Eastbourne Borough F.C.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Eastbourne Borough
Full nameEastbourne Borough Football Club
Nickname(s)The Sports
Founded1964; 58 years ago (1964) (as Langney F.C.)
GroundPriory Lane
Langney, Eastbourne
Capacity4,151 (600 seated)[1]
ChairmanDavid Blackmore
ManagerDanny Bloor
LeagueNational League South
2021–22National League South, 6th of 21

Eastbourne Borough Football Club is an English football club based in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The club is an FA Chartered Standard Community club affiliated to the Sussex County Football Association and is a registered Community Interest Company.

The club joined the Sussex County League in 1983 as a founding member of the new Division Three. Following two successive promotions in 1986–87 and 1987–88 under their then manager, Pete Cherry, they played in Division One until the end of the 20th century. The club then experienced a rise through the divisions under Garry Wilson, gaining promotion to the Conference Premier in 2007–08.

As of the 2021–22 season, the club participates in the National League South, at the sixth tier of English football. They are known as The Sports after their previous name as Langney Sports.[2] Eastbourne Borough play their home matches at Priory Lane in Langney, Eastbourne.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

They were formed in 1964 as Langney F.C., naming themselves after the Langney district of Eastbourne in which the club continues to play its home games. It all started when a group of friends had played for the Langney and Friday Street youth team were too old to carry on playing and decided to form their own team so they could continue to play football.[3] On forming in 1964, Langney FC entered the Eastbourne & District Football League, competing in Division 2. (Clearly, the team was happy to just have 11 men on the pitch, sans fans.) Despite forming in 1964, Langney only affiliated with the Sussex FA in the Summer 1965, which marks its first official season.[4] Prior to the 1968/69 season there was a change of name to Langney Sports F.C. when the club affiliated to the Langney Community Association.[2] At this time the club was playing on local recreation grounds before moving to Princes Park near the seafront, next door to Eastbourne United's ground at The Oval. At the end of the season 1973/74, the club won promotion to the Premier Division of the Eastbourne & Hastings League.[2]

Sussex County League years: 1983–1999[edit]

In 1983 the club was elected as a founding member of Division 3 of the Sussex County League, minutely overshadowed by FA officials stating that the club was a "parks team" and not taking the club seriously.[2][5] They relocated from the playing fields at Princes Park to their current home ground at Priory Lane, in the heart of the residential area of Langney.

In 1986/87 Langney Sports achieved a treble by claiming the Third Division title, the Division 3 League Cup and the Eastbourne Challenge Cup.[2] The Sports followed this with a second successive promotion the next season to Division 1. In 1992, Langney reached the final of the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup, losing 0–1 to the reserve team of Sussex's only professional club, Brighton & Hove Albion.[6] Langney regularly finished in the top four in Division One; the manager, Pete Cherry, left the club on mutual grounds having brought Langney Sports up from the Eastbourne and Hastings league into the county league; for two years Steve Richardson took the reins followed by Garry Wilson in 1999. In his first full season in 2000 they finished the season as Sussex County League Champions, and were promoted to the Eastern Division of the Southern League.[2][7]

Climb to the Conference under Garry Wilson: 1999–2012[edit]

Eastbourne Borough at home to Maidenhead United on 18 August 2007

After their first season in the Southern Football League Eastern Division, in which they finished 9th in the table, the club chairman, Len Smith, announced on 26 May 2001 that the club was to be renamed Eastbourne Borough to reflect the town the team played in.[8] In their second season they finished seventh and secured their first Sussex Senior Cup title in front of a record crowd, beating Lewes after extra-time in the final.[9] The following season resulted in promotion to the Premier Division with Borough finishing second, losing out on the title on goal difference to Dorchester Town.[10] At the end of the season they staged a defence of their Sussex Senior Cup title against Crawley Town in the final of the competition, losing 6–5 on penalties.[11] Though they only finished 11th in their first season in the Premier Division, as the league system was changed the club were qualified to be one of the founders of the newly formed Conference South for the start of the 2004–05 season.[12] A further promotion was almost earned immediately as the club finished fifth, and won the Conference South play-offs, beating Cambridge City 3–0.[2][13] However, they were beaten 2–1 by Altrincham (who had won the Conference North play-offs) in the play-off final at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium, and remained in the Conference South.[14]

The next season they finished in the bottom half of the table in 17th place and in the 2006–07 season they just missed out in the play-offs finishing in 7th place.[15] The 2007–08 season was one of Eastbourne Borough's most memorable. From the start of the season until 1 January 2008 they were unbeaten at the top of the league, until losing to local rivals Lewes in front of 3,027 fans at Priory Lane.[16] At the end of the season Eastbourne finished 2nd with 80 points while Lewes won with 89 points.

