"As part of our drive to promote the best of basketball in the Solent area, the Stars have arranged this challenge match against the England National team to assist them in their warm-up programme for the forthcoming European Basketball Qualifying
Championships. We are delighted to act as hosts to the England team and provide them with one of the competitive matches that they will need to prepare for the important challenge.
As coach to the Stars this season I am proud of our playing record and achievements. We are Division Two champions, winners of the Modern Hotel Classic, in Jersey, and the Philips International Club Championship Qualifying tournament at Gillingham. (It obviously slipped Tom's mind that only four days earlier, Solent had also won the National Trophy by beating Liverpool at Liverpool!)
In an extraordinary short time I believe we have established ourselves as one of the leading clubs in the country. It is my intention to strengthen the squad for next season so as to maintain our winning ways and also to further promote the club in a way that will ensure the continued development of basketball at all levels in the Solent area.Finally I cannot overstate the vital contribution that our increasing number of supporters make to the success of the team. A combination of winning basketball on court and an enthusiastic following off it will carry us to the top.