Champions

Yesterday's victory over Bowers & Pitsea saw the club crowned champions of the Isthmian League Premier Division and with it, promotion to the National League.

The clubs majority shareholder George Dowell said: “WOW, we’ve done it!! What Adam, his staff and the players have achieved on the pitch the season in incredible!”

“I also want to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers and staff who have been exceptional, not only this season but in seasons gone by, without you none of this would have been possible.

“Over the past seven years we have seen our average home attendance grow from 250 to over 1,300 and with it, growing operational demands, which everyone has taken in their stride.

“And lastly, but by no means least, the fans! This is for you! Simply the best. The loyalty and levels of support for the club blows my mind, home and away you’re there driving the team forward!”

“We will also never forget how our fanbase came together, and the important role our community played in our Crowdfunder, raising vital funds to support ground improvements as part of our Futures Bright campaign in 2020. Getting the stadium ready for the NLS! This just goes to show the ambition around the place and I can now say that the dream of 2 promotions in 5 (complete) seasons has been achieved!”

Club Chairman, Barry Hunter added: “The club has evolved substantially over the past 3 years. We have seen a huge transition operationally, commercially and in ground development and there is no doubt that we go into the National League system next season fit for purpose, both on and off the pitch”.

“Our supporters have been outstanding and have backed Adam and the team both home and away. This was the best team in the league, with the best fans in the league ”

“The club was formed in 1886 and is 136 years old. Yesterday was a landmark day, which will see the club play next season at the highest level in its history and this promotion is a nod to all the people over all those years who have played a role in forming the club’s traditions, character and ambitions.”

“The club also want to acknowledge the development and success of our player pathways, a model and philosophy the club has embraced for many seasons and has been a key contributor to this season’s success.”

“We are also witnessing the development of a strong Women’s team, which will provide the foundations for a future girls development pathway.”

There’s still plenty to play for, with the opportunity to amass 100 points in the league, as well as 100 goals. Not forgetting the chance to secure more silverware when we take on Brighton & Hove Albion in the Sussex Senior Cup Final at the Amex on Tuesday 10th May.