Eastbourne beat Braintree Town 5–0 over two legs in the play-off semi-finals,[17] before winning promotion to the Conference National on 8 May 2008 with a 2–0 win over Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Conference South Play-off final at Broadhall Way, Stevenage.[18]

Eastbourne Borough away to Woking on 27 January 2009

At the start of their 2008–09 campaign in the Conference they were struggling outside the relegation zone, however after a few loan players were brought in, including Dan Smith and Ashley Barnes from Plymouth Argyle,[19] and the signing of Dan Brown from Cambridge United,[20] Eastbourne managed to stay in the top half of the table after some surprising wins over full-time clubs such as Torquay United and York City,[21][22] until the last day of the season, losing 0–2 to Barrow.[23] They finished their first season in a comfortable 13th place with 60 points and a goal difference of −12. The season saw Eastbourne play 'live' for the first time at Priory Lane in front of national TV cameras, which broadcast their match against Stevenage Borough, a match they won 2–1.[2][24] Eastbourne also completed the 2008–09 season by winning the Sussex Senior Cup beating Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves 1–0.[25]

Garry Wilson

The 2009–10 season saw Eastbourne struggle from 'second season syndrome'. After a bright start, beating A.F.C. Wimbledon and eventual FA Trophy winners Barrow at Priory Lane,[26][27] Eastbourne experienced a slump in form and found themselves in a relegation battle. However a strong run of form towards the tail of the season saw them stay up in dramatic fashion beating eventual Play-Off winners Oxford United 1–0 on the final day of the season, with a late penalty scored by Simon Weatherstone in the 84th minute.[28]

Eastbourne were relegated back to the Conference South in 2010–11. Having beaten both Hayes and Yeading and Altrincham 5–0 at home early in the season,[29][30] they found themselves as top scorers in the Conference National at one point. However, following a series of setbacks involving injuries to key players, they endured a run of 20 games without a win. The winless streak was put to an end with a 1–0 away win at Fleetwood Town courtesy of an audacious free-kick from the half-way line by Matt Smart.[31] Despite regaining some form late in the season, Eastbourne were unable to recover and ended on 39 points, 8 points short of safety.[32] Ironically, Eastbourne beat Altrincham on the final day of the season to sentence them to the drop.[33]

The end of the 2010/11 season was marked with the first competitive game ever to be played at Brighton and Hove Albion's new Falmer Stadium, contested between Eastbourne and Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves in the Sussex Senior Cup Final. Eastbourne lost the game 2–0 with Gary Hart scoring the first goal at the new stadium.[34]

Halfway through the 2011–12 Conference South season, after a poor run of results, Eastbourne parted company with Garry Wilson and Head Coach Nick Greenwood.[35][36][37] Both had been at the helm for 13 years and had taken the club from relative obscurity to the pinnacle of non-league football. Long-serving player Ben Austin was given a temporary player-manager role while the club looked a suitable replacement.[38]

Eastbourne appointed Tommy Widdrington as their new manager on 1 February 2012. With the team lying 18th in the Conference South, chairman Len Smith outlined the aim to avoid relegation and rebuild for the 2012–13 season[39]

The Sports secured their safety on the 41st and penultimate matchday, despite losing to a 3–0 scoreline away at Basingstoke Town. Results elsewhere meant their Conference South status was retained for the 2012–13 season.[40] They finished the season in 18th place.

