Saturday, March 12, 1994

Ditton FC

Ditton 0 Peppard 4 - Combined Counties League

Long Ditton was a Saxon settlement which was in lay but not ecclesiastical terms split in two, as it remains. This split was between the riverside manor and parish of Thames Ditton, and the longer, eastern area, Long Ditton, which is a long rectangle of land extending from developed land by the River Thames to Ditton Hill. Two Dittons appears in the Doomsday Book of 1086: Ditone and Ditune. The one that became known as Long Ditton was held by Picot from (i.e. under) Richard Fitz Gilbert. The one that became known as Thames Ditton was held by Wadard under Bishop Odo. The ancient church dated in its earliest sections, partly from the 12th century and which had fallen into a bad state of decay by the 18th century. Various manors here supported the church and in return the vestry supported its inhabitants, including two in Tolworth. In the 18th century a replacement church was built on its site, with a small Greek cross plan, built of brick. With only the church as listed buildings many properties are Victorian - its rectory house became very derelict in the early 20th century and the decision was made to remove it. Burials in the churchyard include that of global business-founder and civil structural engineer Terence Patrick O'Sullivan, Sir Sydney Camm (aircraft designing engineer for Hawker) and Austin Partner, a victim of the sinking of the Titanic. Long Ditton is a residential suburb in Surrey, England on the boundary with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames; London founded as a village occupying a narrow a strip of land in the medieval period. Neighbouring settlements include Hinchley Wood, Thames Ditton and Surbiton.

Long Ditton Recreation Ground

It is not known when Ditton FC formed. The first reference shows that they were members of the Surrey County Premier League, becoming champions in the 1990-91 season. The following season they joined the Combined Counties League and play their matches at the Long Ditton Recreation Ground. This Pieman travelled by train to Surbiton and after a  little over ten minutes walk from the station, was able to reach the ground. To be honest I don't think I have ever watched a senior football match at a venue as basic as this. The changing facilities being the only building. Visiting Peppard FC defeated their hosts 4-0 in this Combined Counties League match.

Admission: No charge
Programme: None issued
Refreshments: No

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