The rain started early and kept up most of the day
September 2008 saw the Greyhound close, it was quite unexpected and came as a bit of a shock to us all. The first I knew about it was when I had a phone call from a reporter asking for my reaction about the closure. As you can imagine I was appalled and told him that even if the pub was still closed we would still play there on Good Friday even if we had to climb over a fence to get in.
As it turned out the Greyhound reopened round about Christmas time. Jonathan Best took over and set about revitalising the pub and putting it back on the map.
It may have been for this reason that we only had 16 teams playing this year and not the usual 20 or so, the last time we had so few teams was in 1995.
The few days before the event was warm and sunny, the early morning started out just right, crisp and dry. Zachary and I put out the chairs at about 7.30am and at 8 o’clock there was a spot or two of fine rain. The gazebo was quickly erected and placed over the ring ready for the day to come.
Play started at about 10.30. The first game was between Turners Hill Tolleymen and the Bognor Martlets