It will be the first time the Sussex County FA showpiece final has been staged under lights at the Amex, and the first time in the competitions illustrious history that it has been held on a Friday night!
Eastbourne Borough, finalists back in 2011, have reached this year’s final after victories over Worthing United, Three Bridges, Littlehampton Town and Bognor Regis Town.
Worthing’s journey saw them overcome Mile Oak, Hastings United, Little Common and Whitehawk in a dramatic semi-final penalty shootout last month.
Ken Benham, chief executive of the Sussex County FA said: “We’re extremely pleased to be hosting the Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup final at the Amex once again, but this time with the exciting new experience of a Friday night fixture!
“Mid-week evening games often have a unique feel, add into the mix the fact it’s a cup final and we hope it will make for a thrilling atmosphere.
“Our thanks, once again, go to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing us the use of their fantastic stadium, and for their assistance in trying something a little different with the final this time around.”
Both sides have a strong bond with the Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup. Eastbourne Borough hosted the final at their Priory Lane base for many years and Worthing, who have also hosted the final in the past, are the most successful side in the competitions long history, having lifted the trophy on twenty one occasions.
“It is something that we are really looking forward to,” said Colin Wills, Director of competition sponsors Parafix, when asked about the alternative plans for this year’s final.
“The Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup final is always a tremendously memorable event, this year’s will be even more so as we make history by holding the final on a Friday evening. “