Christmas quotes 2013

“It was a terribly hard decision to make. We have worked with each other for a long period and over that time we became good friends. But things could simply not go on as they were. We kept hanging on waiting for results to improve and unfortunately that didn’t come.”

Eastbourne Borough chairman Len Smith speaking shortly after Garry Wilson and Nick Greenwood left Priory Lane.

“On the whole I think we can look back and safely say we made more good decisions than bad.”

Former Eastbourne Borough head coach Nick Greenwood .

“It’s not going to happen overnight. Rome was not built in a day. But the foundations are here , the bricks are here and we can build on that. We aim to continue the good work.”

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington shortly after his appointment was announced.

“The biggest case of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut that I have ever seen.”

Sussex County Football League chairman Peter Bentley complains about proposed changes to the County League structure.

“I am very proud to row for my country.”

Eastbourne rower Joe Guppy following his selection into the GB Youth Olympics team.

“A big thank you for the all the people who supported me. Sorry I didn’t get it right, the best man won.

UFC fighter Oli Thompson after his debut defeat in Sydney to Shawn ‘The Savage’ Jordan.

“I’m very passionate about my sport and I absolutely love what I do. Hopefully I’m inspiring the next generation.”

England women’s cricket captain Charlotte Edwards after speaking to pupils at Ocklynge school.

“If they played that football in my back garden I would draw the curtains.”

Borough boss Tommy Widdrington was unimpressed with Eastleigh’s style of play following a 2-1 defeat to their south coast rivals.

“Matt Prior is the best wicket-keeper batsman in the world so to have him around at Sussex is fantastic for my development as a player.”

Eastbourne and Sussex cricketer Ben Brown

“It’s been a tough season for everyone. There’s only a certain number of things you can say to the lads when they suffer setback after setback.”

Former Eastbourne Rugby coach Roger Stanley

“It’s pretty ruthless over there. The lads are desperate to ride in Poland because the financial rewards are so high. Simon was pushed into the fence, it was a heavy crash and he was black and blue for a few days.”

Eagles team boss Trevor Geer was frustrated when his star rider was unavailable for action at Wolves in April after a hefty crash in Poland.

“It was such an exciting day. both our teams set out in the right frame of mind, aiming to win. We all had such fun!”

Eastbourne Netball Club captain Samantha Kennerson after the A & B Teams secured first and second place trophies at the Claverham Community tournament.

“When we took over our remit was to stay in the division and we achieved that with one game to spare.”

Borough boss Tommy Widdrington

“I’m gald that we have another chance to show what we can do in this league.”

Hockey coach David Adelston after his side narrowly avoided relegation from the Southern Premier League in April.

“We have to approach the season believing we can win the title.”

Eastbourne Cricket Club captain Mark Tomsett

“I feel like I am an established first team player at Middlesex. That was not always the case at Sussex.”

Eastbourne cricketer Ollie Rayner enjoying life at Middlesex.

“Lee Richardson was one of speedway’s Mr Nice Guys and it’s a huge loss to everyone.”

Eastbourne Eagles boss Trevor Geer speaks shortly after former Eagle Lee Richardson died following a crash in Poland.

“It was a real shock because he was not a dangerous rider. He didn’t need to be because he was so skilful. He was one of the most skilful riders out there.” Cameron Woodward on Lee Richardson

“We have made tremendous progress this season. Eastbourne United is the place to be.”

United club secretary Brian Dowling speaking of the new-look Oval.

“We are delighted to bring in someone of Mal’s knowledge and experience.”

Eastbourne Rugby chairman Fraser Brooks on the appointment of new club director Mal Chumbley.

“The target is to return to the London leagues. We have a team with the potential to reach higher levels and we aim to get back up there.”

New Eastbourne Rugby director Mal Chumbley.

“I plan to field on the boundary next to the beer tent.”

Ed Giddins works on his strategy for stopping the Lashings World XI at the Saffrons.

“At my age I had to decide if I could meet the demands they require at that level. I didn’t want to hang around and pick up the money if I was not able to give 100 per cent.”

Ben Austin explains his reasons for leaving Eastbourne Borough.

