|2014 storm damage at Stockbridge FC.|
Stocky recently resigned from the Wessex League. They've had no luck over the last couple of years. Firstly, they were threatened with league expulsion due to their dressing rooms not being large enough - the logical result of all these extra substitutes that leagues allow these days (see also the necessity to increase the size of dugouts and the subsequent near-disappearance of quirky, handmade dugouts in favour of the cheaper, larger, ready-made plastic variety).
So, they raised several thousand pounds to build new dressing rooms. They're nearly ready for use, as you can see in the photo below.
|The new dressing rooms at Stockbridge FC.|
|One of the ladders substitutes use to help collect stray footballs from the overflowing River Test behind the pitch.|
The village of Stockbridge lies alongside the River Test. It doesn't normally overflow, but with three successive months of rainfall over 200% above average, there was nowhere else for the river to go but over the top. Stockbridge became one of many towns and villages that spent a month or two under water in early 2014. Sandbags everywhere. Fish swimming along the high street. Coracles instead of Land Rangers. You get the picture.
|One of Stockbridge's many rollers.|
|Some more rusty equipment.|
|In the absence of Spiky, my new favourite roller at the recreation ground.|
|And here's another one!|
|The storm-damaged terrace roof at AFC Portchester.|