Mixed fortunes: 2012–present[edit]

Widdrington's arrival signaled a move towards a new look Eastbourne team, with the last few members of the 2007–08 promotion winning team leaving the club at the end of the season. Matt Crabb, Matt Smart and Ben Austin departed,[41][42] leaving Darren Baker as the sole survivor of the team that won promotion at Stevenage in 2008.[43]

The 2012–13 season was Widdrington's first full-season in charge and was a season of transition. In total 41 players pulled on a Borough shirt as the new manager tried to find the right mixture. Borough ended the season as the team having scored the fewest goals, but having one of the tightest defensive records, which contributed to their finishing the season in 12th place.[44]

In the spring of 2013, Eastbourne were in talks with Kuwaiti European Holdings (KEH) over a potential take over of the club.[45] Despite negotiations collapsing at the latter stages, Borough pressed on with their plans to develop the club, establishing an Academy which would act as a feeder to the first team.[46] Following an 18-month rebuilding process, Borough had a strong start to the 2013–14 season accumulating 10 points from 4 matches, which earned Tommy Widdrington the August Manager of the Month award.[47] Their early season form, however, faded and they experienced a dip in mid-season which saw them fall away from the top. Despite regaining some momentum after Christmas they were unable to recover and finished the season in 10th place on 58 points.[48]

During the early stages of the 2014–15 season, Len Smith, who had served as chairman of the club for more than 40 years,[49][50] stood down from his position with Eastbourne sitting at the top of the fledgling Conference South table after 6 games.[5][51] Halfway through the season, upon the news that the Football Conference would be allowing artificial pitches from the 2015–16 season,[52] Eastbourne announced that they would convert to a 3G pitch by the 2015–16 or 2016–17 season [53] At this point in time, the Football League still refused allowing 3G pitches and Eastbourne was among the first Conference-level clubs to announce plans to switch to the surface.[53] Eastbourne finished the 2014–15 season in 11th place.

2015–16 was Eastbourne’s 50th anniversary season. Although they could only secure a 17th-place finish in the league, they won the Sussex Senior Cup for the third time in their history at the end of the season.[54][55]

Widdrington resigned from his post in April 2017 to pursue an opportunity at Coventry City,[56] leaving head coach Hugo Langton in charge for the last 5 games of the season.[57]

At the end of the 2016–17 season, Eastbourne appointed Bognor Regis Town manager Jamie Howell to take over the vacant managerial position, who had two days previously lead Bognor back to the National League South.[58][59]

In Howell‘s first full season at the club, Eastbourne registered an 18th place finish. The following season, Eastbourne started positively and found themselves in the play-off spots with 4 wins, 4 draws and just one defeat after their opening 9 games. However, their form dropped and Howell was sacked by the club on 16 February 2019 with Eastbourne in 15th place in the table.[60]

Eastbourne appointed Mark McGhee to act as interim manager until the end season.[61] Despite winning just once in their remaining 11 games - this coming as a shock 6-0 victory against play-off chasing Dartford - Borough managed to retain their National South status for another year.

In November 2019 Danny Bloor was announced as the new manager. [62]

FA Cup history[edit]

During the 2005/06 season, the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history, when a battling performance saw them hold League Two club Oxford United to a 1–1 draw at home, winger Ollie Rowland, holding his nerve to score a 90th-minute penalty.[63]

This match gained the club three milestones. These were:

  • 1. The first time that Eastbourne Borough had played a competitive match against a fully professional league-side.
  • 2. The first time that Eastbourne Borough were given national television coverage (highlights of the match at the Priory Lane ground were shown on BBC's Match of the Day)[64]
  • 3. For the first time ever the home and away supporters had to be segregated due to the attendance of 3,770.[65]

The East-Sussex side failed to win the replay at Oxford's Kassam Stadium on a cold mid-week November night.[66] losing 3–0, the Eastbourne squad put up a very good fight and were extremely unlucky not to score. Ex-Yeovil Town striker Yemi Odubade played particularly well and caused many problems for the defence, so much so that manager Brian Talbot admitted he was very interested in having the talented youngster play for his side and asked the Eastbourne Borough committee if he could take Yemi Odubade on a trial at Oxford United. In January 2006, Oxford paid Sports £15,000 to sign Odubade on an 18-month contract, rising to £25,000 with appearances.[67]

Again the club reached the FA Cup first round in the 2007/08 season and played Conference National side Weymouth. Borough lost 4 – 0 in front of a crowd of 2,711 supporters.[68] They also lost to the same scoreline in the 2008/09 season away to Barrow in the 1st round replay.[69]

The club reached the FA Cup first round again in the 2016/17 season and played Conference National side Braintree Town. Eastbourne crashed out of the competition by losing 7–0 to the Essex club.[70]

2020 saw the Sports grace BT Sports for a live FA Cup 1st round match versus Blackpool of League One. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was game played without fans. The Borough lost 3–0.[71]

Crest and colours[edit]

Eastbourne's club crest dates from the 1970s and the current version is its second incarnation. It represents a Martello tower, specifically the one at nearby Langney Point, with a cloud passing across it. The club had sought a crest that was identifiable with the local area and the initial choice was between two local landmarks: Langney Priory and the aforementioned Martello tower.[72]

The club's colours have changed over time; originally they were maroon with an amber trim.[73] However, since 1972 the club's colour has been red.[73] Red has been combined with other colours over the years, including white and red,[73][74] however in recent years the predominant combination has been red and black.[73][75] The club have traditionally used various shades of blue for their away strip,[73] but in recent years yellow has been used.

