home of the Essex Spartans
The Essex Spartans were founded in 1985 and aim to provide a safe, fun, and competitive environment for all to take part in our exciting and fast-paced sport. With fully-qualified coaches across all levels, committed backroom staff, and a motivated and forward-thinking committee, we aim to continuously improve whilst always ensuring we are an inclusive organisation with a focus on a family mentality.
It is with great sadness and regret that we report the death of our founding father and chairman for more than 20 years, Tony Palmer. He passed away on 15th October 2014.
Tony did not just found the team; he was the lifeblood of the club for 25 seasons and his commitment, dedication, work rate and love of the team was second to none. Not only did Tony dedicate 25 years of his life to Essex football, he also was involved in many other projects and events during his time in the sport including the North/South All Star games, and volunteering at Britbowl amongst others.
Tony was truly a special man and a real unique character, known and respected throughout British American football. I know there are many people who have benefitted greatly from his experience, wisdom and sense of humour over the years.
Tony is survived by his devoted wife Sue, who also did an enormous amount of work for the club; his daughter Donna, son-in-law Aaron (a former Spartan player) and a beloved granddaughter and grandson.
Our players and staff extend their condolences to all of Tony’s family and friends, and wish them peace at this difficult time.
He will be greatly missed.