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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 ahead of today’s game.
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 match music has been chosen by John Peel.
Good evening and welcome back to The Dripping Pan for another night of cup magic. I’d like to welcome our guests from Hampshire tonight and also thank them for their hospitality on Saturday in the first fixture. I hope we can reciprocate equally well, and to that I’d like to thank Jon Ruben and his family for taking care of arrangements.
Unfortunately, work commitments mean I’m absent from tonight’s game which is disappointing because on our previous few performances I’m sure to be missing a cracking game. Last Wednesday we were ruthless in beating Molesey, scoring eight goals to record our biggest ever FA Cup victory. The quality of some of the goals also has to be admired. The pick for me was our third when Omarr’s powerful run into the box set up Billy to score. That goal illustrated how we’ve stepped up a gear this season – our teamwork ethic is core to our performances.
Saturday’s game, the second-half especially, was a fantastic spectacle for the neutral, although perhaps not for the respective fans and officials. Either team could have won it in the end – Lewis Carey kept us in it with a couple of fine saves in the dying minutes, whilst at the other end both Charlie Coppola and Billy Medlock came within a hair’s breadth of scoring the winner. Once again, despite major transport and logistical issues, we saw a superb turn out from our fans who got behind the team all afternoon.
The winners tonight face either Kings Langley or Northwood, who replayed their drawn match last night. Once again, it would be an away tie and one against a team we haven’t played in living memory (or at least as far back as Kev Brook can remember!).
On Sunday our Women’s squad took on Millwall Lionesses in their first-ever Championship game at Dartford and came away with all three points and a clean sheet to boot. Their 3-0 win was certainly well-deserved and will settle a few nerves about competing at this level, setting themselves up with confidence to face Arsenal on Sunday in the Continental Tyres League Cup.
Enjoy the game and Come On You Rooks!
RECENT MATCH REVIEW
Lewes 8 vs Molesey 1, FA Cup Preliminary Round, 5th September 2018
The Rooks whack the Moles at the second attempt. Watch the match highlights here:
Farnborough 2 vs Lewes 2, FA Cup First Qualifying Round, 8th September 2018
Ross Standen’s reaction to an exciting draw with Farnborough in the first game of this tie:
THE STRANGE TALE OF SAARLAND
Stuart Fuller recounts the story of a little-known nation
The ‘who?’ many of you will probably say. Indeed, up until a few months ago I would have been in that group that would have struggled to place the region on a map of Europe. But thanks to the day job I’ve become quite familiar with the South-Westish corner of Germany and the Federal State capital, Saarbrücken. Saarland is the smallest non-city state in Germany and from a footballing point of view has lacked a top flight team for some years. FC Saarbrücken were actually invited to take part in the inaugural Bundesliga (hence why today they can use the “1” before their name) with some controversy as they weren’t seen as one of the better sides or having the historical success that other sides in the region had.
In that first season they finished bottom and were relegated, and bar a two-year spell forty years ago, have been yo-yoing between the lower tiers ever since. Today they play in the fourth tier of German football, the Regionalliga SüdWest. But go back further into the history books and you find a story that is as confusing as it is bizarre in today’s current climate. Due to the post-war partition of East and West Germany, Saarland was separated and handed to the French to administer.
The Saarländischer Fußballbund (SFB) was founded on 25 July 1948 in Sulzbach and a new league structure was created under the name of the Ehrenliga (rough translation – The Honour League) with clubs taking part from across the region. That was except FC Saarbrücken who accepted an invitation to join Ligue 2 in 1948. The club won the league at a canter (playing under the name of FC Sarrebruck). In order to compete in the top flight they needed to become members of the French Football Federation and were put forward for election by none other than Jules Rimet. But the other clubs were having none of it and voted overwhelmingly not to accept them.
