Surrounded by dense woodland, there’s a real mystical charm when the lights go on. It’s almost ethereal.
Footballing life in Loxwood began a century ago, originally as Loxwood United and competed locally until the mid-nineties when the club sadly folded. However, enthusiasts resurrected the Loxwood name in 1997 and from there, have climbed to the heights of the County League. Ground improvements have taken place through their recent journey, which included a visit by Corinthian-Casuals and their then President, Jimmy Hill, to open a new stand. Loxwood and Casuals would be a pre-season staple for a number of years.
Nicknamed the Magpies, naturally, they play at ‘The Nest’ – a much more charming name than the official ‘Recreation Ground’. The village is typically mid-Sussex sleepy and the 2011 Census gave a population of just 1,480 residents.
As already stated, the ground is charming. Don’t skip past the clubhouse on your way in… it’s warm, cosy and a welcoming shelter on very rainy afternoons (take it from my experience).
There’s a couple of man made shelters – the seating on the halfway line and covered standing behind the nearest goalline. Aside from that, natural protection from the elements comes from the vast number of trees that line three sides of the ground.
Come the start of the new season, this will be Loxwood’s seventh campaign in the top flight of Sussex football. They’re a little fortunate that the previous season was abandoned having only amassed 9 points from 28 matches, of which only recorded victory once. Relegation looked a certainty until Covid caused chaos.
The ‘Pies will surely be hoping for a much better campaign under new boss Spencer Slaughter.