Dripping Yarns with David Arnold – Mumford & Sons to play on the hallowed turf of Lewes FC

I shall have to leave the country more often.

When I wrote my Yarns of two weeks ago I was in deep despair and expected to see the Rooks relegated this season.

But my 10-day exile on the lovely island of Crete meant I missed the revival of Lewes FC fortunes with a 2-0 away win at Harrow Borough – and a timely fightback at Cray Wanderers to earn another precious point with a 2-2 draw.

Hapless Hastings then did us a favour by losing at East Thurrock thereby sealing their demise from the Ryman Premier.

So it all came down to last Saturday when the “stattos” worked out that only if Lewes were to lose 3-0 to Bury while Carshalton won 4-0 away at Enfield would we go down.

A pretty far-fetched scenario, eh? However, we are talking Lewes FC playing in front of the second biggest Ryman gate of the day (816) right at the death of a very frustrating season.

Talk about give us a scare; 2-0 down at half-time. Then came a terrific recovery to make it 2-2, followed by an injury time kick in the teeth that saw it finish Lewes 2 – Bury 3.

With Carshalton “only” winning 2-1 it meant we survived to fight another day in Ryman Premier. Phew!

Manager Simon Wormull is a very nice guy and very popular with the fans, so it can’t have been easy for the Board to make the decision to dispense with his services as from this week. However, the results tell their own story.

Whoever the new manager may be at least the appointee will have time to build a team that will hopefully see us competing for honours in 2013-14.

For now though our attention turns to close season activities with some very exciting things happening. One of the most attention-grabbing of these is the participation of Mumford & Sons in a five-a-side footie tournament at the Dripping Pan. It all happens sometime over the weekend 19th – 20th July when the band are headlining a massive concert in Lewes.

Apparently the Mumford boys very much enjoy a game of football when they are out on the road and with the concert site being the Convent Field that’s literally just over the wall from the Dripping Pan where better to play than on the hallowed turf of Lewes FC?

Lewes FC Director Charlie Dobres is the man behind this amazing coup. Plus he’s gone a step further and has arranged a very special auction prize to be bid for at the Lewes FC Gala Dinner being held next Friday evening at the Pelham House Hotel in Lewes. The prize will be a place in a five-a-side team that will tackle the Mumfords!

Further, you don’t have to be at the Gala Evening to make a bid as pre-bids will be invited. For more information visit www.lewesfc.com or email charlie@lewesfc.com.

Charlie is also the man behind our famous (if slightly anarchic) Lewes FC match posters. To publicise the Gala Evening he excelled himself with this startling image of a swimming baby who is wearing a Rooks wetsuit. I’m told it pays homage to the cover of a celebrated Nirvana album!

Anyway, I was intrigued to learn that the baby in question is none other than Marcy, daughter of former Lewes Director (and Bafta Award-winning writer) Ben Ward.

After all this effort, let’s hope the Gala Evening goes swimmingly and raises lots of cash for our Community Club.