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Woking 2-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh fell to their first defeat of the season at Woking.

The Spitfires went a goal behind on the stroke of half time against the run of play as Inih Effiong fired past Ross Flitney.

Ben Williamson hit the post and Chris Zebroski had a good chance to score when one-on-one. Defender Callum Howe also came close on his debut with a header that went just over.

After the break, the hosts doubled their advantage in the 53rd minute when Eastleigh's Gavin Hoyte turned the ball into his own net when trying to deal with a dangerous delivery from goalscorer Effiong.

Richard Hill's side were then awarded two penalties in quick succession in a frantic spell of action.

Williamson missed the first and then moments later Ross Stearn was brought down in the box. Ayo Obileye stepped up to score this time and pull a goal back for Eastleigh.

Eastleigh finished the game with ten men as Hoyte pulled up with an injury with all three substitutions having already been made.



Three changes to the te…

Lincoln City defender joins Eastleigh on loan

23-year-old centre-back Callum Howe has joined Eastleigh on loan until January from Lincoln City.

Spitfires boss Richard Hill said: “I’ve known Callum and been a big admirer of his for quite a while.

“He and Boycey played together at Scunthorpe – in fact they’re best mates.”

Howe started his playing career at Scunthorpe United. Since then he has gone on to play for Southport, Bradford Park and Alfreton amongst others.

Callum goes into the squad for the fixture tonight against Woking and has been handed the number 27 shirt.


Eastleigh Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of centre-back Callum Howe #Spitfirespic.twitter.com/hQ7ApLRqXz — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 15, 2017
Pleased to have joined @EastleighFC on loan until January ⚽️.. thanks for all of the messages, much appreciated! — Callum Howe (@calhowe) August 15, 2017

Eastleigh 2-2 Dagenham & Redbridge

Eastleigh's unbeaten start to the season continued as Ben Williamson scored twice to make it three goals in two games for the new Spitfires striker.

Richard Hill's side went a goal behind to a Corey Whitely strike in the 13th minute before a quick-fire brace from Williamson saw Eastleigh leading 2-1 at the break. His equaliser came in the 43rd minute when he combined with Danny Hollands before finishing. He then scored a penalty in first half stoppage time after Ayo Obileye was brought down in the area.

Whitely drew the game level for the visitors when he grabbed his second goal of the afternoon from the penalty spot in the 74th minute.


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Eastleigh: Stack, Hoyte, Green, Togwell, Wood, McCallum (Zebroski 30), Yeates (Matthews 80), Obileye, Hollands, Boyce, Williamson (Constable 73).
Subs not used: McAllister, Miley.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Pennell, Doe (Lokko 36), Robson, Hawkins (Cheek 77), Ferrier, Okenabirhie (Romain 71), N’Gala, Boucard, Ling, Whitely.
Subs not…

Eastleigh 1-0 Sutton | Williamson scores on home debut

Ben Williamson scored on his home debut to help Eastleigh to a 1-0 victory over Sutton United.

Spitfires boss Richard Hill said: “The first half wasn’t good enough and I let them know that at half-time.

“We rode our luck at the start of the second half but what I liked was the lads’ commitment, attitude and endeavour.

“After we went 1-0 up they found an over-my-dead-body attitude which is important in this league.

“But on another night we could have been beaten comfortably, which is typical of this league.

“It’s a great atmosphere here for the night games when the fans come out and support the team. But sometimes you have to give the supporters something to shout about and we didn’t do that in the first half.

“We showed far more energy and urgency in the second half and our supporters got right behind us in the last 30 minutes.”

EASTLEIGH: Stack, Hoyte, Green, Togwell, Johnson, Wood (Constable 81), McCallum (Zebroski 70), Yeates, Hollands, Boyce, Williamson (McAllister 70).
Subs not…

Sam Matthews returns to Eastleigh on loan

Eastleigh have signed 20-year-old midfielder Sam Matthews on loan from AFC Bournemouth until January.

Matthews was part of Richard Hill's squad at the end of last season where he scored three goals for the Spitfires in nine appearances.

