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Eastleigh: 10 Things

Posted by Thomas Reyer
Posted on Fri 24 Nov 2017
Posted in First Team

Currently managed by Richard Hill. In 1987, he transferred to Watford from Northampton Town for a Fourth Division record fee of £258,000. Although he had to retire from football early due to a knee injury, he still managed to score an impressive 69 goals in 170 league games as a midfielder.

Currently play their matches at the Silverlake Stadium, which has a capacity of 5192 (2700 seated). They have been there since 1957.

The record attendance at the Silverlake Stadium is 5025 which occurred when Bolton visited in January 2016 for the FA Cup third round.

Eastleigh acquired the nickname the ‘Spitfires’ in 2005. It stemmed after a meeting with supporters in the 2005 close season. Southampton International Airport, which was formally known as Eastleigh Airport was home for the assembly of a Spitfire.

Eastleigh were previously known as ‘Swaythling Athletic Football Club’ when they were founded in 1946, before changing it to their current name ‘Eastleigh F.C.’ in 1980.

Their highest ever league finish was in the 2015/16 season. They narrowly missed getting in the play-offs of the National League after finishing seventh.

Alongside AFC Totton, Eastleigh competed in the2011/2012 Hampshire Senior Cup final. This game featured one of the first live testing of the goal-line technology. Eastleigh won the tie 2-0 taking home the silverware.

Following his departure from Southampton in 2002, Matt Le Tissier spent two seasons at Eastleigh FC alongside his former Southampton teammate David Hughes.

Reached the third round of the FA Cup for the past two seasons, they have never progressed further.

The clubs’ record all-time scorer is Andy Forbes with 146 goals.

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