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Lewes FC v Dulwich Hamlet FC

In Pictures from England, soccer, Sports - football, soccer on July 17, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Mid July in England and a host of semi-professional football clubs are starting pre-season. Such a day was Saturday 16th July, when Lewes FC hosted the well known Dulwich Hamlet team. Both clubs have Community Club status, which in simple terms means that they are owned by Supporter’s groups.

Lewes play in the Ryman Isthmian League First Division South, the 8th tier of English football (The English Premier League is the 1st and top tier). Dulwich Hamlet play one tier higher, in the Ryman Isthmian League Premier Division having narrowly missed out on promotion last season.

Lewes is one of the more eccentric grounds around the English semi-professional scene, with a tree inside the stadium, boundary walls of flint stone and a strange little row of huts serving as private viewing boxes.

The ground is known as ‘The Dripping Pan’ reputedly after the business of monks from the ancient priory, who used it to extract salt from the tidal waters of the river. Lewes has always played there, since foundation in 1885, which must make it one of the oldest grounds in continuous use anywhere.

Wikipedia article – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewes_F.C.

The game itself wasn’t too bad for a pre season affair. Dulwich took and early lead, Lewes equalised shortly before half time. Amid the usual raft of substitutions common in these games, Dulwich regained the lead, Lewes equalised with the kind of goal to coaches and managers nightmares but eventually Dulwich pulled away to come out 5-2 winners.

If you are in the area and plan a visit, the stadium is 200 metres from Lewes railway station, meaning you can properly enjoy the selection of real ales available in the bar.

My pictures here.

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