Without a league to play in and not fancying the Ehrenliga they thought outside of the box and arranged a competition where some of the best sides in Europe were invited to play in a knockout tournament in the 1949-50 season known as the Internationalet Saarland Pokel. Unsurprisingly, the home side won the inaugural tournament, beating Stade Rennais 4-0 in the final. They followed that win with high-profile friendlies with the likes of Liverpool (won 4-1), Real Madrid (won 4-0) and a Catalan XI (won). The tournament only ran for another season but three years later the European Cup was born.
Whilst they were now back playing in the German football pyramid, Saarland was still considered a separate state (more of that in a minute) and campaigned UEFA to be given one of the 16 places in the first ever European Cup. Friends in high places perhaps had the final say and FC Saarbrücken were included. Their campaign was short-lived as they lost 7-5 on aggregate to AC Milan.
One reason why Saarland had been able to get a place in the tournament was down to them being officially recognised as a nation by FIFA. After that vote by the French Football Federation to decline their membership back in 1949, they struck up the idea of applying direct to FIFA to be a member of the world footballing family and surprisingly their application was accepted in June 1950. The twist here was that at the time neither the East or West German Football Associations were recognised by the world’s footballing governing body.
Their first game was played in Saarbrücken in November 1950 when they beat Switzerland 4-2. They played a handful of games in the next couple years but their crowning glory was their involvement in the qualification for the 1954 FIFA World Cup to be played in Switzerland. Irony (or warm balls?) saw them drawn in the same group as West Germany and Norway, with only the group winner progressing to the final tournament.
In the first group match they travelled to Oslo to face the Norwegians and took all two points (as it was back then) coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Their positivity was then dampened by a 3-0 defeat in Stuttgart to West Germany and a goal-less draw back in Saarbrücken to the Norwegians. But as there was only two points for a win, West Germany’s 5-1 victory over Norway didn’t secure them the top spot but instead set up a win or bust game between Saarland and the Germans in Saarbrücken.
The watching world were forced to wait for the long footballing winter break to finish before in March 1954 they faced each other. A win would have made Saarland possibly the most unlikely World Cup qualifier ever but it was not to be. West Germany won 3-1, progressed to the tournament in Switzerland and four months later won the World Cup for the first time, beating Hungary 3-2 in what became known as the Miracle of Bern.
Saarland continued to play games, mainly against B-sides or willing nations although they didn’t fare too well, losing heavily to Uruguay, Yugoslavia, France and Portugal in their next few games. In October 1955 they beat France 7-5 in the Ludwigparkstadion in Saarbrücken in what was to be their final victory and in June 1956 played their final ever game as a Nation, losing 3-2 to the Netherlands in front of 65,000 in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. Their final record as a FIFA member was: –
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Saarland held a referendum in 1955 as to whether it should join the Federal Republic of Germany or become an independent state under the guidance of a European Commissioner. Over 97% of those eligible to vote did so with two-thirds rejecting the independent state option and thus starting the wheels in motion for Saarland to once again become a State within the Federal Republic. The date set for that transition was 1st January 1957 meaning that Saarland withdrew from FIFA prior to Christmas in 1956 and became part of the DFB where they remain to this day.
Head coach Helmut Schön went on to manage the West German National side and oversaw their 1966 and 1974 FIFA World Cup campaigns, becoming the first ever international coach to have held the UEFA European Championships and FIFA World Cup honours. He went on to be awarded one of the first FIFA Orders of Merit in 1984.
Saarland’s sojourn into International football may have been brief but the impact lasted for decades. They are one of only three national sides (East Germany and South Yemen being the others) where their FIFA membership and international record hasn’t been merged into the new national state.
TODAY’S OPPONENTS: FARNBOROUGH
Farnborough play in the Evo-Stick (Southern League) Premier South, step 3 of the non-league pyramid. Their last league game saw them come from 1-3 down at half-time to defeat league leaders Weymouth 4-3. They are currently seventh in the table.
