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

Lyme Regis FC

Davey Fort, Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis, Dorset
Perry Street & District League
Website: None

Note Lyme Regis is best known as the setting for ĎThe French Lieutenantís Womaní but Davey Fort, home to the local football club and on the cliffs overlooking the sea is well worth a visit, particularly if you enjoy scenic grounds. The clubhouse is situated behind the near goal and and has a small overhang that provides the only shelter. The car park is slightly elevated and also affords a good view on those days when it might be unwise to actually get out of the car, although on a summerís day one imagines the steep bank behind the far goal also provides a fantastic view. The dugouts are midway along the touchline that backs onto the cliffs, and when I visited I couldnít help but wonder how many hoofed clearances are never returned.

I hope to return one day to watch a match ... by which time those in the clubhouse on the occasion of this visit will have hopefully forgotten the lunatic who, having asked permission to photograph their dugouts, then proceeded to walk across and erect a stepladder in order to get the desired shot!  At the time of writing the club was evidently making enquiries about joining the Dorset Premier League. A lovely venue for football in the summer, although Iím too sure about watching in mid-Winter! DB