Hastings Football Dynast

Last Saturday’s Pilot Field crowd of over seven hundred stood for a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of recently deceased former player and manager Joe White.

In his playing days for Hastings United in the early 1960s he was a powerful centre forward, dominant in the air. He also played for  Hollington United, Rye, Sidley, Bexhill and Ashford before going on to manage Hastings Town (the precursor of the current United club) in the mid-1980s.

The White family have been closely associated with Hastings United, in one guise or another, for almost a century. Joe’s father William represented the club (then known as Rock N Nore) in the 1920s. His son, Dean, managed the club between 1992 and 1995 and again 1997-2000, and is the ‘U’s’ current Director of Football, whilst another son Glyn has overseen much of the club’s academy programmes over the past six years.

Ben White, Joe’s grandson, has also represented the club, and earlier this season his 16-year old great-grandson Will White made a first team debut away to Chichester City in the Velocity Sports Trophy. Joe’s uncle, Terry White, holds the club’s all-time records both for appearances and goals scored.

Joe’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 24th March at 11.45am
at the Hastings Crematorium followed by a wake at Hastings United Sports and Social Club at 1pm. The family have requested that any donations be made to The Brown Bread Horse Rescue Centre in Battle.  

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