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Callum to Didcot

Eastleigh FC are delighted to announce promising young full back Callum Casson has agreed to join Didcot Town on an initial one month loan deal subject to the completion of the satisfactory paperwork.

Reserve Team Manager Dan Wright commented: “This is a good opportunity for Callum to continue his footballing development, gain added experience and fulfil his potential.

“Callum has progressed nicely, is an athletic full back who should use this opportunity to show he has the ability to play at a higher standard – Richard Hill will be monitoring his progress with interest.

Predominately a left back Callum has been on the fringe of the first team for the past four seasons having graduated from our clubs youth system. He was awarded Players Player of the year and supporters player of the year last season. Born on the Isle of Wight, the 20 year old signed a contract extension in the summer having been a regular in the Suburban League side since 2008.

Callum should be available to play f…

Ademola departs

Eastleigh Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Moses Ademola to Dover Athletic.

Moses travelled tonight to the Crabble Athletic Ground in order to complete the necessary paperwork and medical ahead of the proposed move.

Manager Richard Hill said: “I am disappointed to lose Moses but we felt obliged to tell him about the offer and he asked to speak to Dover.  "We made a very competitive counter offer to keep him but I will not stand in any player’s way who wants to earn more money at another club. Likewise, this deal suits us financially.”

After an initial enquiry last week which was rejected, Dover made a second substantially improved offer this week. Richard continued: “Moses is a superb lad, who has conducted himself well. He is always very professional, very polite and I know this was a hard decision for him. However, ninety percent of young men would move companies for more money whether they are a footballer or a council worker.”

Eastleigh link up with Saints

Eastleigh Football Club are pleased to announce a new partnership with local Premier League club Southampton FC.

The agreement will see some of Southampton’s fixtures in the Barclays U21 Premier League staged at the Silverlake Stadium.

The first of these games will be the visit of Newcastle United on Monday 17th December (7pm kick off) for their final fixture in the National Group Stage having been given the green light from the Premier League following a recent inspection of our facilities.

As well as allowing the Saints to stage certain U21 fixtures at a more accessible location, our new link-up will see the two clubs’ youth programmes share ideas on how to develop local youth football.

Manager Richard Hill commented:”This is a positive move for the club and says a lot about Eastleigh and where we are going that Southampton approached us.

“We have a Premier League club on our doorstep and it is imperative we have strong links and be in pole position when any mutually benefici…

Romsey friendly arranged

Eastleigh FC management team Richard Hill and Guy Butters have been working tirelessly over the last 24 hours to arrange a friendly fixture replacing the Witney match postponed yesterday due to the poor weather.

We are delighted to announce local side Romsey Town have agreed to host the game on Wednesday 28th November 2012 (tomorrow) with an earlier 7.30pm kickoff. Entry is £5 or £2 for concessions.

Hopefully we will see as many of you at the game as possible.

Predict the Crowd - Competition

The Football Conference held its inaugural "Predict the Crowd" Twitter competition on Saturday with the winner being @LTFCsmithy. Though Peter Smith is a Luton Town fan he could not guess the crowd at his own clubs' match due to the fact they were not playing, so he opted to go for a guess of 1890 at the Premier division fixture between Macclesfield Town and Ebbsfleet United. He was just 6 out as the crowd was 1896 and pipped a few other close calls, especially one from a Wrexham fan.

Peter therefore wins a FREE ticket for a match at Luton Town and was delighted to win. It cost him nothing to enter and he gets that all important FREE ticket.

