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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

Beer Albion FC

Furzebrake, Stovar Long Lane, Beer, Seaton, Devon EX12 3DY
Telephone: 01297 22146 (Secretary)
Devon & Exeter League

Note After a marathon jaunt around Devon and Cornwall, I was trying the make the most of the early evening sunlight and cramming in as much as possible before my final stop at Lyme Regis where I estimated, the light would be perfect.  Just enough time to stop off at Beer. I had a rough idea of where the ground might be but, in the absence of any directions I wasnít having much luck. Having asked several locals and almost given up hope I was actually leaving the village en route to Seaton when I spotted Long Lane. It should actually ve called Long Narrow Lane. Eventually I found Furzebrake and was glad I did. A really delightful venue high above the village, particularly on a fine summerís evening and very well appointed for its level in the Pyramid as you can see by the photographs. I would have liked to have taken more but by then, time was of the essence!

According to the Club website, its foundation in 1919 was partly due to the efforts of "Pop" David who had moved to Beer to become headmaster of the local school in the previous year. At the time, rugby was the dominant game in the region. The Club joined the Perry Street League in the 1920-21 season; and moved to the Devon & Exeter League for the 1952-53 season. The Club have played at Furzebrake since the late 1930s. Prior to that, matches were played at White Cliff. DB