Tales from a Non-League Chairman – Part 6 – No health warning for away fans

Bank Holiday Monday and the Rooks are off down the A27 for a local derby  against our friends from Bognor Regis Town.  Our record on the road hasn’t been that great this season, with just three wins away from The Dripping Pan.  That doesn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of our loyal away fans.  Even an away trip on a Tuesday in early January to Leiston, the most remote place on the Ryman Premier League map, still saw a hardcore of our fans make the trip, more in hope rather than confidence based on our form this season.  Based on our last two seasons visits to our closest rivals, the Rooks will be cheered on by around 75 fans today, around about the same number that followed Lewes to VCD Athletic last week.  Whilst that may not sound like a bit absolute number, compare it to our average home crowd.

IMG_3423We currently average 486 fans at The Dripping Pan.  Let’s be generous and say 36 of those are away fans (and I am being very generous for 70% of the clubs in our league) meaning our regular, average home support is 450 fans.  So a support on the road of 75 is 17%.  How many sides, whether Premier League, Football League or Non-League could boast 17% of their home attendance follow their side on the road?  Granted, there are a few clubs, but having seen away followings from Football League clubs in some instances not reaching three figures I’d say that Non-League fans are just as passionate as their bigger brothers.  But the difference between the two sets of fans is realism.

There seems to be a growing trend of professional clubs, in some kind of misguided knee-jerk reactionary way, to offer fans a refund should their side fail to perform on the pitch away from home.  The beauty of football, especially in the Non-Leagues is that sometimes anything can happen.  Should we come away from Bognor Regis Town with a sore backside after a spanking, we will dust ourselves down, ready for the game next weekend away at Metropolitan Police.  Sure, the Fans Forum will go into overdrive for a few days but most of our fans keep a sense of perspective.  But the one thing they will never start demanding is a refund.

Gary Andrews, one of the best football writers in the land, recently wrote a piece in When Saturday Comes about this growing trend a few months ago.  We’ve all been to away games where it seems it has only been the fans who have turned up, but that’s what we sign up for as football fans – crushing disappointment and more than not, a great day out spoilt by 90 minutes of turgid football.

So why do clubs feel the need to offer such gestures? In some ways, the offer to refund the fans, such as the gesture made by the Sunderland players after they lost 8-0 to Southampton, rumoured to be in the region of £60k, highlights the huge golf between the wages the players earn and the world the fan lives in.  Assuming 20 people contributed, how many people could afford to simply donate £3k as a penance for doing their job poorly once?  Likewise, what would have happened if that result would have occurred at The Stadium of Light in front of 40,000? Would the fans have been compensated then? I doubt it.

Daniel Taylor, the Guardian football writer, wrote in the aftermath of Millwall’s defeat to Bradford, which resulted in the travelling Lions fans being offered a refund, that buying a football ticket never comes with a guarantee of performance.  Last season West Ham were humiliated away from home not once, but twice in a matter of days in front of the TV cameras and a global audience at Nottingham Forest and Manchester City (not forgetting a similar performance live on TV at West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup back in February). Perhaps it was because of the low expectations of the fans under Allardyce, Sullivan and Gold but there were no calls for refunds, nor were any forthcoming for the 5-0 and 6-0 drubbings.

In the same vein, perhaps teams who travel to the likes of Stamford Bridge, The Etihad or Old Trafford should refund their fans if they win against the odds? You won’t find many Bradford City fans complaining that they humiliated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, yet if they had lost 7 or 8 nil perhaps they would have been clamouring for their money back?

We’ve seen our share of poor away day displays in the last few years but even the wrath of Big Deaksy’s Saturday night tweets haven’t yet called for refunds for the Lewes Lunatic Fringe.  A 5-0 half time score line a few years ago on a chilly Monday night at Wealdstone had Cynical Dave shouting more about the lack of dry roasted peanuts than the abject performance on the pitch, whilst the three goals in the first ten minutes scored by Oxford City in November’s FA Trophy game saw the fans moaning about the lack of chips rather than the defending.  Non-League fans travel more in hope than expectation, and that is why a call for refunds will fall on deaf ears.  I did try to placate a few of the fans who made the trip to Witham Town in the FA Cup back in September with an offer of a beer in lieu of the shocking 4-2 defeat although with only Fosters and John Smiths on offer in their club bar, few took up the option.  As the famous strap line goes for financial products, past results are no guarantee of future performance.

