Borough chairman Len issues rallying call at awards night

Borough chairman Len Smith with supporters', players' and manager's player of the year Ian Simpemba
Borough chairman Len Smith with supporters', players' and manager's player of the year Ian Simpemba
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“This town needs this club. Come and join us!” That was the rallying cry of Eastbourne Borough chairman Len Smith at the football club’s annual dinner and awards evening.

Speaking to a packed Sports clubhouse, Smith was full of praise for all those, on and off the field, who had ensured a season of “progress and promise” for Borough.

He said, “We started the season with major changes to the structure of the club. The academy is now established and has exceeded our hopes with an excellent season.

“Jay Lovett has proved a superb appointment as director, and next season we will run Academy teams in both under-17 and under-18 age groups.

“Under Tommy Widdrington we have a bright young first team squad and we have got it right on the pitch, with good results and a highly entertaining style of play.

“But as we go forward from here, we need your help.”

Thanking previous main sponsors Domsalla and Best Demolition, Smith also appealed for new financial input at the Skrill South club.

“We are certain that we are an attractive proposition for sponsors,” he went on. “This is your club in your town - come and work with us!”

Awards on the night included a remarkable clean sweep for skipper Ian Simpemba, who scooped the triple of Player of the Year from the supporters, from his fellow players and from the manager.

“I have fine players and great characters throughout my squad,” said Widdrington.

“But Ian Simpemba is an example to them all, and it is no coincidence that his character, his leadership and his own performances have been recognised in all three of these awards, from all sections of the club.”

The Borough manager was upbeat in his assessment of the past campaign.

“Every player has progressed and many of them now have a full 
competitive season under their belts for the first time,” he added.