This is the first of a new feature looking at the County Times sports stories from 30 years ago.
Floodlight failure added to Horsham’s misery as half the light bulbs went out during their 4-1 defeat to Dorking. A blown fuse was the reason why the lights went out but the answer behind Horsham’s drubbing was the fact Dorking had too much for Horsham to handle. A great performance from Andy Bushnell saw him assist the first goal and bag two himself, with other goals coming from Kevin Wellstead and Chris Pape. With a consolation goal from Peter Mitchell for Horsham.
Tanbridge School headmaster Neil Chapman proved he is no mean swimmer as he picked up a gold medal as part of the National Masters freestyle winning team. Neil and his team-mates were competing in the 45-49 age group representing Watford swimming club. He and fellow swimmer Anthony Gimson are past presidents and life members of the Watford club.
A Mannings Heath golf club couple made national headlines when, against all odds, they took the Daily Mail women’s title at Turnberry. Doreen Dinnage, an eight handicapper and Rosie Petzold who has a handicap of ten have only played together for the odd match in 1983. But they still managed to find the perfect formula as they fought off competition from over 1,200 other couples to win the premier women’s national handicap title in golf.
Horsham’s first mens hockey team drew further ahead at the top of the Sussex Division 1 after an exciting win 4-3 win at Middleton on Saturday. Nigel Woodhouse opened the scoring with a cheeky lob while more goals from Ian Campbel, Paul McIntyre and Hardie scored the final goal when he slotted in a penalty off the post to win Horsham the tie 4-3.
Horsham YMCA stalwart Steve Welch left the club last week in a surprise move to Three Bridges. Assistant manager Norman Dearlove said that former skipper Steve had gone for a change of scene and had parted amicably. Steve is the second longstanding YMCA servant to leave Gorings Mead’s recent move to Broadbridge Heath.