The following story is a figment of imagination, although that didn't stop some believing it...
The Club are delighted to announce that they will be part of the trials for the next stage of goal-line technology development from the start of next season.
Whilst the revolutionary technology has begun to vastly enhance the upper echelons of our game this season, it can only be delivered via a significant investment in cameras from all angles around the arena it is in. As such the developers of these systems are keen to establish an affordable version for clubs lower down the footballing pyramid, focusing on using easy-mounted sensors at the top and bottom of each post.
Aptly, discussions around the possibility began with visiting dignitaries when The FA Cup Trophy came to Plaistow Road last August, the same day that today's visitors Arundel last made the journey up the A29.
Plaistow Road was seen as an ideal location as the company involved in the trials will be able to utilise the space upstairs in the main clubhouse as a permanent base from which they can analyse the data received from the multitude of matches we will host next season what with the re-launch of our U21 side and our first entry into the SCFL's U18 League supplementing our Senior side. Along with being one of the few grounds that could offer this set-up, we also have the necessary lux rating on our floodlights that enable the trial to be conducted during evening matches and throughout the winter months.
Referees officiating matches next season will be wearing an alert system on their wrist, much like that pictured above to inform them of when one of the specially adapted match balls has crossed the goal line, although we are afraid there will be no big screen with graphics to inform our spectators.
We are truly honoured to have secured this partnership and all are welcome to visit us next season to see it in action.