Borough's main shirt sponsors have included 1st Class Windows,[76] Town Flats & Town Property,[77] Hailsham Roadway,[77] Best Demolition[78] and Interlink Express.[79]

Ground[edit]

Since 1983, Eastbourne Borough have played their home games at Priory Lane, Langney, which has an official capacity of 4,151.[1] Prior to this they had played on the playing fields at Princes Park.[5] Many of the facilities on the Priory Lane site, including the clubhouse, were built largely by a handful of volunteers.[49] Just two professionals, a carpet fitter and a plumber, were deployed for the construction of the clubhouse.[49]

In 2006, Priory Lane hosted all three England fixtures of the Non League Four Nations Tournament.[80][81] The ground also hosted the Sussex Senior Cup final from 2000–2010.[82]

Eastbourne faced the possibility of losing their Priory Lane ground in 2007 due to a rent dispute with the local council. A petition was started to prevent this from occurring.[83]

Between 1983 and 2016, the playing surface at Priory Lane was natural grass. Eastbourne announced that a FieldTurf surface would be installed over the summer of 2016.[84]

Supporters[edit]

Eastbourne's attendances rapidly rose during the club's rise through the divisions. While in 2001–02 season they attracted an average crowd of 382, the attendance figures peaked during the 2008–09 season at an average of 1,344.[85]

Eastbourne Borough have a Supporter's Club which liaises with the club on behalf of the supporters, arranges match day travel and social events.[86]

Rivalries[edit]

Eastbourne Borough have shared a rivalry with Lewes, Crawley Town and Whitehawk in recent years, which developed during the time spent sharing the same division with these clubs. The rivalry with Lewes drew large crowds during the 2007–08 season title race.[16][87] They have a lesser rivalry with the other two local clubs; Eastbourne Town and Eastbourne United due to not having shared the same league with either of them for a considerable time. Eastbourne Borough previously shared a rivalry with Hastings United. Like the rivalry with the two other Eastbourne sides, the rivalry grew less over time.

Mascot[edit]

Eastbourne's official mascot is Sammy Sunshine.[88]

Organisation and community involvement[edit]

Eastbourne Borough has been a FA Chartered Standard Community club since 2002[4][89] and became a Community Interest Company (CIC) in July 2008.[90] The club was the first senior football club in the country to have gained CIC status.[4][91][92] A CIC operates as a limited company, yet must fulfill and abide by certain criteria which benefit the community, including an asset lock.[93] Eastbourne Borough is a CIC limited by shares.[92]

Next to football coaching for all ages, the club provides a variety of services for the community, including study support, indoor bowls, archery and social events.[89][94]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 December 2021.[95] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Wales WAL Lee Worgan
2 DF England ENG Jake Elliott
3 DF England ENG Kai Wollard-Innocent
4 DF England ENG Bradley Barry
5 DF England ENG Mitchell Dickenson (vice-captain)
6 DF England ENG Alex Wynter
7 MF England ENG Jaden Perez
8 MF England ENG James Hammond (3rd captain)
9 FW England ENG Greg Luer
10 FW England ENG Charlie Walker (captain)
11 MF England ENG Chris Whelpdale
14 FW England ENG Hayden Beaconsfield
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 MF Belgium BEL Simo Mbonkwi
16 MF England ENG Shiloh Remy
17 MF England ENG James Vaughan
19 DF England ENG Sam Bull
20 MF England ENG Leone Gravata
21 GK England ENG Taylor Seymour
22 DF Guyana GUY Miquel Scarlett
23 FW England ENG Jake Hutchinson (on loan from Colchester United)
27 FW England ENG De Niro Pinto
31 GK England ENG Finley Holter
MF England ENG Jake Frailing
FW England ENG Elliott Romain (on loan from Ebbsfleet United)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player

