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PostSubject: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Fri May 21, 2010 1:02 am

This wont be a Football Manager Story but a real life update of a non league team where I live. I plan to give you a rundown of the clubs history to start with and over time update what is happening on and off the pitch with the team over the coming season and maybe more beyond that.
I hope it will give an insight into a team which some people might have never heard of and how a small town club have reached the dizzy ranks of the Blue Square Premier League and aiming for football league status.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Fri May 21, 2010 4:50 am

cool mate should be a rollercoaster ride then
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Fri May 21, 2010 4:54 am

wow good idea
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Fri May 21, 2010 5:49 pm

Early Days

Langney Football Club was founded in 1964 and entered the Eastbourne & District Football League, competing in Division 2. Prior to season 1968/69 there was a change of name from Football Club to Sports Club when the club affiliated to the Langney Community Association and at the same time a 2nd team was introduced. At this time the club was playing on local recreation grounds before moving to Prince's Park near the Eastbourne sea-front. At the end of season 1973/74 the club won promotion to the Premier Division of the Eastbourne & Hastings League and with it elevation to Intermediate status. The following nine years saw Langney Sports recognised as the most progressive club in the Eastbourne area.

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The club crest was designed around the Martello Towers. There are numerous types of these buildings along the South East and Kent Coast. They were built as look out towers during the Napoleonic War to stop Napoleon Invading England.


Sussex County League

In 1983 the club was elected as a founder member of Division 3 of the Sussex County League. This was despite opposition from an FA Councilor who suggested that Langney Sports 'were and would only ever be a parks side’ and moved to it's current headquarters at Priory Lane, now recognised as one of the finest in Sussex, covered all four sides, and boasting a 500 seat stand and executive boxes. In recent years the ground has continued to stage the prestigious Sussex Senior Cup Final, and also hosted a Non-League International Tournament welcoming England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales Non-League representative sides.

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In 1986/87 Langney Sports became SCFL 3rd Division champions, and completed a treble by winning both the Division 3 League Cup & the Eastbourne Challenge Cup. With promotion to Division 2 Senior Status was achieved and it was no surprise when promotion again followed in 1987/88, this time to Division 1. Apart from two seasons (1994/95 and 1995/96) when they finished in 11th and 9th place respectively, Langney Sports never finished outside of the top four in Division One. In 1989/90, they finished 3rd and also collected their first major honours as a senior club, beating Selsey 3-0 to take the Sussex County League Cup. In 1992 Langney Sports also reached the final of the Sussex Senior Cup, losing 0-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves at the Goldstone Ground.


In the late 1990s Langney Sports began to be recognised as a force in the FA Cup. Season 1997/98 was marked by the club's best ever run at that time, eventually losing 1-2 at then Dr Martens Premier side Sittingbourne in the 3rd Qualifying Round after disposing of Ryman League opposition (Southall, Leatherhead & Dorking) in previous rounds. In 1998/99 the club went one better by reaching the 4th Qualifying Round, but unfortunately a 1st Round Round tie against Torquay did not materialise as they went down 7-0 at Worcester City. The highlight of the run was a fine 4-1 victory over Ryman Premier side Harrow Borough in the 3rd Qualifying Round at Priory Lane.
1999/00 was the most significant in the club's brief history to this point. Yet another good run in the FA Cup (knocking out Dr Marten's Premier side Havant & Waterlooville before losing 1-0 at Whyteleafe in the 3rd Qualifying Round) was capped by a wonderful League season, winning Division One of the Sussex County League for the first time and gaining promotion to the Dr. Marten's League (Eastern Division). Langney Sports ended the season with 99 points, scoring 101 goals to just 25 conceded, and lost only 1 League game all season. The team finished 14 points ahead of second-placed Burgess Hill Town, who had been champions for the previous three seasons. The icing on the cake was winning the Non-League Club Directory Home Counties South award in recognition of a memorable season, both on and off the pitch.

