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December Fixtures

Eastleigh Football Club Fixture List December 2011
FIRST XI

Saturday 3rd - Away to Woking - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Saturday 10tth - Home to Thurrock - Blue Square Bet South, 3:00pm Saturday 17th - Home to Boreham Wood - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Tuesday 20th - Home to Fleet Town - Hampshire Senior Cup 3rd Round, 7.45pm
Monday 26th - Away to Havant & Waterlooville - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm

SUBURBAN LEAGUE SIDE

Saturday 3rd - Home to Ash United - Suburban League Cup Second Round First Leg, 3pm
Wednesday 7th - Away to Woking Reserves - Suburban League Premier Division, 7.45pm
Saturday 17th - Away to Boreham Wood Reserves - Suburban League Premier Division, 3pm

WYVERN LEAGUE SIDE

Thursday 8th - Away to Moneyfields Reserves - Wyvern League, 7.45pm
Saturday 17th - Away to AFC Totton Reserves - Wyvern League Cup, 3pm

YOUTH TEAM (Football Conference Youth League) Home fixtures at The Silverlake Stadium

Wednesday 7th - Away to Tooting & …

Shootout defeat for Spitfires

EASTLEIGH 1-1 (aet) CHIPPENHAM TOWN Chippenham win 8-7 on penalties
TUESDAY 29th NOVEMBER 2011
FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round Replay
EASTLEIGH - Jack Dovey, Andy Forbes, Michael Green, Ian Herring, Tom Jordan (c), Ross Bottomley, Richard Gillespie (Jordace Holder-Spooner 64), Danny Smith, Jamie Brown, Chris Flood (Andrew White 71), Graeme Montgomery. Subs (not used): Gareth Barfoot, Billy Tsovolos, Liam Hibberd.
Goals: Eastleigh – Jamie Brown (11). Chippenham – Alan Griffin (2).
Attendance – 214
Eastleigh made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Hardenhuish Park on Saturday in this FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round replay. Jamie Brown and Richard Gillespie, who scored at the weekend to force the tie into tonight’s replay, came into the side in place of Jamie Slabber and Andrew White. Slabber missed tonight’s game due to a back injury.
After a well observed minutes silence for Welsh legend Gary Speed, whose tragic passing on Sunday shocked the footballing world, the action begun at the S…

Eastleigh v Chippenham - Live Updates

FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round Replay Eastleigh v Chippenham Town
Live match Updates from the Silverlake Stadium, 7:45pm kick off
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Eastleigh set for investment from Bridle Insurance

By Simon Walter- 
Eastleigh hit a late equaliser to earn an FA Trophy replay against Chippenham Town – but their best result of the weekend was off the pitch.

The Spitfires went 1-0 down at the Southern Premier side to a goal from their former player Toby Osman, son of ex-Saints and England defender Russell.

But Richard Gillespie’s late header ensured the sides will try again at the Silverlake Stadium at 7.45pm tomorrow, with the winners set to play either Weymouth or Havant & Waterlooville in an away tie in the First Round Proper.

Whatever the result in the replay, the good news for Eastleigh fans is that the club’s long-term ambitions have been given a significant boost.

Eastleigh’s board decided at a meeting on Saturday morning to “recommend to the shareholders acceptance of an offer from Bridle Insurance Limited for the purchase of a majority shareholding”.

Bridle Insurance, which is based in Witney, Oxfordshire, have been the backers of Glenn Hoddle’s academy in the past and a…

FA Trophy 1st Round Proper Draw

Eastleigh could be in line to face Hampshire rivals Havant & Waterlooville in the next round of the FA Trophy. However both clubs will need to get through their respective replays first.

The Spitfires will be looking to see off Southern Premier outfit Chippenham Town at the Silverlake Stadium following Saturday’s 1-1 draw, while Shaun Gale’s Havant – held 0-0 at Weymouth on Saturday – hope to turf out the Terras.

Should Eastleigh beat Chippenham tomorrow night (Tuesday 29th, 7:45pm kick off) Eastleigh will be away to either Havant or Weymouth on Saturday 10th December.

Eastleigh director of football Dave Malone has stated that some of the club's new investors may be in attendance at Tuesday evening's Third Qualifying Round replay: "We are hoping that one or two of our proposed new Investors (Bridle Insurance) may be at the game - so please come along and make them feel welcome!"

FA Trophy, first round proper (December 10): Northwich Victoria or Ilkeston v Fl…

Green: My toughest decision

By Simon Walter- 
EASTLEIGH defender Michael Green admits leaving Port Vale was the hardest decision he has ever had to make.

The 22-year-old left-back was given his break with the League Two club after helping AFC Totton win promotion into the Southern Premier League last season.