“Sam is a player I like and deserves his chance," said Hill.
"We've been monitoring Sam’s situation over the summer and once the chance was there for me to take him, I felt It was an opportunity I couldn’t miss.
“Again, AFC Bournemouth have been excellent in this whole situation and have stuck to their word.
"They had clubs from this division after Sam, and following our discussions in the summer they came to us first.
"They have also made the deal financially possible so it’s only right I give them the credit they deserve.”

Eastleigh Football Club is delighted to announce the loan signing of Sam Matthews from AFC Bournemouth until January. pic.twitter.com/amWZM1LL6N — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 8, 2017
Delighted to h…

Bromley 0-0 Eastleigh | Hill's reaction

Richard Hill's post-match reaction after Eastleigh's 0-0 draw at Bromley on the opening day of the season.

“We did alright for 60 per cent of the game. Yes, we could have been a little bit more clinical in front of goal and when we had the ball in the last third of the pitch.

“In the first half we were almost definitely the better team. We were dominant. We just didn’t have that cutting edge.

“There were a couple of times when we could have had a shot at goal and we didn’t do it.

“We needed to score in the first-half hour when we were imposing ourselves on them quite a lot.

“We had a couple of set-pieces later in the game that we might have done more with and Bromley could probably say the same – but then you’d expect them to as the home side.

“But for us to come away from home, first game of the season on an unknown surface, you’re pleased with that.

“This level of football for me is not about being expansive, it’s not about having flair.

"You need one or two players tha…

Bromley 0-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh began the new season with a 0-0 draw at Bromley.

Hear the views of Spitfires boss Richard Hill below:

Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Michael Green, Sam Togwell (c), Reda Johnson, Andrew Boyce, Sam Wood, Danny Hollands, Paul McCallum (Craig McAllister, 75) Ben Williamson (Chris Zebroski, 67), Mark Yeates (Ross Stearn, 83). Subs (not used): James Constable, Ayo Obileye.

Attendance: 1,228 (121 Eastleigh).
https://t.co/QCvgf1WC8T - Full set of photos from @bromleyfc v @EastleighFC in their opening @TheNationalLge match of the season pic.twitter.com/GnpiSz6DVN— Paul Paxford (@PitchSidePhoto) August 6, 2017
πŸ—£️ "To do anything in this league, it's about working hard"@EastleighFC Richard Hill examines the goalless draw @bromleyfc#Spitfirespic.twitter.com/M0Z1Nz2XZl — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) August 5, 2017National League: Eastleigh launch season with a solid 0-0 at Bromley Bromley 0 Eastleigh 0. EASTLEIGH'S run of opening day wins in the Vanarama Nat…

Ben Williamson signs for Eastleigh

Striker Ben Williamson, 28, has signed for Eastleigh having been released from League Two side Cambridge United.

The ex-AFC Bournemouth, Port Vale and Gillingham centre-forward becomes the tenth new arrival at the Silverlake Stadium this summer.

“I’m delighted to secure the services of Ben, especially with a list of National League teams after him,” said Spitfires boss Richard Hill.

After youth spells with Millwall and Croydon Athletic, Lambeth-born Williamson kicked off his senior career on the south coast at Worthing before linking up with Glenn Hoddle at his academy in Spain.

He joined the then League One Cherries in 2011, going on as a sub for Danny Ings in their play-off semi-final against Huddersfield Town.

The striker, who is known for his strength and pace, featured for Eastleigh in Tuesday’s 2-1 friendly win at AFC Stoneham and has now linked up with the squad on a permanent basis and been handed the No25 shirt.

Williamson joins fellow summer signings Paul McCallum, Danny Hol…

Cavaghn Miley signs for Eastleigh

Eastleigh have signed midfielder Cavaghn Miley from Jersey.  Miley made his debut for the Spitfires in a 2-1 friendly win at AFC Stoneham.

He was brought to the attention of Richard Hill by former Aston Villa manager Brian Little through his work and his contacts in Jersey.