The Conference will operate the competition at least once a month during the season and to receive a tweet alerting you when you can enter, all you have to do first is "Follow" @conf_media_man. This will automatically alert you to when the competition is running next. Entries have to be tweeted between 9am and 2pm on the Sat…

December fixtures

Eastleigh Football Club Fixture List December 2012
FIRST XI

Saturday 1st Home to Welling United - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Tuesday 4th away to Fleet Spurs - Hampshire Senior Cup 3rd Round, 7.45pm
Saturday 8th away to Dover Athletic - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Tuesday 11th Home to Truro City - Blue Square Bet South, 7.45pm
Saturday 15th Home to Billericay Town - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Saturday 22nd away to Weston Super Mare - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Wednesday 26th Home to Salisbury City - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm
Saturday 29th Home to Havant & Waterlooville - Blue Square Bet South, 3pm

RESERVES (Suburban League Side)

Saturday 1st away to Bromley Reserves - Suburban League Premier Division, 3pm
Saturday 8th Home to Sutton United Reserves - Suburban Premier Division, 3pm
Saturday 15th away to Metropolitan Police Reserves - Suburban League Premier Division, 3pm

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

Wednesday 5th Home to Hampton & R…

Witney friendly postponed

Sadly Eastleigh Football Club’s friendly against Spitfire boss Richard Hill’s former club Witney Town due to be played tomorrow has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Richard is in the process of attempting to arrange another friendly fixture to replace, possibly on Wednesday, however, due to the adverse weather conditions and short notice it is considered unlikely but a long shot!

Stay tuned to the Eastleigh website for updates.

Flood extends loan, Flitney recalled by Gillingham

Eastleigh can confirm attacker Chris Flood has extended his loan spell with Maidenhead United for another month. The 22 year old who signed for Eastleigh in November 2011 has impressed Magpies boss Johnson Hippolyte since arriving at York Road last month. Spitfire Manager Richard Hill will continue to monitor his progress.

In other news, goalkeeper Ross Flitney has been recalled by parent club Gillingham with immediate effect.

Revised first team fixtures

Eastleigh would like to confirm two additional fixtures to our football calendar.

Richard Hill will take his entire first team squad away to Oxfordshire next Tuesday the 27th November for a friendly against Witney Town – 7.45 kick off. With no game this weekend and Tuesday’s fixture against Truro City postponed due to the heavy rain, Richard felt minutes on the pitch would be valuable to his squad.

The postponed Truro City fixture has been rearranged for Tuesday the 11th December at the Silverlake with a 7.45 kick off.

Video: AFC Hornchurch v Eastleigh

Grand Christmas Draw

This year’s annual Christmas draw has a twist for our young footballers involved in our Acadamy, Development and Tyro teams. We are awarding the two ‘top seller’s’ two tickets each to the next FA Cup Final at Wembley in May 2013! Third prize will be a match day mascot experience plus lots of additional prizes including a shirt signed by our first team.

The raffle itself has an enticing £500 cash up for grabs, with many other exciting offerings including a long weekend stay in a seaside apartment in a castle on the beach in Devon, a 32" HD television an IPad plus lots more.

If you have not received your raffle tickets or need additional tickets please contact Shauna at the Club on 02380 613361. Any unsold tickets must be returned to Shauna Taylor in the club office by 12 noon on Monday 10th December 2012. The Draw will take place after the Spitfire's home game against Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday 29th December 2012.

Truro game postponed

Eastleigh's home game against Truro City due to be played tonight at the Silverlake has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch after constant rain locally.

Despite attempts from club staff and officials to get the game to go ahead the appointed Assistant Referee made the decision at 12:45 when forecasts suggested that the rain would not relent as the afternoon wore on.

AFC Hornchurch 1-0 Eastleigh

EASTBOURNE BOROUGH 1-0 EASTLEIGH Saturday 27th October 2012
Blue Square Bet South
Match Report by Paul McNamara We’ve been here before. Recently. A pallid and disjointed Eastleigh display that bore many of the hallmarks of the outings at Gloucester and Eastbourne Borough yielded the same deflating – even more so after performances against Bath City and Sutton United that had so much to admire - 1-0 defeat.

A rutted pitch, covered with long grass was a sight as welcome for the Spitfires as any half-decent spinner is to an English batsman.

The surface wasn’t conducive to Eastleigh’s preference to keep the ball on the floor and attack through midfield and wide areas. The visitors could never consistently adapt and were punished by a determined and aggressive home team.

