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  1. The Rise of The Sports!

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    ​The Rise of The Sports

    Conference South side Eastbourne Borough have announced their new manager as 34 year old Billy Ray takes charge on the South Coast. Club Chairman Len Smith issued a statement on the club's website saying;

    "Everyone at club would like to wish Mr Ray the best of luck for the forthcoming season. We feel that despite a lack of experience, he will be the right man to lead this club forward."


    Formed in 1964 as Langley Sports, Eastbourne Borough are a Semi-professional club that have been in the Conference leagues since 2004. They enjoyed promotion to the Conference Premier League in 2008, but were relegated the following season.

    They currently play they're football at Priory Lane, a ground that holds just over 4000 people.
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    This story will follow my journey through the leagues as Eastbourne manager. I have already completed my first season, so I will be posting a brief summary before continuing with monthly updates.

  2. Season 2013/14


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    Being a semi-professional club, it is increasingly difficult to recruit. However, we managed to bring a mixture of youth and experience to the squad. Goalkeeper James Beasent was instrumental in my first season, notching up and increadible 50% clean sheet rate! Elvis Hammond brought some much needed firepower into the squad, while Patrick Kanyuka solidified the defence.

    Friendly Results

    Eastbourne Borough 0-5 Sheffield Wednesday
    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Hastings United
    Aveley 0-0 Eastbourne Borough

    Eastbourne Borough 1-7 Leicester City U21's
    Eastbourne Borough 2-1 Stevenage
    Thamesmead 0-1 Eastbourne Borough

    Overall, a mixed pre-season. Despite some heavy losses, the team showed some great signs in the final two games, managing to get a win against League 1 side Stevenage.

    Weston-Super-Mare 1-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 3-2 Tonbridge
    Eastbourne Borough 2-1 Ebbsfleet
    Hayes & Yeading 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 3-1 Farnborough

    Staines 2-0 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Concord Rangers
    Eastleigh 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Bishop's Stortford
    FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
    Eastbourne Borough 1-2 Maidstone

    Sutton United 0-0 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 0-0 Dover
    Chelmsford 0-1 Eastbourne Borough

    Eastbourne Borough 1-2 Maidenhead
    Havant & Waterlooville 1-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Concord Rangers 0-1 Eastbourne Borough

    FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
    Ebbsfleet 1-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 5-2 Boreham Wood
    FA Trophy 1st Round
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Welling

    Dorchester 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Weston-Super-Mare
    FA Trophy 2nd Round
    Eastbourne Borough 2-0 Histon
    Eastbourne Borough 3-2 Staines
    Gosport 1-0 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 2-0 Whitehawk
    Tonbridge 1-0 Eastbourne Borough

    Whitehawk 1-0 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 3-0 Eastleigh
    Bromley 0-2 Eastbourne Borough
    FA Trophy 3rd Round
    Gateshead 0-0 Eastbourne Borough
    FA Trophy 3rd Round Replay
    Eastbourne Borough 0-0 Gateshead (p)
    Eastbourne Borough 0-3 Basingstoke
    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Bath

    Maidenhead 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Dorchester
    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Sutton United
    Bishop's Stortford 1-2 Eastbourne Borough

    Eastbourne Borough 2-2 Havant & Waterlooville
    Basingstoke 1-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Chelmsford
    Dover 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 0-2 Bromley

    Bath 0-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 2-0 Gosport
    Ebbsfleet 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 4-2 Hayes & Yeading
    Farnborough 1-1 Eastbourne Borough

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    Thanks to some impressive performances from our squad, and some slip-ups from Maidenhead, we were able to claim the title. At one stage, we had an impressive 16 point gap at the top of the league.

    One for the Future?
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    As part of our Youth trial day, 16-year old Max Wheeler emerged as a bright young talent, who could force his way into the first team next season.

    Club Stats

    Player of the Year: Patrick Kanyuka - 7.02
    Top Goalscorer: Elvis Hammond - 17


    Manchester United successfully retained their Premiership trophy. Local rivals Manchester City were pipped to a Champions League spot by Everton, forcing the board to sack manager Manuel Pellegrini. At the bottom end, Crystal Palace, Stoke & Hull were relegated.
    In Europe, Chelsea lifted the Champions League for the 2nd time in 3 years, again beating German giants Bayern Munich.

    In Brazil,England defied all odds to be crowned World Champions​, beating Spain 2-0 in the final.


    Thanks for reading! C/C appreciated. I will begin proper updates from my 2nd season that I am currently playing through.
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  3. Brendn's Avatar Brendn
    Modern Day Legend
    Quote Originally Posted by itsBilly View Post
    This story will follow my journey through the leagues as Eastbourne manager. I have already completed my first season, so I will be posting a brief summary before continuing with monthly updates.
    I missed this part when I first read the opening post. You can imagine my surprise and confusion when I saw an entire seasons update in one post

    Best of luck my friend.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Brendn View Post
    I missed this part when I first read the opening post. You can imagine my surprise and confusion when I saw an entire seasons update in one post

    Best of luck my friend.
    Aha sorry dude, should of made that part a bit clearer

  5. Season 2014/15


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    Another busy transfer window with 10 new faces coming into the squad. Gethin Jones was a rock at the heart of the Maidenhead defence last season, and will provide solid cover for the out-of-contract Lewis Tallack. David Prior is a great cover up front incase of injuries to Elvis Hammond. 15 year old Tim Waddington became Eastbourne record signing at ?5000 from Hastings United. Another player to watch for the future.

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    Here is the squad I will be using to tackle the Conference. Despite a lack of funds, I was able to secure a good number of players to cope with the dense schedule.

    Pre-season Results

    Tonbridge 2-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Kingstonian 0-3 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 West Ham U21's
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Ipswich U21's
    Eastbourne Borough 0-3 Newcastle U21's

    The Season Starts Here!

    August Results

    Kidderminster Harriers 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    N. Freeman (90+1)

    A great start to the season against one of the Leagues big boys! We really controlled the game after a sending off for Kidderminster and were rewarded with a dramatic late goal.

    Eastbourne Borough 5-1 Hyde
    M. Wheeler (13) T. Waddington (17, 30, 51) E. Hammond (75)

    A sensational crowd of 925 gathered at Priory Lane for our first home game of the season, and what a game it was. With just a 2 day gap between fixtures, I was forced to debut some of our younger players, and they performed admirably. A debut hat-trick for record signing Tim Waddington gives us high hopes for the future.

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    There were many positives to take from this games. Not only did we pick up back-to-back away wins, we were able to hold onto a lead. Another goal from young Max Wheeler shows my faith in him has payed off.

    Eastbourne Borough 4-1 Woking
    T. Waddington (16) J. Sodje (38) S.Cole (40 pen) E. Akokhia (90+2)

    Another great home result, and a 100% start to the season! Again the younger stars shone as Tim Waddington picked up hi 4th goal in 2 game. Jero Sodje put in a MOTM performance on his debut, scoring the 2nd goal and setting up 2 more.

    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Hereford
    M. Wheeler (68)

    A bit of a reality check as we had to come from behind to salvage a draw against a strong Hereford side. A third goal of the season for Max Wheeler was one of few positives from today's game.

    Salisbury 3-0 Eastbourne Borough

    A Real reality check as fatigue begins to set in. Injuries in defence to Fred Murray & Ollie Rowe meant that the selected line-up was very tired, although that does not excuse a poor performance.


    At the end of August, we currently sit incredibly in 2nd place with 13 points.
    Club Player of the Month: Max Wheeler (3 goals, 3 assists)

    I'm now up to date with the story. I will be playing through September and maybe get an update again today. If not, I will be back on Monday with updates hopefully into January.

    Thanks for reading!

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    September 2014


    Cambridge United 4-0 Eastbourne Borough
    Kanyuka sent off (53)

    The poor form continues over into September with a second heavy defeat in a row. Cambridge are one of the League favourites, so I am not too downhearted. However, such a big loss, coupled with a sending off and no goals scored show that we have a lot of work to do.

    Eastbourne Borough 2-1 Wrexham
    A. Watts (7) E. Hammond (31)

    Finally we were able to get back to winning ways against another one of the Leagues bigger teams. A goal for Elvis Hammond come as a relief, with the Ghanaian having not scored in 5 games prior to this.

    Eastbourne Borough 2-1 Lincoln City
    C. Sheppard (8 pen) P. Farman (84 own goal)

    Back to back wins show that we are back on track, although we really had to work for this one. Lincoln drew level just minutes after we took the lead, but we remained strong to grind out a result. Elvis Hammond's shot hit the post and went in off goalkeeper Paul Farman for the winner.

    The game was clouded by the injury to young Max Wheeler, who will be out for a month.

    Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    A. Watts (43)

    Centre-back Adam Watts scored his second goal of the month as we ground out a strong 1-0 win away from home. Goalkeeper David Bevan made his debut and made a number of great saves to keep us in the lead.

    Alfreton 2-3 Eastbourne Borough
    T. Waddington (17, 59) M. Wylde (90+1)

    Once again, we had to rely on an opposition error to gift us the win in injury time. This time, defender Michael Wylde headed past his own keeper from a corner. Tim Waddington scored twice to take his season tally to an impressive 7 goals.

    Eastbourne Borough 3-3 Exeter City
    H. Hollis (35) T. Waddington (72, 81)

    An impressive second half performance looked like it would be enough to give us the win. However two late goals from Exeter rescued a point for them. James Beasent slipped up twice in the last five minutes, and his recent performances have been very disappointing.

    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Dartford
    E. Akokhia (78)

    We keep our good run of form intact against a Dartford side who really made us work for it. They had two goals disallowed for offside, one of which was very debatable. We did manage to find a breakthrough late on from midfielder Emmanuel Akokhia. The main positive from the game is that we were able to keep a much needed clean sheet. However, once again, our strikers failed to find the net.

    Braintree 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    A. Watts (86)

    Adam Watts scored his 3rd goal this season to once again rescue a point for us. Fatigue had settled in again and we were lucky to squander a draw.


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    Following an up & down month, I sat down and had a talk with goalkeeper James Beasent about his poor form. Luckily, he seemed to be understanding and very enthused to do better.



    League Position: 2nd (30 points)
    Top Scorer: Tim Waddington (8 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Adam Watts (3 goals)

    Thanks for reading! More updates will be up now next week. C/C appreciated.