Founded in 1967 as Farnborough Town, the club moved up from the Surrey Senior League to the Spartan League in 1972. They won the Spartan League three times in succession between 1973 and 1975, and when the league merged with the Metropolitan-London League to form the London Spartan League Farnborough Town were it’s first champions in 1976. They also reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase in both 1975 and 1976.
Following their move to Cherrywood Road, Farnborough Town joined the Athenian League in 1976, and the Isthmian League in 1977, winning promotions in 1979 and 1985 to reach the Premier Division. Finishing runners-up in 1989, they were promoted to the Football Conference (because winners Leytonstone/Ilford’s ground did not meet the required standards).
Relegated in their first season in the Conference in 1990, they won the Southern League Premier Division in 1991 to win re-gain Conference status. The club progressed beyond the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in 1991-2, defeating third division Torquay United 4–3 in a second round replay. Drawn at home to top flight West Ham, Farnborough Town switched the game to Upton Park where they drew 1-1 before losing the replay 1-0.
Relegated from the Conference in 1993, they made an immediate return having won the Southern League for a second time in 1994. Relegation in 1999 saw Farnborough Town placed in the Isthmian League, which they won in 2001 to return to the Conference.
A second famous cup run in 2002-3 saw the club reach the fourth round, defeating Harrogate Town, Stockport and Darlington (of the third division) on their way to meeting Arsenal at Highbury where they went down 5-1.
In 2005 they were relegated to the Conference South, going into administration in 2007, and having been expelled from the Conference re-formed as Farnborough FC and were admitted to Division One South & West of the Southern League. Winning this at their first attempt in 2008, they won the Premier Division in 2010 to earn promotion to the Conference South.
Financial difficulties saw Farnborough deducted five points in 2011-12, and a further ten points the following season following a second spell in administration. They were relegated to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League in 2015, and demoted to Division One Central of the Southern League in 2016. Promotion via the play-offs enabled them to reclaim their place in the Premier Division in 2017, and league re-organisation saw Farnborough placed in the new Southern League Premier South in 2018.
Spencer Day – Manager
Spencer joined Farnborough in November 2011 and oversaw a turnaround in the club’s fortunes securing their status in the Conference South over the following three seasons. Then, after a couple of relegations, he successfully steered them back to the Southern Premier Division in the 2016/17 season.
Lenny Pidgeley – Goalkeeper
A former Chelsea goalkeeper, Lenny played for the Premier League club on two occasions including the final match of 2004/05 when the West London club were crowned English Champions. He has vast experience at many levels in the game.
James Stroud – Goalkeeper
American born, James, returns to his English roots with a first class attitude, willing to take up the number 2 goalkeeper slot and challenge to be number 1.
Adam Pepera – Defender
A tall, commanding central defender, Adam started last season as Chesham captain, before moving to Harrow Borough. He joins the “Yellows” having previously gained experience with spells at Dunstable Town, Uxbridge, Chalfont St Peter and Endfield.
Zach Fagan – Defender
Zach spent 12 years in the Arsenal youth system, from an 8 year old right up until he was playing U21 football for the North London club. After being released, he signed for Welling United, and also had spells at Bishops Stortford, and Whitehawk.
Frank Puemo – Defender
After brief spells with West Brom and Scunthorpe as a youth player, “Jerry” completed a 2 year scholarship with Aldershot before joining Morecombe’s U23 side for two years.
Manny Omrore – Defender
Former Crystal Palace youth, Manny scored on his debut for Farnborough against Dunstable Town FC in January 2018.
Nathaniel Oseni – Defender/Midfield
Nathaniel is qualified to play for Nigeria and has represented them at youth level, although he has also played for England under-17s. He already has a wealth of experience, having amongst other clubs played for Manchester City`s under-18s as a 15-year old.
Courtney Fearn – Defender/Midfield (Captain)
CJ is a product of the Farnborough Youth Academy who is earmarked for a bright future in the game. He is a talented and hardworking defender/midfielder, voted Young Player of the Season in 2013/14 and supporters’ Player of the Season in 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2017/2018.
