As we continue to look at the teams that will make up the National League next season, Paul Doswell will be pleased with last season and want his side to carry their form in to the new term.
The club was formed on March 5th 1898 through an amalgamation of two leading junior sides, Sutton Association and Sutton Guild Rovers. In 1910, they sought Senior status as members of the Southern Suburban League and played at several local grounds in the years prior to the First World War.
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The U’s enjoyed a fantastic FA Cup run during the 2016-17 season reaching the fifth round of the competition. They saw off Cheltenham Town, AFC Wimbledon, and Leeds United to set up a mammoth tie with Premier League giants Arsenal but fell to a 2-0 defeat at Gander Green Lane.
Orient welcomed Sutton United to The Breyer Group Stadium for Justin Edinburgh’s first home game in charge on December 9th. A Macauley Bonne brace and Matt Harrold header gave the O’s a 3-0 lead, before Tommy Wright pulled one back for the U’s on 83 minutes. However, James Dayton’s strike moments later sealed a convincing 4-1 victory for the O’s on the day.
Paul Doswell was appointed in May 2008 after leading Eastleigh to three consecutive promotions, taking them from the Wessex League to the Conference South, and was named BBC South Sports Personality of the Year in 2006. Doswell took Sutton to the play-offs in his first two seasons in charge, before winning the Ryman League title in 2011. In 2015-16, he repeated that success in the National League South and oversaw the club’s best ever performance in the FA Cup during the 2016-17 season.
The Knights Community Stadium has a ground capacity of 5,013 with 765 grandstand seats and 577 covered. It also goes by the name of ‘Gander Green Lane’ and has a 3G playing surface.