Hill said: “Cav was recommended to me from a good friend and someone’s judgement I trust.

"It’s a similar case to when we signed Harvey Read last week. There was a list of clubs looking at him.

"Cav has been on trial at a league club and they came close to agreeing something.”

Eastleigh came from a goal behind at Stoneham to win 2-1.

Craig McAllister equalised after an assist from Ben Strevens and Paul Reid scored the winner heading home from a Ross Stearn cross.

More details can be found here πŸ‘‰ https://t.co/dknyvBdB9r#Spitfirespic.twitter.com/Al8MjvUFzh — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) August 1, 2017
New Eastleigh midfield signing features in 2-1 win at AFC Stoneham EASTLEIGH handed a debut to new midfield…

Eastleigh 2-3 Sheffield United

Eastleigh gave Sheffield United a good game at the Silverlake Stadium where the League One champions ran out 3-2 winners.

Goals from Enda Stevens and Danny Lafferty saw the visitors 2-0 up early on before James Constable pulled one back for the Spitfires.

After a host of second half changes, Matt Done made it 3-1 to The Blades shortly after the break.

Ben Strevens combined with Craig McAllister to score Eastleigh's second goal of the night late in the game. The 37-year-old player-coach made an immediate impact off the bench taking just two minutes to score after coming on as a substitute.

Eastleigh: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Michael Green, Sam Togwell, Reda Johnson, Andrew Boyce, James Constable, Paul McCallum, Mark Yeates, Ross Stearn, Danny Hollands. Subs (all used): Sam Wood, Jason Taylor, David Ijaha, Ayo Obileye, Craig McAllister, Harvey Read, Ben Strevens,

Attendance: 1,109.

Picture by Paul Paxford - @PitchSidePhoto  - Full Gallery of pictures here
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Eastleigh sign Harvey Read

Eastleigh have signed 18-year-old centre back Harvey Read.

The former Southampton and Stoke defender joins the Spitfires after impressing on trial over pre-season.

Richard Hill said: “Harvey has been with us for a few weeks and I like the look of what I see. I’m delighted to sign someone of his talent especially with a number of league clubs looking to acquire his services.

"He's a good signing based on his age and what he could be. Hopefully we can mould him into the player we'd like him to become."


pic.twitter.com/KoPyHDMcye — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 26, 2017
Ex-Saint is Eastleigh's youngest summer signing - Read all about it! FORMER Saints and Stoke City defender Harvey Read has become Eastleigh 's youngest summer signing. The 18-year-old centre-back has been on trial with the Spitfires over the course of pre-season and impressed manager Richard Hill. The Eastleigh boss said: "Harvey has been with us for a few weeks and I like the look of what …

Eastleigh 3-0 Bournemouth U21's

Eastleigh ran out 3-0 winners over a young AFC Bournemouth side.

The Spitfires have produced five wins and five clean sheets during pre-season.

Ayo Obileye, Paul McCallum and Chris Zebroski were all on the scoresheet for Richard Hill's side.


GOAL! Ayo Obileye pounces with a great finish into the roof of the net. 1-0 #spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 25, 2017
@JohnsonReda congratulates @AyoObileye after he opens the scoring (1-0) pic.twitter.com/7zinsxrA9A — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 25, 2017
GOAL! McCallum with a bullet header from close range! 2-0 #spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 25, 2017
@PaulMcCallum45 celebrates after doubling the lead! pic.twitter.com/fMl9ziJbZ7 — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 25, 2017
GOAL! Zebroski fires from close range! 3-0 #spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 25, 2017
pic.twitter.com/qskRwfjDkg — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 25, 2017

Alton 0-9 Eastleigh - McCallum hits four in friendly

Eastleigh got some valuable match practice against Alton in their latest pre-season friendly.
The Spitfires eased to a 9-0 victory with summer-signing Paul McCallum scoring four.
It was a useful exercise for the Spitfires to play on a 3G surface as Richard Hill's side will face Bromley on a synthetic pitch on the opening day of the National League season.
Alton play in the Sydenhams Wessex One, five leagues lower than Eastleigh.
McCallum opened the scoring in the 19th minute, and then struck three more times in just ten minutes leading up to half time.
After the break Craig McAllister, Ross Stearn, Ayo Obileye, James Constable and Michael Green all added their names to the scoresheet in a convincing victory.

