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Derik Brooks (founder of Eastleigh)


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Jan 23, 2018, 5:44 PM

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Started up the club after the war; you can be as cynical as you like about the money put into the club recently, but it was still quite an achievement to get them there....

If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.

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Jan 23, 2018, 9:32 PM

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Re: [HantsLondoner] Derik Brooks (Swaythling Athletic/Eastleigh) [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Derik Henry Marking Brooks, founder and president of Eastleigh F.C. died on Monday 22nd January 2018, aged 94.

"Mr. Eastleigh" founded the club as Swaythling Athletic in 1946 and stayed involved for 72 years.

In that time the club went from playing on Southampton Common to their current position, in the top flight of non league football in the National League.

Derik was made a Citizen of Honour by the Borough of Eastleigh in 2009.

In an interview with the Southern Daily Echo in 2015, Brooks said: “From Southampton Common to this.
We used to play behind the Cowherds on pitches that were in a terrible state. We started in Southampton Junior League Two."

Derik grew up supporting Dulwich Hamlet, formed Swaythling Athletic when his works team at Cunliffe Owen Aircraft was disbanded.

He made seven first team appearances before fulfilling the roles of club secretary (22 years), treasurer (13 years), and general secretary (25 years).

The club moved to Walnut Avenue in Westfield, where the changing room was an air raid shelter, midway through its first season.

In 1957 they eventually moved to farmland that they named Ten Acres - what is now the Silverlake Stadium – before being renamed Eastleigh in 1980.

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Jan 26, 2018, 10:17 AM

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Re: [John Treleven] Derik Brooks (Swaythling Athletic/Eastleigh) [In reply to] Can't Post or Reply Privately

Would have loved to have met him...

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