Pre-Season Fixtures Announced

Yesterday, Eastleigh announced seven Pre-Season fixtures ahead of the 2017/18 season. These are:

Eastleigh v AFC Wimbledon
Saturday 8th July, 3pm

Basingstoke Town v Eastleigh
Tuesday 11th July, 7.45pm

Eastleigh v Portsmouth
Saturday 15th July, 3pm

Blackfield & Langley v Eastleigh
Tuesday 18th July, 7pm

Eastleigh v Newport County
Saturday 22nd July, 3pm

Friday 28th July, 7.45pm
Eastleigh v Sheffield United

AFC Stoneham v Eastleigh
Tuesday 1st August, 7.45pm

Find out some quick facts about our seven opponents, below:


AFC WIMBLEDON FC

Manager: Neal Ardley
Stadium: Kingsmeadow
Current League:
League One
2016/17 League Position:
15th
2016/17 Top Scorer: Tom Elliott


BASINGSTOKE TOWN FC

Manager: Terry Brown
Stadium: The Camrose
Current League: Southern League Premier
2016/17 League Position: 12th
2016/17 Top Scorer: (stat unknown)


PORTSMOUTH FC

Manager: Paul Cook
Stadium: Fratton Park
Current League: League One
2016/17 League Position: 1st (in League 2)
2016/17 Top Scorer: Kal Naismith


BLACKFIELD AND LANGLEY FC

Manager: Glenn Howes
Ground: Gang Warily Community & Recreation Centre
Current League: Wessex League Premier Division
2016/17 League Position: 4th
2016/17 Top Scorer: (stat unknown)


NEWPORT COUNTY AFC

Manager: Mike Flynn
Ground: Rodney Parade
Current League: League 2
2016/17 League Position: 22nd
2016/17 Top Scorer: Josh Sheehan


SHEFFIELD UNITED FC

Manager: Chris Wilder
Ground: Bramall Lane
Current League: Championship
2016/17 League Position: 1st (in League 1)
2016/17 Top Scorer: Billy Sharp


AFC STONEHAM

Manager: Carl Whittington
Ground: The Elliots Arena
Current League: Wessex League Division One
2016/17 League Position: 8th
2016/17 Top Scorer: (stat unknown)

 

Away Guide: Solihull Moors

Heading to Solihull Moors on Saturday? Check out our away guide below:

Address:

The Automated Technology Group Stadium,
Damson Parkway,
Solihull,
West Midlands,
B91 2PP

Official Club Travel:

The Official Club Coaches will leave the Silverlake Stadium at 10.15am and Station Hill at 10.30am. Seats on the coach can still be booked by phoning the club on 02380613361.

Travelling by Car:

Leave the M42 at Junction 6 and take the A45 towards Birmingham. After around two miles, you will come to a major set of traffic lights that has a Holiday Inn over to your right and the entrance to Birmingham Freight Cargo Terminal. Turn left at these lights (Sign Posted, Land Rover/Damsonwood) into Damson Parkway. Go up to the roundabout, on which there us an entrance to the Land Rover car plant. Go completely around the roundabout to come back on your self. The entrance to the ground is a short distance down the road on the left.

Parking: There is a fair big car park at the ground which is free for cars arriving an hour or more before kick off. If you arrive after 2pm then there is a charge of £2.

Travelling by Train:

The recommended station for Eastleigh fans to travel to is Birmingham International. From here, catch the 966 bus towards Solihull. The journey costs no-more than £3 and when you get on the bus, ask the driver to drop you off at the following stop: ‘Elmdon Park, Land Rover Works’ or ‘Damson Parkway/Lane Roundabout’ or ‘the nearest to Solihull Moors Football Club’.

To view trains from Eastleigh to Birmingham International on Saturday, CLICK HERE.

Pub’s for Away Fans:

There is a clubhouse just outside the ground which welcomes away supporters. This has a staggering four bars inside, three downstairs and one upstairs. The number of bars that are open on a Matchday depends on what attendance is expected. If the game is segregated then normally one of these bars is specifically allocated to visiting supporters. The clubhouse also has a small external seated area situated out front. If the game is not segregated then the Club kindly allow away fans to leave the ground at half time to access the Club bars. Otherwise there are no other places to drink close by to the ground, so it would be a case of stopping somewhere en route.