IMG_3642After the last gasp defeat on Saturday against Harrow Borough, our league status was still precarious as we headed westwards to Bognor.  A defeat and we would be sucked right into the relegation mire.  A win, and whisper this quietly, we could rise to 15th in the league which would be our highest league position since the opening day of the season.

Bognor Regis 1 Lewes 2 – Nywood Lane – Monday 6th April 2015
The pre-match mood in Wetherspoons, Bognor Regis’s premium tourist attraction, was upbeat.  Despite our poor away form, there was something in the air that we simply put down to Romain Fever.  Elliott had been missing for the past six games after his mad five minutes at Canvey Island saw him pick up potentially the goal of the season award for a stunning strike, his 15th yellow card and then his second red.  Young George Brook had seen the signs in his morning cereal – Lewes to win 2-0 with Elliott and Wheeler to score the goals.

IMG_3643With the shirt-sleeves in order for the first time since August last year, Lewes produced possibly their best away display of the season, despite arriving with a depleted squad.  Injuries during the game to Chris Breach and Aarron Hopkinson meant that The Rooks finished the game with three 17 year olds on the pitch, valiantly defending a single goal lead.  After a first half full of huff and puff without much in the way of goal mouth action, the second burst into life just three minutes after the restart.

A deep cross saw the Bognor Regis keeper Winterton overstretch and drop the ball at the feet of Blewden who reacted quickly, hooking the ball back for Romain to head home.  One became two three minutes later when Romain turned his marker from a quickly taken throw-in and slotted home at the far post.  The Lewes fans behind the goal were pinching themselves.  Away goals have been at a premium this season and this was only the third time we had scored more than once away from home.  A glance at the in-play league table saw us hit the heady heights of 15th. Our work was done.  All we had to do was defend for 39 minutes like our lives depended on it.

It was inevitable that ex-Rook Terry Dodd would pay us back for letting him go in the Autumn as he pulled a goal back with thirty minutes to go.  Lewes rode the pressure and could have scored a third themselves when Hopkinson’s shot flashed across the edge of the box.  Then with five minutes to go, disaster.  Dodd was adjudged to have been fouled by Elphick in the box.  Lewes Assistant Manager Dave Jupp suggested to Rikki Banks that Prior would hit the ball to his left.  He dived left and saved magnificently.

The drama wasn’t over.  In injury time, Elphick was penalised again, this time on the line of the penalty box.  Prior had to content with a solid wall of red and black but still managed to curl it around them but the ball cannoned off the post.  Full time.

IMG_3650There would be no calls for refunds tonight.  “Well done Mr Chairman” was the first text I saw when I looked at my phone (Thanks Mum).  It had been a difficult 24 hours as a couple of others at the club would atest to.  But tactics, passion and above all believe had won the day.


Rooks Actually

10308569_1562939613952439_3537806835309713134_nChristmas football.  It seems that everyone loves Christmas football.  Apparently, football on Boxing Day is a tradition – so much so that Lewes’s decision to move our derby game with Bognor Regis Town to 24 hours later nearly caused an online riot.  We made the announcement back in August when Christmas was still a speck on the horizon, after discussions with our opponents.  Some saw the decision as simply pandering to the fact Brighton & Hove Albion were also at home – which came into our thought process but wasn’t the deciding factor, others bemoaning our lack of respect to the traditional festive game.  With Boxing Day falling on a Friday AND the popular movement to return games to their Saturday 3pm position, that is what we did.  With no Premier League/ Football League or even Conference football to be played on the 27th, we would have little competition – in fact there would be a very good chance we could draw the biggest crowd in England. Bognor fans, who had no public transport options on Boxing Day were happy, heck, even a few of our fans were too.  Interestingly enough, only four games were played in the Ryman Premier League yesterday, with the remaining eight games kicking off today.  Fair decent attendances for those local derbies too.  Those seven other clubs hosting games today also saw sense in moving it to Saturday.

