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Boro starts: Last five opening day games in focus

Get Hampshire looks back at Farnborough FC's five previous curtain-raisers ahead of the 2014-15 Conference South season

TMS Goal and celebrations from Dean McDonald for Farnborough
Celebrations from Dean McDonald for Farnborough

Opening day fixtures have been a mixed bag for Farnborough over the years.

Despite winning two of their last five curtain-raisers - Southern League Premier in 2009 and Conference South last season - the other three have resulted in a defeat and two draws.

Farnborough FC Conference South fixtures 2014/15
In pictures: Farnborough FC during the 2013/14 season 

Ironically their worst opening day result - a 3-0 defeat at Braintree Town - came in the season of the club's highest finish.

Meanwhile, last season Boro did not play their first match until September due to off-the-field financial problems.

1. Farnborough 3-1 Leamington (09/10)

Much like their balance sheet over the years, the opening day has brought mixed fortunes to the Boro faithful since their Southern Premier promotion season of 2009-10.

A 3-1 home victory over Leamington was the first of five straight victories and gave Steve King's men a platform for success with a second straight elevation up to Step 2.

2. Braintree Town 3-0 Farnborough (10/11)

They were soon sent crashing down to earth after their promotion to Conference South with a 3-0 opening day defeat at Braintree Town, but Boro eventually finished runners-up in the league behind the Iron before they were beaten in the play-off final by Ebbsfleet United.

3. Eastbourne Borough 1-1 Farnborough (11/12)

That, however, spelt the beginning of the end in terms of glory days at Cherrywood Road, although the two seasons in between did begin promisingly for Boro. Under Garry Haylock they began the 2011-12 campaign with a 1-1 draw at Eastbourne Borough.

 

4. Dover Athletic 2-2 Farnborough (12/13)

Spencer Day's first curtain-raiser, 12 months later, ended in a hard-fought 2-2 draw at Dover, despite being two goals ahead. With the playing budget at a premium, survival may be the main aim again this term, but with a clean slate to wipe from, at least Day can focus solely on matters on the field.

5. Farnborough 1-0 Dover Athletic (13/14)

After coming to within an inch of a second liquidation in six years, it was a case of better late than never for fans of Farnborough FC, who were certainly put through the wringer before finally getting their 2013-14 campaign under way.

A summer in administration, intense scrutiny from suspicious Conference chiefs and a subsequent watering down of the biggest, most bizarre sponsorship deal of all time with Paddy Power, Boro were made to wait until September 9 to open their Skrill South account with Dover Athletic the visitors to Cherrywood Road.

As a reward for their patience, the fans were let in for free and more than 1,100 turned up as Dave Tarpey's second-half strike gave Spencer Day's men the best possible start to the campaign.

 
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