Drimpton FC pull out of Perry Street League after 61 years

The Drimpton FC Clubhouse

DRIMPTON Football Club has withdrawn it’s current team from the Perry Street & District League. The decision was made due to a lack of players and the current Premier League Division table has been adjusted accordingly.

The Greens, who folded their Reserve team on New Year’s Day, have had a previously unbroken run in the PSDL since their formation back in 1956.

Drimpton Secretary Ali Francis told View Sport: “We have withdrawn the team due to a lack of players and being unable to complete our fixtures. We will have a meeting in the closed season to discuss the situation and decide upon the future of the Club.

“It’s really disappointing after having a few successful seasons and getting back up into the Premier, but we had no choice.”

It is certainly sad to see a club of Drimpton’s standing fall. They enjoyed a solitary Premier Division title success in 1972-73 and also lifted the Division One title trophy twice (1989-90 &1964-65), Division Two twice (1988-89 & 2014-15) and Division’s Three (1993-94) and Four (1990-91) on one occasion each.

Allied to these the club hoisted 17 knock out trophies in their 61 seasons.

Their most famous past player is arguably Kevin Hodges who went on to break the Plymouth Argyle appearance record playing 530 times, and has been returning to present the club’s Ken Hodges cup in memory of his father on many occasions.

FAMOUS EX-PLAYER: Kevin Hodges with son Harry at a recent Ken Hodges Cup Final at Drimpton FC. Photo by HOWARD LARCOMBE

It is staggering to think that the club’s first team appeared in four cup finals and staged a successful promotion campaign less that 12 months ago! This was followed by a mass exodus of players that has ultimately led to the club’s current plight.

HAPPIER TIMES: The Drimpton team with the PSDL Division One Cup after beating Hawkchurch Utd 3-1 at Misterton almost a year ago to the day.
Sports Editor | Covering the whole of the Pulman's/View From group of titles. Howard has been covering sport in the East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset region since 2007.