In the run up to the game, a small number of Lewes “fans” seemed to be willing the weather to turn, wanting the game to be called off, simply out of spite it seemed, the “told you so” mentality.  The fact that dozens of people had put in an extra shift to get everything ready for one of the biggest games of the season seemed irrelevant. Fans are free to express their opinions on any decision a club makes but you have to question those who seems so hell-bent on being so disingenuous at every opportunity. When the team are losing it is “sack the managers”, when the fixtures are changed it is “disrespectful” and when all of those are going OK, dissent turns to the catering or the half-time crowd at the bar.  These are of course the same “fans” who as soon as the fortunes of the team turn, disappear from public view.

Despite the game being moved to the 27th, it was still our Christmas game. Despite our nearest “rivals” now being Peacehaven and Telscombe, The Ryman League retained our traditional local derby. Lewes’s biggest crowds in recent memory have come over the Christmas period – over 1,000 versus Horsham in 2011/12 and crowds double that for games against Eastbourne Borough in our Conference days. Last season we were denied a bumper New Years Day crowd when our game versus Maidstone United fell foul to the weather, annoying as the weather the week previous on Christmas Day and Boxing Day had been so good.

A number of supporters of other clubs, who played yesterday, ventured down to the Pan to take in the game too – Barnet, Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Harrods fans that I knew of.  Faces who come down once or twice a year such as England’s foremost female cricket writer Lizzy Ammon,  as well as a couple of Dripping Pan virgins including the lovely Lucie Allen.

Xmas DayThere was a time when Christmas Day games were the norm in England. Mr Fuller Snr talks fondly of getting on his bike and cycling to Upton Park to watch West Ham on Christmas Day, and up until 1957 there was a full Football League programme on December 25th. Interest waned in subsequent years with the last ever Christmas Day game played in 1965 between Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers, although a decent crowd of over 20,000 suggested that there was still significant interest in Yuletide football.

In 1983, Brentford announced that they would be hosting Wimbledon on Christmas Day with an 11am kick off, “to revive the old tradition of husbands going to football on Christmas Day while the wives cook the turkey,” according to a Bees spokesman. But the wives thought differently and the fans’ protests in the run up to Christmas saw the match brought forward to Christmas Eve, when a 6,689 crowd, the second highest League crowd at Griffin Park that season, witnessed a 4-3 Wimbledon victory.

The Christmas Day games weren’t always without their problems. Due to a lack of local derbies, Portsmouth ended up having to travel to Blackpool back in 1954. In 1940, with the war in full swing, teams often struggled to put sides out, and players were allowed to play for more than one team, which saw Len Shackleton play for Bradford Park Avenue and Bradford City on Christmas Day. That same day was a Christmas to forget for Brighton & Hove Albion, who turned up for their game versus Norwich City with only five players! Anyone who had a pair of boots was invited to play and unsurprisingly the Seagulls suffered an 18-0 defeat.

FullSizeRenderObviously, bad weather affects the Christmas fixtures. Two year’s ago our Boxing Day game against Bognor Regis shouldn’t have finished due to the torrential rain, and we have suffered with postponements due to snow, such as the game versus Ebbsfleet United back in our Conference South days. But that pales in significance to the First Division game in 1937 between Chelsea and Charlton Athletic, when heavy fog caused the game to be abandoned.

Nothing strange about that until Charlton Athletic realised their goalkeeper, the legendary Sammy Bartram, was missing. The keeper was still on the field, completely unaware that the game had been abandoned, and just assumed that Charlton were putting pressure on the Chelsea goal. Now you know why Rikki Banks wears a bright yellow outfit.

So for my 51st game of the season so far, and the last time I will visit the Dripping Pan in 2014, Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present you with the story of The Rooks versus The Rocks.

Lewes 1 Bognor Regis Town 0 – The Dripping Pan – Saturday 27th December 2014
In the 85th minute I had the pleasure of reading out the official attendance as 1,007, making it the best attended match in England.  To put that gate in context, our last two games we have played on Boxing Day were against Bognor in 2012 where the crowd was 883, and against Dover Athletic in 2010 when it was 505.  On both occasions the weather was similar to this year and Lewes were floating around the bottom of the table.  So much for ruining Christmas tradition. Whilst some many still think we could have got more people, we will never know.  The crowd was almost double our budgeted average attendance and thanks to the result, most went home with that warm smug glow of victory.

