Eastleigh FC were formed as Swaythling Athletic FC in 1946 by Derik Brooks who has been involved at the Club ever-since and is currently Life President.
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The Club’s official nickname was chosen by a supporter after the fans ran a competition in 2005. Mike Wimbridge opted for the ‘Spitfires’ because the Spitfire aeroplane was built in Southampton and first flown from Eastleigh Aerodrome (now Southampton Airport).
The last time Eastleigh met Leyton Orient was in March when neither team could breach the others defence and both settled for a point in a goalless draw.
Former Orient boss Andy Hessenthaler had three separate spells as manager of Gillingham with a three-year spell between his first and second stint with The Gills. Hessenthaler took charge of Eastleigh in December 2017 and guided The Spitfires to a 14th place finish in the National League.
One to watch
Paul McCallum, once of Orient could be vital to Eastleigh. The forward found the back of the net four times in 17 National League games last season.
The former Orient man scored 15 goals across two seasons wile in E10, but struggled with injury and missed large parts of the two years he spent with the O’s.
The Silverlake Stadium has been home to Eastleigh FC since 1957. The visit of Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup Third Round, 2016 drew the record crowds of 5,025 in a 5,192-capacity stadium.