Interactive Map:

Ticket Info:

Adult (18+ years of age): £14.00
Concession (65+ years, Students with a valid NUS card, and 16-17 years of age): £8.00
Junior (12 to 15 years of age inclusive): £8.00
Under 12’s: FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult)

Disabled Access Info:

We have approached Solihull Moors for some information regarding Disabled supporters, but we are yet to have a reply. We do however have the following info:

-Ticket prices as applicable above plus one ‘carer’ admitted FREE.

-Solihull Moors have a limited number of disabled car parking spaces on site, which they advise should be booked in advance by contacting the club directly by telephone; 0121 705 6770 or by email; info@solihullmoorsfc.co.uk.

This section will be updated as soon as we have a reply from Solihull Moors FC.

Official Programme Price:

£3

Ground Info:

If the game is segregated, Eastleigh fans will be situated in one end of the Main Stand and the whole of the DrainTech End.

Solihull Moors Ground Layout


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Away Guide: North Ferriby United

Heading to North Ferriby United on Friday? Check out our away guide below:

Address:

North Ferriby United FC,
Eon Visual Media Stadium,
Grange Lane,
North Ferriby,
East Yorkshire,
HU14 3AB

Official Club Travel:

The Official Club Coach will leave the Silverlake Stadium at 7.30 and Station Hill at 7.45am. Please Note that Official Travel is SOLD OUT.

Travelling by Car:

Follow the Eastbound M62. At the end of the M62 continue onto the A63 towards Hull. Stay on the A63 for seven miles until you reach the junction with the B1231 (signposted North Ferriby and Melton Industrial Area). Leave the A63 and at the end the long slip road you will reach a roundabout where you take the third exit. This takes you back over the A63 and at the next roundabout take the first exit towards Swanland and North Ferriby (B1231). After about a mile you will reach a crossroads (where there is a white sign post on the left and a Remembrance stone cross on the right). Turn right here into Church Road (signposted Station/Riverside Walkway). After passing the Church on the left, Grange Lane and the ground entrance are just a little further down on the left. If you go under a railway bridge then you have gone too far.

Parking: There is a car park at the ground, however this is for club officials only. There is, however, street parking available on Church Road itself and other surrounding roads.

Travelling by Train:

The nearest National Rail station is Ferriby, which is only a 5 minute walk from the ground. As you come out of the station, proceed up the road in front of you and then take the first right into New Walk. At the end of this road turn right at the Church into Church Road. The entrance to the ground is down on the left.

To view trains from Eastleigh to Ferriby on Saturday, CLICK HERE.

Pubs for Away Fans:

-Sports Bar (at the ground)
-The Duke of Cumberland

A map of where these pubs are located is below.

Interactive Map:

Ticket Info:

Adult: £15
Senior/Student*: £8
Under 16’s: £4
Under 12’s: Free (if accompanied by an adult)

*ID may be required

Disabled Access Info:

-Disabled seating and accommodation for wheelchairs is available in the main seating stand, and also next to the dugouts.
-The ground is all flat, so is very accessible.

Official Programme Price:

£2

Ground Info:

We have contacted North Ferriby United and they have told us that NO segregation will be in place for the fixture.


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Away Guide: Dagenham and Redbridge

Heading to Dagenham on Saturday? Check out our away guide below:

Address:

Dagenham & Redbridge FC,
Chigwell Construction Stadium,
Victoria Road,
Dagenham,
Essex,
RM10 7XL

Official Club Travel:

The Official Club Coaches will leave the Silverlake Stadium at 10.15am and Station Hill at 10.30am. Seats on the coach can still be booked by phoning the club on 02380613361.

Travelling by Car:

Leave the M25 at Junction 31 and take the A13 towards Central London. After approximately 4.6 miles, exit the A13 onto the slip road, signposted Dagenham/Dagenham East. At the end of the slip road at the double roundabout turn right, then going under the A13. At the T-junction turn left onto the A1306. At the second set of lights turn right onto the B178 (Ballards Road). At the end of this road you will come to a large roundabout, (known as the Bull roundabout, after the public house of the same name) at which you turn left, into Rainham Road. Proceed up Rainham Road passing Dagenham East tube station on the left and the Chigwell Construction Stadium is a quarter of a mile further on, on the same side of the road.