Dual registration[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player

Notable former players[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

  • England Danny Bloor – Manager
  • England Ben Austin – Assistant Manager
  • England Darren Teague – Fitness Coach
  • England Nick Arnold – First Team Coach
  • England Teddy Bloor – First Team Coach
  • England Sean Stewart – First Team Coach
  • England Dan Ford – Head of Scouting and Analysis

Other teams[edit]

Eastbourne Borough have other teams which include:

  • Eastbourne Borough Academy, currently playing in the Football Conference Youth Alliance
  • Eastbourne Borough Ladies, formed in 2004 and currently play in the South East Combination Premier.
  • Eastbourne Borough Youth.[96]
  • Eastbourne Borough Under 18's.

Management history[edit]

Below is a list of Langney Sports (1983–2001) and Eastbourne Borough (2001–Present) managers since 1983.

Stats as of 7 May 2022. League matches only.

Dates Name Achievements Games Won Lost Drawn % Notes
From: 1983
To: 1997
England Peter Cherry Sussex County League
Division 3 Champions: 1986/87
Division 2 Champions: 1987/88
456 242 111 103 53.07 [3]
From: 1997
To: January 1999
England Steve Richardson 58 35 16 7 60.34 [3]
From: January 1999
To: 8 February 1999
England Nick Greenwood
(Caretaker Manager)
1 0 0 1 0.00 [97]
From: 9 February 1999
To: 17 January 2012
Scotland Garry Wilson Sussex County League
Division 1 Champions: 1999/00
Southern League
Eastern runners-up: 2002/03
Conference South
Promotion: 2007/08
553 237 187 129 42.86 [64][98]

[35] [99]
[36] [100]
[37]

From: 17 January 2012
To: 1 February 2012
England Ben Austin
(Caretaker Player-Manager)
2 0 2 0 0.00 [38][101]
From: 1 February 2012
To: 7 April 2017
England Tommy Widdrington 219 76 87 56 34.70 [39][102]
[103]
From: 7 April 2017
To: 3 May 2017
England Hugo Langton
(Caretaker Manager)
5 2 3 0 40.00 [57]
From: 3 May 2017
To: 16 February 2019
England Jamie Howell 73 22 36 15 30.14 [58][59]
From: 19 February 2019
To: 7 May 2019
Scotland Mark McGhee
(Caretaker Manager)
11 1 6 4 9.09 [104]
From: 7 May 2019
To: 22 October 2019
England Lee Bradbury 13 3 5 5 23.08
From: 22 October 2019
To: 3 November 2019
Argentina Sergio Torres
(Caretaker Player-Manager)
3 0 1 2 0.00
From: 3 November 2019
To: Present
England Danny Bloor 76 31 23 22 40.79

Honours[edit]

Achievements before 2001 were under the Langney Sports F.C. name. After 2001 under the Eastbourne Borough F.C. name.


Awards[edit]

  • Non-League Directory's Club of the Year Home Counties South: 2000[110]
  • Sussex County FA Community Club of the Year: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009[89][94]
  • FA Community Club of the Year South East Regional: 2006, 2008[89]

Records[edit]

Player records[edit]

  • Most appearances:

Darren Baker, 952 (1992–2013)[111][112]

  • Most goals scored:

Scott Ramsay, 135 (2002–2008)[113]

  • Most goals in a season:

Scott Ramsay, 38 (2002–03)[114]

  • Most league goals in a season:

Scott Ramsay, 30 (2002–03)[115]

  • First player to earn a full international cap while at the club:

James Walker for Antigua and Barbuda, September 2012.[116]

*Player records list only players who played for the club post-County League (2000–), as the data until this point is insufficient.

Club records[edit]

  • Highest transfer received:

£25,000 for Yemi Odubade, Oxford United, 2006[67]

  • Attendance:

3,770 V Oxford United, FA Cup R1, 5 November 2005[2]

  • League attendance:

3,108 V AFC Wimbledon, 11 August 2009[26]

  • Biggest win:

11–1 v Crowborough, Sussex Senior Cup Quarter-final, 13 January 2009.[2][117]

  • Biggest defeat:

0–8 v Sheppey United, FA Vase Preliminary Round, 2 October 1993.[118][119]

  • Highest League Table Position

Conference National: 13th, 2008/09

Fourth Round: 2007/08

First Round: 2005/06, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2016/17, 2020/21

