Showing posts from September, 2012

Eastleigh 3-1 Hayes & Yeading

Saturday 29th September 2012

Blue Square Bet South

By Jamie Montigue

Eastleigh's impressive start under Richard Hill continued as a hard-working performance from the Spitfires resulted in a third consecutive victory. The 3-1 score line was enough to see the club push up to 8th in the Blue Square Bet South having begun the afternoon in 13th.

Having seen off Maidenhead United by four goals to two the last time out in the league, Eastleigh today triumphed over Hayes & Yeading United at the Silverlake Stadium with two goals from Jai Reason and an excellent team goal and finish from captain Glen Southam.

The only change to the starting eleven from the side that moved into the next round of the FA Cup last weekend by beating Farnborough; saw former Barnet captain Mark Hughes make his first start for the club having returned from a pre-season injury. Moses Ademola was the player to make way as he begun on the substitutes bench.

With four minu…

October Fixtures

Eastleigh Football Club Fixture List -  October 2012
FIRST XI Tuesday 2nd away to Farnborough - Blue Square Bet South, 7.45pm
Sunday 7th away to Gloucester City - F A Cup Third Qualifying Round, 3pm

Wednesday 10th Home to Staines Town - Blue Square Bet South, 7.45pm (or F A Cup replay if required)
Saturday 13th away to Chelmsford City - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Tuesday 16th Home to Christchurch - Hampshire Senior Cup Second Round, 7.45pm
Saturday 20th Home to Truro City - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm

Saturday 27th away to Eastbourne Borough - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Tuesday 30th Home to Bath City - Blue Square Bet South, 7.45pm

SUBURBAN LEAGUE SIDE Saturday 6th Home to Tooting & Mitcham United Reserves - Suburban League Premier Division, 3pm

Saturday 13th Home to Farnborough - Suburban League Premier Divis…

Video: Farnborough 1-2 Eastleigh


Farnborough 1-2 Eastleigh - FA Cup

Daryl McMahon departs for Dover

Eastleigh FC have today sold Daryl McMahon to Dover Athletic. After turning down two bids from Dover over the past seven days we have reluctantly accepted a third offer from them. The offer matched our valuation for Daryl and we therefore gave him permission to speak with them.
Following talks, Daryl has agreed personal terms and decided to join our Blue Square South rivals. We wish him well for the future.
Club Director Stewart Donald commented “We are obviously extremely disappointed to lose Daryl to a club that we perceive is one of our closest rivals at this time. However, Dover matched our valuation and we feel the deal represents good value for the football club.

"Although only having been at the Silverlake a short while Daryl had become a popular figure at the club and the fact we made him club captain shows what we think of him.”

Manager Richard Hill added. ‘‘Daryl was keen to speak to Dover when I told him they had made an official approach and that the clubs had pote…

Petersfield Youth 1-7 Eastleigh Youth - FA Youth Cup

Video: Eastleigh v Maidenhead


Gallery - Eastleigh v Maidenhead

Click image for full gallery - pictures by Tony Smith

Post-match v Maidenhead - Richard Hill

Interview by Jamie Graham with new Eastleigh manager Richard Hill

Hill off to perfect start - Eastleigh 4-2 Maidenhead

Saturday 15th September 2012 Blue Square Bet South
Match report by Jamie Montigue

Eastleigh FC parted company with Ian Baird in the week after a run of three straight defeats but leaving behind a lot of good memories and service in his five year tenure.

Richard Hill arrived at the club just days ago as Baird's replacement and was unveiled to the Silverlake Stadium crowd before kick off against Maidenhead United where he received a warm welcome.

The dawn of a new era at Eastleigh began with Richard Hill's Spitfires getting off to a winning start in a high-scoring six goal encounter.

Hill made three changes to the starting eleven who were beaten 4-0 away at Billericay Town with Andy Forbes, Jai Reason and Moses Ademola replacing Gary Elphick, Adam Everitt and Damian Scannell.

The game began with Eastleigh making a lively start. One minute in, Moses Ademola, who was playing down the right of midfield - beat his man at the touchline and chipped an…

Videos: Dover, Dorchester and Billericay games


New boss Hill wants promotion for Spitfires

By Simon Walter - Eastleigh’s new manager wants the Spitfires to pass their way out of Blue Square South .

Richard Hill, formerly an assistant manager to the likes of John Gregory, Brian Little and Andy Hessenthaler in the Football League, believes that is a realistic objective – despite Eastleigh’s poor start to the season.

Hill took his first training session last night and will oversee his first match as Eastleigh manager against third-placed Maidenhead at the Silverlake Stadium tomorrow, following the sacking of Ian Baird. Languishing in 16th, the Spitfires will be attempting to bounce back from three straight defeats.

Hill is confident that promotion to the Conference – where he managed Stevenage Borough in the late nineties – can be achieved.

“Obviously we’ve got to get promotion, that’s the remit – but that’s my remit,” he said.

“We’ve got some very good players and Ian Baird deserves a lot of credit for putting an excellent squad together.

“As far as I’m concerned, the …

The FA Cup begins

The FA Cup Second Qualifying Round has been drawn today in partnership with Budweiser and sees Eastleigh take the short trip to Hampshire rivals Farnborough.