Michael Fernandes – Midfielder
A product of the Conquest Football Academy in Middlesex, Michael is a talented young winger who has had trials with Reading. He made his debut for Farnborough against Hitchin Town and immediately impressed, scoring two goals.
Kurtis Cumberbatch – Midfielder
Kurtis is a former Spurs Youth player who is an all-round midfielder. He joined Farnborough form Harrow Borough, having previously played for Welling United, Charlton Athletic and Watford.
Luke Robertson – Midfielder
Luke joined Farnborough this season from Metropolitan Police He is a defensive midfielder who was one of their outstanding players last season.
Kieran Rhule – Midfielder
A product of the Unique FA Academy and formerly with AFC Wimbledon and Sutton United, Kieran is a defensive midfielder who made his Farnborough debut in the home win against Biggleswade Town in mid February 2018.
Brendan Murphy-McVey Midfielder/Forward
Brendan joined the Yellows from league rivals Staines Town FC, and scored his on his debut in a 2-2 draw against Hartley Wintney.
Ibby Akanbi – Midfielder/Forward
A former Crystal Palace U18 striker, strong on the ball and possesses a ferocious shot. Former clubs include Guildford City, Whyteleafe, Whitehawk and Kingstonian,
Connor Calcutt – Forward
One of the Southern league’s top scorers in 2016/17 with 30 goals, Connor joined the club at the end of that season. Formerly with Stevenage, Wealdstone and Dunstable, he is a tall, strong centre forward with a lashing strike.
Perry Coles – Forward
Returning for his second spell at Farnborough after a brief spell at Slough, Perry is a firm crowd favourite with his never give up attitude and his keen eye for goal.
Jefferson Louis – Forward
Experienced striker, Jefferson, joined Farnborough for the 2018/19 campaign from rivals Chesham Town. A former football league man with Oxford United, Bristol Rovers and Mansfield Town, “Jeff” still has a keen eye for goal with over 20 league goals to his name last season.
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BOYESY BEHIND THE LENS
James Boyes’ brilliant photos from the first leg of this cup tie. Click here to see all of Boyesy’s recent match albums.
STODGEBUSTERS ON TOUR
Another Saturday awayday and it’s the Jolly Stodgebuster Boys day out in Margate. We had been looking forward to this one. We like the seaside, and although Margate has a rather run down feel to it these days, we fancied a walk along the prom.
There was no coach with a dodgy Del Boy radio for us, so it was a bright and early 9.15 train to Eastbourne, followed by a train to Ashford International and then another train to Margate, and after about three hours the usual train gang of Lewes fans alighted and, thankfully, we hadn’t had any Chas and Dave impressions. It would have been quicker to go via Victoria, but that would have been more than double the fourteen quid each that we paid. No way were we giving Southern that.
Bad news. The cafe outside the station which was the planned location for our luncheon has closed down. It has changed into a restaurant serving Asian food. PJ doesn’t do Asian, so we needed the plan B which we hadn’t planned. We were in a seaside resort. There must be something else along the seafront.
There were plenty of takeaways amongst the amusement arcades and building/demolition site hoardings but we like a table, chairs and a waitress. The first one we came to was a typical seaside fish and chip restaurant. Lovely jubbly. Two cod and chips, and two haddock and chips were ordered up, along with tea, and soon appeared in front of us. The fish was superb, as was the tea, but the chips let it down a bit by being only lukewarm. That great philosopher Meatloaf once said Two Out Of Three Aint Bad, but we’re not convinced about that so the chippy in Margate only gets a disappointing five out of ten on the Stodgebuster scale.
Over on the beach there was some kind of Red Bull athletic event going on. A course had been marked out in the sand and huge mounds of sand had been created as part of the track. We watched all these young guys struggling around the course and collapsing with exhaustion at the finishing line. It was such a shame that we were short of time as we could have shown them how it’s done.
