TV clash makes for busy start for Eastleigh

Richard Hill

Richard Hill

First published in Sport Romsey Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Non-league football reporter

BT SPORT’S decision to televise Eastleigh’s first ever Conference Premier home match against Aldershot has left the Spitfires facing two home games in less than 48 hours.

The Hampshire derby, originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, has been put back two days to Thursday, August 14 (7.45pm).

And there will be little time for a breather for Richard Hill’s new stars of the small screen as they open the Silverlake doors again to Gary Mills’ Gateshead on Saturday, August 16.

“We tried to get the fixture switched to the Sunday, but quite a few Gateshead people had already booked flights down, so it means we’ve got to play Thursday night and Saturday afternoon,” said Spitfires boss Richard Hill.

“It would have been nice if we could have moved it to the Sunday but it wasn’t to be and, at the end of the day, it’s another big first for the club.

“It will be our first home game in the Conference Premier, the highest level the club’s ever played at, and the first time in Eastleigh’s history that they’ve been on television.”

Hill, who led his side to the Conference South title and automatic promotion in his first full season in charge at the Silverlake, added: “I was looking back the other day and thinking you wouldn’t believe how far this club’s come forward in the last two years.

“The ground’s unrecognisable now. The terracing over the far side (opposite the stand) looks really decent and there’s more at the clubhouse end.

“If we can get a crowd of 3,000 at some stage, which I hope we do, it’s going to be great.”

Eastleigh’s backroom staff has also been swelled with Noel Blackwell – brother of former Leeds, Sheffield United, Luton and Bury boss Kevin - installed as chief scout.

Blackwell, who spent 12 years at one of Hill’s old clubs Stevenage, rising to assistant manager, had already been successfully scouting for the Spitfires on a more informal basis.

“We’ve made Noel chief scout now and we’re paying him quite good money,” said Hill.

“It’s part-time, but these roles are never really part-time because the phone’s always on.”

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8:37am Sat 19 Jul 14

bobpetch says...

It seems that Spitfire's are going to get more live coverage on TV than Pompey this coming season.
It seems that Spitfire's are going to get more live coverage on TV than Pompey this coming season. bobpetch
  • Score: 14

9:52am Sat 19 Jul 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Perfect spot for a football ground, easy and close access to road rail and air,and plenty of nearby accommodation...ho hum.
Perfect spot for a football ground, easy and close access to road rail and air,and plenty of nearby accommodation...ho hum. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 11

6:20pm Sat 19 Jul 14

SNUGGLES 78 says...

Positively4thStreet wrote:
Perfect spot for a football ground, easy and close access to road rail and air,and plenty of nearby accommodation...ho hum.
and fords site there for the taking if they rise up the leagues.
[quote][p][bold]Positively4thStreet[/bold] wrote: Perfect spot for a football ground, easy and close access to road rail and air,and plenty of nearby accommodation...ho hum.[/p][/quote]and fords site there for the taking if they rise up the leagues. SNUGGLES 78
  • Score: 7

6:31am Sun 20 Jul 14

Lockssmart says...

Good luck for the coming season Spitfires. Its all changed since moaning Malone went.
Good luck for the coming season Spitfires. Its all changed since moaning Malone went. Lockssmart
  • Score: 3

11:08am Sun 20 Jul 14

sburman says...

We are in the realms of live TV. now and that brings in extra income so, I suppose, we must accept the occassional inconeniece.

Still I have got me season ticket, the ground is biggind to reaaly look the part, so we are ready to go on the first whistle
We are in the realms of live TV. now and that brings in extra income so, I suppose, we must accept the occassional inconeniece. Still I have got me season ticket, the ground is biggind to reaaly look the part, so we are ready to go on the first whistle sburman
  • Score: 4

11:35am Sun 20 Jul 14

insane saint says...

Go and push on to promotion again and then there will be two clubs in Southampton above those skates the spitfier's are coming.........
Go and push on to promotion again and then there will be two clubs in Southampton above those skates the spitfier's are coming......... insane saint
  • Score: 4

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