But after making five appearances for the Valiants he has returned south because of homesickness.

So desperate was he to return to Hampshire, he took what Eastleigh manager Ian Baird has described as "a hell of a hit on the contract he had at Port Vale".

Green, pictured, who has also played for Brockenhurst and Christchurch, is now living with his family in Sway again.

He explained: "It was my first break into pro football but I missed being down south and wanted to play a bit closer to home. It was more my choice rather than Port Vale's."

Despite missing home, Green's time in the Potteries was not all bad. He benefitted from playing in front of 5,000-plus crowds at Vale Park duri…

Billy out on loan

Winchester City have captured the emergency loan signing of teenager Billy Tsovolos from Eastleigh for the next month.
The Australian defender joined Eastleigh in August after a trial period with Portsmouth.
Tsovolos, 18, can play at right back or as a central defender but has only started four games in the Blue Square Bet South this season for the Spitfires.
Billy made his debut for Winchester recently in an 8-0 win over Brading Town.

November Fixtures - Revision 2

Eastleigh Football Club Fixture List November 2011 - Revision Two
Revision One – Wyvern League fixture at Moneyfields cancelled; F A Trophy added; Suburban League Fixture 26th November added; Addtional Youth Team fixture, Charity Game added.  Revision Two - Youth League kick off time altered v Kingstonian, Trophy Replay added.
FIRST XI

Saturday 5th - Home to Maidenhead United - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Saturday 12th - away to Farnborough - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Saturday 19th - Home to Dartford - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Saturday 26th - away to Chippenham Town - FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round Tuesday 29th - Home to Chippenham Town - FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round Replay

SUBURBAN LEAGUE SIDE

Saturday 5th - away to A F C Wimbledon Reserves - Suburban League Premier ‘A’ Division, 3pm
Saturday 12th - Home to Boreham Wood Reserves - Suburban League Premier ‘A’ Division, 3pm
Wednesday 16th…

FA Trophy Replay - Eastleigh v Chippenham

Following a 1-1 draw between Chippenham Town and Eastleigh today in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy, the Spitfires will be in action on Tuesday night (29th November) looking to settle the tie.

Richard Gillespie scored a second half equaliser to cancel out former Eastleigh player Toby Osman’s opener at Hardenhuish Park to force a replay.

The winners on Tuesday evening (at the Silverlake Stadium - 7:45pm kick off) will bag £4,000 prize money and a place in the next round of the competition.

Board Announcement

The Board of Eastleigh Football Club are delighted to announce that they have today resolved to recommend to the Shareholders an acceptance of an offer from Bridle Insurance Limited for the purchase of a majority shareholding.

Bridle Insurance are currently main Sponsors of Oxford United, and they have set before the Board an exciting and progressive set of proposals.

We are delighted to recommend their offer, and to working with them towards a prosperous future.

Hampshire Senior Cup - Eastleigh re-instated

Hampshire FA Saturday Senior Cup Sponsored by BSA Regal


Aldershot Town FC beat Farnborough FC 2-1 on 14 November 2011 in the third round of the Hampshire FA Saturday Senior Cup Sponsored by BSA Regal and, following an official protest received from Farnborough FC the following day, they were charged with playing an ineligible player. It was also brought to our attention that they had played an ineligible player in the previous round against Eastleigh FC. Aldershot Town admitted the charge and the decision of the Hampshire FA Cup Committee was to remove them from the competition.

Farnborough FC were charged with playing ineligible players in the second round of the competition against Fleet Town. They pleaded guilty to the charge and the decision of the Hampshire FA Cup Committee was to remove them from the competition.

Due to both teams playing ineligible players in Round 2 of the competition, the Hampshire FA Cup Committee have re-instated both Eastleigh FC and Fleet Town FC who wi…

Ian's Osman Reunion

By Simon Walter- 
EASTLEIGH manager Ian Baird is hoping his defenders keep Russell Osman's son quiet during tomorrow's big FA Trophy tie at Chippenham Town.

Toby Osman, a 20-year-old striker, left Eastleigh in the summer and Baird has seen him score in his last two matches for the Southern Premier outfit, including a volley in a 4-0 win against St Albans on Tuesday night.

Baird has known ex-Saints and England defender Russell for several years.

He said: "I was Russell's record signing as Bristol City's manager when he bought me for £350,000 from Hearts and he treated me very well there.

"Toby was with us for a few months last season and is very enthusiastic but just couldn't force himself in with us."

The FA Trophy represents Eastleigh's last chance of a significant cup run following their FA Cup exit at the hands of Chippenham's Southern Premier rivals Oxford City last month.

