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DARREN FROM THE DUGOUT
This season, we’ll be interviewing Darren ahead of every game. Click Play below to hear his thoughts on the start to the season, the FA Cup game at Molesey and today’s opponents.
TODAY’S MATCH MUSIC
We’ve created a playlist of the music you’ll hear in the stadium before the match and at half-time. If you’re a Spotify user, you can listen to the songs on the playlist below. Today’s music has been selected by John Peel (not that one).
Good afternoon and welcome to the Dripping Pan for the first local derby of the season, and a clash between our old friends from down the A27, Bognor Regis Town. I’d like to welcome the fans, players, management and officials from The Rocks, and hope they enjoy their afternoon here.
This time last season we were two divisions apart, with Bognor Regis Town hoping to make an impact on the National League South whilst we looked to improve on our 9th place finish in the Isthmian League South from the previous season. It is fair to say the two sides had very different fortunes during the season, hence why we are meeting here today. That being said, The Rocks play an attractive style of football and I expect to see them competing at the top end of the table come the end of April.
It is fair to say that we deserved at least something from our opening day fixture here against Carshalton Athletic. I thought we started nervously but certainly matched them across the park, with one momentary lapse of concentration at the back deciding the game. And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one either who saw Billy’s last minute shot play out in slow motion as it clipped the post.
Darren couldn’t have prepared any better for our two games last week, changing his line-up to ensure we both neutralised the threats of Tonbridge Angels and Dorking Wanderers but also ensured we looked to score at the other end. The 0-0 against Angels was certainly an entertaining affair, with both teams having chances right up until injury time. We certainly felt as if we could have taken all three points on the night.
Last Saturday we built on that performance and were excellent at Dorking Wanderers in their impressive new surroundings at Meadowbank. Michael Dome-Bemwin was outstanding in the centre of midfield, Omarr worked his socks off and Jonte held the ball up brilliantly. Our back four stood solid and Lewis Carey seemed to be in the right place at the right time every time Dorking had a shot. It was a superb performance against one of the self-confessed big spenders in the league and it was great to see so many Rooks fans there to enjoy it, as there had been at Tonbridge Angels a few days before.
It’s not only Darren’s side who have enjoyed a good week. Our Women’s team demolished Charlton Athletic Women in the first group game of the WSL Continental League Cup last Sunday and faced WSL new girls West Ham United Women yesterday in their second game, whilst Steve Eke’s DS side got their season off with a win on Monday night, beating Horsham 4-1 with two goals from last season’s Golden Boot winner Sam Karl.
It was great to see over 600 here for our opening game of the season and I hope you all found our new programme enjoyable. We had a few grumbles on the day that we weren’t producing a printed version but most people understood the reasons why. We will keep trying to improve it as the season goes on, so please keep the feedback coming. More than 1,400 people viewed the last edition, which was really positive to hear. Don’t forget you can catch up on all of the action from today, or the season so far on our YouTube Channel.
Let’s hope for another bumper crowd today and three more points.
Come on you Rooks!
RECENT MATCH REVIEW
Lewes 0 vs Carshalton Athletic 1
It was the case of déja vu at The Pan as the Rooks lost to fellow-promoted Carshalton Athletic by a single goal for the fifth consecutive time. Read Stuart Fuller’s full match report here.
Tonbridge Angels 0 vs Lewes 0
A solid team performance saw Lewes return from Kent with their first point of the season after a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Tonbridge Angels. Read Tom Harper’s full match report here.
Dorking Wanderers 1 vs Lewes 2
The Rooks recorded their first win of the season with an impressive performance against a much-fancied Dorking Wanderers side. Read Stuart Fuller’s full match report here.
Moseley 0 vs Lewes 0
A goalless draw in the FA Cup Preliminary Round at Moseley ensures a replay at the Pan on Wednesday 5th September, 7:45pm kick-off.
In our final Lost Legends: Roy Race b1938 – by Paul Sheppard
Our occasional Lost Legends series, started last season, obviously struck a chord with thousands of Rooks fans all over the world. The club has been deluged with letters demanding to know why Roy Race was not the first to feature.
Well, there is one simple reason for that, namely there is nothing and never can be anything “lost” about Racey. But before we capture a mere summary of the great man’s greatest moments, Lewes FC wish to place on record that we abhor the outrageous threats of personal violence toward the programme editors for not insisting upon including Roy Race in the canon of greats.