Parking: There is no parking available at the ground itself. However there is plenty of street parking, some of which is available on the main Rainham Road.

Travelling by Train:

We advise arriving into London Waterloo, taking the Northern Line to Embankment and then the District Line to Dagenham East (Make sure you don’t get off at Dagenham Heathway!). As you walk out the station, turn left and the ground is clearly sign posted. The ground is approximately a five minute walk away from the station.

To view trains from Eastleigh to London Waterloo on Saturday, CLICK HERE. Please Note: Once at London Waterloo, you will have to buy a Day Travelcard, or use your Oyster or Contactless Card.

Pubs for Away Fans:

-Pipe Major
-The Eastbrook
-The Chigwell Construction Stadium Social Club (costs 50p to enter)

A map of where these pubs are located is below.

Interactive Map:

Ticket Info:

Adult: £18.00
Concession (Over 65 and Student with valid ID): £13.00
Junior (10-16): £8.00
Under 10: Free*

*Under 10’s are free in advance of the game, but go up to Junior price on the day. Under 10 tickets need to be bought with an Adult equivalent.

To buy tickets in advance, phone 0208 592 1549 ext. 21.

Disabled Access Info:

-There are 12 spaces for wheelchair users in the Traditional Builders Stand, situated in front of the away supporters. These spaces are accessible via a ramp from ground level.
-All entry points to the stadium are very close to the seating areas.
-There are accessible toilets available for disabled fans in the away section of the ground.
-Disabled car parking spaces can be pre-booked by contacting the club in advance of the game.

Official Programme Price:

£3

Ground Layout:

Eastleigh supporters have been allocated the Traditional Builders Stand.

Dag and Red Stadium Plan (2)


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EFCNP Goal of the Month – March 2017

There are three strikes up for nomination this month – Sam Togwell’s thumping volley (v Barrow), Matt Tubbs smart finish (v Barrow) and Scott Wilson’s last minute winner (v Chester).

Watch the contenders below, and then vote for your favourite at the bottom of the page!



Voting closes on the 5th April 2017.

A Spitfire Abroad – Mark Pearce

Following Eastleigh around the country is just normal life for most of us. But what’s it like for fans that live in a foreign country? We spoke to Mark Pearce, who lives in the US, and asked him what it’s like supporting the Spitfires so far away from the Silverlake.

1) How long have you lived abroad? What were your reasons for leaving the UK? Or, have you been a fan abroad since birth?

I first moved to the States in 1992 for work ( I actually won my green card in the lottery the US government hold every year), then moved back to England in 1999. Then moved back to the US in 2006 as my American wife wanted to be closer to her family. It was while I was back from 1999 – 2006 that I started following the Spitfires, firstly as a fan, then as Matchday Programme Editor & then Committee Member.

2) What do other people think when you tell them you’re an Eastleigh fan abroad? Have they ever heard of the Spitfires?

The first response is “who?”, then, “but who do you really support?” or “But what Premier League team do you support?”. I have come across a few people who have heard of us, mainly thanks to our FA Cup exploits over the past few seasons. Thanks to the internet & the increase in TV coverage over here the game is growing & that is starting to filter from the Premier League down the pyramid. If I’m wearing one of my (many) Eastleigh shirts I often get stopped & asked what team it is.

3) How do you follow the games?

Mostly on the internet listening to Radio Solent coverage (I am listening to our game v Gateshead as I’m typing this). Saturday games kick off at 8AM so my game day routine is sitting on the sofa with a coffee & bagel, listening to the radio whilst watching a Premier League game on TV, with the volume muted! Midweek games are harder as they are during the work day but I usually manage to take an extended lunch break or go out on a “client visit” to listen in. If ever we are on TV I have found a few online streams so I have managed to watch us every time we’ve been on TV.

4) What has been the most memorable or stressful game you have watched or followed abroad?

The most memorable, and proudest day was the 18th April 2014 – the day we won the Conference South at home to Basingstoke. It was Good Friday but that is a regular work day here. I usually have to wear a Suit & Tie but my boss was off that day so I remember I wore my Spitfire shirt to work and listened to the game in my office. At the end of the game I cheered so loud I think the entire hotel heard me. I just remember sitting there singing to myself with tears of pride running down my face! (sad I know, but that’s what football does to you!

