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article imageFootball club buys new stand from eBay

By Mark Harradine     Jan 17, 2014 in Odd News
London - A non-league football club from Essex in England have bought a new stand from the online auction website eBay for £5,500.
Brighlingsea Regent, a non-league club, normally only attract around 100 supporters for their league games but they were promoted last year and to fulfill the league requirements they need to increase the size of their seating. "We actually spotted the stand on eBay two years ago and we've been tracking it ever since," commented the club chairman, Terry Doherty, to the BBC.
The new 107-seat stand cost £5,500 and the club hope that it will be in place for the match on Saturday against Bodmin in the FA Vase Cup. This match is the biggest in the club's history and the new stand will help boost attendance. The stand was on the Isle of Wight and was used in a tennis tournament. It has already been dismantled and is currently making its way to its new home in Brighlingsea, around 10 miles south of Colchester in Essex.
Brighlingsea were promoted to the ninth tier of English football last year, the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, and needed to meet the requirements of the new league. "After getting promoted, we realised we had to do something," added Doherty. Their stadium only had room for 50 spectators and they had to increase that to 100 by the end of March to follow the league’s rules. "Thanks to the Vase Cup run and sponsorship and some fundraising, we've managed to find the money to pay for it,” concluded Doherty. Brighlingsea has a population of around 8,500 and the football club was formed in 2005. Should the club beat Bodmin in the FA Vase Cup, a cup competition for amateur clubs in England, they would enter the quarter-finals and be only three games away from a final at Wembley.
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