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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Snapshots - Gravesend & Northfleet FC

Gravesend & Northfleet vs Eastbourne Borough. FA Trophy 3rd Round, 15 January 2005, Stonebridge Road. Score 0-0. Attendance 856.
A quintessential ‘Game of two Halfs’. Underdogs Eastbourne (yellow) of Conference South dominated the 1st 45 minutes against their Conference National opponents, but couldn’t score. Gravesend came out all guns blazing after the interval and laid seige to the Borough goal ... but also couldn’t score. An amazing save in stoppage time by Borough keeper Lee Hook earned a replay, which Gravesend went on to win 1-0. As for the attendance - I didn’t believe it for one moment. Definately four figures. But hey, that’s cup football! Mike Spooner took the last two pics in this set, whilst I was otherwise engaged in the press box. DB.

Barely a month after these photographs were taken on 15 January 2005, Gravesend & Northfleet FC were forced to close the Northfleet Terrace (above) on the advice of the emergency services. The estimated cost of rebuilding the terrace is in the region of £75,000 and the club hopes that further negotiations will allow at least part of the terrace to be re-opened.

Further photographs of the terrace can be seen on the
Ground Guide section of this site.