This Saturday, 21st May, Lavant football club celebrated their Centenary Season in style with over 160 players, supporters and friends of the village football club, past and present attending a combined End of Season Presentation Night and Centenary Party at Lavant Village Hall.
It was a fitting and fantastic way for the club to mark the end of their Centenary Season by inviting past players and friends to attend the current team’s end of season presentation night.
Ages ranged from 17 years old player’s, who are currently in the Lavant Youth U18 team right through to real Lavant Legends who played for the village football team as far back as the mid to late 1940’s, such as Eric Dean and Mr Lavant himself Tony Bleach, who are both now in the early eighties.
Another Lavant Legend Pete Lovegrove who started playing for the village football team in the early 1970’s and carried on playing for Lavant right though to end of the 1990’s, some 20+ seasons, also attended the evening, bringing with him his much treasured old scrape book of photo’s and match reports from the past.
Many of which have never been seen before, such as the 1974-1975 Season Lavant Reserves Charity Cup winning team, taken some 37 years ago at Chichester City’s ground.
Lavant Reserves Charity Cup Winners 1974 -1975 Season
Picture taken at Chichester City Ground in front of the old Club House Team: (Not in the order picutred above)
M.Sands, P.Lovegrove, D.Gray, M.Hollands, J.Court, T.Jupp, D.May, R.Massey, B.Edney, G.Pratt, G.Bailey, R.Noller
Lavant Reserves played Ford United on the Thursday 15th May at Oaklands Park. Lavant were two nil up at half time and hung on to eventually win two one on the night.
Current 1st Team Manager and village Rector Dave Parker who hosted the Centenary Party commented “you get a real sense of pride of belonging when you attend an evening as significant as this, you realise that this is the true meaning of grass roots football and the village community combined into one.
I am already planning for the forthcoming season, our one hundred and first season in local football and one that I hope will be our best season to date”.
If you want to be part of a great village football team then come along and join in with the pre-season training for next season starting in mid July on the village green. Announcements of the exact dates and start times will be published on our website and in the Observer nearer the time.