‘The Lancers’ finished as league runners-up in 1949-50 before moving to a new ground at Culver Road in 1952. The team finished bottom of the table and were relegated to Division Two of the Sussex County League in 1956-57, at which point they dropped ‘Athletic’ from their title.
|The old Main Stand at Culver Road taken from a scan from a book|
Bailey was replaced by John Sharman in October 2016, taking the team to a couple of mid table finishes before Ash Bailey returned in May 2018. However, his second spell was to last just a couple of months before he resigned to the replaced by Mark Pulling as player manager in August 2018.
Friday 30th November 2008
I was in West Sussex visiting football grounds by train for the day, enjoying my time out of the capital. I had called in at Southwick FC and Shoreham FC before alighting at Lancing. After a short walk I found myself outside the part building sight that was the Culver Road home of the club.
My research had been lacking and I didn't realise that the aesthetically pleasing old Main Stand had gone or that the grounds owners were the Sussex FA. The good news was that there were administrative staff in the offices, so I could go and ask for permission to pop inside the ground to take my photos.
Thankfully they had a sensible view to the over the top health and safety rules and said it was fine as long as I was careful around the area where the new stand was being erected.
Culver Road appeared to be a very neat and orderly venue, despite the lack of a stand. The pitch was surrounded by a new fence with hard standing and then grass at the other side of it. The dug outs were opposite where the stand was being built. The stand had the Sussex FA buildings next to it.
I departed and thankfully for me, caught the next train to Worthing with a few minutes to spare. I was impressed by the friendly and helpful welcome at Lancing and wanted to return in the future when the new stand had been completed.
They were through and £15,000 better off. Because of the backlog of fixtures and the replay Hendon faced a trek to Chippenham Town in the third qualifying round the following Wednesday.