27-11-2010: Lancing 2 AFC Uckfield 0
(Sussex County Football League Division Two)
Culver Road, Lancing, Susssex
It has only been in the last couple of years that I discovered that my second cousin has for many years been involved in the running of Sussex County League side Lancing. He first became actively involved with the club in the 1960’s and has been done pretty much everything from stock the club shop to relaying the pitch over the past fifty years.
He stepped down from the chairmanship a number of years ago and is currently club president. A love for football, and particularly non-league football, obviously runs in the family’s blood.
At today’s match we got the VIP treatment that included a cup of tea in the VIP lounge at half-time which was a most welcome fifteen minute break from the bitter cold that has enveloped most of the country these past few days.
It was considerably warmer when I lasted visited the ground earlier this year and was given a guided tour and a nice ground it is too. The club, and my cousin, are rightly very proud of their new club house and stand which replaced an old wooden two hundred seater structure in 2007.
The old stands passing is gone, but not forgotten. The home of many fond memories and witness to the usual ups and downs associated with football teams. It was built partly from materials ‘liberated’ from the now defunct Lancing Carriage Works, a quarter of a mile away on the other side of the Brighton to Littlehampton railway line, that included the old station clock from Hove Station!
Pictured in this post are (top) goal mouth action from today’s game, (middle) Culver Road from the air and (bottom) the old grandstand, while photos from my visit to Culver Road in June can be found here (to avoid any possible confusion you should note that the Sussex County League HQ also sits in Culver Road).