The Spitfires will take on an AFC Bournemouth XI at the Silverlake Stadium on Tuesday (7pm).

Bournemouth friendly arranged

Eastleigh will take on an AFC Bournemouth XI at the Silverlake Stadium on Tuesday (July 25), kicking off at 7pm.

A Spitfires statement said: “With what has been a fairly disruptive pre-season schedule, the club would like to thank Bournemouth for stepping in at late notice.

“Richard and his team feel an additional game against League opposition will be beneficial to all.”

Admission for the Bournemouth match is £5 adults, £3 concessions and free for under-7s.


Eastleigh slot in extra friendly against AFC Bournemouth EASTLEIGH have slotted an additional fixture into their pre-season programme. Richard Hill's Spitfires will take on an AFC Bournemouth XI at the Silverlake Stadium this coming Tuesday (July 25), kicking off at 7pm. It will be Eastleigh 's first opportunity to play on their newly-laid pitch after the scheduled friendlies against AFC Wimbledon and Portsmouth were cancelled.

Boyce signs for Eastleigh

Eastleigh have announced the signing of former Grimsby Town defender Andrew Boyce.
The 27-year-old made 20 appearances in all competitions for the League Two club last season.
The central defender who can also play at right-back, started his football career as a trainee at Doncaster Rovers. In 2009 Boyce signed for Kings Lynn before working his back up the football pyramid. 
He has also played for Lincoln City, Scunthorpe United and Notts County.

Andrew Boyce: Grimsby Town defender joins National League club Eastleigh Eastleigh have announced the signing of former Grimsby Town defender Andrew Boyce on a free transfer. The 27-year-old made 20 appearances in all competitions for the League Two club last season. Boyce, who can play at centre-back and right-back, has also played for Lincoln City and Scunthorpe United.

Portsmouth and Newport friendlies cancelled

Two more home friendlies have been cancelled following the disappointment of Saturday's game against AFC Wimbledon not going ahead.

League Two champions Portsmouth were due to play the Spitfires this Saturday - but that has now fallen through as has the friendly against Newport County which was scheduled for 22nd July.

Eastleigh's chief executive Mark Jewell said: “Having had a last-minute fixture cancellation on Saturday, the last thing the club wants is a repeat performance this weekend.

"The result of calling a game off last-minute for a regular fixture is bad enough, so we feel that with the added burden of a huge police bill for this fixture and the fact that the weather is so uncertain at this point, due to the extreme heat and the threat of very heavy rainfall, the exposure to the club is just too high.

“This is extremely disappointing for all concerned as, deep down, I feel the pitch will be in excellent condition on Saturday.

“However, it is crucial that both clu…

Fixtures 2017/2018

Eastleigh will begin the 2017/18 season away at Bromley on the 5th August.

Richard Hill's Spitfires will face their first home match of the season against Sutton United.


First 4 fixtures -

5/8 @bromleyfc (A)
8/8 @suttonunited (H)
12/8 @Dag_RedFC (H)
15/8 @wokingfc (A)#Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 5, 2017
Last 4 fixtures -

7/4 @Wrexham_AFC (H)
14/4 @GatesheadFC (A)
21/4 @thesilkmen (H)
28 @SolihullMoors (A)#Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 5, 2017
πŸŽ„Christmas period -

23/12 @Dag_RedFC (A)
26/12 @TUFC1899 (H)
30/12 @wokingfc (H)
1/1 @TUFC1899 (A)#Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) July 5, 2017
Eastleigh's National League fixtures unveiled for 2017/18 EASTLEIGH will kick off the new National League season away from home.

Sam Wood signs for Eastleigh

Eastleigh have signed former Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Sam Wood on a two-year-deal.