It wasn’t a classic but when you are fighting for every point it rarely is.  Unbelievably, despite sitting just above the relegation places, The Rooks haven’t lost a league game since the 19th October – four wins and four draws.  With the next two games against Margate and Dulwich Hamlet, it was important to get a positive result today, and that’s exactly what happened.  The goal that warmed up the Philcox Stand came in the 58th minute.  The very impressive Nicky Wheeler crossed, and Luke Blewden’s powerful header did the rest.  The last ten minutes were a bit of a backs to the wall job, made harder by losing Matt Crabb to two soft yellow cards, but Rikki Banks’ goal stayed in tact.

IMG_2443Last season in the corresponding game at Christmas, the pivotal moment was the Bognor Regis goal keeper getting Lewes’s Jack Dixon sent off in the first half.  After deliberately tripping the Lewes player as he ran back from a corner, unsighted by the referee, Dixon reacted and the keeper fell to the ground as if he had been taken out by a sniper.  Great sportsmanship.  The relevance of the incident seemed lost on the Bognor fans in the second half of this game when they were loudly accusing Lewes keeper Rikki Banks of feigning injury after a clash with Ollie Prior.

B55cQQOCQAAZRJzFull time and most fans went home happy including our contingent from the good ol’ US of A, Mr Luge Pravda, who couldn’t resist the chance to try to get the biggest every Lewes FC selfie.  The Bognor faithful, who had come in numbers, made an excellent contribution across the bar and sang/shouted their hearts out may feel aggrieved at the final score.  We’ve all been there before, we know how it hurts and we look forward to our fourth meeting of the season at Easter when we hope both of us are looking up the table with confidence rather downwards with concern.



Bugger Bognor

I cannot read or say the words Bognor Regis with a small titter sneaking out of my mouth. You see I was a seventies child, raised on TV shows such as Dads Army, On the Buses and of course Are You Being Served? Even today I can think of no better way to relax in the evenings than a large glass of Chateauneuf du Pape and slipping on a DVD of the crazy antics of Grace Brothers. After all, who wouldn’t want to hear tales of Mrs. Slocombe’s pussy late at night? The TV show has been featured in the news briefly this week as the actor Frank Thornton, who played the role of Captain Peacock, had passed away, meaning that the whole of the original cast were no longer with us.

img41156a0e3e6a4The series ran for years, including a film in 1977 supposedly set in Spain, and featuring Andrew Sachs as a clueless Spanish hotel employee – as if that sort of character would ever work! Anyway, back on topic, the reason I laugh is because of a line in the film where Mr.Grainger needs to use the toilet on the airplane and its suggested he does it over Bognor to gain revenge for a holiday ruined by the British weather when he was younger. Little things please little minds, as Katie Price would undoubtedly say.

So Bank Holiday Monday and the second Sussex derby in 48 hours. Unfortunately Saturday’s defeat against Hastings United had seen a big black cloud descend on the Dripping Pan.  We needed a big boost, something akin to what the first meeting of the Rooks and the Rocks delivered at Christmas.  The game on Boxing Day at The Pan, played in God-awful conditions the like of which we haven’t seen for at least a week saw The Rooks take all 3 points. Since then, wins have been scarce but this was all about the bragging rights between East and West Sussex. The game in December had attracted a Ryman Premier League high of 883 fans, although few who were there will remember much more than the incessant rain and the bonkers away fans who stood on the open Jungle cheering their team on. Three months later and the weather has hardly changed. Snow had fallen virtually every day in March so the 1 April would be a perfect day for a visit to the seaside, and what better place that Bognor, a town that was awarded its “Regis” (by appointment to the King) in 1929 although many commentators believe his reaction to the suggestion by an aid was to say “Bugger Bognor”.

bus_bristol_green_crosvilleTaking the British 70’s Sitcom to another level, the Lewes fans would be making their way along the A27 on Clive’s, one of the club’s directors, old bus.  Not that Clive is a modern day Stan Butler (secretly I think he wants to be a Blakey), but what better way to travel to the seaside than on an old-fashion Charabang!  Bottles of Milk Stout were loaded on board with tongue sandwiches all round for the trip westwards.  Who wouldn’t want to travel in style?  Well, Danny Last and I for ones but that is because we had another agenda. Continue reading

Abbey Well..

