United make giant strides forward on and off the pitch

Ben Hughes
Ben Hughes

A very well-attended end of season presentation evening was held at Eastbourne United AFC clubhouse on Saturday.

President Barry Winter spoke enthusiastically of progress made in the last season.

Eastbourne United's new stand

Eastbourne United's new stand

A new first team had been put together under manager Paul Daubeney that had remarkably got itself into an outside chance of promotion after gaining only four points from a possible twenty-four at the start of the season. The reserves had also had to rebuild under manager Dale Hendy and their progress culminated in an outstanding performance in their last game of the season to beat Eastbourne Town and retain the Eastbourne Challenge Cup.

The under-18 side had progressed under the guidance of manager Ian Stevens and was the best the club had had for a number of years.Some of the lads had already made their mark in the reserve side.

All three managers have been reappointed for next season.

Off the field, The Oval has been transformed with new fencing, seated stand, spectator hard standing, dugouts and pitch perimeter rail and the playing surface itself is the best it has been for a number of years.

Club secretary Brian Dowling added, “We have made tremendous progress this season. United is the place to be.”

Anybody who would like to become involved in the club’s exciting future as sponsor or helper, however big or small, should, in the first place, contact secretary, Brian Dowling on 01323 442488.

The season’s trophy winners were:

First team, manager’s player of the year: Shaun Lee, players’ player of the year: Steve Stracey, committee player of the year: Ben Hughes and supporters player of the year: Lee Jules.

Reserve team manager’s player of the year: Jake Adams, players’ player: Howard Davey.

Under 18: manager’s player of the year: George Jackson, players’ player: Louis Walder

Clubman of the year: Trevor Catt