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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Fri May 21, 2010 5:51 pm

o wow! nice mate
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Fri May 21, 2010 5:51 pm

wiki lol?
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Fri May 21, 2010 6:01 pm

No mate alot of this is taken from the clubs official website. When I get to the current situation of the club all that will be my own doing.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Sat May 22, 2010 12:57 am

Climbing the pyramid of non league football.

2000/01 saw the club elevated to the Dr Martens Southern League, competing in the Eastern Division. In a season of consolidation the club finished in a very creditable 9th position with the highlight of the league campaign arguably a 4-1 home victory over Chelmsford City who went on to win promotion. The season also saw the club receive a £117,000 grant from the Football Foundation to go towards further development of Priory Lane. At the end of the season the Football Committee made one of the most crucial decisions in the club's history: the change of name to Eastbourne Borough FC. Since promotion to the Southern League, it had become increasingly apparent that opposing clubs had little or no idea where Langney was (and often mis-spelt the name of the club). Certainly, very few identified Langney as being part of Eastbourne. In recognition of this, and the desire to both raise the profile of the town, and increase the potential for sponsorship, the decision to change the name was taken. With so many of the Committee associated with the club since it's earliest beginnings sentiment weighed heavily, but the decision was ultimately a pragmatic one. However, in recognition of the past, and continued association with the Langney Sports Club; the club badge and colours remained unchanged, as did ‘The Sports' nickname.

The Eastbourne Borough Crest


The club's second season in the Southern League (2001/02), and first competing as Eastbourne Borough, was another successful one. Borough ended the season in 7th place, 10 points clear of Dartford who finished a place below them. During the campaign champions and runners-up Hastings Town and Grantham Town respectively both suffered heavy defeats at Priory Lane, losing 3-0 and 4-0 . In addition there were fine cup runs: reaching the semi-final of the Dr Martens League Cup; 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup (losing 0-1 at Ryman Premier Division champions Gravesend & Northfleet); and 3rd Round of the FA Trophy (going out to a deflected last minute goal at Conference runners-up Dagenham & Redbridge). The season ended on a high note however as the club won the Sussex Senior Cup for the first time, beating the holders Lewes 2-1 after extra time in front of a crowd of over 1,500 at Priory Lane, then a record attendance for the ground.
At the end of the 2002/03 season the club took another enormous stride forward, winning promotion to the Dr Martens Premier Division as runners-up to champions Dorchester Town (losing out only on goal difference). The squad proved itself the most consistent in the DM Eastern Division, with two matches the worst run of defeats, and boasting the best defensive record in the League. The club also finished top of the Division's 'Fair Play' league. Sadly Borough failed to retain the Sussex Senior Cup, but only by the narrowest of margins – losing in a sudden-death penalty shoot-out to Crawley Town after the game had finished goal-less after extra time. One consolation however, was a new record crowd of just over 1,700.
Season 2003/04 began with the target of finishing outside of the bottom four in the club's first season in the DM Premier Division. Once again expectations were surpassed and by finishing in eleventh place the club again made history to become founder members of the Conference South in 2004/05, just 20 years after helping found Division 3 of the Sussex County League.


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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Sun May 23, 2010 9:28 am

Conference Football Comes To Eastbourne

2004/05 proved to be the arguably the most memorable in the Club's history to date, and certainly as Eastbourne Borough FC. Once again, ambitions were limited to survival in Conference South and, after a dreadful start that saw Borough at the bottom of the table at the end of August, it looked as though fears of the Club's ability to cope at a higher level were well founded. A remarkable turnaround was to follow however, with Garry Wilson twice picking up the Manager of the Month award, and guiding the team to 5th place, and into the play-offs, despite an arduous run-in that saw them play 3 times in 5 days. The final table showed that only runaway winners Grays Athletic had a better goal difference over the season, and significantly failed to beat Borough in the 2 league fixtures. In the play-off quarter final, Borough turned around a half-time deficit at Thurrock to win 4-2; before traveling to Cambridge City where the League runners-up were comprehensively beaten 3-0. Over 1,000 Borough supporters made the 500 mile round trip to Stoke City for the North v South Play-off Final against Altrincham, but it wasn't to be, and a last minute Scott Ramsay penalty wasn't enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat. League attendances were up by more than 20% with Borough ‘officially’ the 32nd best supported club in Non-League football.