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    October 2014


    Eastbourne Borough 2-3 Gateshead
    J. Prior ( 6 ), J. Stirling (81 o.g)

    For the second month in a row we start with a defeat. Overall, it was a terrible performance from the team. The only positive from the game is that Jason Prior is finally off the mark for the club, and it was his shot that deflected for the own goal.

    Harrogate 2-3 Eastbourne Borough
    S. Cole (1), O. Rowe (24) T. Waddington (90+3)

    Back to winning ways over struggling Harrogate. We started the match in great style, with Sam Cole scoring in the opening minute before captain Ollie Rowe doubled our lead. However, some poor defensive errors once again meant that Harrogate pulled it back level just after half time. We showed fantastic character and didn't stop working till the final whistle, and were rewarded with a very late winner from young Tim Waddington.

    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Luton Town
    E. Akokhia (82)

    After a long, tedious afternoon, we finally broke Luton's resiliance in the final ten minutes. This win pulls us to within 3 points of Luton at the top of the league.

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    FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
    Eastbourne Borough 2-2 Woking
    T. Waddington (26, 64)

    A lackluster performance following our win over Luton. Tim Waddington spared the team embarrassment on two occassions pulling us level and setting us a replay.

    FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round
    Woking 0-2 Eastbourne Borough
    T. Waddington (16) A. Watts (32)

    A much better performance all round as we qualify for the 1st round! Tim Waddington was, again, influential up front as he scored his 12th goal of the season.


    Aldershot 4-2 Eastbourne Borough
    J. Prior (5), T. Beere (61)

    We end the month the same way we started it, with a disappointing loss. We had started the game very well, but an outstanding second half performance wins it for Aldershot. After they pulled level, they were able to capitalize on our pressing to score two very late goals and steal the victory.



    League Position: 2nd (38 points)
    Top Scorer: Tim Waddington (12)
    Club Player of the Month: Tim Waddington
    Tim was influential in our FA cup ties and really led the line well.

    Thanks for reading! C/C appreciated. More updates Monday!

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    November 2014

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    FA Cup 1st Round
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Lincoln City
    T. Waddington (25)

    A club record crowd of over 2000 people were at Priory Lane to watch us advance into the second round of the FA cup at the expense of fellow Conference side Lincoln. Tim Waddington's 13th goal of the season was enough to see off Lincoln. James Beasant kept a vital clean sheet that will hopefully boost his confidence.

    Eastbourne Borough 5-1 Chester City
    C. Sheppard (9, 54) J. Prior (25) G. Jones (65) C. Gorman (83)

    What A Performance! A sensational team show, as well as an outstanding performance from winger Chris Sheppard, who scored two fantastic goals. Goals from Jason Prior and Gethin Jones' first for the club were a bonus as well. 10-man Chester did manage to pull one back through Alan Connell, the only blip in an otherwise perfect game.

    Havant & Waterlooville 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    C. Sheppard (54)

    Fatigue got the better of us in this one, as we could only squander a draw against fellow Promoted side Havant & Waterlooville. Chris Sheppard scored his 3rd in 2 games to level us up, but we were unable to find an equaliser.

    Stockport 0-3 Eastbourne Borough
    P. Kanyuka (62) J. Prior (68) E. Akokhia (73)

    3 goals in 11 minutes in the second half saw off a valiant Stockport side away from home. We rode the wave of attacks in the first half, and were rewarded in the second with three quick goals, and another vital clean sheet.

    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Bristol Rovers
    O. Rowe (67)

    Bristol Rovers were the pre-season favourites for the title following their relegation from League 2. Despite finding themselves struggling in 9th, they showed their class against us today. It took a captain's goal from Ollie Rowe to rescue a point for us and maintain our unbeaten month.

    Eastbourne Borough 2-1 Nuneaton
    J. Shama (45, o.g) T. Beere (59)

    We completely controlled this game, but had to fight very hard for a breakthrough, which eventually came on the stroke of half time when Jason Prior's shot took a wicked deflection. Substitute Tom Beere scored a sensational volley to win us the game in the second half and ensure we saw out the month unbeaten.

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    Eastbourne Borough have announced an affiliation with Coventry City. The link between clubs will see Eastbourne act as a feeder club for Coventry to send players on loan to develop. Coventry were unfortunately relegated to League 2 last season, but have every hope of returning to League 1, and sit comfortably at the top of their league.


    League Position: 2nd (47 points : 2 games in hand)
    Top Goalscorer: Tim Waddington (13 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Chris Sheppard

    It was a difficult choice for the clubs POTM this month. Patrick Kanyuka had been solid at the back, but Chris Sheppard's performances against Nuneaton & Havant win it for him. The winger currently leads the club, and leagues, assist charts with 10 for the season.


    Thanks for reading! I'm playing December now, and hope to have an update later on today.
    December will see us competing in the League, the FA Cup & the FA Trophy!
    C/C appreciated.

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    December 2014

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    FA Trophy 1st Round
    Salisbury 2-2 Eastbourne Borough
    P. Kanyuka (83) T. Beere (89)

    A poor performance away to Salisbury again, but we pulled together in the last 10 minutes to squeeze a draw and a replay. Tom Beere scored for the second game running to level it all up.

    FA Trophy 1st Round Replay
    Eastbourne Borough 0-1 Salisbury

    With the replay coming just 2 days after the original tie, the team clearly hadn't returned to full fitness and squandered the chance to progress in the competition. Salisbury's Angus McDonald scored with just 8 minutes left to play to knock us out.

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    FA Cup 2nd Round
    Cambridge 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    T. Beere (72)

    From one cup to another. After the heavy loss to Cambridge in the league, we were keen to get revenge. Tom Beere netted his 2nd this month to knock out Cambridge and progress us to the 3rd round of the FA Cup!
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    "Number 35... Eastbourne Borough will take on ...."
    "No. 11.... MANCHESTER UNITED"


    Hyde 0-2 Eastbourne Borough
    G. Hart (61) A. Watts (86)

    Finally back to the league and we were able to brush aside Hyde in this simple game. Adam Watts continued his fantastic scoring form this season after vice-captain Gary Hart had given us the lead.

    Eastbourne Borough 4-1 Kidderminster
    J. Prior (18, 79) P. Kanyuka (72) M. Wheeler (75)

    An emphatic win against a struggling Kidderminster side. Max Wheeler was in fantastic form, netting the third, and setting up the other three goals. The game was unfortunately clouded by an injury to winger Sam Cole, who faces up to 3 months on the sidelines with fractured ribs. On the plus side, this win does put up top of the league at Christmas.

    Eastbourne Borough 2-0 Welling
    G. Jones (14) E. Akokhia (90+4)

    'Tis the season to be jolly as we triumph in the Boxing Day clash. Two beautifully worked free-kicks from Chris Sheppard gives us a comfortable 2-0 result. Gethin Jones was part of a very solid back-four that picked up its third clean sheet of the month.

    Woking 0-2 Eastbourne Borough
    C. Sheppard (52) L. Triggs (86)

    We end the year in winning style. Chris Sheppard continued his great form by scoring, and setting up young full-back Liam Triggs for his first goal for the club.


    League Position: 1st (59 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Tim Waddington (13 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Patrick Kanyuka

    Two goals this month for Patrick and was part of a defence that kept 4 impressive clean sheets.


    Thanks for reading! Comments welcome.
    January update will be update tomorrow. Includes big league ties against Hereford, Cambridge & Salisbury, as well as a massive FA Cup tie against Manchester United!
    Stick around

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    January 2015


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    Eastbourne Borough have announced the signing of 16 year old midfielder Jonno Lowe from Oxford City for a fee of ?5000.

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    FA Cup 3rd Round
    Eastbourne Borough 0-3 Manchester United

    Our dream run comes to an inevitable end. Manchester United really didn't hold back with their team selection, with world class stars like Robin Van Persie, who scored the 3rd goal, and Wayne Rooney on show. Adnan Januzaj & Tom Cleverley netted the other two goals for the Premier League Champions.


    Hereford 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    O. Rowe (22)

    Back to business in the League and this one showed we were still in the clouds from the United game. Captain Ollie Rowe levelled the game up after we fell to an early goal, but neither side were able to find a breakthrough.

    Eastbourne Borough 3-1 Salisbury
    A. Watts (3) J. Prior (30) G. Hart (69)

    Salisbury had already beaten us twice this season, in the league & FA Trohpy, so revenge was definately on the cards in this one. Adam Watts netted his 6th goals of the season to give us a very early lead. Jason Prior scored a wonderful goal, brushing off 4 players to score a magnificent solo goal before vice-captain Gary Hart completed the win in the second half.

    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Cambridge
    T. Waddington (37)

    Not the best performance, but an unlucky one nonetheless. Chris Sheppard struck the woodwork three times in what turned out to be a frustrating afternoon for everyone. Tim Waddington scored his 14th of the season before being stretchered off with a rib injury that will rule him out for up to three weeks.

    Wrexham 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    J. N'Tame (55 o.g)

    We end the month with another disappointing draw, this time away to promotion hopefuls Wrexham. This game come just 2 days after the Cambridge game, so I wasn't to worried about the performance due to a lack of fitness. Hopefully we can pick the pace back up in February.


    League Position: 1st (65 points, 1 point clear)
    Top Goalscorer: Tim Waddington (14 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Chris Sheppard

    POTM was tough this month, with a string of mediocre performances from most. Chris Sheppard took his assist tally up to 15 this month, and for that reason only, takes this months prize.


    Thanks for reading! Comments welcomed!
    February will be up either later today, or tomorrow.
    Stick around!

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  11. Nice read !! Unlucky in the man utd game although u did well only to concede 3

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    Nice read !! Unlucky in the man utd game although u did well only to concede 3
    Cheers mate!
    I was a little shocked when I saw their team sheet. I was expecting a lot more youngsters.
    Guess they were scared aha >.<

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    February 2015


    Eastbourne Borough 2-0 Forest Green Rovers
    E. Akokhia (27) B. O'Brien (45+3 o.g)

    Back to winning ways with this won. Rovers enjoyed the lion share of possession, but we made our chances count. Emmanuel Akokhia had a fantastic game scoring a goal, and had it was his sot that hit the crossbar before deflecting of the goalkeepers back and into the goal.

    Eastbourne Borough 5-2 Alfreton
    L. Triggs (3) E. Akokhia (24) A. Eaton (51) C. Sheppard (75) P. Kanyuka (90)

    Struggling Alfreton put up a very brave fight in this one, pulling the game back to 2-2 just before half-time. But a wonder team-talk saw a completely different side come up in the second half, as we netted three more to seal an emphatic win and put more pressure on relegation candidates Alfreton.

    Exeter City 2-1 Eastbourne Borough
    P. Kanyuka (20)

    From hero to villain in the blink of an eye. Patrick Kanyuka scored his 5th goal of the season to give us a shock lead against Exeter, just two minutes before scoring an own goal. James Beasant put in a terrible performance in goal as we lost our first league match since October.

    Lincoln City 1-4 Eastbourne Borough
    G. Hart (20) J. Prior (51, 56, 90 pen)

    What a turn around! After the disappointing defeat to Exeter. A wonderful hat-trick from Jason Prior sends us back to the top of the table.

    Eastbourne Borough
    0-2 Braintree

    I have no idea what happened here. We throw away our lead at the top of the table. A rotated defence put in a terrible performance, that was pretty much matched by our attacking players.

    Sam Cole returned from injury, but it was to replace Fred Murray, who broke his arm & will be out for 2 months.

    League Position: 2nd (74 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Tim Waddington (14 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Chris Sheppard

    Once again Chris had a great month. He got on the score sheet against Alfreton, and set up all 3 goals in Jason Prior's hat-trick against Lincoln.


    Thanks for reading!! Comments appreciated.
    March features 3 daunting ties away to 5th place Gateshead, 4th place Dartford & lead leaders Luton.
    Stick around!
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    March 2015


    Gateshead 2-1 Eastbourne Borough
    J. Prior (32)

    This was the first of three away ties this month that will make or break our title challenge. Our defence looked to be holding on to a 1-0 win until the 83rd minute, where two goals in as many minutes turned the game on its head and cost us the result.

    Dartford 4-0 Eastbourne Borough

    Two difficult games in three days. Dartford jumped right into the title mix with this win as they humiliated us. Luckily for us, league leaders Luton had lost their first two games this month, meaning they hadn't gained any ground in the title race.
    Unfortunately, wins for Dartford & Bristol Rovers mean that the run in is now between 4 teams.

    Eastbourne Borough 4-1 Harrogate
    J. Prior (31, 47, 51 pen) T. Beere (90+1)

    Just what we needed! A big win that incredibly puts us back on top of the table despite our terrible results so far this month. Jason Prior scored a fantastic hat-trick, his second of the season, to go joint top of the clubs goal-scoring charts for the season.

    Luton 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    A. Watts (37)

    Not an ideal result, but we will definitely take it! Adam Watts had given us the lead with his 7th goal of the season. It was vital that we didn't loose this one and a point away from home is a good result.

    Eastbourne Borough 2-0 Chester City
    C. Sheppard (41) J. Prior (73)

    Another easy win for us against mid-table Chester. Chris Sheppard hit a fantastic goal before Jason Prior's 15th of the season secured it to keep us top of the league with just 5 games left to play!



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    Our Annual Youth Trial Day brought in some fresh new talent, with these three particularly catching my eye. Goalkeeper Shane Stacey could press for a starting place with a little training, and midfielder Jack Elphick
    possesses very good technique for someone of his age.


    League Position: 1st (81 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jason Prior (15 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Jason Prior

    Jason was fantastic this month scoring 5 goals. He overtakes Tim Waddington as the top goalscorer for the season, and was rewarded with a new contract for his fine form.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.
    The season is almost over, with just five games left to play in April, including an away tie to 3rd place Bristol Rovers
    Can we keep a hold of the lead? Update will be up later today!

  15. Well done, Prior always seems to be a reliable goal scorer.

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    April 2015

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    As a result of the teams fantastic performance in the league, I was offered another one year extension on my contract, which I gratefully accepted!


    Eastbourne Borough 2-1 Aldershot
    J. Prior (37, 45+2)

    Jason Prior continued his fine scoring run as we took a 4 point lead over Bristol Rovers at the top of the table (although Luton do have a game in hand). An early penalty for Aldershot meant we had to claw this result out, but we were able to find it, and keep a hold.

    Eastbourne Borough 3-2 Havant & Waterlooville
    A. Watts (60) M. Knudsen (76) E. Hammond (86)

    This game come just 2 days after the Aldershot match, so rotation was vital. At half time, we found ourselves two nil down, with Luton & Bristol Rovers breathing down our necks. But a sensational second half performance saw us steal the win. Forgotten striker Elvis Hammond come off the bench to score what could be the biggest goal of the season for us with just four minutes left. This result also secured Havant & Waterloovillle's relegation.

    Eastbourne Borough 3-2 Stockport
    T. Waddington (20, 38, 55)

    Relegation threatened Stockport put up one hell of a fight in this one. Every time we scored, they pulled it level. But they were unable to do so after Tim Waddington's third goal of the game as we put one hand on the title!

    Bristol Rovers 1-4 Eastbourne Borough
    J. Prior ( 6 ) T. Parkes (22 o.g) P. Kanyuka (65) C. Sheppard (82 pen)

    A sensational performance from everyone as we defy the odds to win the Skrill Premiership! Jason Prior got the scoring off to a start before being taken off injured. He will miss the final game of the season. A fitting result for what was my 100th game in charge of Eastbourne.

    Nuneaton 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    E. Hammond (38)

    A comfortable win to round off a breakthrough season. Elvis Hammond had been disappointing all season, but scored the winner for the second time this month as we saw out the season in style.

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    League Position: 1st (96 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jason Prior (18 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Jason Prior

    Scored three important goals this month to help us achieve a perfect month, and win the Skrill Premier League.


    Thanks for reading!! Comments appreciated.
    I might post a little May update just rounding-up the rest of the footballing world.
    Updates from League 2 will be up either tomorrow or Friday!

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  17. nice job

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    Season Review


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    Jose Mourinho lead Chelsea to their first league title in 5 years. Barnsley & Blackburn dropped straight back down to Championship along with Sunderland.

    FA Cup:
    West Brom
    League Cup: Chelsea
    Community Shield: West Brom
    Paint Trophy: Charlton Athletic
    FA Trophy: Kidderminster


    France: Paris St Germain
    Spain: Real Madrid
    Italy: AC Milan
    Germany: Bayern Munich
    Holland: AZ Alkmaar
    Portugal: Benfica
    Scotland: Celtic


    Champions League: Manchester United (bt Chelsea)
    Europa League: Valencia (bt Celtic)
    UEFA Super Cup: Chelsea (bt Bordeaux)


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    Eastbourne pulled a double award wins, as I picked up Manager of the Year, and Chris Sheppard was named Player of the Year​.

  19. 2015/16 Season Preview


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    Another very busy transfer window as we look to build our squad.
    Tim Waddington became the club record sale with a ?35k move to Ipswich, although he was loaned back to us for the season. Some very good free agents joined up with the team, including former Arsenal defender Kerrea Gilbert.

    Unfortunately, we were unable to acquire two of our big targets. Striker Charlie Sherringham failed to agree contract terms after being released from AFC Wimbledon. The Arsenal board seemed to be willing to give Japanese winger Ryo Miyaichi away when our 'stab in the dark' loan offer was accepted. However, new Gunner's boss Ian Holloway pulled the plug on the deal when he joined.


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    James Beasant | Shane Stacey

    Center backs
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    Patrick Kanyuka (vc) | Adam Watts | Gethin Jones (c) | Martin Riley

    Full backs
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    Morten Knudsen | Kerrea Gilbert | Liam Triggs | Jon Osae

    Center Midfielders
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    Kyran Wiltshere | Nathan Rooney | Austin Eaton | Tom Beere

    Attacking Midfielders/Wingers
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    Chris Sheppard | Alex Rodman | Max Wheeler | Sam Cole

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    Jeff Goulding | Jason Prior | Ben Maund | Tim Waddington


    Friendly Results

    Maidenhead 1-6 Eastbourne Borough
    Cray 1-7 Eastbourne Borough
    Eastbourne Borough 3-2 Swindon
    Eastbourne Borough 0-1 Celtic U21's
    Eastbourne Borough 1-3 Manchester City U21's

    Club News

    In other news, the club announced that it is now fully Professional, and that they will be expanding Priory Lane to hold over 5,000 people!

    Club captain Ollie Rowe has left the club on a free transfer. He felt that the number of defenders hindered his chances at first team football and was therefor let go. The armband will be taken over by Gethin Jones.


    Thanks for reading! Comments welcome.
    Opinions on the squad?
    I may get August done today, but its unlikely. It will be up at some point over the weekend!

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    August 2015

    Staff Changes
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    With the club going pro, I felt that it was time we improved the quality of our coaching staff. Steve Wilson brings in some great experience from his coaching days with Birmingham & Huddersfield. He enjoyed a successful playing career as well with Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday & Everton.
    The big coup is definitely ex-England international Bobby Zamora. The striker enjoyed a playing career with Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham & QPR, and has now hung up the boots to study his coaching badges with us at Eastbourne.



    Eastbourne Borough 4-1 Wycombe
    Max Wheeler (1)
    Gethin Jones (56)
    Jeff Goulding (58, 82)

    A great start to our league campaign with an emphatic win over Wycombe. Max Wheeler gave the 1,600 fans at Priory lane a moment to cheer just 39 seconds into the game. New signing Jeff Goulding had a fantastic game, bagging a brace on his debut.
    Capital One Cup 1st Round
    Bournemouth 3-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Jason Prior (78)

    The draw for the League cup was a difficult one away to Championship side Bournemouth. We held out for a while, but striker Luchiano Becchio eventually broke the deadlock. We were able to pull a goal back for the travelling fans, but defeat was inevitable to avoid.
    Rochdale 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Jeff Goudling (37)
    Adam Watts sent off (41)

    Rochdale had made a good start to the season, so a draw was a very good result. Jeff Goulding made it 3 in 2 for him, continuing his good start to his Eastbourne career. Adam Watts was sent off for a second yellow card, and we showed great resiliance to hold onto the point.

    Eastbourne Borough 1-3 Southend
    Tom Beere (35)

    We were really in this one up until the final ten minutes. Southend scored a goal that was offside, and wasn't called. The third goal came from a counter attack whilst we were pressing everything for an equaliser. A poor result, but it was influenced by poor refereeing.

    Shrewsbury 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Jason Prior (90)

    What a defensive performance. We held off a wave off Shrewsbury attacks, and they became desperate towards the end. Mistakes led to one of their center backs being sent off, and thats when we took advantage. A fantastic goal from substitute Jason Prior wins us this one for 3 well earned points.
    Luton Town 0-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Austin Eaton (10)
    Jeff Goulding (81)

    Great result away to fellow promoted side Luton. Substitute Jeff Goulding scored his 4th of the month to seal the result after Austin Eaton nodded in a corner. Another fantastic defensive performance from everyone. Chris Sheppard continues where he left off last season with 2 assists and a MOTM performance.

    League Position: 7th (10 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (4 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Jeff Goulding

    Jeff has had a good start to his Eastbourne career, smashing 4 goals this month and linking well with the rest of the team.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.
    Doubt i'll get anymore updates up this weekend, but i'll be back Monday with plenty!

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    September 2015


    Johnstone's Paint Trophy 1st Round
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Crawley Town
    Tom Beere (71)

    A well earned victory over League 1 Crawley. We capitalised on their poor start to the season and grinded out a 1-0 win to set up a second round tie against Stevenage.
    Eastbourne Borough 0-3 Northampton

    Northampton had started the league fantastically, and they continued their good form against us. A dodgy offside call for the second goal broke us, and the third come shortly after. We'll look to move on quickly from this one.
    Eastbourne Borough 3-2 York City
    Chris Sheppard (36)
    Max Wheeler (70)
    Tom Beere (80)

    We needed a win here and it looked for a long time that we weren't going to get it. York equalised twice but Tom Beere's volley won us the match and a vital three points for our morale.

    AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Jason Prior (64)

    Super-sub Jason Prior come off the bench to salvage a point for us away to Wimbledon with his third goal of the season for him. Our defence was very solid today, and goalkeeper James Beasant made some great saves to deny Wimbledon.
    Port Vale 0-4 Eastbourne Borough
    Patrick Kanyuka (19)
    Jeff Goulding (46, 59, 73)

    Before today, Port Vale were sitting in 2nd, unbeaten so far in the league, so today's performance was completely unbelievable. A second half hat-trick from Jeff Goulding was a fantastic highlight in a flawless performance all round.
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Barnet
    Nathan Rooney (38 pen)

    Nathan Rooney's first goal for the club seals a very hard fought win against Edgar Davids' Barnet side, who have been struggling in the early weeks of this season. Jeff Goudling was fouled in the box to win the penalty that ultimately won the game. For the second game in a row, our defence was in top form, grinding out another clean sheet.

    League Position: 5th (20 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (7 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Jeff Goulding

    The big man has really settled in well, and a sensational hat-trick against Port Vale capped off a good month for him. Although he failed to get on the score sheet in other games, he did manage to create chances for others to finish.


    Thanks for reading!! Comments appreciated.
    I've played up until December over the weekend, so I'll write it all up today!
    Stick around!

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    October 2015


    Eastbourne Borough 2-2 Scunthorpe
    Chris Sheppard (83 pen)
    Jeff Goulding (86)

    What looked like a long afternoon, and three point lost, was eventually rescued in a great late salvage. Jeff Goulding was the thorn in Scunthorpe's side, winning the penalty and netting the equaliser just 3 minutes later to earn us a point.

    Johnstone's Paint Trophy 2nd Round

    Eastbourne Borough 1-3 Dagenham & Redbridge
    Morten Knudsen (61)

    A disappointing evening sees us knocked out of the Paint trophy. Young goalkeeper Shane Stacey made his debut, and it was one to forget as he conceded three against Dagenham. Left-back Morten Knudsen did give the fans something to cheer, but it was too late by then to salvage anything from the match.

    Eastbourne Borough 3-2 Bury
    Liam Triggs (18)
    Dominic Iorfa (25 o.g)
    Nathan Rooney (83)

    Back to the league, and back to winning ways, although it was very nerve racking. A second half overload from Bury saw them mount a 2 goal comeback. But substitute Nathan Rooney netted his second of the season to win it for us with seven minutes left.

    Plymouth Argyle 1-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Jeff Goulding (17)
    Jero Sodje (50)

    Sensational counter-attacking performance as we steal a win against Plymouth. Jeff Goulding got back on the scoresheet with his 9th of the season, and it was rounded off with a cool finish from young winger Jero Sodje. Three well-deserved points.

    Dagenham & Borough 4-0 Eastbourne Borough

    Nothing beautiful about this one as we are knocked back down to earth by Dagenham & Redbridge for the second time this month. Revenge for the cup defeat was not enough to motivate us as the goals flew in for the home side today. Chris Sheppard missed a penalty in the 5th minute that would of made it a very different game.

    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Oxford United
    Jason Prior (71)

    This game was shrouded by a horrific injury to Kyran Wiltshere, who suffered a broken ankle in the 11th minute. Once the game got back running, it was Oxford who were the dominant side. However, a volley from sub Jason Prior rescued a point to end a bad afternoon for us.

    Colchester 0-0 Eastbourne Borough

    Colchester were top of the league going into this one, so I was delighted to keep a clean sheet. We played perfect defensive tactics, and were unlucky not to steal a win here as Jeff Golding hit the post in the final 5 minutes.

    League Position: 5th (29 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (9 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Jeff Goulding

    It was difficult this month, as there were no real outstanding performers. However, two goals this month and another assist means the prize goes to Jeff Goulding again.


    November & December still to come!

  23. What tactic have you been using?

    I have tried 3 times now to play with The Sports in this FM14, as i always have a save where i try to bring the to the Premier league, but i failed on the 3 saves! even was sacked in 1 of them....

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    FA Cup 1st Round
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Oldham Athletic
    Jeff Goulding (12)

    Almost 4000 cram into Priory Lane to watch us begin another FA Cup run. Our opposition today was struggling League 1 side Oldham, and wee added to the woes when Jeff Goulding netted his 10th of the season in the 12th minute. A well earned win sees us progress into Round 2; a home tie against Swindon.

    Eastbourne Borough 2-0 Burton Albion
    Patrick Kanyuka (44)
    Max Wheeler (89)

    Back to the league, and we made short work of Burton Albion today. We controlled the match, and pressing at the end of each half resulted in 2 goals for us and three points.
    Accrington Stanley 1-3 Eastbourne Borough
    Evan Horwood (8 o.g)
    Chris Sheppard (60 pen)
    Max Wheeler (90+3)

    Everything that could go wrong, did today for Accrington. They find themselves bottom of the pack, and in a real relegation battle this season, and an own goal in the opening 10 minutes was the last thing they needed. One penalty and one sending off later, 10 man Accrington finally fell to a sensational free kick from Max Wheeler in injury time.
    Eastbourne Borough 3-0 Torquay
    Jeff Goulding (26 pen)
    Tim Waddington (36)
    Alex Rodman (48)

    We show our dominance this season with this emphatic win over mid-table Torquay. Tim Waddington scored his first goal of the season, but it was blown away by a sensational 34 yard free kick by Alex Rodman; his first goal for the club.
    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Chesterfield
    Jeff Goulding (17)

    We can't end the month with a win, but a draw was the fair result in this one. We were dominant in the first half, but Chesterfield controlled the second, and a were reall lucky to only concede 1 goal.

    In Other News...

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    Rangers manager Ally McCoist has become, somewhat, part of the furniture at Priory Lane, having been spotted at the ground on numerous occassions over the last two months. Rumours suggest he is scouting Max Wheeler, although no formal offer has been put in for the in-form midfielder.

    Youngsters Gareth Edge (GK), Jide McMannus (DM) & Stacy Gatting (ST) have all joined Bedford on loan in their quest to avoid relegation from the Skrill South.

    Club Captain Gethin Jones has announced he will retire at the end of the season.


    League Position: 4th (39 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (12 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Patrick Kanyuka

    A goal for Patrick this month, and three fantastic clean sheets give him the POTM award.


    December still coming!
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  25. Quote Originally Posted by Pinadiku View Post
    What tactic have you been using?

    I have tried 3 times now to play with The Sports in this FM14, as i always have a save where i try to bring the to the Premier league, but i failed on the 3 saves! even was sacked in 1 of them....
    I just use a simple 4-4-1-1. I think it is the morale of the players that keeps me going. And I switch between a Counter & Attacking philosphy at different points in matches to try catch the team out.

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    FA Cup 2nd Round
    Eastbourne Borough 3-2 Swindon
    Jason Prior (34)
    Chris Sheppard (46)
    Austin Eaton (63)
    Patrick Kanyuka sent off (85)

    For the second season running, we have made it to the 3rd round of the FA Cup! Another League 1 side were unable to beat us, but Swindon gave it one hell of a go. Austin Eaton scored the eventual winner just after the hour mark, but Swindon continued to press. Patrick Kanyuka was sent off for a last man challenge that actually stopped a clear chance and won us the game. We will now play Championship leaders Blackburn Rovers in the 3rd round.

    Hartlepool 4-0 Eastbourne Borough

    Unbelievable Jeff! A terrible performance that sees Hartlepool jump us in the league. Best we just get on with it and forget about this one as soon as possible.
    Morecambe 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Chris Sheppard (8)

    We grind out an away win after Chris Sheppard's 5th goal of the season gave us an early lead. Relegation threatened Morecambe showed no real threat to us, a result we needed to get back on track after the Hartlepool game.
    Grimsby Town 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Max Wheeler (73)

    We really should have won this one, with chance after chance being squandered by misfiring striker Ben Maund. A draw was probably a fair result following our poor attacking performance.
    Wycombe 2-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Jason Prior (15)
    Jeff Goulding (90+1)

    That is what football is all about! Just as it looked like Wycombe would be climbing out of the relegation zone, Jeff Goulding storms in to ruin the party and score a last minute equaliser. We were unlucky in conceding both goals, but a tight schedule meant we had to rest some key players.


    League Position: 5th (44 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (13 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Jason Prior

    He has had to be patient, with Jeff Goulding smashing in the goals, Jason sits on the bench most games. But he was vital in our results against Swindon & Wycombe, scoring two important goals.


    Thanks for reading! Finally back up to date!
    January sees us face title hopefuls Southend & Rochdale, as well the visit of Blackburn in the FA Cup.
    Stick around! Comments appreciated.