But Baird is confident following his side's response to losing that …

Potted History and Dartford Highlights

Chippenham v Eastleigh - Match Preview

Match Preview by Kieran James
Ian Baird's Spitfires travel away to Chippenham Town at Hardenhuish Park in the FA Trophy tomorrow (3pm kick off) in the Third Qualifying Round.

Not only will the winners be in the First Round draw for FA Trophy, they will also win £4000 for progressing to the next round.

The Spitfires have been in good form lately having won three of their last four games in the league and drawing against fourth-placed Dartford last Saturday 2-2 at the Silverlake Stadium.

Chippenham are doing well in the Evo-Stik Southern League - they are sitting in seventh place and have won eight, drawn four and lost six games this season. The Bluebirds have only lost two games at home in the league.

Chippenham's last game was at home on Tuesday to St Albans City where they won 4-0. Ross Stern's cross found former Spitfire Toby Osman to volley in his second goal in two games to open up the scoring.

Stern then scored his first ever goal for Chippenham, which saw the Bluebird…

Eastleigh sign Flood

Eastleigh FC can announce that we have agreed the transfer of Chris Flood from Dorchester Town for an undisclosed fee.

We hope to conclude the formalities today in time for the player to be available for our FA Trophy game at Chippenham on Saturday.

Flood originally joined Eastleigh on loan at the beginning of November and made his debut in a 4-1 home win over Maidenhead United. Chris got on the score sheet with a neat finish to seal the win and complete an impressive display on his debut at the Silverlake Stadium.

Reserves Update - 24.11.11

Suburban League Side

Tooting & Mitcham United Reserves 1 Eastleigh Reserves 7

Eastleigh Reserves recorded their highest ever away victory score in the Suburban League at Tooting & Mitcham United. Leading goalscorer Liam Robinson led the way with two goals in a game which also saw singles from Liam Hibberd, Lloyd Foot, Geoff Dunn, Ben Chambers and David Whittaker.

Eastleigh: Matt Willsher, Joe Chamberlain (Jamie Blackburn), Jordan Chalk, Liam Hibberd, Lloyd Foot, Will Aimson, Geoff Dunn, Ben Wilson, Ben Chambers (Callum Holloway), Joe Crook (David Whittaker), Liam Robinson.

League Table

Southampton Senior Cup

Eastleigh Reserves 5 Durley Reserves 0

Eastleigh Reserves brushed away Southampton League side Durley Reserves to reach the Quarter Finals of the Southampton Senior Cup. Sam Wilson netted the first on eight minutes with Will Aimson adding a second on thirty-two minutes. Ben Chambers then scored twice within a minute on the stroke of half time to give Eastleigh a four-goal in…

Eastleigh FC Press Release

Eastleigh Football Club Limited can confirm that over the course of the last week we have received three enquiries from parties interested in investing in the Company.

One of the interested parties has submitted a confirmed offer of investment, and the other two parties have been invited to submit any offer by 4pm on Friday 25th November.

The Board of Eastleigh Football Club Limited will convene at 10am on Saturday 26th November, when they will consider the offers available, prior to reporting to the Company Shareholders.

As we have signed Confidentiality Agreements, no further comment will be made until after that meeting.

Paul Murray – Chairman
Eastleigh Football Club Limited

10-man Eastleigh fight back

EASTLEIGH 2-2 DARTFORD
SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2011

Blue Square Bet South
Match report by Jamie Montigue
EASTLEIGH - Jack Dovey, Andy Forbes (Jordace Holder-Spooner 83), Michael Green, Ian Herring, Tom Jordan (c), Ross Bottomley, Andrew White (Jamie Brown 32), Danny Smith, Jamie Slabber, Chris Flood (Richard Gillespie 64), Graeme Montgomery. Subs (not used): Gareth Barfoot, Sam Wilson.

Goals: Eastleigh - Danny Smith (42), Tom Jordan (53). Dartford - Adam Green (26 penalty), Jon Wallis (36).

Attendance - 604

Ten-man Eastleigh came from two goals behind to fight back in heroic fashion to claim an excellent point at home to Dartford this afternoon.

Andrew White had the best of the early opportunities inside the opening half an hour. The Spitfires threatened first in the 6th minute when Jack Dovey's long ball forward saw Jamie Slabber cushion a header into the path of White, who in turn dragged his shot wide of the post.

In the 24th minute, Danny Smith threaded a pass through to W…

Green commits to Spitfires

By Wendy Gee- 
MICHAEL Green has joined Eastleigh on a permanent basis after being released from his contract at Port Vale.