After the euphoria of the 2004/05 season expectations were high amongst supporters, many of whom had experienced nothing but success, no-one involved at the Club had ever been involved in a relegation battle. For 2005/06 Garry Wilson assembled what many considered to be the Club's strongest ever squad and, after an opening day victory at Bishop's Stortford and a good win at Cambridge City, all boded well. However, it wasn't long before a catalogue of crippling injuries began to seriously undermine the team's performances with Wilson seldom able to pick the same side twice. The pattern of what was to follow was set at St. Albans City in early September, where Borough crashed 5-0. The remainder of the season was spent hovering nervously above the relegation zone, largely due to injuries but also some very inconsistent performances. Although Borough recorded a good Boxing Day victory over Lewes and performances generally improved in the New Year, it wasn't until the side won at Welling United in April that Conference South survival was all but assured, a 6-2 win at relegated Maidenhead on the penultimate day of the season confirming Conference status as Borough eventually finished in 17th place.
Despite their League form, the Club still achieved another milestone by reaching the 1st Round proper of the FA Cup for the first time. As one might imagine, they did it the hard way: requiring replays after hard-fought draws at both Redbridge and Metropolitan Police, before a 1-0 win at Hellenic League club Bishop's Cleeve saw them through. Following his performance at Bishop's Cleeve, club captain Stuart Tuck was named 'FA Player of the Round' and received an award at the Final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Borough's reward was a home tie against League Two club Oxford United. Cheered on by a new record crowd of 3,770, Borough dramatically forced a replay as Ollie Rowland held his nerve to equalise in the last minute from the penalty spot after the referee had ordered his first spot kick to be re-taken. Although the replay was lost 3-0, most considered that the result flattered Oxford and Borough certainly left the Kassam Stadium with heads held high. A spin-off to the tie was that striker Yemi Odubade was later offered a contract for Oxford and signed in January 2006 for an initial fee of £15,000.



Yemi Odubade in action for Oxford after his record sale from Eastbourne Borough.

The 2006/07 season saw the squad adopt a change in direction with the Management placing an emphasis on ‘quality’ not ‘quantity’. Quality duly arrived, several players dropping down a division from the Conference National, but recruits were also made from the Sussex County League :- maintaining the tradition of providing opportunities to players who demonstrated the right attitude, attributes and ability. As the season progressed this was evidently a wise move as the side never dropped below 11th in the league, only lost 2 league fixtures at Priory Lane, and went on a 14 match unbeaten run beating then league leaders (and eventual champions) Histon, and Salisbury on the way. The challenge for a play-off place was eventually undone by a hectic 11 games in 36 days culminating in a final 8 days with 4 fixtures. The club finally finished 7th, 4 points off a play-off berth. The club also suffered disappointment away from the league fixtures. Extreme wet weather after Christmas saw several fixtures postponed and an excellent performance at ‘home’ in the FA Trophy tie was witnessed by a reduced crowd at Hastings United, Northwich Victoria winning the 2nd Round game 1-0. The FA Cup also served the club a dose of ‘giant killing’ as Haverhill Rovers defeated the club 1-0 on their own Hamletcroft ground.


