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Balancing the books at the Dripping Pan


Lewes have played at the Dripping Pan for 120 years.   Like all non-league clubs, balancing the books is a challenge and the chairman of the community-owned club has given an interesting interview on how they try to meet it.

The playing budget has been cut back from £3k to £2k a week and like many non-league clubs they rely on recruiting former academy players who haven't made the grade in league football.  What I had underestimated is how high ground maintenance costs can be.

The commercial director has a target of £75k a year.   One ingenious idea the club came up, originally suggested as an April Fool joke, was using beach huts for corporate hospitality.