Third Round: 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2010/11, 2021/22

Second Round: 1990/91, 1991/92, 1997/98

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Facilities". Eastbourne Borough F.C. Archived from the original on 6 January 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Club History". Eastbourne Borough F.C. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Hollis, Steve (14 May 2008). "Borough's rise is the stuff of dreams". The Argus. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Bauckham, David (30 October 2015). "Sports Day". Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Sir Len of the Lane – the man who built Borough". Eastbourne Herald. 5 September 2014. Archived from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  6. ^ "SSC Final". David Bauckham. Langney Sports. Archived from the original on 25 February 2005. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  7. ^ "County League – Snelgrove seals title". The Argus. 12 April 2000. Archived from the original on 22 March 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Football: Langney taken off the map". The Argus. 29 May 2001. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
  9. ^ "Sub wins cup for Borough". The Argus. 7 May 2002. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Borough up but title goes west". The Argus. 5 May 2003. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Reds win shoot-out". The Argus. 6 May 2003. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Borough make sure of Conference South place". Eastbourne Herald. 1 May 2004. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  13. ^ "The Play-off Final". Cambridge City F.C. 9 May 2005. Archived from the original on 18 March 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  14. ^ "Altrincham promoted to Conference". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 May 2005. Archived from the original on 26 April 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  15. ^ Donovan, Mike (29 April 2007). "Tired Borough's play-off dream dies". The Argus. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  16. ^ a b Griggs, Howard (1 January 2008). "Drury inspires Lewes to derby win". The Argus. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  17. ^ Gurney, Tom (3 May 2008). "Borough reach play-off final". The Argus. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  18. ^ Hollis, Steve (8 May 2008). "Wilson thrilled as Eastbourne Borough promoted". The Argus. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  19. ^ "Eastbourne capture Plymouth duo". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 1 December 2008. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  20. ^ "Eastbourne sign Cambridge's Brown". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 November 2008. Archived from the original on 19 December 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  21. ^ "Eastbourne 4–2 Torquay". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 9 December 2008. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  22. ^ "Eastbourne 2–1 York". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 January 2009. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  23. ^ "Eastbourne 0–2 Barrow". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 26 April 2009. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  24. ^ Hollis, Steve (12 October 2008). "Osborne makes Borough debut in front of TV cameras". The Argus. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  25. ^ "Boro lift Sussex Senior Cup". Eastbourne Herald. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  26. ^ a b "Eastbourne 1–0 AFC Wimbledon". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 11 August 2009. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  27. ^ "Eastbourne Borough 2–1 Barrow". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 August 2009. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  28. ^ "Eastbourne 1–0 Oxford". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 24 April 2010. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
  29. ^ "Eastbourne 5–0 Hayes & Yeading". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 17 August 2010. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  30. ^ "Eastbourne 5–0 Altrincham". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 September 2010. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  31. ^ "Fleetwood 0–1 Eastbourne Boro". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 26 February 2011. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  32. ^ Hollis, Steve (16 April 2011). "Borough relegated". The Argus. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  33. ^ "Altrincham 3–4 Eastbourne Boro". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 30 April 2011. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  34. ^ Naylor, Andy (16 July 2011). "Hart so pleased to score Amex opener". The Argus. Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  35. ^ a b Griggs, Howard (17 January 2012). "Wilson and Greenwood sacked by Borough". The Argus. Archived from the original on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  36. ^ a b "We are very proud to have been part of Borough's history". Eastbourne Herald. 19 January 2012. Archived from the original on 22 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  37. ^ a b "A 13-year romance". Eastbourne Herald. 19 January 2012. Archived from the original on 22 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  38. ^ a b "Skipper Austin to take charge at Tonbridge Angels". Eastbourne Herald. 19 January 2012. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  39. ^ a b "Widdrington: I want to be part of another successful era with Eastbourne Borough". Eastbourne Herald. 1 February 2012. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  40. ^ "Borough avoid drop despite Basingstoke defeat". Eastbourne Herald. 21 April 2012. