

He continues in his third Managerial spell, this time working jointly with Kevin O'Donnell, and when speaking to him following his appointment he said 

“It is a privilege to be joint manager with Kev this season. It has certainly been an exciting two years so far, culminating in the opening of our wonderful new clubhouse. There are so many of us that have waited many years for this to happen and my thanks go out to those that have made it a reality, namely Chris Daynes and Colin Butcher. When we say we are a community club, you only have to look at people coming together to finish the club off. I look forward to seeing the new bar rocking over the coming years. I personally cannot wait for the new campaign to begin, with even more league competition than last season. I can’t wait to see all of our fantastic support that has grown immensely, you are part of what makes my Saturdays so enjoyable”

You can contact Ian by calling 07980 829846

Sponsor

  

& Pat Haseman

 Samantha (Sam) Gedny - Physio

Sponsor - Neil & Jon Shipley    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Stuart Stevenson

 

Simon Betts

 

Gary Hammond

 

Craig Studd - First Team Kitman