“To have Matt Crabb follow Ben Austin speaks volumes about what we are trying to achieve at the Saffrons.”

Town boss Danny Bloor is delighted to sign Matt Crabb from Eastbourne Borough

“These small town tournaments are a real blast. I get to walk to the match from the hotel, it’s so much more relaxed.”

Eastbourne AEGON International tennis winner Andy Roddick.

“I have family that live in Eastbourne so to win the title here, on grass, is something very special for me.”

Tamira Paszek AGEON International Women’s 2012 title winner.

“The phone has been red hot for Timo, clubs all over Europe want him to ride at the moment.”

Trevor Geer admits Timo Lahti is a rider in demand after a blistering first half of the speedway season.

“We would have welcomed Rory Mcilroy with open arms. The fact is he would be reaching the 11th tee from our practice area. The rumour mill created a few different versions of the events. We had dealing with his agent, we gave him good advice and we were thanked for our assistance.”

Royal Eastbourne Golf Club manager David Lockyer was forced to issue a statement after rumours started that they turned away world-number-one golf Rory Mcilroy from their practice area.

“We had a message from Paul McCartney wishing us luck as our boat is called Lovely Rita - a Beatles song. He’s a genuine legend so that was cool, if a touch surreal.”

Eastbourne Olympic 49 Class sailor Stevie Morrison.

“It was heartbreaking to miss out by one shot but I can take a lot of positives from this.”

Golfer Maria Tulley finishes second at the Glenmuir Championships.

“I’m a local lad so it’s great for me and it means a lot that the manager thinks that’s the best option for the club.”

Ollie Rowe on taking the captaincy at Eastbourne Borough.

“We finished comfortably midtable for the last two years so this year we want to kick-on and challenge at the top. I really think we can do well, we have a great squad here.”

Town boss Danny Bloor ahead of the 2012-13 season.

“Concussion is the main

injury, we all get a few of those. I’ve broken both my wrists and snapped my foot but compared to others, that’s not so bad.”

Self-confessed ‘crazy kid’ Daryl Brown on training to achieve the World Record for highest jump on a bike.

“It’s good for the club to have the interest but not good for us coaches who just can’t handle the demand.”

Eastbourne Rovers Athletics coach Sue Keen on the problems facing the sport at local level after the Olympics.

“Your country comes knocking, you have to answer straight away.”

Eastbourne Borough boss Tommy Widdrington on James Walker’s call-up to the Antigua and Barbuda national squad.

“The fact is we were in a relegation fight long before he joined us. We had plenty of opportunity to get those points and our whole season does not come down to that incident. We have to take it on the chin as a club and not blame individuals.”

Eastbourne Cricket Club chairman Ian Fletcher-Price stands up for late season signing Mohammed Akram. The club were docked five points for unsporting behaviour from the ex-Pakistan international at Hastings. Eastbourne were relegated by two points.

“It’s like a brickwall. The CP side is very lazy and it’s a constant battle to push through that and say, ‘come on, you are going to do something great here.’ ”

Eastbourne’ Bethany Woodward has cerebral palsy and powered to 200m silver at the Paralympic Games at London 2012.

“We are back playing division one football which is the minimum requirement for this club.”

Hailsham Town boss Kenny McCreadie after they secured promotion from County League division two.

“It was all to thanks to my mum.”

Royal Eastbourne professional golfer Alan Harrison credits his mum after he won the Sussex Open.

“It’s nights like tonight that make the aggravation of football management all worthwhile.”

United boss Paul Daubeney after he watched his side beat Lewes at the Dripping Pan.

“I have no problem being a number-two. Those who know me, know I’m a football man not an ego man.”

Former Eastbourne Borough boss and Eastbourne’s most successful football manager Garry Wilson on his return to football as Eastbourne Town assistant manager.

“We could not have given anymore and I am not leaving feeling negative.

We progressed through the leagues and had some fantastic times.

We did not achieve our success through money.

We worked to a budget and it was done through hard work.

That’s a fantastic achievement for the entire club.”

Former Eastbourne Borough boss Garry Wilson