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A Day Out at the Dripping Pan

The Dripping Pan: no-one seems to know quite why, but that’s the name of Lewes F.C.’s home ground, and it sure beats the Emirates for evoking the curious and archaic history of British football. On Saturday, I watched East Sussex’s county town take on Havant & Waterlooville Football Club in the Conference South (known for sponsorship reasons as Blue Square South), no less than five tiers below the Premier League.

Lewes, Dripping Pan, Wide View

Lewes F.C., founded in 1885, merge a long history of plying their trade in the low reaches of the English football pyramid with a visible ambition to move on and up: two modern, covered terraced stands fill half the 3,000 capacity ground, with the old sloping grassy banks of “the Pan” only visible now on the other two sides (below, the away fans from Havant on the sloping side, with their mysterious flag reading “Let’s go 4 a little walk”).

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