The great thing about the snow and ice we have been plagued with in England this winter is that when games are postponed, they tend to end up being shoe horned in during the midweek towards the end of the season.  And when they fall on a day when I am in the UK it is too hard to miss……

Waltham Abbey 0 Aveley 2

But Tuesday night is normally a CMF girls night out and so I feel obliged that as I am away for work so often I really should let her go and discuss all the finer things in life such as “Would boobs like Jordan’s help in a car crash as air bags”, “How many Mulberry handbags count as an obsession” and “how wonderful my husband was for Valentine’s day”.  But with a will and a fair wind if I went to something localish I could still get back in time for her to make last orders.

So at 6.30pm I picked the girls up from the Nanny, and headed north through the Blackwall Tunnel, up the M11 and down the hill on the M25 to one of the easiest grounds in the Ryman’s league to find – Waltham Abbey FC – turn right once you cross the M25 (not literally as that may get quite messy) and follow the entrance road before the cemetery.

Waltham Abbey are one of the smaller teams in the Ryman’s Premier.  Promoted last season from the Northern division after a play off win on penalties against Concord Rangers from Canvey Island back in May.  This is the first time they have played at this level, the highest in their history, and whilst the club are enjoying the increased attention, results hadn’t been great.  A few weeks ago relegation looked a certainty but recent results had seen the club climb up a few places and give themselves a shout in terms of survival.  A real six pointer away at Margate on Saturday had seen the Abbotts return with all three points, and now with the visit of Aveley round around the M25 (clockwise) there was an opportunity to climb even further away from the drop zone.

Welcome to Waltham Abbey

Waltham Abbey is probably more notable for the reputed grave of Harold II, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, brought here after his death at the Battle of Hastings.  The town takes its name from the Abbey itself.  A substantial part of Waltham Abbey survives from the Middle Ages, and it now used as the parish church. In addition there are a few other remains – the former Gatehouse, a vaulted passage and Harold’s Bridge all in the care of English Heritage.  Enough culture for one paragraph, lets get back to the football.

The club were formed in 1944, and under a number of names, played in leagues such as the London Spartans League and the Essex Senior League.  In 2005/06 the club finished runners up to Burnham Ramblers, they were promoted to the Rymans League One North.  After two seasons of consolidated of finishing 10th and 14th they entered the 2008/09 season with some confidence, which eventually saw them finish in 4th place and qualify for the play offs.  Billy Holland was the hero for the home side as his penalty took the Abbotts into unchartered territory.

Confidence in the squad was high and this was echoed by striker Ricci Crace, who had recently rejoined the club in an interview he gave for NonLeaguenews24.com:-

“Staying up is definitely do-able.  Apart from the top five or six teams, anyone can beat anyone in this league, so we have as much chance as the rest of staying up”

The quiet away end

I wasn’t expecting the San Siro when I arrived.  After all the club’s record attendance could fit into our conference room at work, and their average was just over one hundred.  But what I did find was hospitality.  People proud of the club they had built and genuinely pleased to welcome a “new fan”.  Honorary Secretary, Programme Editor and generally Mr Waltham Abbey Derek Bird had been trying to slot in an article or two in the matchday prorgamme for a while, but the weather had thwarted him.  He gave Lolly and me a potted history of the club and the ground and some of the ambitious plans they have.  The club have come a long way in a short period of time, and whilst some visiting fans may be dismissive (Dartford’s hordes will be visiting next month), steady progress and living within their means are the key words here.  With so many fixtures to fit in before the end of the season, essential work on the ground simply cannot be completed.   I am not going to start my rant here about the fixture pile up on clubs, but lets just say it makes people like Derek’s job almost impossible.

Waltham Abbey 0 FC Aveley 2 – Capershotts – Tuesday 9th March 2010

Its very chilly down here

I love football at this level.  Why?  Because everyone involved cares.  Everyone is in this for the love of the game.  Whether it is the fan who has paid is £8 (cheapest in the league btw), the players, the managers, the officials and the referees.  Sure the standard of play may not be up to the level you see on TV but I would much rather be at Capershotts on a Tuesday night watching the Rymans League rather than sitting at home watching Sky show Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers.  I was disappointed not to hear the famous “Captain Pugwash” theme when the teams ran out, and Derek promised to berate the ground announcer for his lapse.