Buoyed by the previous league season the club started the 2007/2008 season in high spirits and was to prove a most successful campaign that saw the club progress from the parks of Eastbourne to the pinnacle of non-league, the Conference Premier. An unbeaten pre-season saw the club play 23 league fixtures unbeaten featuring a remarkable comeback at Basingstoke Town. Scott Ramsay pulled a goal back in the 90th minute, the club trailing 2-0. In time added on Andy Atkin and Danny Leach scored to send the traveling support wild and record an unlikely away win. In the cups Boro reached the FA Cup 1st Round for the 2nd time, losing to Weymouth 4-0 and exited the Sussex Senior Cup at the semi-final stage against Crawley Town. The Setanta Shield League Cup also saw ‘The Sports’ lose to Crawley but league title rivals Lewes were beaten 7-2 at Priory Lane earlier in the competition. As the Conference South campaign continued the club and Lewes exchanged the top spot several times before Boro were finally undone by a combination of injuries, suspensions and the transfer deadline, ‘The Rooks’ eventually claiming the league title. However Boro finished a close 2nd and after defeating Braintree Town 5-0 over 2 legs met Hampton & Richmond Borough in a televised play-off final. As ever the club did everything the hard way arriving late at Stevenage Borough after the coach broke down and rode their luck during the 1st 80 minutes, ‘The Beavers’ missing several chances to score with the Boro back-five in imperious form. Nathan Crabb and Paul Armstrong scored in the closing stages to seal promotion and complete the journey from ‘The Parks’ to ‘The Premier’ division of non-league football.

Celebrating Promotion to the Blue Square premier.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Sun May 23, 2010 3:09 pm

The Pinnacle of Non-League Football

The 2008/2009 season was another step into the unknown for the club. However, as before, it was a step that would ultimately prove successful. Any doubts re: competitiveness of the squad, infrastructure of the club, the approach to only segregate when deemed appropriate, or the support of the Eastbourne public were dispelled by the end of the day. Rushden were a pre-season favourite for the league title but they needed a 1st half penalty and a decent slice of luck to return to Northamptonshire with all 3 points from a 1-0 win. The Boro squad traveled to Hertfordshire for the next game and on this day (or evening to be precise) history would be made as Eastbourne Borough shocked another promotion fancied club to win 3-1, Pat Harding scoring the clubs 1st goal in the new division. The club would close August and start September with a run of 3 wins over Grays Athletic and first BSP wins at Priory Lane over Altrincham and Forest Green Rovers. There was then a run of 8 league games without a win before Stevenage returned to Eastbourne, accompanied by Setanta cameras in mid October. A wonderful sunny day ended perfectly for the club in it’s 1st ‘live’ televised home fixture – Millwall loanee Lyle Taylor stroking the ball home in the final minute for a 2-1 win. The club exited the FA Cup after a 1st Round Tuesday replay in the wilds of Cumbria at Barrow AFC before the Management utilised the loan system to freshen the squad, resting tiring limbs and minds and provide a boost to the clubs season. Ashley Barnes and Dan Smith arrived at Priory Lane from Plymouth Argyle. Although the 1st game would end in defeat at Burton Albion the duo would play a part in 4 wins over the Christmas period, including a ‘double’ over Lewes. The pair would play between them 23 games and score 8 goals, and play a part in lifting the club up towards the mid-table position it would never relinquish. At the same time Dan Brown would join the club from Cambridge United. His impact may not have been so obvious or headline grabbing, but his influence on the side and the season would be evident over the coming months to any regular ‘Sports’ fan.
Notable results post the festive period would include another double, this time over Forest Green, a home win over ex-league club York City and an incredible 4-0 win at Woking. March saw relegated league giants Wrexham at Priory Lane, managed by Dean Saunders, a current international ‘manager’, and a club steeped in history of European and domestic competition. They would leave Sussex empty handed as a late Matt Smart goal would see Boro complete another famous victory in what was shaping up to be a fabulous season. Shrewd observers would also note that the win was achieved with only 2 players recruited since promotion, testament to the progress and ability of the players loyal to the club over several seasons. The month would end with a win over local rivals Crawley Town, and a win over a struggling Weymouth days later would all but guarantee the clubs position in the Blue Square Premier. That achievement would be confirmed when York failed to beat Northwich Victoria as ‘The Sports’ were defeated at Cambridge United. The season ended as it started; a home defeat to an ex-league outfit; but the shine could not be taken off a fantastic season; nor the pride felt diminished.