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  41. ^ "Boro' shake-up has just begun". Eastbourne Herald. 4 May 2012. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  42. ^ "Eastbourne Borough legend Ben Austin swaps Priory Lane for the Saffrons". Eastbourne Herald. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  43. ^ "Baker signs on for Boro' again but Crabb and Smart released". Eastbourne Herald. 2 May 2012. Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  44. ^ Hudd, Maria (6 May 2013). "A season of transition and eventual stability". Eastbourne Herald. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  45. ^ "Eastbourne Borough's takeover talks with wealthy Kuwaiti investment company collapse". Eastbourne Herald. 20 April 2013. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  46. ^ Griggs, Howard (25 January 2014). "Borough ensure future looks bright". The Argus. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  47. ^ "Manager of the month Tommy wanted a clean sheet". Eastbourne Herald. 24 September 2013. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  48. ^ "Boss plans to add 'mature heads' to squad after watching his young chargers fall just short". Eastbourne Herald. 25 April 2014. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  49. ^ a b c "Len Smith interview". David Bauckham. Langney Sports. July 2001. Archived from the original on 14 March 2005. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  50. ^ Griggs, Howard (6 September 2014). "Golden memories for Borough chief Len". Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  51. ^ "Len Smith steps down as Eastbourne Borough chairman". Eastbourne Herald. 1 September 2014. Archived from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  52. ^ "Football Conference to allow 3G pitches from 2015–16". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 31 January 2015. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  53. ^ a b "Eastbourne Borough set for £370,000 3G pitch at Priory Lane". Eastbourne Herald. 27 February 2015. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  54. ^ "Borough lift Senior Cup with victory over Worthing". Eastbourne Herald. 20 May 2016. Archived from the original on 24 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  55. ^ Griggs, Howard (20 May 2016). "Pinney hero and villain as Borough win Senior Cup". The Argus. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  56. ^ "Coventry City role for ex-Borough boss Widdrington". Eastbourne Herald. 10 April 2017. Archived from the original on 23 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  57. ^ a b "Tommy Widdrington: Eastbourne Borough manager leaves after five years in charge". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 April 2017. Archived from the original on 8 April 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  58. ^ a b "Jamie Howell is new man at the helm for Eastbourne Borough". Eastbourne Herald. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.[permanent dead link]
  59. ^ a b "Howell: Leaving Rocks was such a tough decision". Bognor Regis Observer. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  60. ^ Howard, Derren (16 February 2019). "Eastbourne Borough sack their manager Jamie Howell after Billericay defeat". Eastbourne Herald. Archived from the original on 5 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  61. ^ Howard, Derren (19 February 2019). "Former Brighton and Leicester Manager Mark McGhee appointed Manager at Eastbourne Borough". Eastbourne Herald. Archived from the original on 5 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  62. ^ "Eastbourne Borough name new management team with Bloor at helm". The Argus. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  63. ^ "Eastbourne Borough 1–1 Oxford". BBC Sport. 5 November 2005. Archived from the original on 5 December 2005. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  64. ^ a b "A decade of success: from County League to Conference". Eastbourne Herald. 13 February 2009. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  65. ^ "Latest News: Wednesday 2 November 2005". Eastbourne Borough F.C. Archived from the original on 6 November 2005. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  66. ^ "Oxford 3–0 Eastbourne Borough". BBC Sport. 16 November 2005. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  67. ^ a b "Oxford capture Eastbourne striker". BBC Sport. 27 January 2006. Archived from the original on 8 February 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  68. ^ "Eastbourne 0–4 Weymouth". BBC Sport. 10 November 2007. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  69. ^ "Barrow 4–0 Eastbourne". BBC Sport. 18 November 2008. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  70. ^ "Braintree 7–0 Eastbourne". BBC Sport. 5 November 2016. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  71. ^ "Eastbourne Borough 0-3 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 8 November 2020. Archived from the original on 20 November 2020. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  72. ^ Bauckham, David. "Club Crest". Langney Sports. Archived from the original on 12 January 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  73. ^ a b c d e Bauckham, David. "Blue is the colour... or red etc". Nomad Online. Archived from the original on 28 June 2003.