Waltham came into the game with the poisoned chalice award of “Ryman’s Team of the Month for February” after their excellent recent form.  Aveley had also been on a bit of a roll too, with three wins in the last four.  We had seen them last week against Canvey Island and I had been impressed with their strength in midfield, and from the first minute that was clearly their strength again.  They made all the early running and if it wasn’t for a couple of good saves from Harry Ricketts in the home goal the deadlock would have been broken earlier than the 27th minute.  And what a decent goal it was too.  An Aveley corner is headed clear but falls to full back Ryan Doyle who volleyed the ball into the net from around 25 yards.

Waiting for Lolly to fetch the ball

While we are on the subject of nets, have you read Danny Last’s Football Guilty Pleasures yet?  If not read it here.  He talks at length about nets, and remembers the classics at the Dell which were so shallow that the ball often pinged back into play quicker than it went in.  Well the nets at Waltham are cavernous.  You could have a party in these ones.  Rumours are the Horsham keeper is still lost in there somewhere, trying to find the ball from last week.  And balls?  The Yellow Ball, so discussed now on the BBC forums was in favour again.  Let me tell you me a little secret, which I promise to tell you dear reader if you promise not to tell anyone else.  Next weekend (20th March) to celebrate Comic Relief, the Rymans League games will be played using, wait for it…..Red Balls!  Red, orange, yellow and white all in one season!  I also noticed this morning that this weekend all games in the Premier League, Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A will use a one off Nike Red Ball.

Referees often get a back press on my blog, but Mr Flanagan did a good job.  There was some passion and commitment on display and it often resulted in a couple of late challenges but on the whole he did a good job, calming things down when he needed to and ignoring the clamours from the respective benches for the decisions to go their way.  Half time came and a cup of tea was in order.  And if there is one thing to bring the neutral to Waltham it is the quality of the tea – top draw indeed.

Lolly moves with the speed of a gazelle

The second half was similar to the first.  Waltham huffed and puffed but they could not get anything past Ollie Morris-Sanders (a Sandhurst name if ever I saw one) in the Aveley goal.  Lolly had a whale of a time fetching the ball on nine occasions.  Good old Wolfie would have died of excitement at such a level of activity.  The second goal was always going to come, and it was our old friend from last week Sherwin Stanley who duly obliged in the 67th minute, putting the game out of reach of the home team, and sending them back into the relegation zone thanks to other results from around the league.

With a minute to go we headed for the exit to avoid the car park chaos that dogs all football grounds, even at this level and we were back in TBIR towers before Arsenal had scored their fourth.  Full marks to Waltham Abbey for not forgetting where they have come from and what football means at this level.

About Capershotts
Capershotts is definitely a work in progress.  The club have grown in stature and position over the past few seasons and that means due to the ground grading work,  alterations need to be made all the time which does give the ground a slight unfinished look.  However, surrounded on three sides by trees you would be hard to image one of the busiest roads in Europe passing a few yards close by.  There is a small (but growing) Maine stand (called such as the seats came from Maine Road!) and a covered terrace behind the goal.  Apart from that it is simple standing.  The pitch used to slope significantly and you can see by what extent on the height of the path around the pitch.  On the far side from the Maine Stand you can get an excellent view above the dugouts due to this situation.  Floodlights came from Walthamstow Park Avenue, and the club are always looking for a few bits and bobs from other grounds.

The clubhouse is on the far side of the car park, and fans simply give a nod and a wink to the turnstile operator as they leave and come back in at half time.  There is a tea bar behind the terrace at one end.  Built for joy rather than comfort.

How to get to Capershotts
A very easy ground to find by car.  Simply exit the M25 at junction 26 and then take the 2nd exit if you are coming Anti-clockwise around the M25 into A121 Honey Lane, or 3rd exit if you are coming around the other way.  At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit into Sewardstone Road and pass over the M25.  The ground is the first right BEFORE the cemetary.  If you pass the Nissan garage you have gone too far.  Parking is free of charge.  Nearest train is Waltham Cross where you can catch a bus to the ground from the bus station opposite the station exit.

How to get a ticket for Capershotts
With a capacity of 3,500 and a record crowd of less than 500, getting in on the day is never a problem at Capershotts.  Prices are Adults £8, Children just £1 – absolute bargain for Ryman’s football and something the club are very proud of.