FOOTBALL followers in and around Lyme Regis will be saddened by the news that Charmouth Football Club will not be entering a team in the Perry Street League this coming season.
An announcement was made on social media today stating that with new restrictions and guidelines due to COVID-19, and a lack a players, the club felt it could not proceed with a team this year.
The village club was formed in the early 1900s and one of their first games was against Lyme Rovers who won 5-2.
Charmouth – nicknamed The Robins – fielded a first and reserve team for many years and played in a number of leagues including the Axe Vale League from 1936 to 1939 and the Dorset League. However, they have played most of their football in the Perry Street League.
Charmouth holds the highest score in a Perry Street League match with a 32-0 win over Stockland in which Colin Bowditch, one of the most dangerous strikers of his era, scored a record 16 goals in a single game, a record which still stands today.
Over the years a number of Lyme players travelled over the hill to play for Charmouth including Keith Wiscombe, Graham Gay, Ginger Bartlett, Johnny Evans, Paul Viney, Stan Williams, Pete Kirkman Graham Vere, Steve Wiscombe, Dave Reed, Alan Reynolds, Joe O’Donnell, Brian Turvey, Johnny Solway, Pete Greenwood, David Hercock and Roy and Terry Guppy from Uplyme.
When I started reporting on football for the Lyme Regis News whilst still a schoolboy I covered a match, I think it was against Norton, when all 22 players went to fight in the centre circle, a commotion which was started by Graham Gay, the smallest player on the field.
The Lyme players were always treated to generous hospitality after a game, especially from committee man Tom Stamp who would rarely let them back over the hill without having a few drinks at his house.
The Perry Street League has also announced on its Facebook page that Winsham United had withdrawn both their teams.
The club had been in existence for 125 years and had won virtually every trophy down the years.
The League Management Committee said they were “greatly saddened” by the news and paid tribute to all those who had worked hard over the years. It was hoped that their absence would be temporary.