Wood was released by Wycombe in May after five seasons with the club. 
The 30-year-old previously played over 100 times for Brentford and also had spells in non-league with Cray Wanderers and Bromley.
The versatile player can play on either side in a defensive or midfield role.

Eastleigh Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of Sam Wood.

More details here πŸ‘‰πŸ»https://t.co/XJEjTV3xoN#Spitfirespic.twitter.com/8jhD5jrk0T — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) June 30, 2017

Mark Yeates signs for Eastleigh

Eastleigh have announced the signing of 32-year-old winger Mark Yeates.

Yeates began his career with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur before joining Colchester United, first on a season-long loan before making the switch permanently in 2007.

Mark has gone on to play for Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Watford, Bradford and most recently Notts County.

He will link up with the rest of the Eastleigh squad on Thursday (29th June), as the Spitfires return for pre-season training. Yeates has been given squad number 10.


Eastleigh sign former Premier League winger EASTLEIGH have signed former Premier League winger Mark Yeates. The 32 year-old has signed a two-year deal and brings with him some experience of playing in the top flight with Tottenham.

Hill: Zebroski deserves second chance

Eastleigh manager Richard Hill has said that Chris Zebroski deserves a second chance and he is happy to give that opportunity to a forward that he says has "something to prove".

Zebroski played for the Spitfires for a short spell in 2013 before moving to Newport County.

The 30-year-old was jailed during his time in South Wales for robbery and assault. He is looking to put that behind him now having signed a 12-month contract with Eastleigh with the option of a further year.

Hill said: “It’s alright people in glass houses throwing stones, but I like to give people second chances.

“I like people that have got something to prove and Chris has admitted he has done wrong in the past.

“He needs another chance and he’s going to get that opportunity here.

“He turned down opportunities with other clubs to come and play for us. Chris is as excited as anything to come and play for Eastleigh.

“He liked it when he was here before and he wants to play for this football club.

“Chris is a n…

Hill indicates returning Flitney's role

Richard Hill has indicated that Ross Flitney's main responsibility on his return to Eastleigh will be that of goalkeeping coach.

Flitney who won the Conference South with Eastleigh in 2013/14 comes with the added benefit of providing competition for the number one jersey.
Hill said: “Ross will be registered as a player but don’t forget that Ben Strevens (coach) and Paul Reid (head of recruitment) are also registered players, but it’s not the case that they’re going to play that many games.

“I’m not saying Ross won’t, but I’ve always said that he will be a good goalkeeper coach.

“Forget his age, experience and everything else, I told him when he was here before that he should think about doing his badges and I said it again when he was with me at Whitehawk.

“Until the last few weeks, Ross hadn’t been that interested, but I spoke to him again and told him this would be a nice opportunity for him.

“I’ve seen him put on some very good coaching sessions and it’s a chance now for him to…

Flitney and Zebroski return

Eastleigh have announced the return of goalkeeper Ross Flitney and striker Chris Zebroski.

Flitney, who has played almost 200 times for the Spitfires, will compete for the number 1 shirt and also join Richard Hill's back room staff as goalkeeping coach. He was a prominent figure in the side that won promotion from the Conference South to the National League as Champions in 2014.

Also returning is striker Chris Zebroski who joins on a 1-year-deal. Zebroski had a short time with Eastleigh in 2013. He last played for Newport County and brings with him Football League experience.


Duo Return -

➡️ https://t.co/a3vpgkNEVt#Spitfires

πŸ”΅⚪️ pic.twitter.com/cNBR9FPoYl — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) June 20, 2017

Pre-season fixtures

Eastleigh FC - Pre-season schedule:

Saturday 8th July Eastleigh v A F C Wimbledon 3pm

Tuesday 11th July Basingstoke Town v Eastleigh 7.45pm

Saturday 15th July Eastleigh v Portsmouth 3pm

Tuesday 18th July Blackfield & Langley v Eastleigh 7pm

Saturday 22nd July Eastleigh v Newport County 3pm

Friday 28th July Eastleigh v Sheffield United 7.45pm

Tuesday 1st August A F C Stoneham v Eastleigh 7.45pm


Pre-season fixtures confirmed -

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πŸ”΅⚪️#Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 28, 2017
8/7 @AFCWimbledon (H)
11/7 @BASINGSTOKE_FC (A)
15/7 @officialpompey (H)
18/7 @bandlfc (A)
22/7 @NewportCounty (H)
28/7 @SUFC_tweets (H) — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 28, 2017
Pre-Season Admission Prices Confirmed -

https://t.co/IwJMjhQeGs#Spitfires

πŸ”΅⚪ pic.twitter.com/C3AeSekTlA — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) June 5, 2017
Eastleigh - Pre Season Schedule | Eastleigh FC Eastleigh Football Club are delighted to announce their pre season programme which includes four prestigious fix…

Dugdale and Cole depart

Defenders Adam Dugdale and Chinua Cole have announced that they have both left Eastleigh by mutual consent.

Twitter:
@adamdugdale1 
@ChinuaCole
.@EastleighFCpic.twitter.com/oc39G5biZy — Adam Dugdale (@adamdugdale1) June 1, 2017 . @EastleighFCpic.twitter.com/ymiHVOOE7w — Chinua Cole (@ChinuaCole) June 1, 2017

Danny Hollands signs for Eastleigh

Eastleigh have announced the signing of 31-year-old former Portsmouth and Bournemouth midfielder Danny Hollands. Danny will join the Spitfires once his current contract with Crewe Alexandra expires.

Hollands wanted to move back into the area where he lives with his wife and a triplet set of five-year-old girls.


Hollands started his career at Hampton & Richmond Borough before moving on to Chelsea, Torquay United (10/0), AFC Bournemouth (193/24), Charlton Athletic (57/7), Swindon Town (10/2) and Gillingham (17/1).

Danny becomes Eastleigh's second summer signing having already signed striker Paul McCallum earlier this week.
Eastleigh have today agreed to sign midfielder Danny Hollands, once his current contract with Crewe Alexandra expires. — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 25, 2017
Eastleigh announce former Bournemouth midfielder as their second summer signing EASTLEIGH have confirmed Danny Hollands as their second summer signing. The experienced former Portsmouth and AFC Bournem…

Eastleigh to sign McCallum

Eastleigh have agreed terms with 23-year-old Leyton Orient striker Paul McCallum.

McCallum will join the Spitfires on a two-year deal and link up with the club for the beginning of pre-season next month when his Orient contract expires.
Paul McCallum signed a two-year deal with Leyton Orient in June 2015 following his release from West Ham United.

The 6 ft 3" forward started his career at Dulwich Hamlet and made his first team debut for the club at the age of 17 in October 2010.

He played an integral role for the youth team that season as they reached the third round of the FA Youth Cup where they faced Newcastle United having defeated Yeovil Town in the previous round.

His performances attracted interest from a number of Premier League sides and on January 31 2011, McCallum made the decision to sign a professional contract with West Ham United.

McCallum was unable to make the breakthrough at West Ham however during his three years at the club as he was loaned out on several occa…

Obileye, Stearn and Cole listed for transfer

Eastleigh have made centre back Ayo Obileye, midfielder Ross Stearn and left-back Chinua Cole available for transfer.



Eastleigh Football Club can confirm that Chinua Cole, Ayo Obileye and Ross Stearn have been placed on the transfer list #Spitfires — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 18, 2017
Eastleigh put three on the transfer list RICHARD Hill has got the Eastleigh squad-trimming process under way by transfer-listing three players. Defenders Chinua Cole and Ayo Obileye and midfielder Ross Stearn have all been made available. When Hill responded to the Spitfires' SOS call in February, he inherited a mix-and-match squad assembled by the three managers - Chris Todd, Ronnie Moore and Martin Allen - who had followed him into the Silverlake hot-seat in quick succession.

Injured trio will be ready for pre-season

Richard Hill confirms that Reda Johnson, Ryan Cresswell and Jason Taylor will all be available for the start of pre-season.