  74. ^ "50 years of football at Priory Lane". Eastbourne Herald. 16 November 2015. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  75. ^ "Supporter's help needed for 50th anniversary". Eastbourne Borough F.C. 17 November 2014. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  76. ^ "Borough completes another first class deal". Eastbourne Herald. 15 August 2002. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  77. ^ a b "Borough land five figure windfall". 18 July 2008. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  78. ^ "Five-figure deal as Demolition continue to back Boro". Eastbourne Herald. 30 April 2011. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  79. ^ "New Sponsors for Season 2015/16". Eastbourne Borough F.C. 3 May 2015. Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  80. ^ "Borough so proud". The Argus. 26 May 2006. Archived from the original on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  81. ^ "England to host Four Nations cup". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Company. 9 March 2006. Archived from the original on 23 September 2021. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  82. ^ "Sussex Senior Cup Final Official Programme 2011". Sussex County Football Association. 16 July 2011. p. 9. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  83. ^ "Petition over football club rent". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 9 March 2006. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  84. ^ "Eastbourne Borough's 3G plans become a reality". Eastbourne Herald. 31 March 2016. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  85. ^ "European Football Statistics". Thomas Mapfumo. European Football Statistics. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  86. ^ "Supporter's Club". EBFC. Archived from the original on 27 March 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  87. ^ Griggs, Howard (26 December 2007). "Borough comeback denies Lewes". The Argus. Archived from the original on 12 April 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  88. ^ "Sammy's backing Rotary's harbour walk". Eastbourne Herald. 29 February 2012. Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  89. ^ a b c d "Community Club". Eastbourne Borough F.C. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  90. ^ "Annual Report 2008-09". Regulator of Community Interest Companies. 29 May 2009. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  91. ^ "Three businessmen join Borough team". Eastbourne Herald. 20 December 2010. Archived from the original on 10 April 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  92. ^ a b "Community Interest Company". Eastbourne Borough F.C. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  93. ^ Pratt, Tom (1 December 2009). "Q&A: Setting up a Community Interest Company". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  94. ^ a b McEwan, Ken (1 July 2004). "Community Champions". Eastbourne Herald. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  95. ^ "EBFC Squad". Soccerway. Archived from the original on 11 September 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  96. ^ "Eastbourne Borough Youth FC". EBYFC. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  97. ^ Griggs, Howard (7 July 2008). "Greenwood relishing full-time role at Borough". The Argus. Archived from the original on 11 April 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  98. ^ "Football League is our aim – Wilson". Eastbourne Herald. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2009.
  99. ^ "Eastbourne Borough sack manager Garry Wilson". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 18 January 2012. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  100. ^ "Did new style of football contribute to Wilson and Greenwood's downfall?". Eastbourne Herald. 19 January 2012. Archived from the original on 22 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  101. ^ Griggs, Howard (9 June 2014). "Austin announces retirement". The Argus. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  102. ^ "This is the job I wanted". Eastbourne Herald. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  103. ^ "New Eastbourne Boro boss Widdrington targets promotion". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  104. ^ "Mark McGhee Takes Over at Priory Lane". Eastbourne Borough FC. 19 February 2019. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  105. ^ Skraff, Ludwig. ""Sussex Tables from 1960"". SkraffStat. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  106. ^ Bauckham, David. "Worthing too strong in Floodlight Cup final". Nomad Online. Archived from the original on 20 June 2002. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  107. ^ "Pre-season results". Eastbourne Borough F.C. Archived from the original on 23 January 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  108. ^ "Boro cruise to Roy Hayden Trophy". Eastbourne Herald. 3 September 2009. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  109. ^ "Impressive Borough sink Horsham to land Sussex Shield". Eastbourne Herald. 3 August 2016. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  110. ^ "Langney's rise rewarded". The Argus. 6 October 2000. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  111. ^ "Eastbourne Borough's Darren Baker targets 900th game". BBC Sport. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  112. ^ "Legend Baker calls time on 952 match Borough career". Eastbourne Herald. 17 May 2013. Archived from the original on 10 December 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  113. ^ "Management and Squad 2007/08". Eastbourne Borough F.C. 15 May 2008. Archived from the original on 15 May 2008. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  114. ^ "Player Statistics 2002–03". Eastbourne Borough F.C. Archived from the original on 23 June 2003. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  115. ^ "Goal Scorers Season 2002–2003 plus Career Goals to date". The Borough. Archived from the original on 4 August 2003. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  116. ^ "Walker makes World Cup qualifier debut". Eastbourne Herald. 14 September 2012. Archived from the original on 11 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  117. ^ Rundle, Richard. "Sussex Senior Cup 2008–09". Football Club History Database. Archived from the original on 5 June 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  118. ^ "Sheppey United 8–0 Langney Sports". The Results Archive. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  119. ^ Rundle, Richard. "FA Vase 1993–94". Football Club History Database. Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016.

External links[edit]