Lavant won the Division II West Sussex League Winners

Final league position 1957-58 West Sussex Football League – Division II

Team:

P

W

D

L

F

A

P

Lavant

32

29

1

1

193

63

59

L.E.C. Sports 32

26

3

3

154

56

55

Fernhurst 32

23

5

4

161

56

51

Graffham 32

21

2

9

133

88

44

Chichester City B 32

19

4

9

118

80

42

Emsworth 32

17

6

9

120

79

40

Lyminster 32

14

5

13

116

108

33

Chidham 32

13

6

13

102

88

32

Chichester United 32

15

1

16

101

98

31

Sidlesham 32

13

4

15

111

130

30

*Rustington 32

12

4

15

93

98

28

Aldingbourne 32

8

4

20

93

138

20

Midhurst 32

8

3

21

90

134

19

Bognor Regis 32

7

4

21

84

123

18

Selsey 32

5

6

21

69

138

16

*Bosham 32

7

2

22

69

149

16

Amberley 32

4

0

28

40

209

8

* NB – Match not played.

This season Lavant also won the Sussex Junior Cup Winners at Southwick Football Club.

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Ken Duke (left) and Tony Bleach are chaired by their team-mates (Alan Janman, Jim Hutchins, Phill Tillet,  Ray Hill, Dave Batchelor, Dave Collyer   team-mates after winning the Sussex Junior Cup.

The report in the Chichester Observer stated:

Tony Bleach, West Sussex garage proprietor and player-secretary of Lavant Football Club, didn’t sleep a wink the night before the Sussex Junior Cup final. “I was too worried about all the arrangements,” he said.  “And I had nightmares about us playing badly.” But he could have slept tight.  His team had a dream of a game and bespectacled Tony himself scored all the four goals that shattered Sega (Eastbourne) at Southwick. “Ive never scored so many goals in one match in my life before,” he confessed. “Well don’t sleep before any of our matches,” cracked his delighted team-mates as they carried him shoulder-high after receiving the cup from Mr J.Davey, a member of the Sussex County F.A. Council. Lavant deserved their win. Right from the start the West Sussex League side took over the offensive and were two goals up in eight minutes. Segas a strong never-say-die team, attempting to set up a county record by becoming the first team to win the trophy three times, were always in the picture.  But they had no answer to the wing wonders worked by the wee Tony Bleach. He scored after five minutes from close range, following a corner on the right and two goal line saves from a tight-packed Segas defence. Three minutes later Bleach broke through, drew the keeper out of goal and cracked in the second. He completed a first-half hat-trick after centre-forward Jupp had reduced the Segas arrears. After the interval Bleach pushed Lavant further ahead and Jupp again scored a face-saving goal for Segas.