5) Do you still feel a connection to the club and your fellow Eastleigh fans?

Very much so. With the Live radio commentaries, Fans Forum, Twitter and all the Facebook pages it is easy to stay connected. These sources mean you can have real time conversations and be as involved as if I was still back there. I know several of the fans like the Blakes, Mark Broomfiled, Ian Richardson, Mike Wimbridge, etc from when I lived back there, while others I have got to know just through the internet. The fact the club itself, and especially Stewart Donald are so involved through these channels certainly helps. And I am pretty active on these forums as well, so I definitely feel that connection.


You can follow Mark on Twitter @USSpitfire. We’d like to thank Mark for taking the time to talk to us, and giving us an insight into supporting the Spitfires from another country!

 

Away Guide: Chester

Heading to Chester on Saturday? Check out our away guide below:

Address:

Chester Football Club
Lookers Vauxhall Stadium
Bumpers Lane
Chester
CH1 4LT

Official Club Travel:

The Official Club Coaches will leave the Silverlake Stadium at 8am and Station Hill at 8.15am. Seats on the coach can still be booked by phoning the club on 02380613361.

Travelling by Car:

Stay on the M56 motorway and follow the signs for North Wales and Queensferry A494, stay on this road until you see the exit sign for Flint/Chester A548, exit here, and then follow the sign for Chester A548. Stay on this road heading towards Chester, after passing the Lookers Vauxhall Dealership on the left hand side, turn right at the next set of traffic lights, into Sovereign Way. Continue until you see the Stadium on the right hand side.

Parking: There is plenty of car parking available at the ground, at a cost of £2 per car.

Travelling by Train:

Chester Railway Station is over two miles from the ground, so it is probably best to jump in a taxi which will cost around £6. Leave the station by the main exit opposite the Town Crier, and turn right into Station Road. Head between the Egerton Arms and the Railway Inn, and at the end of the street enter the underpass. In the underpass look for the first exit and then steps signed for Frodsham Street. Head towards the Oddfellows Arms but just before the bridge turn right into Gorse Stacks. When reaching the crossroads by the Bull & Stirrup go straight over into Canal Street and on under the dual carriageway ring road. At the next junction turn left, past Telford’s Warehouse on the right hand side, and over the canal. The road then divides. Take the right hand option, South View Road. At the T-junction at the end of South View Road turn right. You are now in Sealand Road. Carry along Sealand Road for half a mile or so until you see Bumpers Lane on your left. Around half a mile down Bumpers Lane you’ll reach the stadium.

To view trains from Eastleigh to Chester on Saturday, CLICK HERE.

Pubs for Away Fans:

There is a Social Club at the ground that does admit away supporters, for an entrance fee of £1. However the Club is on the small size (having a capacity of 120 people) so can quickly get full. There are not many drinking outlets near to the ground so it may be advisable to drink in Chester City Centre before the match, although this is a good 20 minute walk away from the ground.

Interactive Map:

Ticket Info:

Seating:
Adults £18, Concessions £12, Under 21’s £10, Under 21’s £10, Under 18’s £5, Under 16’s £3, Under 5’s Free

Terrace:
Adults £15, Concessions £10, Under 21’s £10, Under 18’s £5, Under 16’s £3, Under 5’s Free

PLEASE NOTE: Concessions apply to Senior Citizens, Students with a valid NUS card, Members of the Armed Forces and the Unemployed.

Official Programme Price:

£2.50

Ground Layout:

chester-fc-deva-stadium-plan-1420626373


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Away Guide: York City

Heading to York on Saturday? Check out our away guide below:

Address:

York City Football Club,
Bootham Crescent,
York,
Yorkshire,
YO30 7AQ

Official Club Travel:

The Official Club Coaches will leave the Silverlake Stadium at 7.30am and Station Hill at 7.45am. Seats on the coach can still be booked by phoning the club on 02380613361.

Travelling by Car:

Take the A64 to Scarborough and York. When you near York, join the A1237 Ring Road and continue on it until you reach the junction with the A19. Turn right at the junction and take the A19 towards York City Centre and keep going until you get to a pub on your left called the Burton Stone Inn, at which point you turn left into Burton Stone Lane. Then take the first right into Grosvenor Road for the ground.