Contrary to the freaks among Roy’s fans who continue to insist he is not of this world, gifted to our planet by some unknown provenance, Roy was born in Melchester on 21 October 1938. Roy was the only son born to Doris and Striker Race, ordinary working folk from Melchester.
The oddly named “Striker” was an amateur player in the local leagues with no special footballing gifts, his name reflecting the fact he was always on strike in the Cottage industry. Mum, Doris, was broken-hearted when told she could bear no more children after Roy, spending the rest of her life devoted to her only son.
Roy’s prodigious gifts, like Einstein in his field, were little suspected at school. So it was a surprise when Roy was chosen to represent Melchester at the age of 16. This was no ordinary debut. An injury to Rovers’ regular striker meant that the young apprentice was drafted into the side for the 1959 European Cup final. It was a fairy tale. Roy twisted and turned his big Spanish marker, leading the line like a man twice his age. With 10 minutes left, and the game goalless, he broke free on the edge of the area and let fly with the shot that screamed into the net. Rovers were Champions of Europe and had a new hero.
Stunningly good-looking, Racey was attractive to every sex under the sun. Speaking of which, he was an outdoors lover, although no more of that for now in deference to our younger readers.
With his blonde locks, sturdy thighs, robust upper torso, and chiselled jaw, it was not unusual for some fans to faint and miss the game. In fact one of my former wives was arguably Roy’s biggest fan, although she never saw him play, and eventually was banned from attending grounds by the St John’s Ambulance.
Roy Race would go on to have the longest and most celebrated career in world football. Within two seasons he was made captain, and won practically every trophy there is. Roy played for England between 1963-1987, although injury always meant he was never able to appear in the World Cup finals or European Championships, hence he was always denied the chance to lead England to the highest footballing glory.
Just a month before the 1966 World Cup, an end-season charity match saw Roy twist his ankle badly. The England selectors could not take a chance on Race for the World Cup squad. It is remarkable that with Roy in the squad England were defeated in only one game, the one that saw England out of the quarter finals of the 1970 World Cup. The most spectacular goal that Racey scored for England took place against Brazil in 1981. His last performance for England was against Turkey in 1987 at Wembley Stadium.
Despite his international pain Roy stated: “I played at the very top level for almost 40 years, played, captained and managed Melchester and England, lifted 44 trophies, survived several kidnap attempts, being shot at by rebel forces in a South American civil war, and by a mystery assassin in my office. I guess you could call it a pretty full and varied career. It was the helicopter crash that did for me. I was left in a coma and when I came round I found my left foot had been amputated, so that was that, really. I can’t complain!”
*In 1976 Race married Rovers club Secretary Penny and a year later they gave birth to twins, Roy and Melinda. A further daughter was born in 1982, called Diana.
Ben Lane gives us an audio preview of today’s game with Bognor Regis. Just click the player to listen.
TODAY’S OPPONENTS: BOGNOR REGIS TOWN
JACK PEARCE – Team Manager
Now in his 50th year with the club after joining as a player from Portsmouth, Jack has been player, player-manager, manager, chairman and is now general/team manager/Vice Chairman of the club including responsibility for team matters. He is also a highly respected FA Councillor of many years standing and was appointed to the Main Board of the FA last year.
ROBBIE BLAKE – Head Coach
Made over 500 appearances in the Football League and the Premier League, including scoring the winner for Burnley against Manchester United. Robbie was previously first team coach at Portsmouth before making the switch to Bognor this summer.
DAN LINCOLN – Goalkeeper
Former Reading stopper who signed for the Rocks two years ago. Played twice for Arsenal on trial last season and the Rocks faithful are delighted that Dan has remained for a further season. During his time at Reading, Dan played on loan at Oxford United, Met Police, Harrow Borough, Farnborough, Nuneaton Town, Hayes & Yeading and Basingstoke Town.
CALVIN DAVIES – Defender
A popular player who is tenacious in the tackle. Originally joined Bognor on loan from Portsmouth three years ago and returned permanently in 2017. Has also spent time at Havant & Waterlooville.
ARCHIE EDWARDS – Defender
Enjoyed a spell last season on loan at the club from Charlton Athletic. Signed permanently this season.
KEATON WOOD – Defender
Signed in November 2017 from Dartford. Began his career with Millwall before joining Dartford on loan, making the move a permanent deal last season. Has represented the England “C” team and can play anywhere in defence.
CHAD FIELD – Defender
A strong, calm central defender who spent a season on loan from Portsmouth FC. Chad then signed permanently for the club, having impressed many with his reading of the game, thoughtful play and excellent timing in the tackle. Sadly missed all of last season as a result of a serious knee injury.
TOMMY BLOCK –Defender/ Midfielder
A local lad who despite his young age displays great confidence on the ball. Played for Havant & Waterlooville’s youth team and Chichester City before signing last season for Bognor.
HARVEY WHYTE – Defender/Midfielder and Club captain
Played for the club during two loan spells before signing permanently five years ago from Havant & Waterlooville. Great ball control and a blistering pace makes him very popular with the Rocks faithful. Son of 1980’s Rock’s favourite Dallas Whyte. Began as a winger but is now an accomplished attacking full back.
TOMMY SCUTT – Midfielder
A young player who began his career at Portsmouth before joining the Rocks in 2017. Has impressed when given the opportunity and has already scored several goals.
MARLEY RIDGE – Midfielder
Signed this season from Havant and Waterlooville. A tricky and determined player who can provide excellent service to his forwards.
DOUG TUCK – Midfielder
Was at Brighton for two years, before joining The Rocks five years ago. Has played regularly for the England Colleges team. Though small in stature, Doug has superb ability on the ball and has scored some valuable goals. Nephew of former Brighton and Bognor centre half Stuart Tuck.
HARVEY SPARKS – Midfielder
Joined from Worthing during the summer. A very adaptable player who scored some important goals for Worthing
JIMMY MUITT – Forward
Began his career at Brighton and Hove Albion, scoring twice against Bognor in a Sussex Senior Cup match. Moved to Lewes following his departure from Brighton before joining Bognor at the start of the 2016/17 season.
DAN SMITH – Forward
On loan from Portsmouth, where he was in the first team squad towards the end of last season. Equally adept at playing up front or in midfield.
BRADLEY LETHBRIDGE – Forward
A capable and hard running front player who is on loan from Portsmouth.
AWAY SHIRTS NOW IN THE CLUB SHOP!
Have you been admiring the new away kit on our trips to Tonbridge, Dorking and Moseley? Then head up to the club shop and bag yourself a shirt. 20% off for club owners.
JOIN THE VETS!
Barry Collins took the photos, whilst Charlie Dobres scored a lovely goal, as Lewes FC Men’s Veterans goalkeeper Robin Baldwin’s Raucous Reds took third place on a warm night in June for the first ever Director’s Night at Lewes FC 35+’s growing Friday Night Football. The mini-tournament between 4 7-a-side teams made old men and women very happy.
Since its inception in September 2016, Friday Night Football has staked its claim as a meaningful and significant community football event every week at 8pm. It is friendly, welcoming and sociable. It is for anyone over the age of 35, male or female: if you are old enough, you are good enough, as the Friday Night Football poem says.
Over 150 footballers have played in that hallowed space and there is a regular cast of about 40 characters who return, time and time again, to make their mark on the holy turf of Lewes FC’s 3G pitch.
It matters to people. For Lee Shepherd, a Third Sector Volunteering Consultant, originally from Norwich: “Friday night football helped me find my way out of a difficult place. I was recently divorced and had few friends and Friday night footy was somewhere I could forget my problems and make new connections.”
For Dads of young children, in particular, it has become a way of building networks of friendship based on common interest. Many players are not Lewes born and bred, but their children are growing up in this town, often playing on Saturday mornings on the same beautiful 3G their Dads have left under floodlights, hours ago, the night before. They are building communities and growing new roots, simultaneously rediscovering the ability to carry out an elegant Cruyff turn.
Architects, builders, teachers, professors, lawyers, psychotherapists, artists, gardeners, brewers, students, roofers, vintners, accountants…folk from all sections of Lewes society come and play together. The culture of the group is about being fair, valuing and encouraging one another, co-creating a way of playing football that means people can actually learn and improve. It is possible to get fitter and play better football, even if you are over 35!