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    FA Cup 3rd Round
    Eastbourne Borough 2-3 Blackburn Rovers
    Chris Sheppard (34 pen)
    Ruben Rochina (69 o.g)

    What a game! So close this year to a major upset. We performed admirable against the Championship leaders, and took a deserved lead twice in the game; first from the spot, and then from a deflected Adam Watts Header. In the end, the combination of on-loan Gunner Ryan Gauld, and a terrible penalty decision that left the FA silenced when criticised, was enough to see us off.
    Eastbourne Borough 2-4 Rochdale
    William Edjenguele (29 og)
    Chris Sheppard (79 pen)

    Two goals in the last 10 minutes strengthened Rochdale's title hopes in the tough to take result. We were strong up until the final 10, when Rochdale capitalised on us pressing high to try and win the match. All-in-all, a bad day at the office.
    Southend 2-0 Eastbourne Borough

    Like Rochdale, Southend were also in the mix for the title, and showed us exactly why. They completely run us off the park and came away with a comfortable 2-0 win.
    Eastbourne Borough 3-2 Shrewsbury
    Alex Rodman (8)
    Chris Sheppard missed penalty (27)
    Jeff Goulding (47)
    Adam Watts (69)

    Much better performance from the team! This result couldn't have come at a better time, as it was a much needed confidence boost, even if Chris Sheppard missed from the spot.
    Northampton 3-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Jeff Goudling (8)

    We started this one very well, with Jeff Goulding netting inside 8 minutes, and we were able to hold off until half-time. But a second half fightback from Northampton sees them overtake us in the league. Another disappointing defeat
    York City 3-3 Eastbourne Borough
    Max Wheeler (37)
    Chris Sheppard (64, 81)

    We cannot catch a break this month. We had to squander a draw here against midtable York. Defensively we were terrible, and it has made me question certain individuals performances within the team. Chris Sheppard rescued the draw with a stunning second half brace.


    League Position: 7th (48 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (15 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Chris Sheppard

    Chris netted 4 goals this month, two from the spot, and was outstanding despite our results. He also picked up two assists against Blackburn and Shrewsbury to win him this months award.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

    What a terrible month, but it has got most of the tough games out of the way meaning we can focus on picking up points against the smaller teams!

    February sees Wimbledon, Luton & play-off hopefuls Port Vale visit Priory Lane, and will be up later on today!

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    February 2016


    Eastbourne Borough 5-2 Wimbledon
    Jeff Goulding (1, 28, 40, 72)
    Morten Knudsen (8)

    What a way to get back on track! Jeff Goulding breaks the club record for goals scored in one game with a stunning display. Morten Knudsen scored the second of the game on his 100th appearance for Eastbourne, a true servant to the club.
    Barnet 2-3 Eastbourne Borough
    Max Wheeler (29)
    Nathan Rooney (61)
    Adam Watts (77)

    We pile the pressure on 20th place Barnet with a sensational 2nd half comeback! Adam Watts' header eventually won it for us, making up for his poor defensive performance today.
    Eastbourne Borough 1-2 Luton
    Jeff Goulding (22)

    This game had been postponed twice due to weather conditions but it finally took place, and we wish it never had come. Luton scrapped for their survival in this league and caused a huge upset with Mark Cullen scored a brace. The result has left many questions over some players performances and whether or not they should be part of my plans. There were some injury problems, as both Simon Maybury & Alex Rodman were hit with hamstring injuries to keep the out for up to 6 weeks.
    Eastbourne Borough 0-0 Port Vale

    The last time we met Port Vale, we came away with a 4-0 win. This one had no signs it would be the same. A point earned against fellow play-off hopefuls is acceptable. Port Vale's Matthew Etherington came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the crossbar, but it wasn't to be.
    Scunthorpe 2-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Patrick Kanyuka (42)
    Jason Prior (84)

    Another poor draw, but we did fantastically well to come back from two goals down. Patrick Kanyuka went from villian to hero, giving away a penalty before scoring the first goal. Substitute Jason Prior come on to rescue a point. We were terribly unlucky not to win this one, with our players hitting the post 3 times.

    League Position: 8th (56 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (20 goals)
    Club Player of the Month: Jeff Goulding

    5 goals in 5 games for the big man take his tally to 20 and secure valuable points this month. Jeff also picked up the League 2 Player of the Month award.

    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

    A good month was what we needed after January, but a disappointing defeat & two draws mean we dropped some vital points. March is another tough month, with promotion hopefuls Colchester, Dagenham & Redbridge & Plymouth all visit Priory Lane, as well as a tough game away to Oxford.

    Stick around! March should be up tomorrow.
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    Youth Intake

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    Once again our annual youth intake day brings some new young talent to the club. ​Michael Loftus and Jerome Bridcutt could become useful defenders. But it is Cameron Gooda that I am excited about. His fantastic determination and work rate show that he could develop into a great player.


    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Plymouth
    Max Wheeler (48)

    A disappointing result today as we through away a hard fought lead. Max Wheeler scored a great volley to open the scoring, but we couldn't hold onto it for 90 minutes, with Plymouth scoring with just 2 minutes remaining.
    Bury 2-3 Eastbourne Borough
    Jason Prior (12)
    Chris Sheppard (31
    Jeff Goulding (75)

    Our first win in almost a month! Jeff Goulding reacted brilliantly to being dropped by scoring off the substitutes bench. Jason Prior took his chance as well, opening the scoring. More defensive problems though as Bury pegged us back twice.
    Oxford 1-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Jeff Goulding (18)

    Although I would have preferred a win, a draw was a great result. It means that Oxford don't gain ground on us in the race for the play-offs. A boring second half meant that nobody could brake the deadlock.
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Colchester
    Nathan Rooney (42)

    Sensational win for us against 3rd place Colchester. Nathan Rooney's 4th of the season wins it for us. A rare clean sheet is a glimmer of hope for a good run-in.
    Eastbourne Borough 2-1 Accrington Stanley
    Jeff Goulding (46, 84)

    A second half brace from Jeff Goulding against relegation threatened Accrington Stanley strengths our promotion hopes. Results elsewhere means that we are now just 5 points off an automatic promotion spot.
    Burton Albion 0-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Austin Eaton (23)
    Chris Sheppard (38)

    Burton sit comfortably mid-tabe with nothing to play for, and thats how they played today. A great first half performance saw off The Brewers and moves us up into 5th!

    League Position: 5th (70 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (24 goals)
    Player of the Month: Jeff Goulding

    Another good month for the big forward with 4 goals, including winners against Accrington & Bury.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

    An undefeated month! Although the title is out of reach, automatic promotion is far from it. We are 5 points off Colchester in 3rd, with a game in hand. April sees the season come to an end with ties against Dagenham & Redbridge, Hartlepool & Chesterfield!

    April to come either tomorrow or Friday. Not sure how much playing time i'm gonna have over the next couple days.

  30. Great story, but I'm still in shock after seeing that Ian Holloway is the Gunners boss.

  31. Quote Originally Posted by StephenAFC View Post
    Great story, but I'm still in shock after seeing that Ian Holloway is the Gunners boss.
    I know the feeling I'm a Gunner myself
    He's actually done alright. He took over Steve Clarke at West Brom in the first season, won back to back FA Cups & beat Man U in the Community Shield aha!
    He's not doing too bad at Arsenal as well this season
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  32. Quote Originally Posted by itsBilly View Post
    I know the feeling I'm a Gunner myself
    He's actually done alright. He took over Steve Clarke at West Brom in the first season, won back to back FA Cups & beat Man U in the Community Shield aha!
    He's not doing too bad at Arsenal as well this season
    Good to hear.

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    April 2016


    Torquay 2-2 Eastbourne Borough
    Jeff Goulding (13)
    Martin Riley (88)

    We start the month against another comfortably mid-table side. Torquay were by far the better team and we were lucky to steal a draw here. Martin Riley has put in some questionable performances this season, but he scored the all important goal that could be worth everything to our season.
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Dagenham & Redbridge
    Chris Sheppard (57)

    We finally got to play this one following several postponements. Chris Sheppard scored his 12th of the season to put one foot firmly in the play-offs.
    Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Hartlepool
    Jeff Goulding (55)
    Hartlepool fans had pretty much ruled out hope of a play-off spot, and a draw against us confirmed that. The players on the other hand still had hope and fought very hard for this one. Jeff Goulding gave us th lead but we were pegged back very quickly.

    Chesterfield 4-0 Eastbourne Borough

    Ouch! A real blow to morale as we're defeated very heavily. On the bright side, results elsewhere confirm that we will be in the play-offs this season. Automati promotion is all but ruled out, with us needing Colchester & Port Vale to loose their last two matches.
    Eastbourne Borough 1-2 Morecambe
    Jero Sodje (5)

    With the play-offs confirmed, I gave some of the younger stars a run out, and Jero Sodje scored his 2nd of the season in the opening 5 minutes. Morecambe were sensational today and fought very hard for a deserving win. This result means that Morecambe climb out of the relegation zone, and only need a point in their final gae to stay up.
    Eastbourne Borough 1-2 Grimbsy Town
    Jeff Goulding (9)

    It was a defensive disaster today as two own goals from Adam Watts & Liam Triggs gifted Grimsby a win here. Another disappointing defeat puts us in bad form leading into the play-offs.

    League Position: 6th (75 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (26 goals)
    Player of the Month: Jeff Goulding

    Another 3 goals this month for Jeff, who has been outstanding all season.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

    We did it! We made the play-offs and a third straight promotion is in our sight. I will post seperate updates for the play-offs before doing an end of season review either tonight or tomorrow.

    We face off against Rochdale in the play-off semi final, with Port Vale playing Hartlepool.

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    May 2016


    League 2 Play-off Semi Final: Leg 1
    Eastbourne Borough 1-0 Rochdale
    Chris Sheppard (16 pen)

    One foot in the final with a scrappy win in the first leg. Chris Sheppard proved calm from the spot to give us a 1 goal advantage heading to Rochdale. A clean sheet is a good advantage as well.

    League 2 Play-off Semi Final: Leg 2
    Rochdale 2-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Chris Sheppard (41 pen)

    Eastbourne win 5-4 on penalties

    We are through to the play-off final!! A mistake from Liam Triggs allowed Rochdale to score an 87th minute equaliser, but it was written in the stars that Chris Sheppard would win score the decisive penalty, after scoring from the spot in both legs.
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    League 2 Play-off Final
    Port Vale 0-1 Eastbourne Borough
    Jeff Goulding (96)

    51,000 fans turned up to Wembley for the final. They had to wait a terribly long time, but the deadlock was finally broken in extra time, when Jeff Goulding nodded his 28th goal of the season to win the tie, and secure us promotion to League 1!



