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English non-league side buy new stand from eBay

[Saturday, January 18, 2014 ]

Essex-based non-league side Brightlingsea Regent took to online auction website eBay in order to get a new stand, which they did so at a cost of £5,500.

Brightlingsea Regent have found a strange way to increase their seating capacity
Brightlingsea Regent have found a strange way to increase their seating capacity

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Brightlingsea, who attract over 100 people to games, were promoted to the Eastern Counties League Premier Division, the ninth tier, last season.

Now needing to have a seating capacity of 150 to meet league requirements, Brightlingsea surfed the web to get their new stand, buying it off auction site eBay.

"We actually spotted the stand on eBay two years ago and we've been tracking it ever since," club chairman Terry Doherty told BBC Essex.

"Luckily it was still there and we're hoping to pick it up from the Isle of Wight."

The new stand, which had only been used once, takes their seating capacity to 157, which will also satisfy the standards of the league above, should they win promotion again.

Doherty added: "After getting promoted, we realised we had to do something.

"Thanks to the Vase run and sponsorship and some fundraising, we've managed to find the money to pay for it.

"We will easily fill it. It's more comfort for the fans and you want to make it a good day out for them."

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