From the outset it was clear that Hornchurch wouldn’t be reluctant to hit the ball long and attempt to create pressure on the visitors by utilising their muscular and combative wide players and forwards. It was through…

Video: Eastleigh 1-4 Hayes & Yeading

Eastleigh knocked out of FA Trophy

EASTLEIGH v HAYES & YEADING UNITED
Saturday 10th November 2012

FA Trophy
Match Report by Jamie Montigue

It wasn't the type of Eastleigh performance that we have enjoyed from the Spitfires over recent weeks that had seen five successive home league wins and a Hampshire Senior Cup win. Hayes & Yeading United brought this impressive run to an emphatic close with a convincing 4-1 victory in the FA Trophy.

Today's opponents were one of the sides that Eastleigh had beaten in the aforementioned run of home wins, when Richard Hill oversaw a 3-1 league victory with two goals from Jai Reason and a Glen Southam strike on that occasion.

Osei Sankofa, Mark Hughes, Damian Scannell, and Craig McAllister all made way from the starting line up that beat Sutton United by a solitary goal last weekend. Their replacements were found in the shape of Andy Forbes, Jamie Hand, Dale Binns and Lee Peacock. It was a debut for Hand who joined the club on loan this week from Mansfield Town, whilst str…

Eastleigh given a Hand

Eastleigh Football Club is pleased to confirm the arrival of Mansfield Town midfielder Jamie Hand initially on a one month loan agreement.

The 28 year old joins Richard Hill’s Spitfire squad immediately and will be available for selection in this weekend’s home fixture against the club he formerly captained, Hayes and Yeading.

Richard Hill commented: “Jamie has a very good pedigree and when I heard he had become available I made my interest known immediately. He is a midfielder who likes to get around the pitch, has played lots of competitive games and played for some very good sides.

“If we want to progress he’s the type of player we need to be interested in and he joins on a similar basis as Gillingham’s Ross Flitney, initially for a month and we shall see where things go.”

Jamie was born in Uxbridge and started his career at Watford before having loan spells at Oxford United, Livingston and Peterborough United. He joined Chester City in May 2006 before agreeing a two year con…

Video: Eastleigh v Sutton

Fine home form continues: Eastleigh 1-0 Sutton

EASTLEIGH v SUTTON UNITED
Saturday 3rd November 2012

Blue Square Bet South
Match report by Jamie Montigue
Eastleigh rounded off a productive week at the Silverlake Stadium with a maximum return of six points to see the club up to third in the Blue Square Bet South. Today's game saw Eastleigh earn a second victory in a matter of days having already beaten Bath City 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Since taking charge of the Spitfires, Richard Hill has now overseen five successive home league victories where he boasts a highly impressive 100 per cent record.

Former manager Paul Doswell, who will be remembered and thanked for masterminding successive promotions to see the club rise from the Wessex League to the Conference South; brought his Sutton United side to the Silverlake this afternoon. Ex-Spitfires Anthony Riviere and Marvin Williams, who linked up with the U's only last week, were both facing their old club whilst it was good to see Wayne Shaw back as well.

Hill made just one c…

Video: Eastleigh v Bath City

Press Release regarding Eastleigh finances

Eastleigh Football Club are delighted to announce that following various conversations, previous chairman Paul Murray and current shareholder Stewart Donald have kindly agreed to write-off loans totalling approximately £260,000 and convert them into donations.

This gesture results in the club being virtually debt free, providing financial stability for the future and is a wonderful gesture.

EFC spokesman Darren Nangle commented: “I think what these two individuals have done is superb and on behalf of all at Eastleigh FC the words ‘thank you’ should not be under estimated on this occasion. Paul has donated around £70,000. This clearly shows how he feels about the club and how strong his desire is to see Eastleigh continue to prosper. He is a massive fan and has been instrumental in the success of the club over recent years working tirelessly.

“The Eastleigh fans and the wider community have been very fortunate to have such an individual involved in their club.

“Stewart’s donation of …