    League Position: 6th (75 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (28 goals)
    Player of the Season: Jeff Goulding

    The big striker led the line fantastically all season, netting 28 in all competitions, including the winner in the play-off final.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

    I can't believe it! Great performances in the play-offs. Just a shame we couldn't have won these kind of matches in the league and gained automatic promotion, but I'm not complaining.

    An end of season review, and possibly a summer pre-season update will come tomorrow!
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    2015/16 Season Review

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    Chelsea retained their Premiership crown, tipping Man Utd to the top. Heartache for Liverpool fans as they miss out on Europe. Leicester drop straight back down to the Championship, along with Cardiff & West Ham.

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    Paul Ince led Reading back to the Premiership for the first time since 2012. Blackburn return back to the Premiership, with Wigan winning the play-offs. At the other end, Ipswich were relegated to the 3rd tier of English football for the first time since 1957!

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    Rotherham come up under everyone's noses to win League 1. Coventry were leading the pack for 3/4s of the season, but fell off the boil and lost in the play-offs.

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    Southend were crowned champions of League 2. Eastbourne continue their climb up the divisions with their 3rd straight promotion. At the other end, heartache for Luton and Accrington Stanley.

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    Roberto Martinez picked Man City's poor season up with an FA Cup win against Chelsea.
    Ian Holloway finally ended Arsenal's 11 year wait for a trophy, by winning their first League Cup since 1993.

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    In Europe, Bayern Munich proved once again they are Europe's best, beating compatriots Borussia Dortmund in the final of the Champion's League.
    It was a Europa League final to remember, but not for Arsenal fans. After a fantastic cup run, it was ended by arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.


    Elsewhere in Europe, Real Madrid, Paris St Germain & AC Milan all retained their domestic league titles.
    In Germany, Hannover 96 pipped Bayern & Dortmund to their first championship since 1954!


    Club News

    Jeff Goulding picked up the League 2 Top Goalscorer award, but contract talks with the 32 year old have broken down, and he has unfortunately been set for release by the club.

    The Eastbourne Borough board have announced plans to increase the stadium capacity by 2000, and to also relay the pitch ​over the summer.
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    2016/17 Season Preview

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    In: Jamal Fyfield becomes our record transfer with his switch from Salisbury. Former Gunners Jordan Wynter & Jodey Lovegrove sign to add some skill into the squad.

    Out: Kerrea Gilbert's poor performances last season didn't warrant a contact extension. Sam Cole's contract demands were far too high for a player of his standard, leading to his release.


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    James Beasant / Jack McClaren / Shane Stacey

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    Patrick Kanyuka / Adam Watts / Martin Riley / Kayode Bola

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    Liam Triggs / Morten Knudsen / Jamal Fyfield / Chris O'Neill

    Center Midfielders
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    Kyran Wiltshere / Nathan Rooney / Jordan Wynter / Austin Eaton

    Attacking Midfielders/Wingers
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    Max Wheeler / Chris Sheppard / Alex Rodman / Tom Beere


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    Jeff Goulding / Jason Prior / Jodey Lovegrove


    Club News

    - Plans to extend Priory Lane have been delayed until the end of next season meaning the club will play its football at Newhaven's ground.

    - Striker Jeff Goulding made a dramatic u-turn in his contract talks and decided to stay with the club

    - I was offered the manager's job at Fleetwood Town, but rejected it.

    - The club's link with Coventry City has been terminated due to the two teams competing in the same league.


    Thanks for reading! I will post an August update tomorrow!

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    August 2016

    Friendly Results

    Eastbourne 0-4 Birmingham
    Dover 1-2 Eastbourne
    Eastbourne 0-2 Tottenham U21's
    Hendon 1-4 Eastbourne
    Ebbsfleet 2-0 Eastbourne


    Colchester 1-1 Eastbourne
    Jodey Lovegrove (25)

    A late equaliser from Colchester stopped us from starting the season with a win. A great goal from new boy Jodey Lovegrove had given us the lead, but we couldn't hold onto it. Jordan Wynter picked up an injury ruling him out for up to 6 weeks.
    Capital One Cup 1st Round
    Ipswich 3-2 Eastbourne
    Jamal Fyfield (66)
    Patrick Kanyuka (75)

    A debut goal from record signing Jamal Syfield sparked what was almost the perfect comeback. We were terrible in the first half but almost made up for it against a strong Ipswich side.
    Eastbourne 1-1 Bradford
    Jason Prior (82)

    It was a pretty uneventful afternoon until the final 10 minutes. Substitute Jason Prior looked to have won the game, but Bradford countered perfectly, scoring just 2 minutes later to rescue a point.
    Portsmouth 2-0 Eastbourne

    Portsmouth were very strong last season and were unlucky in their play-off defeat. They showed all the signs of being a strong side this year by beating us very comfortably.
    Notts County 1-2 Eastbourne
    Chris Sheppard (16, 54 pen)

    Chris Sheppard has been a key player in recent years, and he put in a sensational performance today. An unbelievable 35 yard free kick was the highlight of the evening.
    Eastbourne 2-1 Doncaster Rovers
    Jodey Lovegrove (45+1)
    Martin Riley (49)

    Two quick goals either side of half time was the difference today as we begin to scale the table. Doncaster were very poor, which helped us a lot.

    League Position: 7th (8 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove/Chris Sheppard (2 goals)
    Player of the Month: Martin Riley

    The new club vice-captain has had some great individual performances and topped it off with a goal against Doncaster.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.
    Will hopefully get September played and up tomorrow.

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    September 2016


    Eastbourne 1-0 Swindon
    Jodey Lovegrove (90+1)

    That is what football is about! A dramatic late goal from Lovegrove snatches the points from Swindon in a game we did really deserve to lose. Major upset here, but our 3rd win on the bounce.

    Preston North End 1-0 Eastbourne

    A sensational strike from Adam McGurk was the difference here. We performed very well defensively against a strong Preston side who are going to be clear promotion hopefuls this season.

    Fleetwood Town 2-1Eastbourne
    Jason Prior (12)

    With Jeff Goulding misfiring, Jason Prior was given another chance to lead the line, and he started fantastically! However, we crumbled in the second half and Fleetwood picked up the victory today.

    1-1 Yeovil
    Chris Sheppard (37 pen)

    Chris Sheppard's 3rd of the season gave us the lead against lead leaders Yeovil, but they continued their good form as they hit right back with a great team goal to share the spoils.

    League Position: 13th (12 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove/Chris Sheppard (3 goals)
    Player of the Month: Jodey Lovergrove

    The POTM award was tough this month, with no real outstanding performances. But Jodey Lovegrove has come in and settled pretty well, leading the line whilst Jeff Goulding tries to find his scoring boots again.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

    October is a big month with 7 games! Including away ties to Coventry & Ipswich, as well as a Paint Trophy 2nd round tie against Wimbledon.

    Stick around!
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    October 2016


    Eastbourne 1-0 Cheltenham
    Jordan Wynter (50)

    A fantastic volley from new boy Jordan Wynter seals our first win in 4 games. Cheltenham have been struggling so far this season, but they gave us a great run for our money.
    Johnstone's Paint Trophy 2nd Round
    Eastbourne 2-1 AFC Wimbledon
    Jeff Goulding (31)
    Nathan Clarke (59 o.g)

    Finally Jeff Goulding ends his goal drought after over 10 hours of football without a goal. He would of had two, but his header in the 2nd half deflected in for an own goal. Young goalkeeper Shane Stacey was denied a clean sheet in injury time but the game was well and truely over by then.
    Coventry 3-3 Eastbourne
    Jeff Goulding (8)
    Jodey Lovegrove (47, 87)

    No words can express my frustration, and delight, about this result. We were touted as huge underdogs for this one, but took the lead 3 times in the match. Just when it looked like our hard work would be payed off, Coventry goalkeeper Jamie McDonald joined the attack, and dived in the box to win a penalty in stoppage time. After my heavy criticism of the decision, the FA were silent.
    Ipswich 0-0 Eastbourne

    Another tough away tie against one of the league's big boys. Once again we showed we our no underdog and managed to walk away with a point & a clean sheet.
    Eastbourne 2-3 Charlton
    Jodey Lovegrove (69, 74)

    We do finally crumble to one of the League's bigger teams. A shocking first half performance gave Charlton a comfortable 3-0 lead at half time. But a late push led by Jodey Lovegrove almost pulled us level, but we had really dug our own grave.
    Eastbourne 1-0 Brentford
    Jamal Fyfield (21)

    Brentford have had a terrible start to the season, and we piled on the pressure with a solid win. Our defence put in a fantastic performance today against the strong strike partnership of Samed Yesil & Mason Bennett.
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    FA Cup 1st Round
    Eastbourne 1-0 Macclesfield
    Jeff Goulding (36)

    A simple victory for us against conference side Macclesfield. Jeff Goulding's 3rd of the season was the difference as we qualify for the 2nd round.

    Club News

    - Former vice-captain Gary Hart has joined the club as a Youth coach.

    - Young defender Jerome Bridcutt has joined Tonbridge on loan till the end of the season.

    - I turned down another job offer; this time with Stevenage, who currently sit 16th in League 2 following relegation last season.


    League Position: 13th (20 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove (7 goals)
    Player of the Month: Jodey Lovegrove

    4 goals this month for young Jodey Lovegrove, including two fantastic solo performances against Coventry & Charlton.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

    November is another busy months with 7 more games including away trips to Leyton Orient, Southend & Portsmouth in the Paint Trophy!

    Stick Around

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    November 2016


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    Eastbourne Borough have announced the signing of Republic of Ireland U21 International Tommy Hughes from Irish side Everton. The Striker has hit 21 goals this year, and will link up with the League 1 side in January.

    In the backroom, Rob Hulse has joined the club as a youth coach. Hulse enjoyed a long playing career, including spells in the Premiership with West Brom, Sheffield United & QPR.


