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

Coggeshall Town FC

The Crops, West Street, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1NT
Telephone: 01376 562843
Nickname: The Seedgrowers
Essex & Suffolk Border League
Website: None

Note The Seedgrowers were formed as long ago as 1878, but didnít take up residence at The Crops ground until 1961. The ground is one of those unexpected delights that makes this whole pursuit so enjoyable and, but for the absence of floodlights, would be deserving of football at a higher level. Indeed the club competed in the Essex Senior League until resigning for financial reasons in 1988/89, and some experimental friendlies under lights mounted on telegraph poles were played in the late 1960s.

Although a three sided ground, the presence of grass banking makes for great spectator viewing, behind a quaint rope and post barrier. Seating is provided in a low stand, cut into the bank along one touchline, and dating from 1964. It lost part of its roof in the 1987 hurricane that coincided with problems off the pitch, but has since been repaired. The stand is pre-dated by the wooden pavilion in the top corner, which has been there from the start, and offers spectators shelter under its pitched roof on seats and a wooden bench. The clubhouse behind the top goal also has a slight overhang and dates from 1971. Dugouts originally stood on either side of the stand but newer replacements are now some distance apart on the opposite touchline.

Without question, a ground to visit and take photographs of during a match on a fine day. Unfortunately I was en route to watch Eastbourne Borough play at Bishopís Stortford on the day these photographs were taken, but I will return! DB