It was time to go the game. Past that awful tower block and a parade of boarded up shops to Hartsdown Park. It’s not a bad ground but there isn’t a lot of cover if it rains. Fortunately, we wouldn’t have that problem this time. They do have a new 3G pitch though. Margate seem to be one of those boom-and-bust clubs. They have had investment and done well on it, but have also flirted with folding in the past. We wondered what sort of team have they got at the moment?
Margate started the more lively and soon had the ball in the Lewes net, but there was palpable relief when we saw the lino flagging for offside. Good lad. It wasn’t long before Lewes started looking dangerous though, and a promising attack saw Ronnie fouled just outside the area. After an age of getting the wall back maybe 9 yards up stepped Hammo to plant the ball in to the net. Over the wall and high to the keepers right. No way was he stopping that.
One-nil at half time. That would do.
Margate’s players probably got some GBH of the earhole at half time and came out fighting. Solid defence and good keeping kept them at bay though. Lewes should have extended the lead through one of several breakaways that provided some good chances. Into the last quarter Margate were pressuring and got a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty due to Cotton slipping and bringing someone down.
Muttered expletives abounded amongst us as Frannie Collin put the ball on the spot. He has been a thorn in our side for years. Ah well, a point would be good. But hang on, you never know, maybe Lewis Carey will keep it out. Up runs Collin and…… YES!!!! Lewis launched himself to his right and kept it out! Now the expletives came from the home fans behind us, but the expression “Frannie You Plonker” came to mind.
Anyway, more heroic defending and some smart saves from Carey kept us ahead as the final minutes ticked by. Five minutes injury time? Where did he get that from? He actually played six minutes. Thankfully the final whistle blew and three more points on the road. It’s easy this Bostik Premier lark.
What a long day. We got back to Lewes, without an inflatable dolphin or a kiss-me-quick hat, exactly twelve hours after we left. Southern did their bit to try to spoil the party by ensuring we missed a connection at Hampden Park, but it takes a lot to annoy a Stodgebuster drunk on three away points.
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BARRY COLLINS’ SEC’S LIFE
The Club Sec on bizarre new FA Cup rules and the merits of taking a dive
Wondering where Lloyd Cotton is tonight? He might be sat in the stands, but unless someone’s knocked me out with a BA Baracus-style burger from the Chuck Wagon, he won’t be playing.
Not that I’ve got anything against Lloydy. The FA have. Under this year’s new disciplinary rules, designed to bring on the Club Sec coronary five years earlier than it was previously expected, he’s banned for collecting two bookings in two previous FA Cup games.
Discipline, you see, has gone what the FA call “competition-specific”. In other words, bookings accrued in the FA Cup don’t count in the league, and vice versa.
Note I said only bookings in the previous paragraph. Good, you are paying attention, because red cards are treated entirely differently. They still operate under the old system, where you’re suspended seven days after you’re sent to the naughty step, irrespective of the competition. I know, I know…
So, here’s the thing. Lloydy can’t play tonight because he picked up a booking on Saturday. Yet, the fella who dragged down Billy Medlock and denied him a clear goalscoring opportunity is free to play for Farnborough. If someone can explain the logic of that to me, I’ll be sitting in the main stand, weeping into my pint and trying to count the yellow cards on my fingers.
Whilst we’re on the wild inconsistencies of FA Cup football… Billy Medlock got his marching orders in the Preliminary Round against Molesey for what the referee deemed a dive, when he was clearly clipped by the keeper in the penalty box. I’m not saying Billy didn’t make a three-course dinner out of the challenge, but he was clipped. No question.
Then on Saturday against Farnborough, Omarr Lawson gallops after a ball in their penalty box during time added on, and is once again clipped by the keeper. He stays on his feet, but he’s been clipped, and the keeper’s in a different postcode to the ball.
The referee’s unmoved, shaking his head to suggest not enough contact. Had Omarr gone down under that challenge, would we have won a penalty and not needed tonight? I’m absolutely certain of it.
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