    Carlisle 1-2 Eastbourne
    Liam Triggs (61)
    Jodey Lovegrove (90)

    Dramatic action in Carlisle as Jodey Lovegrove steals the win for us. Right-back Liam Triggs hit a stunning volley to level it up in the 2nd half, in which we dominated.
    Eastbourne 2-1 Bristol City
    Jeff Goulding (48)
    Jodey Lovegrove (58)

    Bristol City have been struggling in League 1 this year, and find themselves in the relegation zone. Veteran manager Mark Hughes has just taken over the side, but his experience could not lead them to victory. Another inspired team-talk at half time set up a great second half performance from our team.

    Johnstone's Paint Trophy Quarter-Final

    Portsmouth 3-2 Eastbourne
    Aaron Lee-Barrett (34 o.g)
    Jodey Lovegrove (38)

    Funny how things work out. In previous games, we had been poor in the first half, but sensational in the second. In this game, it was the other way around. Two quick-fire goals gave us a 2-0 lead at the break, but Portsmouth mounted a fantastic comeback, and stole the win in the 89th minute.
    Eastbourne 6-1 Walsall
    Jodey Lovegrove (1)
    Jeff Goulding (13, 41, 73)
    Josh Hunt-Laurent (19 o.g)
    Paul Downing (90+2 o.g)

    Well I am speechless. The budding strike partnership of Goulding & Lovegrove proved to be unstoppable today, with Goulding netting a hat-trick, and Lovegrove scoring for the 4th consecutive match. Two own goals symbolised how poor Walsall's defence was today, but all credit goes to our attackers.
    Southend 1-2 Eastbourne
    Nicky Adams (17 o.g)
    Chris Sheppard (75)

    Once again an own goal helps us to victory, but I'm not complaining. Chris Sheppard scored his 4th of the season to give us a deserved win.

    Leyton Orient 3-2 Eastbourne
    Scott Doe (25 o.g)
    Morten Knudsen (60)

    Games can turn around in a second and it did today. A fabulous strike from Morten Knudsen loked to have a won it for us, but two very late corners allowed Leyton Orient to capitalize on our defensive issues and nick the win. More injury worries as Chris Sheppard picked up a knock that will keep him out for 4 weeks.
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    FA Cup 2nd Round
    Coventry 2-1 Eastbourne
    Jason Prior (22)

    More cup heartache as we crash out of the FA cup. I had rested a few players due to our congested fixture list, and we put on a good show but Coventry were deserved winners.

    Eastbourne 1-0 Tranmere
    Jodey Lovegrove (56)

    A net-busting shot from Jodey Lovegrove closes the month with a win. There were positives in the team selection, as Patrick Kanyuka & Jamal Fyfield both returned from injury.

    League Position: 5th (35 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove (12 goals)
    Player or the Month: Jodey Lovegrove

    5 goals this month for the young striker. He has formed a great partnership with veteran Jeff Goulding, who has also been in deadly form this month.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated!

    What a month. Unfortunately out of the cups, but we are riding high in league. December is another busy month which sees Portsmouth & top of the table Millwall visit Fort Road.

    Stick around!

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    December 2016


    Northampton 3-2 Eastbourne
    Jordan Wynter (41)
    Tom Beere (45+1)

    A poor result away to relegation threatened Northampton. Tom Beere scored his first of the season to give us a 2-1 half time lead, but a superb fightback gives Northampton the win.
    Eastbourne 2-0 MK Dons
    Nathan Rooney (10)
    Jodey Lovegrove (82)

    A good solid win for us, just what we needed. Nathan Rooney scored his first of the season to give us an early lead, and Jodey Lovegrove sealed it on the counter attack later in the game.
    Eastbourne 0-0 Millwall

    League leaders Millwall held us to a goalless draw here, and it was a fair result. Neither side pushed, but the point sees Millwall top of the table at Christmas.
    Eastbourne 1-3 Colchester
    Jodey Lovegrove (63)

    'Tis the season to be grumpy! A heartbreaking boxing day defeat sees Colchester leapfrog us in the table. I had rotated some players due to a heavy schedule and it backfired as Colchester walked into halftime with a 3-0 lead. Jodey Lovegrove did try to mount a comeback, but it wasn't to be.
    Eastbourne 2-0 Portsmouth
    Jeff Goulding (42, 79)

    Thats more like it! We continue our push for a play-off spot with a good win over Portsmouth. Pompey had beaten us twice this season, so it was time we got revenge. Jeff Goulding scored a brace to wrap the calender year up.

    League Position: 5th (42 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove (14 goals)
    Player of the Month: Jodey Lovegrove

    Difficult one this month. Nobody had really put in outstanding performances for the entirety of the month, but 2 goals and 2 assists takes it for Jodey again.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

    January features 6 ties; including away trips to Bradford, Doncaster & Yeovil!

    Stick around!

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    January 2017


    Bradford 2-0 Eastbourne

    Terrible start to the new year with this defeat. This game was just 2 days after our last, so rotation was key but it backfired for us.

    Doncaster 0-1 Eastbourne
    Jodey Lovegrove (90)
    Thats more like it! We steal the points in the final seconds against Doncaster who are struggling at the moment. 15th of the season for Jodey Lovegrove.
    Eastbourne 1-1 Notts County
    Martin Riley (30)

    Vice-captain Martin Riley headed in what we thought was going to be the winner, but an injury time goal from County denies us our first win of the year.
    Swindon 1-1 Eastbourne
    Tommy Hughes (15)

    New striker Tommy Hughes nets his first goal for the club. Great skill from the Irish youngster as he takes the ball with his left, and finishes with his right. Once again we struggle to hold onto our lead and can't find that elusive first win of the year.
    Yeovil 0-0 Eastbourne

    A bore draw against 2nd place Yeovil. Nothing really to say about this one, but we end the month winless.

    League Position: 6th (48 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove (15 goals)
    Player of the Month: Martin Riley

    Martin had a couple good individual performances against Notts County & Yeovil and takes this months award, but no one really stood out.


    ​Thanks for reading! February coming up!
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    February 2017


    Cheltenham 2-1 Eastbourne
    Jodey Lovegrove (2)

    Cheltenham are fighting relegation this season and took a big leap forward by beating us. Two very late goals wins it for us, and show us we need to sort out our defensive issues.
    Eastbourne 2-1 Preston North End
    Jodey Lovegrove (3, 28)

    Finally we get a win in 2017! League leaders Preston were completely outclassed & two early goals from Lovegrove seals it for us. Preston did nick a goal in injury time, but it was too late for a comeback.
    Eastbourne 2-1 Fleetwood
    Tommy Hughes (76, 78)

    All the action come right at the end. After falling behind to bottom of the table Fleetwood, two goals in 2 minutes from sub Tommy Hughes shows the fans why I bought him. More pressure on Fleetwood who are now 15 points from safety.
    Eastbourne 0-2 Coventry

    Just as we try to get a run going, we are outclassed. Two stunning free kicks from Anthony Wordsworth either side of half time were the difference. Coventry have acquired Adam Lallana from Southampton on loan & he run rings around our midfielders.
    Charlton 4-2 Eastbourne
    Martin Riley (30)
    Jeff Goulding (53)

    After falling behind 2-0 very quickly, we mounted a sensational comeback. But Charlton showed their experience by scoring 2 more and jump us in the league.

    League Position: 7th (54 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove (18 goals)
    Player of the Month: Jodey Lovegrove

    3 goals and a couple assists for Jodey helps us to our first wins of the calender year.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

    March to come tomorrow! Its all getting very close in the League, with just 11 points between the top 11 teams.

    Stick around!

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    Youth Intake

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    A Pretty poor haul of youngsters in this years intake. A little promise for midfielder Wayne Hazell & striker Jason Carroll, who netted a brace as the trialists beat my U18 side 3-1.



    Eastbourne 2-0 Ipswich
    Chris Sheppard (16 pen)
    Jodey Lovegrove (19)

    We made quick work of Ipswich in this one. Despite them being mediocre this season, they still have a very strong side full of experience, so I was very proud of my players for winning this one with such ease.
    Brentford 0-0 Eastbourne

    Relegation candidates Brentford hold us to a goalless draw and pick up a valuable point in their quest for survival. Once again this season, we were able to keep a clean sheet against their strong striker partnership of Samed Yesil & Mason Bennett.

    Eastbourne 1-0 Carlisle
    Jason Prior (79)

    With the signing of Tommy Hughes, Jason Prior has fallen way down the pecking order, but he took his chance tonight. It was a tedious afternoon as nothing was going in for us, but 75th minute sub Prior made an instant impact with a goal that won us the match.
    Bristol City 3-0 Eastbourne

    Our promotion bid takes a big hit as Bristol City claw themselves away from the relegation zone. Set-pieces were our downfall here as all three goals come from poorly cleared headers. Moving on quickly.
    Eastbourne 2-0 Southend
    Rhys Bennet (27 o.g)
    Tom Beere (38)
    A strong win for us as we keep ourselves in the promotion chase. Tom Beere's excellent performance clouded the poor showing from our strikers.
    Walsall 5-5 Eastbourne
    Jeff Goulding (1, 13, 73)
    Jodey Lovegrove (46)
    Tommy Hughes (81)

    Wow! Goals galore in this one. Jeff Goulding nets his second hat trick this season against Walsall, with his first coming in just 16 seconds; a new club record. It was a rollercoaser ride, at one stage we were 5-2 down, but staged a superb fightback & almost stole it at the end when Nathan Rooney hit the bar.

    League Position: 7th (65 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove (20 goals)
    Player of the Month: Jack McClaren

    Despite bad performances against Walsall & Bristol City, the young goalkeeper managed clean sheets in 4 games this month. He has really made the position his own this season & kept James Beasant on the bench.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated

    The end of the season is near and it is still so tight for promotion places. Just 10 points seperate the top 8 teams, and some still have games in hand!

    April sees us challenging for a play-off spot with away trips to relegation threatened Tranmere & Title hopefuls Millwall!

    Stick around!

