Blue Square Bet
Published 5th August 2012
In excess of 300 people flowed through the Priory Lane gates to feel the 'Eastbourne Borough' experience.
Supporters and sponsors watched a full training session, toured behind the scenes and discussed the club with current volunteers and committee members, chat with local MP Stephen Lloyd, and one lucky fan won a new shirt in the raffle.
After the football they were free to mingle with players and take photos of the squad in the new 'Red & Navy' 2012/2013 playing kit and then packed the bar for an open and frank Q&A with Tommy Widdrington, Alan Kimble and Football Chairman Len Smith.
In the event boss Widdrington revealed that former Dover Athletic striker James Walker had joined Boro for the 2012/13 season, with Ellis Remy departing Priory Lane for personal, not football, reasons.
Walker signed for Dover in July 2011 after a successful pre-season trial.
A strong and pacey striker, he started his career at Charlton Athletic and gained League experience in various loan spells, scoring goals for Bristol Rovers, Leyton Orient, Yeovil Town and Southend United.
In his time at the Valley, Walker also represented England internationally at under-18 level.
In January 2008, he was close to joining Southend United for £200,000. However, the move was cancelled after he was discovered to have an irregular heart rhythm. The following month he was signed on loan by Southend and scored on his debut against Bournemouth.
In 2010 he signed for Gillingham and then Leyton Orient, where he made eleven appearances.
Then in March 2011, he signed for Woking until the end of the season before joining the Whites.