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The Floating Football Kit

Ryde Sports F.C. was founded in 1888 and based at grounds in Partlands Avenue. They had many successes in their early years, with a dip in fortunes during the 1950s – 1970s, before they won Division 2 and Division 1 Wessex League titles. In the late 1990s they sadly ran into financial troubles and withdrew from competition. Today the town is represented by Ryde Saints based at Smallbrook Stadium.

(If you are in a group, perhaps take turns to read each story out loud in character!)

It was a frigid cold winter’s night in Ryde on the Isle of Wight and we could hear the children playing football and laughing manically.

The next day the team was told they had to get to a match on the mainland, but they all forgot their kit! If they didn’t have it, they would forfeit the match, but – wait – the assistant coach threw the bag of kit over the sea…! Dejectedly, the throw was just short of the boat, causing the kit to be forever floating in the Solent, lost by the team’s lack of awareness. All were thinking ‘What are we going to do? We have no kit!’ Was the game won or lost?

Three years later, they are at the end of the pier, open mouthed, when they see their bag of kit appear again. They found it soaked, deteriorated and ripped; so they decided to pick it up and take it either to a sewing shop or fix it by hand.

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