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    April 2017


    Eastbourne 1-0 Leyton Orient
    Jeff Goulding (7)

    We start the month with a win and continue our push for promotion. Jeff Goulding's 14th of the season gave us the lead and we held on well against mid table Orient.
    Tranmere 1-2 Eastbourne
    Jodey Lovegrove (42, 88)

    We steal a win here to put a lot of pressure on relegation candidates Tranmere. Jodey Lovegrove took his tally to 22 this season, but also picked up a knock that will see him out for 2 weeks; a massive blow to our promotion chances.
    MK Dons 0-2 Eastbourne
    Max Wheeler (24)
    Tom Beere (60)

    What a win as we all but confirm a play-off spot. Results elsewhere means that we just require 1 win from our final 2 games to secure a play-off position. Max Wheeler hit a beautiful free kick for his 1st of the season.
    Millwall 4-0 Eastbourne

    Ouch! Despite making it to half-time without conceding, Millwall cam out fighting and hit us for 4, confirming the title & promotion back to the Championship. On-loan Spurs players Soulemaine Coulibaly & David Hurtmann were sensational & we couldn't handle them.
    Eastbourne 3-1 Northampton
    Jeff Goulding (11)
    Jodey Lovegrove (55, 76)

    An easy win against already relegated Northampton secures us a spot in the play-offs! Jodey Lovegrove takes his season tally to an impressive 24 with a great second half performance.

    League Position: 5th (77 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove (24 goals)
    Player of the Month: Jodey Lovegrove

    Jodey has been fantastic all season, and he bagged 4 goals this month to help us secure a play-off spot!


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated!

    I can't believe it! Once again we defy the odds and could be in for a chance at promotion to the Championship! Coventry stand in our way in the play-off semi's.

    Stick around. Play-off update & an end of season review coming later!
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    May 2017


    League 1 Play-off Semi-Final: First Leg
    Eastbourne 1-1 Coventry
    Jodey Lovegrove (32)

    We set a club record attendance of 6,121 in our first game at Priory Lane all season since the expansion work finished. Jodey Lovegrove scored his 25th of the season, and it looked like we were going to win the game, but a sensational free-kick from Peter Whittingham levelled it for Coventry & set up a difficult second leg for us.

    League 1 Play-off Semi-Final: Second Leg

    2-3 Eastbourne
    Jeff Goulding (7, 59)
    Jodey Lovegrove (14)

    OHHH What a performance! We prove everybody wrong and overcome an incredibly strong Coventry side to book a date with Wembley for the 2nd season running. A change of tactic completely stumped Coventry as we took a quick 2 goal lead. Goulding scored his second of the day to make it 3 before Coventry tried to mount a comeback. They scored two late goals, but we were simply incredible and deserve to be in the final.
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    League One Play-off: Final
    Eastbourne 2-1 Notts County
    Austin Eaton (13)
    Tom Beere (111)

    I CANNOT BELIEVE IT! Our strikers were terrible today, but the midfield shone to cover it up. Austin Eaton's 1st of the season couldn't of come at a better time, and Tom Beere tapped in a Chris Sheppard cross in extra time to defy all odds once again. I am absolutely ecstatic.



    League Position: 5th (77 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove (26 goals)
    Player of the Season: Jodey Lovegrove

    The young striker was released by Arsenal this season, and they missed out big. 25 goals in the league help us to promotion and he picks up the Top Goalscorer award. He has a big future ahead of him.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated!

    What an incredible season. We gain promotion to the Championship as we continue to defy the odds.
    A Season review will be posted soon and I will get started on Championship life next week.

    Stick around!
    Last edited by itsBilly; 01/02/2014 at 05:05 PM.

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    2016/17 Season Review

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    Manchester United regained the Premiership from Chelsea's clutches. A mediocre season for Liverpool is a nightmare as they finish 9th & sack manager Michael Laudraup. Aston Villa are relegated from the Premiership for the first time since in 30 years!

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    Brendan Rogers leads Middlesborough back to the Premiership after 8 years in the second tier, but Rogers will depart for Southampton. Their joined by Birmingham & play-off winners Hull. At the other end, Crewe drop straight back down to league 1, but the talking point is surely about the relegation of Bolton.

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    Millwall & Preston return to the Championship, and they're joined by the underdogs Eastbourne, who gain their 4th promotion in 4 years. Colchester, who were 6th at Christmas, are sensationally relegated after they fell to pieces.

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    Gillingham return straight back to League 1, winning the title. More play-off heartache for Port Vale as they lose in the final for the second season running to Chesterfield. Kidderminster are relegated straight back to the Conference.

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    Jose Mourinho continues his Trophy haul with an FA Cup win for Chelsea. West Brom get revenge against Arsenal in the League cup after last years final defeat.

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    More cup heartache for Arsenal, as they loose in the Champion's League final against AC Milan, who win they're first European title in 10 years. After sensational falling out of the group stage, Real Madrid went on to win the Europa League as expected.

    Elsewhere in Europe there were Domestic League wins for Juventus, PSG & Bayern Munich. In Spain, Atletico Madrid took the La Liga title from the clutches of Real Madrid & Barcelona, with the Catalan Giants finishing 5th, and missing out on net seasons Champion's League!


    Club News

    - In compliance with Championship rules, more work will be done on Priory Lane. The 4000 standing positions will be converted into seats. Construction will be finished in November.

    - I was offered the job at Brentford, but laughed it off after their relegation to League 2.

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    2017/18 Season Preview


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    Once again, the transfer window was a difficult time for me. Many teams & players still don't believe in our side and refuse to talk to us. This meant that we were unable to obtain many of our original targets and had to settle for some less skilled players. Its unfortunate as I was given a huge ?1.2m transfer budget.

    In: Former Newcastle & Blackpool goalkeeper Jack Alnwick joins us on a free-transfer; an absolutely fantastic deal for us. We break our club record transfer with the signing of Dougie Wilson from Cochester for ?425k. Wilson is a Northern Ireland international. With Jeff Goulding aging, we needed some cover up-front. I brought in veteran Dean Bowditch & young Manchester City striker Denzeil Boadu.

    A ton of players left on free transfers this season, as I felt they were not good enough for the Championship. This includes club veterans Morten Knudsen & James Beasant, who have been at the club since my first season. Max Wheeler becomes the highest transfer out of the club with his move to Premier League Hull. A great transfer for him.


    Pre-Season Results

    Eastbourne 2-3 Brentford
    Eastbourne 0-1 Queen of the South

    Oxford 2-2 Eastbourne
    Havant & Waterlooville 0-1 Eastbourne
    Bury 0-2 Eastbourne


    Thanks for reading! Comments welcomed.

    The start of the Championship comes with a home tie against Crystal Palace.
    August will be played tonight & uploaded tomorrow hopefully

    Stick around!

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    August 2017


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    What a great start to the season! It was the Lovegrove show today, as he come back from the embarrassment of scoring an own goal, to score a brace. His first goal came in a shocking style, as he scored from a corner. His game ended with injury though, and the young striker will miss up to 6 weeks of action.

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    I rotated the entire squad for this League Cup tie against League 2 Stevenage. They made us work very hard for it, but we eventually got the win in extra-time. Young striker Cameron Gooda netted his first for the club to avoid a penalty shootout and set up a home tie against Everton!

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    Unfortunate defeat as the scoreline doesn't reflect our performance. We pushed very hard for the equaliser, and made the Derby goalkeeper work very hard to preserve their lead. The second goal come in the final minute, once we had already conceded defeat.

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    What a victory! It was simply fate that new striker Dean Bowditch would give us the lead against his former club. The second half performance was fantastic, with club favourites Sheppard & Goulding netting to give us an emphatic victory. A first clean sheet for Jak Alnwick gave him the MOTM.

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    I am speechless. We beat one of the League's favourites on their own turf. Yaya Sanogo's debut goal early on looked like we were on to a hiding, but we turned it around, and 2 goals either side of half time seals a memorable win for us.

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    We crash out of the League Cup, but we took Premiership side Everton to penalties. We were solid defensively, but we're just 2nd best in the shootout. They're were a couple upsets elsewhere as Premiership sides Fulham, Birmingham, Middlesborough & Wigan all crashed out to lower league opposition.



    In: 23 year old Italian winger Mario Pacilli has joined us on a free-transfer from Oxford United.

    No permanent deals out, but a few loans to the Skrill South;

    Seth Addo & Eddie Ramsay - Hendon
    Simon Maybury - Havant & Waterlooville
    Shane Stacey - Bishop's Stortford
    Jerome Bridcutt - Whitehawk
    Michael Loftus - Tonbridge
    Darren Johnson - Chesham


    League Position: 5th (9 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jeff Goulding (3 goals)
    Player of the Month: Jeff Goulding

    The big veteran has been in good scoring form in the absence of Jodey Lovegrove, scoring goals against Rotherham & Forest in league wins.


    Thanks for reading! Comments appreciated.

    What a great start to Championship life. Unfortunate to be dumped out the cup but it gives us time to focus on the league.

    September will hopefully be up tomorrow. Stick Around.

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    September 2017


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    We start the month with a disappointing defeat to Barnsley. I was foolish enough to expect at least a point, but many players in the side had experienced Premier league football when they were promoted 3 years ago. They were simply the better team and we will move on quickly.

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    Ouch! Another crunching defeat, but this was expected against league leaders Leicester. The penalty call was questionable, but in truth, they would of won the match regardless. We were very poor.

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    Thats more like it. It may not be a win, but at least its not a loss. Brighton were very strong today, but a combination of skill from Andrew Black, and cool finishing from Chris Sheppard allowed us to snatched a well earned point.

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    Well I am speechless. Jodey Lovegrove returns with a bang, scoring twice in injury time to cap off an excellent tactical performance. We switched up our playing style to counter West Ham, and it worked perfectly. Great win.

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    The money and allure of QPR means that the squad includes high profile names such as Ashley Young & Nathaniel Chalobah. But we held them off today and picked up another well-earned point. A second clean sheet on the bounce is another big bonus.


    Team News

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    - Eastbourne have announced that Finnish defenders Andreas Vanhanen & Aleksi Leinonen will join the club in January.
    Vanhanen (19) is a center-back, who is already a full international, and joins from Finnish champions HJK for just ?110k.
    Leinonen (18) is a right-back who joins from Honka on a free transfer, and has been capped at U21 level.

    - Dougie Wilson became the first player to be capped internationally whilst playing for Eastbourne. The new record signing won his 2nd cap for Northern Ireland is the September international break.


    League Position: 11th (14 points)
    Top Goalscorer: Jodey Lovegrove (4 goals)
    Player of the Month: Chris Doyle

    The 22 year old centerback has fit in fantastically since his transfer from Morecambe. He has really stepped up to the next level in his career and has impressed this month with some solid defensive performances.


    Thanks for reading! Comments welcomed.

    Not the greatest month, but by far not the worst. October sees us host high-flying Huddersfield, as well as a daunting trip to the Stadium of Light.

    Stick around!

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