Category: The 1980s

Triple Bid

On Saturday Lavant Football Club hope to become the first club to win the Sussex Junior Cup for the third time when they take on Brighton League side Crown and Anchor in the final to be played at Culver Road Lancing. Kick-off is at 3 pm.

Lavant first reached the last stage of the county’s top cup competition for junior clubs in 1939when they were beaten by Bexhill Wanderersat the Dripping Pan, Lewes.

Since then they have been successful in the 1958 final, and again in 1976 when victory was achieved after a replay – both games being played at Horsham.


Included in the line-up for Saturday’s game at Lancing is goalkeeper Mark Court and his brother Matthew, the side’s skipper.  Both are the son’s of Geoff Court who was the winning captain in 1976.

The only survivor from that side who will be on duty again on Saturday is Peter Lovegrovewho is namedamong the five substitutes.  Also on the subs bench for Lavant is Richard Sims who doubles up as the club chairman, and his 16 year old son Nicholas who came on as a substitute through to victory with a remarkable extra-time hat trick.

Amongst the strong contingency of supporters who will make the journey to Lavant is the club’s patron Tony Bleach who is still remembered in West Sussex league circles for his long period of service with the club not only as a player but as their former hardworking secretary.

If Lavant should win for a record breaking third time it will mark a complete turn-about in the clubs fortunes after being relegated in each of the previous two seasons.

Lavant still have an outside chance of gaining promotionfrom Two (South) if they can win their remaining three league games.

The full Lavant line-up is Mark Court, Tony Drinkwater, Tim Squires, Cliff Massey, Adian Goldfinch, Keith Duke, Ian Callow, Michael Seacombe, Matthew Court, John Brewer, Simon Watling.  Subs: Two from five, Peter Lovegrove, Simon Homer, Raymond Massey (player/manager), Richard Sims and Nicholas Sims.

The followng Saturday the 8th April Lavant went on to make history winning the final in extra time in a most memorable cup final.

Lavant FC 07(April 89 Sx Jnr Cup Final)
8th April 1989 Lavant parading the Sussex Junior Cup at Lancing Football Club after beating the Crown & Anchor (Brighton League) in the final and making history as being the only team to win the Sussex Junior Cup three times.

The team consisted of:
(left hand side back row) Pete Lovegrove, Tim Squires, Simon Watling, Ray Massey, Mark Court, John Brewer, Kieth Duke, Simon Homer, Nicholas Sims. (left hand side front row) Tony Drinkwater, Mike Seacombe, Matthew Court, team mascot, Adrian Goldfinch, Richard Sims, Ian Callow and Cliff Massey.

The following week the Chchester Observer printed the following match report.


The 1980s

This period of Lavant Football Clubs history is still to be fully researched and catalogued.

However in the mean time please see attached a number of photograghs we have on record relating to the players and teams that played in this decade.

If you have further information on this era of the football club or you know the date and players in these photos please let us know by leaving a message on the forum.

Honours in the 1980’s

1982/1983 Division V Central League Winners (Lavant III Team)

1988/1989 Sussex Junior Cup Winners

1989/1990 Division II South League Winners

Sussex Junior Cup

In the 1988/1989 Season Lavant were going to do something very speical in local football and go on and win the Sussex Junior Cup for the third time.
A feat that no other team in the history of the West Sussex Football League has been matched to date.

The Thursday before the final on the 8th April an article apppeared in the Chichester Observer written by Ernie Stevens the then sports editor.
It was called:

LFC Apr89SXJnrCupFinalWebpic

Lavant Winners in Wonder Final

Match Report to follow:


Cliff Massey heading towards goal


Sussex Junior Cup winners in techni colour

After the game the team and supporter went back to Lavant and the Hunters Lodge to celebrate their victory.

Geoff Court holding the Sussex Junior Cup after cup final April1989Webpic

Geoff Court lifting the Sussex Junior Cup for the second time

Martin Hollins sporting his LFC Rosette and celebrating the Sussex Junior Cup win in April 1989Webpic

Lavant stalwart Martin Hollins savouring the moment after back at the pub.

Peter Lovegrove holding the SussexJunior Cup April 89Webpic

Peter Lovegrove holding the Sussex Junior Cup.

Other 80’s photos:

The cup final at Selsey Town FC




The Cup Final at Petworth Football Club


The Lavant Sunday Side

Cliff and Ray Massey after a game (cup final?) at Sidlesham Football Club

Cliff &  Ray Massey Lavant Sunday Team Webpic