Video: @EastleighFC (Twitter)
Richard Hill confirms that @JohnsonReda , @Cressy_25 and Jason Taylor will all be available for the start of pre-season #Spitfirespic.twitter.com/VY0GyvBpyy — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 13, 2017

Squad update

Players under contract for the 2017/18 Season –

Mark Childs
Graham Stack
Adam Dugdale
Chinua Cole
Ross Stearn
Sam Togwell
Gavin Hoyte
Ryan Cresswell
Reda Johnson
Jason Taylor
Ayo Obileye
Tom Bearwish

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James Constable, Michael Green and Craig McAllister have been offered new contracts.

Sam Matthews, Ben Close, Hakeem Odoffin, Joshua Barnes and Nick Hall have all returned to their parent clubs following the expiry of their loan agreements.

David Pipe, Ryan Burge, Matt Tubbs, Jack Smith, Jack Masterton, Connor Essam and Scott Wilson have been released.

Ben Strevens and Paul Reid have been retained for next season in coaching and scouting roles respectively.
Player Update -

➡ https://t.co/blQtzThuBN#Spitfirespic.twitter.com/2jKY6RcDnf — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) May 5, 2017
Constable, McAllister & Green have been offered new @eastleighfc contracts - Pipe, Burge, Tubbs, Essam & Wilson among the players released — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) May 5, 2017
Youngsters Jack S…

Donald's Eastleigh FC investment reaches £10 million

Quotes from Eastleigh chairman Stewart Donald who has invested £10 million in to the club:
“£10 million is £9.5 million more than I expected to spend after five years, but I would do it all over again," said Donald.

“If I had to put another £10 million in, I’d do it without hesitation to get us where we want to go.

“I love it and I’ve got to see it through now. If not, it will have all been wasted.

“People say it’s unsustainable, but £10 million has gone into the club with zero debt. It’s either been gifted or transferred into shares.

“All the debts the club had and the bank overdraft have gone.

“We’re now sat here with record revenues, potentially season-ticket sales of 1,500 for next season, a fan base in the top-ten of non-league – and all without a pound of debt. We’re probably financially safer than any football club at this level.

“We’ve built a proper football club too. Sometimes when a club grows, it can lose the feeling of togetherness and community, but I think we’ve m…

Stewart Donald interview | Radio Solent

Quotes from Stewart Donald's interview with BBC Radio Solent looking ahead to next season:

“The team that’s finished the season is not strong enough to achieve our ambitions," said the Spitfires chairman.

"We were in serious trouble and that was predominantly due to the players that were here.

“Richard’s got players on contract potentially signed by three different managers who were all looking for different things.

“We’ve got a few players on contract, which will give us a starting point of about 11, but those players may or may not end up featuring.

“We will meet our financial commitments to them, but it isn’t a given that they will play.

“One or two will be told that, although they’re on contract, they can look for other clubs.”

Three of Eastleigh’s bigger-named players – ex-Football League trio Ryan Cresswell, Jason Taylor and Reda Johnson – have missed significant chunks of the season injured.

Donald said: “They’re all strong players and we’ll assess their injuries …

Hill appointed boss with Hessenthaler as assistant

Stewart Donald has revealed that Richard Hill will be the manager of Eastleigh next season with Andy Hessenthaler as his assistant manager.

The Spitfires chairman said: “Richard did ever so well when he was here before and he left too early.

“Since he went, I’ve made more funds available and Richard has always spent money well.

“Hopefully with what’s available to him now, he’ll be able to deliver.

“He seemed the logical choice. He’s a good tactician, he knows how to spot a player and he knows the league.

“Last time he was here, he didn’t have enough of a team around him with experience and Andy Hessenthaler will bring that as his assistant.

"Andy’s our sort of guy.

“He’s hard-working, very knowledgeable at this level and above, he’s a good coach and very well respected.

"He’s got connections with a lot of London-based players and we’re expecting to pick up a few players from those connections.

“Richard and Andy will steady the ship and help us kick on now.”

Richard Hill appo…