Season 08/09 Totals

Played 46, Won 18, Drawn 6, Lost 22, Goals For 58, Goals Against 70, Points 60. Final Position 13.

The 09/10 season saw Borough battling in the lower half of the division and at times struggling to get a win in 2010. It all came down to the penultimate match against Oxford United for Premier football survival.

Borough bravely fought out a 1-0 victory to a team that had already qualified for the play-offs and fielded a understrength team and who would eventually be promoted back into league status by winning the play-off final. Mightily relieved of staying up the Borough fans celebrated the fact that Eastbourne would be in the Blue Square Premier for a third season. Manager Garry Wilson who is the longest serving manager in Non-League football will stay for the upcoming season.

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Season 09/10 Totals

Played 44, Won 11, Drawn 13, Lost 20, Goals For 42, Goals Against 72, Points 46, Final Position 19.

Only 44 games played due to Chester Citys expulsion from the League.


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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Sun May 23, 2010 4:29 pm

wow you know your stuff mate
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Mon May 24, 2010 4:47 am

It gets easier now as I just follow their progress from now through to next season.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:35 am

Pre-Season Fixtures Announced

Current Pre Season Fixtures
Tuesday 13/07/10
Away .v. Eastbourne Town : KO TBC


Saturday 17/07/10
Home .v. Brighton & Hove Albion : KO 3 PM


Saturday 24/07/10
Away .v. Tonbridge Angels : KO 3 PM


Saturday 31/07/10
Home .v. Woking : KO 3 PM


Tuesday 03/08/10
Home .v. Lewes : KO 7.30 PM


Saturday 07/08/10
Away .v. Eastleigh : KO 3 PM
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:41 am

some good fixtures there cyclops
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:46 am

I am hoping to get along for the Brighton one. Depends on work though.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Thu Jun 03, 2010 10:42 pm

very nicely written mate
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:03 am

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very nicely written mate

Cheers matey.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:17 am

New Signing

Eastbourne Borough have signed 6'3" centre back Matt Langston from Histon.

Langston has made a name for himself in non-league circles as in 2008 he scored the goal which knocked Leeds United out of the FA Cup.

Langston is Boroughs second signing of the season after goalkeeper Rikki Banks joined from Lewes.

Players Out

Striker Liam Enver-Marum, midfielder Paul Armstrong and defender Marc Pullan have all left Priory Lane.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:02 pm

New Kit to be released.

Latest news is Borough are going back to having a yellow second strip for the upcoming season. This follows discussions with makers Macron and sees the traditional yellow away strip returning and doing away with last seasons blue colour.

Pictures will be put up when kit is released.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:02 pm

dont even know what there current looks like lol
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:08 pm

This is a picture of the last seasons away strip.

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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:09 pm

looks quite nice
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:53 am

Tradition is a yellow away with black trim. The blue was alright but looks a bit drab.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:13 am

Do you think you will get promoted?
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:46 am

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Do you think you will get promoted?

They are going to need alot of investment. They are still a part time club. Promotion is the aim but I dont feel they would be ready for it just yet.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:58 am

okay, have you ever managed them on FM?
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:11 am

I did on FM09 but not on FM10. One of my friends did quite a good story on Base with them his user name was Nursemorph. It was one of the better stories as he carried it on for quite a while.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:11 am

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I did on FM09 but not on FM10. One of my friends did quite a good story on Base with them his user name was Nursemorph. It was one of the better stories as he carried it on for quite a while.

I will search now
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:06 am

Midfielder Steve Brinkhurst Joins

Eastbourne Borough have signed Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Steve Brinkhurst on a one year contract. Brinkhurst spent time on loan at Lewes last year and scored three goals.

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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:26 am

Yet another new signing.

Richard Pacquette has signed from York City. The striker, 27, started his career with QPR. He has dropped done the lower leagues over the years.

