Eastleigh founder Derik Brooks eyes 'amazing' promotion

Daily Echo: DERIK BROOKS DERIK BROOKS

THE founder of Eastleigh FC admits it is hard to believe the club is on the cusp of promotion to the fifth tier of English football.

Life president Derik Brooks will be prouder than anyone if Eastleigh get the point they need to win promotion to the Skrill Premier, against Basingstoke Town this afternoon.

The 90 year-old is a regular at the Silverlake Stadium and still recalls the club’s birth in 1946.

Brooks said: “To think we are about to go into the highest level of non-league football is amazing.

“We began in the Southampton Junior Leagues as Swaythling Athletic, playing on Southampton Common behind the Cowherds Pub, where we marked out the pitch with sawdust.

“Our changing room was an Air Raid Protection shelter when we moved to Swaythling!

“Eventually, we moved to Eastleigh and became founder members of the Wessex League, so it’s been a gradual progression.”

Eastleigh were in the Wessex League – now the Sydenhams League – as recently as 2003 and reached the Skrill South under club legend Paul Doswell, who is now the manager of rivals Sutton United, nine years ago.

“This has been the best season we’ve ever had,” said Brooks. “I’ve been confident about every game we’ve played and the support we’ve had has been fantastic all year.”

Known as ‘Mr Eastleigh’, Brooks was the club’s secretary for more than 50 years and was in a crowd of 1,006 for the 1-0 win at home to Dover Athletic on Tuesday night.

“That’s one of the biggest crowds we’ve had and fingers crossed we’ll have a few more on Friday,” he said. “We’re a very professional club now and Richard Hill has done a great job; he’s tough but fair and we play entertaining football - the way the game should be played.

“I’m sure he’ll look to strengthen in the summer, he’s probably already thinking about that now.”

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11:56am Fri 18 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

I am pleased for Derik, he is an absolute gentleman and one of the most decent men I have ever met.
I am also pleased for "Mad" Malcolm Clarke, their Press Officer who wears his heart on his sleeve and whose enthusiasm and love for his club is unmatched.

My goodwill to Eastleigh stops there, though, as the rest of their supporters are a bunch of stuck up ****.
I am pleased for Derik, he is an absolute gentleman and one of the most decent men I have ever met. I am also pleased for "Mad" Malcolm Clarke, their Press Officer who wears his heart on his sleeve and whose enthusiasm and love for his club is unmatched. My goodwill to Eastleigh stops there, though, as the rest of their supporters are a bunch of stuck up ****. Jan28th1984
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11:57am Fri 18 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

"prikcs" that last word should have been (thanks Echo censor!) lol
"prikcs" that last word should have been (thanks Echo censor!) lol Jan28th1984
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12:36pm Fri 18 Apr 14

gr8saint says...

What an imbecile!

You were doing so well for 2 sentences, then your post turned into an unnecessary attempt to declare your personal opinion based on a blanket judgement! How many of the fans that you've just branded, do you actually know?

Your attitude is a disgrace to you and your family.
What an imbecile! You were doing so well for 2 sentences, then your post turned into an unnecessary attempt to declare your personal opinion based on a blanket judgement! How many of the fans that you've just branded, do you actually know? Your attitude is a disgrace to you and your family. gr8saint
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3:26pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

gr8saint wrote:
What an imbecile!

You were doing so well for 2 sentences, then your post turned into an unnecessary attempt to declare your personal opinion based on a blanket judgement! How many of the fans that you've just branded, do you actually know?

Your attitude is a disgrace to you and your family.
You don't know me or any of the history behind my statement. It may look like a blanket statement but I was a fan of Eastleigh when there were so few of us what I said held true.
[quote][p][bold]gr8saint[/bold] wrote: What an imbecile! You were doing so well for 2 sentences, then your post turned into an unnecessary attempt to declare your personal opinion based on a blanket judgement! How many of the fans that you've just branded, do you actually know? Your attitude is a disgrace to you and your family.[/p][/quote]You don't know me or any of the history behind my statement. It may look like a blanket statement but I was a fan of Eastleigh when there were so few of us what I said held true. Jan28th1984
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6:51pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Droewors says...

Jan28th1984 wrote:
gr8saint wrote:
What an imbecile!

