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Eastleigh FC: 10 Things

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 4 May 2014
Posted in First Team

1)    Top Scorer

Eastleigh’s all-time record goalscorer is Andy Forbes, with 146 goals for the club.

2)    Most Appearances

Ian Knight is the club’s record appearance holder, just one appearance shy of 600 for the club. He isn’t alone in the 500-club, though, as Keith Cooper is slightly behind with 574 appearances.

3)    Name Changes

The club was founded 70 years ago – in 1946 – as Swaythling Athletic, and was later known simply as Swaythling. It wasn’t until 1980 that they were renamed Eastleigh.

4)    First FA Cup Appearance

The club’s first ever appearance in the FA Cup was a 2-1 win over Poole Town. They won the next fixture against Melksham Town too, before being knocked out by Dorchester Town, losing 4-2 at home.

5)    Paul Doswell

When Paul Doswell joined the club in 2002, Eastleigh had finished in the top seven of the Wessex League for six years consecutively, but had failed to secure promotion. His arrival, however, saw the club promoted for three seasons consecutively, winning the Wessex league in his first season.

6)    Conference Premier

In 2013/14, following the heartbreak of losing the play-off semi-final the year before, Eastleigh won the Conference South, sealing their champion’s status and automatic promotion with a 2-1 win over Basingstoke. Their promotion to the Conference Premier was the first ever in their history.

7)    Televised Game

Eastleigh’s introduction to the Conference Premier saw their second fixture in the league televised live on BT Sport. This was their first ever televised game, which they won 1-0 against Aldershot Town after an injury-time winner.

8)    FA Cup Second Round

Eastleigh won their FA Cup First Round appearance for the first time ever in the 2014/15 season, giving them a place in the Second Round Proper, which they had not achieved before. They lost the fixture 2-1 at Southport, however.

9)    FA Cup Third Round

This season saw Eastleigh reach the FA Cup Third Round for the first time. They were drawn against Bolton Wanderers at home, and managed to force a replay against the Championship side, which they lost 3-2.

10) Highest Attendance

The home game against Bolton Wanderers was historic for the club not only because of its significance in their FA Cup record, but it drew their highest ever attendance, with 5,250 there to watch the match.

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