Coach Nick Greenwood quoted "We felt we needed to boost our attacking options and Richard will give us just that. We were unlucky with injuries last season in that area. He is a player we have been tracking for some time now and we are delighted it is all signed and sealed."
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:30 am

Eastbournes Fixtures for Blue Square Premier

Sat. 14 Aug. Tamworth (a)
Tues 17 Aug HAYES & YEADING (h)
Sat 21 Aug WREXHAM (h)
Tues 24 Aug Histon (a)
Sat. 28 Aug AFC WIMBLEDON (h)
Mon 30 Aug Cambridge United (a)
Sat. 04 Sept. DARLINGTON (h)
Sat 11 Sept Barrow (a)
Sat 18 Sept ALTRINCHAM (h)
Tues 21 Sept Forest Green Rovers (a)
Sat 25 Sept Mansfield Town (a)
Tues 28 Sept RUSHDEN & D (h)
Sat 02 Oct YORK CITY (h)
Tues 05 Oct Newport County (a)
Sat 09 Oct Bath City (a)
Sat 16 Oct LUTON TOWN (h)
Sat 30 Oct Grimsby Town (a)
Tues 09 Nov FOREST GREEN ROV. (h)
Sat 13 Nov NEWPORT COUNTY (h)
Sat 20 Nov Kidderminster Harriers (a)
Sat 27 Nov TAMWORTH (h)
Tues 30 Nov Hayes & Yeading Utd (a)
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:59 am

Eastbourne Borough FC's pre-season got off to a flying start against the stunning backdrop of Lancing College this evening (13/07/10). Against Eastbourne Town The Sports fielded 2 sides, 1 in each 45, and scored 2 goals in each half to run out comfortable 4-0 winners.
On 10 minutes Andy Atkin finished at the far post after a Ross Treleaven cross was helped across the Town 6 yard box. The lead was doubled on 41 minutes when Dan Brown headed home a Steve Brinkhurst right-wing corner.
The 2nd 45 saw Boro equally dominant but it took until the 70th minute for Matt Crabb to fire low across the keeper for 3-0. Then with 8 minutes remaining Simon Weatherstone drilled home a penalty after 'Crabby' had been upended in the box.
Team : Banks, Brown, Langston, Elphick, Baker, Strevett, Johnson, Treleaven, Triallist, Brinkhurst, Atkin.
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:02 am

If only football could always be this way, great weather, a large crowd ..... and a Boro win !
1125 made their way to Priory Lane to see Boro take on a strong Brighton & Hove Albion. There was interest in both teams for 'Sports' fans - Gary Elphick's brother Tommy featuring for the visitors alongside a returning Ashley Barnes - but also the 1st opportunity to see new signings Matt Langston, Steve Brinkhurst, Rikki Banks and Richard Pacquette.
Both sides made wholesale changes within the 90 minutes, Boro again rotating at 1/2 time, but at the final whistle the home side ran out 3-2 winners courtesy of Ollie Rowe (46) and Ross Treleaven (55) efforts and a freak own goal (74).
Team : Banks, Baker, Brown, Smart, Elphick, Langston, Brinkhurst, Triallist (Wills), Pacquette, Johnson, N. Crabb.

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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:25 pm

Premier League Solidarity With Non-League Conference Football

The club has received the following press statement from The Football Conference :
Premier League commits £6m of financial support to the Football Conference
- New Football Conference club development fund to be launched

The Premier League today announced a solidarity package with The Football Conference worth £6m over the next three seasons.
Following the £1m payment made to the Football Conference in 2009/10 the Premier League has decided to provide funding for seasons 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 that will support all Football Conference clubs.
The funding will be split into general payments made to all 68 Conference clubs and a separate club development fund which any Conference club can apply to for specific projects.


