Eastbourne Borough – Season Preview 2019/2020

Eastbourne Borough

2018/19 Season

National South: 18th

F.A Cup: 4th Qualifying Round

F.A Trophy: 1st Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: Charlie Walker (11 goals) / Average Attendance: 586

Mark McGhee kept the Sports away from the drop when he took charge in the interim, following Jamie Howell’s departure. His vast experience in the Football League and Scottish Premiership will now be taken elsewhere after he set out what the club wanted him to achieve. In came Lee Bradbury, who had spent the last seven years at Havant and Waterlooville guiding them to back to back titles to reach the National League. The former striker made over 500 Football league appearances and had a spell as manager at AFC Bournemouth. Bradbury hopes to bring exciting football to the Sussex to reflect how the fans feel about Eastbourne Borough.

In March 2017, Elliott Romain left the club to pursue a career at a higher level, the striker is back at Priory Lane and was Bradbury’s first summer signing. He will partner Charlie Walker who was the club’s top scorer last season with 11 goals. The Sports’ Player of the Season, Kane Wills agreed to stay at the club as well as left back Kristian Campbell, the experienced Sergio Torres, Mike West and Dan Blackmore. Another player returning to Priory Lane after time away with Woking and Chelmsford City last season is central defender Kiran Khinda-John. The Sports have signed winger, Nick Wheeler who has won two promotions in a row with Billericay Town then Woking, he also had spells with Dagenham and Redbridge and Tonbridge Angels. Ciaren Jones impressed Norwich City whilst at Luton Town and has secured his first loan spell with a temporary move to Eastbourne Borough, the defender was part of the Canaries development squad last term. After a spell with the Sussex club last season, Manny Adebowole joins from National League side Dover Athletic. Moving to Priory Lane with a National South playoff winners medal, striker Greg Luer joins from Woking. Luer showed plenty of promise early in his career when he moved from Burgess Hill Town to Hull City. Playing time was limited with the Tigers and so he had spells with Scunthorpe United, Stevenage and then Maidstone United before Woking. James Ferry will line up as part of the Sports defence having joined from Stevenage, the 22-year-old ended last term with Woking as well. With the loss of goalkeeper Mark Smith to Dartford, the Sports have signed goalkeeper Tom Hadler from League One side Gillingham, he has had loan spells with Folkestone Invicta, Tonbridge Angels, Grays Athletic and Gloucester City. 

The Manager – Lee Bradbury

Lee Bradbury is eight years into his managerial career and joins the Sports after leaving Havant and Waterlooville. His playing career spanned sixteen years most notably at Portsmouth, Manchester City and Crystal Palace. The former striker replaced Eddie Howe at AFC Bournemouth as caretaker manager in January 2011 and at that point choose to retire from playing. Although Bradbury reached the playoffs he was dismissed the following campaign after a poor run of results. At Havant and Waterlooville he bounced back from relegation with back to back titles taking the Hawks to the National League, before dropping down to the National South last term.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 10 / Eastbourne Borough wins: 6 / Draws: 4

Last Six Meetings

20.04.2019 Eastbourne Borough 6 Dartford 0
27.11.2018 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 3
24.11.2018 Eastbourne Borough 1 Dartford 1
08.09.2018 Dartford 2 Eastbourne Borough 2
14.04.2018 Eastbourne Borough 0 Dartford 1
12.09.2017 Dartford 4 Eastbourne Borough 2


Dartford had gone eleven games unbeaten against Eastbourne Borough going back to 2011, winning eight of those fixtures.

Eastbourne Borough have won the last two versus the Darts, the 6-0 victory in April was the biggest win in this fixture.

Last Ten Years




Next Meetings

Saturday 2 November 2019 at Priory Lane

Saturday 22 February 2020 at Princes Park

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