The 22-year-old left-back got his big professional break with the Valiants during the summer after an outstanding season with Evo-Stik South & West champions AFC Totton.
But less than five months after signing a two-year deal for the npower League Two club, his contract has been "reluctantly" terminated by Vale because, they say, Green wanted to be closer to his family.
Eastleigh, who originally sold Green to Totton for a four-figure sum in 2009/10, have had him back on loan from the Valiants for the last month since when they have pulled themselves away from the Blue Square Bet South relegation zone to within five points of the play-off places.
Confirming the Sway-based former Christchurch player is now a permanent fixture at the Silverlake Stadium, Eastleigh boss Ian Baird said: "Greener has joined us for this season and one more.
"We hav…

Eastleigh v Dartford - Match Preview

Match Preview by Kieran James

The Spitfires are playing Dartford on Saturday in the Blue Square Bet South (3pm kick off) at the Silverlake Stadium.

Eastleigh notched up their third straight league win at the Rushmoor Stadium on Saturday when they beat Hampshire rivals Farnborough 1-3.

The Spitfires took the lead with Andrew White firing in his fifth goal of the season for Eastleigh. The former Reading and Gillingham striker pounced on a loose ball and made no mistake in putting Eastleigh 0-1 up.

Eastleigh were cruising and had many chances to double their lead, however it was the Yellows who equalised through Reece Connolly following a cross from former Southampton striker Tony Garrod.

Farnborough were looking dangerous in front of goal with on-loan Southampton goalkeeper Jack Dovey making some great saves.

Ian Herring floated a free kick in to the box which looked destined for Farnborough keeper Nikodin Matic’s gloves, but the former South Coast Wolves goalkeeper, who had trialed wit…

Loanees update

Graeme Montgomery - Eastleigh have extended the winger's loan from Aldershot Town for a further month. This deal will see Graeme reach the maximum of 90 days (three months) which is permitted for loans unless it is a season long loan.

Michael Green - The left-back's current loan is at an end after an impressive one month spell at the Silverlake Stadium. Eastleigh FC are currently in talks with both Port Vale and Green himself.

Jack Dovey & Chris Flood - The young Southampton goalkeeper and talented midfielder Flood both have two weeks remaining on their current one month loans.

Baird: 'Four more wins and we're safe'

By Wendy Gee- 
THE words of Farnborough boss Garry Haylock came as sweet music to Ian Baird's ears after Eastleigh had registered their third Blue Square Bet South victory on the bounce with a 3-1 result at Cherrywood Road.
Haylock openly admitted that his side had been "out-fought" by the resurgent Spitfires, adding: "If you don't match teams physically you are going to get beaten up - and today we got beaten up."
Turn the clock back a few weeks and both Hampshire clubs were at the wrong end of the table trying desperately to find their feet after undergoing major changes of playing personnel during the summer.
But whereas fourth-to-bottom Farnborough are still struggling, having lost their last seven games, Eastleigh have improved to such an extent that they are now 11th, just five points outside the play-off zone.
"The way I see it is we're four wins away from safety," said Spitfires boss Baird.
"But as I said to the players beforehand…

Reserves Update - 14.11.11

Suburban League

Eastleigh Reserves 2 Boreham Wood Reserves 1

Trailing at the interval, Eastleigh Reserves came back with an improved second half performance to net twice to secure a victory. Ben Chambers and Liam Robinson netting the goals.

Eastleigh: Matt Willsher, Joe Chamberlain, Callum Casson, Liam Hibberd, Joe Crook, Will Aimson, Liam Robinson (Aristoles de Carvalho 75), Ben Wilson, Ben Chambers, Billy Goddard, Geoff Dunn – Charlie Bailey, Luke Davies, Jamie Blackburn nu

SUBURBAN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION A
Premier APWDLFAGDPtsWoking158253030026AFC Wimbledon127323413+2124Eastbourne Borough95312616+1018Eastleigh95131812+616Sutton United105141712+516Tonbridge Angels124442022-216Carshalton Athletic114252126-514Tooting & Mitcham United124172234-1213Hampton & Richmond Borough103342119+212Hemel Hempstead Town103252327-411Farnborough102171429-157Boreham Wood8134814-66

Wyvern League Side
Gosport Borough Reserves 0 Eastleigh Reserves 3
Eastleigh Reserves moved up to second place in t…

Loan move for Cashin-Murray

Spitfires boss Ian Baird has given the go-ahead for Adam Cashin-Murray to further his footballing education with Southern One Central outfit Fleet Town.
The midfielder, who turned 21 this week, signed for Eastleigh during the summer from Hungerford Town, current leaders of the Southern One South & West.
A former Reading FC youngster, Cashin-Murray has also played for Reading Town and Henley Town.