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The Dripping Pan is named as British football's greatest ground
Lewes Chairman Stuart Fuller says it is important for them to have British football’s greatest ground.
This is after a book which was released earlier this month by author and football fan Mike Bayly entitled ‘British Football’s Greatest Grounds’ saw Lewes named as the number one ground.
The book ranks the top 100 football stadiums in the country to visit from the more well know venues to some people may have never heard of.
This is how the top ten looked:
10: Victory Park- Chorley
9: Fratton Park, Portsmouth
8: Kenilworth Road-Luton
7: Twerton Park-Bath City
6: Causeway Lane-Matlock Town
5: Top Field-Hitchin Town
4: St James’ Park-Newcastle
3: Clarence Park- St Albans City
2: Craven Cottage-Fulham.
Albion’s ground the Amex was 28th on the list.
For The Dripping Pan to have beaten a number of Premier League grounds was an achievement in it’s itself.
But, Fuller explained what it means for Lewes to be named as the best in the country.
He said: “To us, it is really important. We have been at our ground since 1885 continuously bar one year during the war.
“It has got charm and character. To me, it’s like living in a thatched cottage.
“As everyone looks at it and thinks what an amazing place. But they probably don’t want to live there because the drains don’t work, the walls have got lots of right angles and that is a bit like The Dripping Pan.
“Things get difficult to modernise. The ground is surrounded by a flint wall that is protected. We are limited as to where we can improve things, so we make do.
“Our aim has always been to try and provide a supporter experience that isn’t related to what happens on the pitch necessarily.
“I have been involved at Lewes for 12 years and we have many seasons where we have won more games than we have lost.
“So, for the long-suffering Lewes fans to be able to call a ground like this home and for it to be voted as the best place to watch football is fantastic for us.