Parking: Parking is available at the nearby York Hospital, or £2.50 on matchdays. The postcode for the hospital is YO31 8HE. If you wish to park at the hospital, you need to download and print the following voucher: http://bit.ly/2lGWUAz

Travelling by Train:

The nearest train station to Bootham Crescent is York, which is about a 20 minute walk to the ground.

– Take a left out of the station and follow the road down over the River Ouse
– Just before you get to York Minster take a left past the Theatre Royal (A1036)
– Take the next left down Bootham (A19)
– Continue up Bootham (A19) and take a right on Bootham Crescent after the Churchill Hotel
-Continue up Bootham Crescent until the stadium is on your left

To view trains from Eastleigh to York on Saturday, CLICK HERE.

Pubs for Away Fans:

There is a clubhouse at the ground, called the Pitchside Bar, which welcomes home and away supporters. In the way of pubs, the nearest is called the Burton Stone Inn, which is a few minutes walk away. A map of where these pubs are located is below.

Interactive Map:

Ticket Info:

Grovensor Road End (Standing)
Adult: £18
Concessions: £12

Benenden Popular Stand (Seating)
Adult: £19
Concessions: £13

PLEASE NOTE: Concessions include U16’s, Over 65’s and Students (with appropriate ID)

Official Programme Price:

£3

Ground Layout:

We have been advised by York City that segregation will be in place for this fixture.

York Stadium Plan (2).jpg


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Away Guide: Dover Athletic

Heading to Dover on Saturday? Check out our away guide below:

Address:

Dover Athletic Football Club,
Lewisham Road,
River,
Dover,
Kent,
CT17 0JB

Official Club Travel:

The Official Club Coaches will leave the Silverlake Stadium at 10am and Station Hill at 10.15am. Seats on the coach can still be booked by phoning the club on 02380613361.

Travelling by Car:

Leave the M25 at Junction 2 and take the A2 then the M2 towards Dover. On the outskirts of Dover on the A2 again, you will reach a roundabout, that has a McDonalds on your left. At this roundabout take the fourth exit onto Whitfield Hill, signposted Dover North/River. At the bottom of this road you will reach another roundabout, where you take the first exit onto London Road, going towards Dover Town Centre. At the next set of traffic lights, you make a 180 degree right turn (so you are almost coming back on yourself) onto Crabble Road. After passing under a railway bridge the entrance to the grounds is further down on the left.

Parking: There is free parking available at the rugby ground, inside the entrance.

Travelling by Train:

The nearest station to the Crabble Ground is Kearsney, which is served by trains from London Victoria and Dover Priory (the town’s main station). The other station in Dover is Dover Priory, which is a 40 minute walk from the ground. Therefore, we suggest taking another train to Kearsney from Dover Priory.

Kearsney: On exiting the station entrance, turn right and walk down to the end of the station approach road. At the bottom of this road turn right, proceed under the railway bridge and take the next left into Lower Road (signposted River). Continue along Lower Road, passing the Dublin Man O War pub on your left and at the bottom of Lower Road (with the river on your left), turn left at the T-junction. Follow the road alongside the river passing the Crabble Mill on your left. At the end of this road turn right into Crabble Road and the entrance to the ground is up on the left.

To view trains from Eastleigh to Kearsney on Saturday, CLICK HERE.

Pub’s for Away Fans:

There is a sizeable club house bar within the ground, which welcomes both home and away fans. The nearest pub to the ground is the Cricketers on Crabble Avenue, just across the road from the lower rugby pitch. Other local pubs include the Railway Bell and the Dublin Man O War. A map of where these pubs are located is below.

Interactive Map:

Ticket Info:

Adult: £15
Over 60’s: £12
Under 18’s: £6
Under 11’s: Free (When accompanied by an adult)

Official Programme Price:

£2.50

Ground Layout:

Segregation will not be in place for this fixture.

Dover Athletic Ground Layout


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RECAP: A busy day at the Silverlake

Today saw three big changes at Eastleigh Football Club – Martin Allen departed, Richard Hill joined as Director of Football and Michael Green re-signed just under two weeks after leaving. Here is how the day unravelled through the eye of Twitter: