DAVID ARNOLD - A Dripping Pan romance

Ethel Treagus
Ethel Treagus

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Lewes FC, the Mighty Rooks. Ethel Treagus is our Golden Goal girl down at the Dripping Pan on match days.

She sells £1 tickets linked to each of a game’s 90 minutes and if your ticket number matches the minute the first goal is scored you are quids in. Ethel has been doing this for many, many years.

Gordon Treagus

Gordon Treagus

The two pictures you see here are from the early fifties. One shows Ethel as a keen football player in an era when the game was generally considered a sport for men only. She tells me there were mixed teams of boys and girls playing on recreation fields in Lewes back then.

She’s demonstrating her throw-in skills to her mum and grandmother in the back garden of their Lewes home.

The other shows an athletic Gordon Treagus charging across the Dripping Pan intent on scoring a goal for the Rooks.

Gordon lived near Ethel on the Landport Estate but tells me that as a very young girl she didn’t fancy him at all. But everything changed when Gordon started playing for the Rooks. To quote Ethel: “He started out with the 3rd XI and I suddenly saw him in a new light. He was so handsome and impressive racing up and down the Dripping Pan. We soon got talking and found we got on really well. Gordon became the love of my life.”

Sadly, Gordon isn’t with us any more having passed away nine years ago this week. But Ethel and her family have their wonderful memories of him and she is hugely adored at the Dripping Pan.