A team, Lewes FC Men’s Veterans, has grown from the theatre of those evenings, and this season will play 15 fixtures in Rooks colours in the Mid-Sussex League. The team set up seeks to embody the principle of valuing each person, by guaranteeing every member of the 16-man squad 60 minutes on the pitch. Selection is based upon points earned for attending on Fridays and the new training sessions on Wednesday evenings, not on who the best player is. Showing up matters: Lewes FC Men’s Veterans bring an old quality to Equality FC.
Squad members each pay £29 a month to be part of the team and play on any Wednesday and Friday, whilst pay-as-you-play people on Fridays pay £10 for two hours of football on a Friday Night. All that money (over £10,000 pa) goes back into Lewes FC and helps to pay towards the maintenance of the 3G pitch that is such an amazing playing experience.
Director’s Night is Lewes FC 35+’s way of acknowledging the hard work of the directors. To all those who volunteer their own free time to make Lewes FC the place it is, all the players at Lewes FC 35+ are proud to stand with you, to honour the contribution you make. Thank you. We hope you will come again next year! Did anyone mention that Charlie Dobres scored? A good goal, too…
If you are over 35 and interested in playing Friday Night Football, just show up at the 3G with appropriate footwear, shin pads and £10 on any Friday. It will be on until mid-December.
BOYESY BEHIND THE LENS
More great snaps from our top photographer, James Boyes. Click here to see all of Boyesy’s recent match albums.
STODGEBUSTERS ON TOUR
Tonbridge Angels, 14th August 2018
At last. After what seemed a very long summer close season, and some minor football competition in Russia on the TV, it was back to the real McCoy. The Bostik Premier League, and the first away match for the Stodgebusters.
The previous Saturday’s narrow defeat at home to Carshalton in the opening fixture had been a disappointment, but Lewes had played well against a good team and were unfortunate not to have got a point. Tonight at Tonbridge would be tough too. The Angels are fancied by some to do well this season. What that is based on is unknown to us but we were inclined to take it seriously. Only one of us predicted a Rooks win en-route to the game. The others would be happy with a point.
Longmead Stadium is a no-go by train for an evening game, as the station is miles away and it’s not an easy journey from Lewes anyway. In fact, we were not sure we could even get home on the last train. So Roly, Malcolm, Gary the Badge and Honorary Stodgebuster for the evening Terry climbed aboard PJ’s MPV for the trip up the A26. That road can be the Highway To Hell at rush hour so we had set out early. Typical though, we breezed along and arrived a tad early. About an hour and a half early actually.
Longmead is one of the better grounds we have visited. All spic and span. Nothing there has that “tired” look that is so prevalent at this level. With cover at both ends and down one side it is excellent for watching the beautiful game. With 90 minutes until kick off we retired to the bar for a drink and some banter with the usual Lewes hardcore. Terry’s Honorary Stodgebuster membership was immediately revoked for producing a lunch box full of sandwiches. Bad form. Stodgebusters don’t do packed lunches.
It’s hard to criticise Tonbridge’s ground but we found something very seriously wrong. The food bar doesn’t do chips. Football ground food is burgers and chips. In the absence of chips Gary tried a burger and PJ went for a jumbo hot dog. Neither were particularly outstanding. So maybe Terry had the right idea after all with his lunch box.
There was a great turnout of Rooks fans come kick-off time. Probably in the region of 100 had shown up to support the boys. Why can’t we have this many at every away game?
As on Saturday, Lewes started well. But the opponents came back into it. The first half saw Tonbridge have the better of the possession but Lewes had the better chances. The Angels keeper did well to stop a Ronnie Conlon effort with his face. Unconventional but effective.
The second half saw Lewes pinned back a bit more but the Rooks still had the better chances. Lewes defended resolutely under a barrage of crosses mostly from their right and survived a rather nervy last ten minutes to secure a goalless draw and the first point of the season. A draw was probably the right result on the night. Everyone had played their part but the general consensus amongst us was that Leon Redwood was our man of the match. It had been a good competitive game of football despite the lack of goals.
Dorking Wanderers, 18th August, 2018
Straight after a tough midweek away fixture at Tonbridge came an even tougher test at Dorking Wanderers. They are another team fancied to be challenging for the honours this season.
