Saturday 17th August 2013 ko 15.00
Wessex League Division One
ANDOVER TOWN 3 (Yates 11 Foot 27 Dixon 37)
HYTHE & DIBDEN 0
When I was growing up my Dad used to comment that Andover ought to be where the tax office is based ( ‘and over… ok I’ll get me coat!). The Hampshire town is most famous for its military connections, RAF Andover was opened on Andover Airfield, to the south of the town, during the First World War and became the site of the RAF Staff College. Before then, in 1846, the town came to public attention after an enquiry exposed the conditions in its workhouse. The Andover workhouse scandal brought to light evidence of beatings, sexual abuse and general mistreatment of workhouse inmates by the overseers. Inmates were noted as being driven by hunger to eat the bones which they were supposed to crush to make fertilizer.
These days the town is a base for the likes of Twinings, and Stannah stairlifts. Being situated on the A303, the town has excellent links to the M3, M4 and M5.
To tell the truth, the footballing side to this story is rather convoluted to the uninitiated. The roots of it all lie Continue reading