Last season saw the Spitfires over come Cinderford Town at the same stage before becoming unstuck at home to Oxford City in the following round. The last time Eastleigh travelled to Farnborough’s Cherrywood Road we secured a convincing 3-1 victory. However, in March Farnborough Town visited the Silverlake and took all the points winning 1-0. The fixture promises to be an exciting tie.

Other mouth watering fixtures include the Essex pairing of rivals Billericay and AFC Hornchurch in the second qualifying round draw. The match will be at Billericay’s New Lodge ground, where the sides drew 1-1 in their Blue Square Bet South meeting a couple of weeks ago.

Dover Athletic will play Tonbridge Angels in another stand out tie with Tommy Warrilow’s side making the short trip south to the Crabble Ground.

Other local ties of interest in…

Richard Hill

Eastleigh Football Club are delighted to announce Richard Hill as their new first team manager, with immediate effect.

Richard will be introduced to the players and staff tomorrow evening and will take charge of his first match on Saturday against Maidenhead.

Richard is vastly experienced having managed Stevenage Borough and assisted John Gregory at both Wycombe and QPR, Brian Little at Aston Villa and also fulfilled the same roles at Gillingham, Tranmere Rovers and Northampton Town. It is a new era for the football club and we feel that in appointing Richard we have made the right choice. We are confident that he has all the attributes necessary to ensure the football club continues to develop and move forward in the correct manner.

Stewart Donald added ‘I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Richard so quickly. He is exactly the calibre of Manager I wanted. Like all managers that inherit a team, there will be a transitional period while he familiarises himself with the …

Ian Baird departs

Following a meeting at the Silverlake last night between manager Ian Baird and Stewart Donald it has been agreed that Ian will no longer be employed by Eastleigh as first team manager and has left the club with immediate effect.

The Board thinks it very important to thank Ian for all his tireless efforts over the years. Ian has been a marvellous ambassador for the Football Club and has managed the team through some difficult circumstances during his tenure and has always acted in an extremely professional manner for the good of the club.

We are certain Ian will be back in football very soon and wish him well for the future. The club is currently interviewing potential candidates for the position. In the interim Shaun Wilkinson will take charge of the first team squad.

Billericay Town 4-0 Eastleigh

Saturday 8th September 2012
Blue Square Bet South

Match report by Ray Murphy

With the sun again blazing this time on a September afternoon in the landscapes of the Essex countryside, the start to the Eastleigh season again failed to be jumpstarted as Eastleigh stumbled to their third successive league defeat this time against last season's Ryman League Champions and Essex Senior Cup winners.

Manager Ian Baird had to make some enforced changes to the side as well as some personnel changes in an attempt to return the side to winning ways and reinstall the confidence in the side. With Andy Forbes having withdrawn in the morning with a sickness bug, Mitchell Nelson, Callum McNish were both injured, leaving Baird to shuffle the troops with what was left at his selections. Glen Southam returned to the side along with Adam Everett, Damian Scannell and Dale Binns all being given their first starts of the season. Billericay welcomed new signing in full back Joe …

Dorchester Town 1-0 Eastleigh

Tuesday 4th September 2012
Blue Square Bet South

Match report by Ray Murphy
As Eastleigh a quickly learning, there will be no games in the league this season where they will be allowed to perform under par and come away with any points. That is not to say that this was a high class Eastleigh showing but they can count themselves extremely unlucky having to return to Hampshire without any points at all never alone all three.

Mitchell Nelson had failed to recover from the knee injury suffered on Saturday against Dover though Craig McAllister also an injury concern from the previous Saturday was able to lead the strike line. Osei Sankofa made his debut for the Club following his summer signing from Boreham Wood, the ex Leyton Orient defender assuming the right back role caused by the absence of Nelson. Dorchester changed their line up to play with a lone striker thus a defensive minded home formation in an attempt to deal with the threat of Eastleigh.


September Commercial News

As you may or may not be aware, we have put together some very exciting schemes and initiatives that I will bring to you as we progress through the early part of the season.

The first of these initiatives that I am delighted to announce is with our commercial partners and local stationary company A&A Business supplies. A&A is one of the UK’s leading independent office supplies company offering its clients an unrivalled total supply solution.

Any individual or company placing an order with A&A will result in the club receiving a percentage of the total order when Eastleigh Football Club are mentioned. This is a great way for the club to benefit whilst also providing the fans with a price that is likely to be lower than their current providers.

Further details can be found by visiting

In addition to A&A, our current shirt sponsors Bridle Insurance, are continuing the already very popular 50/50 revenue share for all fans that take out any insurance…

Eastleigh 1-3 Dover Athletic


Saturday 1st September 2012
Blue Square Bet South

Match report by Ray Murphy
Eastleigh looking for their third successive league victory welcomed fellow championship favourites Dover Athletic to The Silverlake Stadium, the side remaining unchanged for the third successive game also with Mitchell Nelson recovering from his midweek knock, the only change to the squad seeing Damian Scannell being called into the substitutes to replace Glen Southam.

The afternoon started well for Eastleigh who came quickly out of the blocks with Jai Reason seeing a shot saved by Dover Athletic goalkeeper Mitch Walker within the opening twenty-five seconds. The game was played throughout at a blistering pace with both sides intent on attacking. On nine minutes an exquisite piece of control by Marvin Williams from Tom Jordan’s through ball saw Williams fire a shot across the face of Walker but also just past the post. A minute later a quick Dover breakaway saw Ricky Modeste collec…