The funding will be structured in the following way:
- £1.2m per season provided as funds to support all Football Conference clubs;
- £800,000 per season committed to a new club development fund to which all Conference clubs can apply;

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said:
“The Premier League and our member clubs recognise the importance of the continued health of football outside the Football League and it is with this in mind that we have made this commitment to the Football Conference.
“In particular, we are extremely pleased to be working with the Football Conference to establish a new club development fund that will allow Conference clubs, all extremely important within their local communities, to invest more funds into local youth development and good cause initiatives.”

Football Conference Chairman, Brian Lee, said:
“This is a further wonderful gesture of friendship from the Premier League towards The Football Conference. The solidarity commitment for three years is most welcome whilst the new funding will allow our Clubs to express themselves in a tangible form for the benefit of their communities. We accept the challenge with gratitude.”
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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:04 am

A most promising pre-season continued on Saturday with a 2-0 win at Tonbridge Angels. As in previous friendly fixtures manager Garry Wilson gave opportunities to all available squad members, and on a hot and stifling afternoon Borough produced a competent display to earn the 2-0 win.

The first period saw the Eastbourne side enjoy the vast majority of possession, without really causing problems for Lee Worgan in the Angels’ goal. Richard Pacquette and Ross Treleavan went close, before Pacquette looked to have scored with a well placed volley on 28 minutes, but the ‘goal’ was disallowed for offside.

After a goalless first period, Tonbridge started the second half in a determined fashion, but found the visiting defence in stubborn mood! An influx of Borough substitutes on the hour saw the visitors finally make a breakthrough, with Gary Elphick and Matt Crabb forcing Worgan into action, before Nathan Crabb fired home on 69 minutes, and brother Matt secured the victory when he slotted home under the keeper on 80 minutes. A good work-out against a lively Tonbridge team.

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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:07 am

Squad Addition


Kane playing against Borough for Brighton in recent friedly between the two clubs.

After a trial period with the Club during the pre-season Management duo Garry Wilson and Nick Greenwood have decided to offer terms to Kane Wills, which he has accepted. Head Coach Nick Greenwood commented "He has impressed us during the period and fits the profile of talented young Sussex players, who are ambitious and looking to make their mark at Conference Premier level. We welcome him to Eastbourne Borough F.C. and hope he has a successful career with the Club."
Shoreham-born Kane joined Brighton & Hove Albion as a youth team player, progressing to the reserves before his release by the Seagulls in May 2009. After trialling with Ebbsfleet United he caught the eye of 'Fleet' manager Liam Daish and was offered terms in August 2009 and went on to form part of a very young Fleet midfield. Kane made 27 appearances at Stonebridge Road but has now returned to Sussex with 'The Sports' ...... welcome Kane to Priory Lane.

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PostSubject: Re: The Eastbourne Borough Diaries.   Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:47 am

Defeat in pre season defeat to Southend.

Borough went down to a strike just before the half hour. It was the only defeat so far in the pre-season.

Testimonial win against Lewes

Borough held a testemonial game for long serving staff Ray Tuppen and Dean Lightwood. Both have been with the club for ten years.

Ollie Rowe started the ball rolling in the 24th minute before Jamie Taylor doubled the lead across the keeper on the hour. The visitors deservedly pulled a goal back with 15 minutes to go before Richard Pacquette smashed the ball into the roof of the net for 3-1 and his 1st strike in a Boro shirt.

Pre-season ends with another vitory over Eastleigh

The Sports toiled in the 1st 45 but an early Gary Elphick header saw the side 1-0 up. The 2nd 45 was far more impressive with Matt Crabb, Richard Pacquette and Jamie Taylor extending the lead with fine finishes.

Captaincy for the coming season

Eastbourne Borough are pleased to advise that Ben Austin will serve as the club captain for the forthcoming season.
Ben joined Boro in June 2000 and has won numerous 'Player Of Year' awards during the decade - including Supporters and Managers award last year.
Congratulations Ben.

Ben Austin will be assistsed in his duties this year by Vice-Captain Gary Elphick. Gary's history at the club is very different from Ben's, the 2009/2010 season being the central defenders 1st at Priory Lane. He did, however, impress with his committed displays - congratulations Gary.

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