You were doing so well for 2 sentences, then your post turned into an unnecessary attempt to declare your personal opinion based on a blanket judgement! How many of the fans that you've just branded, do you actually know?

Your attitude is a disgrace to you and your family.
You don't know me or any of the history behind my statement. It may look like a blanket statement but I was a fan of Eastleigh when there were so few of us what I said held true.
My son and I have been season ticket holders for the past 9 years and like with all groups of people, Spitfire fans are made up of those from all walks of life.

I have always been impressed with the behaviour of the spectators and the friendly family atmosphere at games, "stuck up" would be the last words I would use to describe any of these supporters.
I would recommend a visit to the Sliver Lake to any father and son or mother and daughter for that matter.

I have no idea why Jan28th1984 is so bitter but life is far too short to bear grudges.
[quote][p][bold]Jan28th1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gr8saint[/bold] wrote: What an imbecile! You were doing so well for 2 sentences, then your post turned into an unnecessary attempt to declare your personal opinion based on a blanket judgement! How many of the fans that you've just branded, do you actually know? Your attitude is a disgrace to you and your family.[/p][/quote]You don't know me or any of the history behind my statement. It may look like a blanket statement but I was a fan of Eastleigh when there were so few of us what I said held true.[/p][/quote]My son and I have been season ticket holders for the past 9 years and like with all groups of people, Spitfire fans are made up of those from all walks of life. I have always been impressed with the behaviour of the spectators and the friendly family atmosphere at games, "stuck up" would be the last words I would use to describe any of these supporters. I would recommend a visit to the Sliver Lake to any father and son or mother and daughter for that matter. I have no idea why Jan28th1984 is so bitter but life is far too short to bear grudges. Droewors
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6:58pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Droewors wrote:
Jan28th1984 wrote:
gr8saint wrote:
What an imbecile!

You were doing so well for 2 sentences, then your post turned into an unnecessary attempt to declare your personal opinion based on a blanket judgement! How many of the fans that you've just branded, do you actually know?

Your attitude is a disgrace to you and your family.
You don't know me or any of the history behind my statement. It may look like a blanket statement but I was a fan of Eastleigh when there were so few of us what I said held true.
My son and I have been season ticket holders for the past 9 years and like with all groups of people, Spitfire fans are made up of those from all walks of life.

I have always been impressed with the behaviour of the spectators and the friendly family atmosphere at games, "stuck up" would be the last words I would use to describe any of these supporters.
I would recommend a visit to the Sliver Lake to any father and son or mother and daughter for that matter.

I have no idea why Jan28th1984 is so bitter but life is far too short to bear grudges.
Thank you Droewors - perhaps I have been too hasty tarring all with the same brush. The average attendance was about 50 when I was a fan (I once watched a game at Ten Acres where the official gate was 19), and now there are many more of course.
Yes, one should not bear grudges but some things are hard to forgive.
Like I say I am pleased for Derik and Malc and I hope Eastleigh do well in the Conference, although I will never watch them.
[quote][p][bold]Droewors[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jan28th1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gr8saint[/bold] wrote: What an imbecile! You were doing so well for 2 sentences, then your post turned into an unnecessary attempt to declare your personal opinion based on a blanket judgement! How many of the fans that you've just branded, do you actually know? Your attitude is a disgrace to you and your family.[/p][/quote]You don't know me or any of the history behind my statement. It may look like a blanket statement but I was a fan of Eastleigh when there were so few of us what I said held true.[/p][/quote]My son and I have been season ticket holders for the past 9 years and like with all groups of people, Spitfire fans are made up of those from all walks of life. I have always been impressed with the behaviour of the spectators and the friendly family atmosphere at games, "stuck up" would be the last words I would use to describe any of these supporters. I would recommend a visit to the Sliver Lake to any father and son or mother and daughter for that matter. I have no idea why Jan28th1984 is so bitter but life is far too short to bear grudges.[/p][/quote]Thank you Droewors - perhaps I have been too hasty tarring all with the same brush. The average attendance was about 50 when I was a fan (I once watched a game at Ten Acres where the official gate was 19), and now there are many more of course. Yes, one should not bear grudges but some things are hard to forgive. Like I say I am pleased for Derik and Malc and I hope Eastleigh do well in the Conference, although I will never watch them. Jan28th1984
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