We suspect they may have a bob or two to spend on players as getting renowned striker Jason Prior to drop down a league from Havant & Waterlooville probably doesn’t come on the cheap. They also had ex-Rook Sami El-Abd in their line-up. He was a very good player for us. He helped to keep us in Conference South a few years ago before he went on to greater things.
The usual Stodgebuster foursome of PJ, Gary the Badge, Roly and Malcolm met up at Lewes station where we were pleased to see a gaggle of other Rooks supporters on their way to Dorking too by way of the 10.48. Refreshment on the train would not be a four-pack of Stella but rather a pack of Fox’s Glacier Fruits and a pack of Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles.
Is there anyone who can work out the logic behind rail ticket prices? We can’t. Gary had discovered that by buying a return ticket to Gatwick and another return ticket from Gatwick to Dorking we would each save about a fiver on the price of a Lewes to Dorking ticket. Of course, the naughty rail companies don’t tell you about this. We don’t like giving Southern money for nothing so split tickets it was.
About 90 minutes later, after a change at Gatwick, a small horde of Lewes supporters disembarked at Dorking Deepdene and went looking for pre-match sustenance. Some do beer. We do food, and we soon found some at the Superdish fish and chip restaurant in the high street. That would do. In we went and a very pleasant waitress served up some excellent fish and chips all round followed by a couple of ice creams and one sticky toffee pudding. We know how to live.
The ground was only a five minute walk away. It’s all brand new with a 3G pitch. It’s also the HQ of the Surrey FA. However, it’s not our cup of tea. These new grounds are too formulaic for us and resemble large Lego sets rather than the traditional terraced football grounds that we like. However, we all agreed it was light years ahead of their old ground on the edge of town that we visited a couple of seasons ago. That place had so much churned up mud everywhere it resembled a farmyard. Also, getting across the busy A24 to the ground was a real life version of the old 80’s arcade game Frogger, but without three lives and a reset button. We said at the time that even if we never have to go back there again it would be far too soon.
We owed Dorking Wanderers one. We didn’t do very well against them last time. We wanted a bit of revenge but we would probably have settled for a point before kick-off.
Dorking probably had the best of the first few minutes but the Lewes defence held firm and we gradually got into the game more and created chances. Lewes were playing well and the game was swinging our way when a Jonte header back across goal was met by Luke on the six yard line. His strike was more into the ground than goalward but was good enough to beat the keeper who dived theatrically after the ball had passed him. One up at half-time and deservedly so.
The second half was end to end stuff. Lewes missed a couple of golden opportunities to extend the lead. Wanderers were creating their own chances too but always found keeper Lewis Carey’s gloves or lost out to some brilliant defending.
Then a dreadful pass out from a home defender landed at the feet of Leon, who in turn played a lovely weighted pass through the middle for Omarr to run onto and he slotted it past the keeper. Two up with about fifteen minutes left. Phew. Maybe we could relax a little behind the goal now. No chance. Before the cheers had died down Wanderers had kicked off, got in behind down their right, crossed and there was that man Prior to tap in for two-one.
Now it would be a tense final few minutes. A refreshed Dorking pressed but there was more heroic defending with goal line headers and great saving tackles. Jonte was still holding the ball up superbly to keep possession and run down the clock. We loved his leisurely walk off the pitch when subbed in added time. We laughed when the home keeper wasn’t impressed and insisted on helping him off. Four minutes added time? Where did the ref get that from? Every minute seemed like ten. We think he added yet another minute on too. But it ended two-one to the Rooks to huge cheers behind the goal.
It had been a great game of football with hardly a bad foul in it. The Lewes boys had been magnificent and deserved the win. The effort and commitment had been awesome from one to eleven and the subs. They had given everything. Bodies on the line stuff. We could ask for no more. We had kicked every ball with them in that last period and were exhausted from just watching. You can’t beat a nice relaxing afternoon watching the Rooks!
Back at Deepdene station we discovered the train back to Gatwick had been cancelled. We didn’t care too much as a Rooks victory on the road works rather like an antibiotic on bad news. But then, bizarrely, the train was uncancelled. The workings of a rail company eh?
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Also this week at the Pan…
Tues 28th August, 7:45pm: Lewes DS vs Three Bridges under-23s
Thurs 30th August, 7:45pm: Lewes U-18s vs Bognor Regis Town U-18s
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