Welcome to the Dripping Pan for tonight’s FA Women’s Championship game v Crystal Palace Ladies.
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JOHN’S VIEW: WELCOME TO THE DRIPPING PAN
This season, we’ll interview Lewes manager John Donoghue ahead of every game. Click the play button below to hear his welcome to Lewes and Crystal Palace fans before tonight’s game.
We’d like to especially welcome Chris and Ruth from Harrogate to the Pan tonight, attending their first ever football match with Super-fans Sue and Lynda
Good evening and welcome to the Dripping Pan for tonight’s FA Women’s Championship game against Crystal Palace. I’d like to extend our best wishes to our visitors from South London and hope they enjoy their brief visit to East Sussex and wish them a safe journey home.
Tonight sees our first home game in the new second step of Women’s football in England and there is a real buzz around the ground after the win two weeks ago against Millwall Lionesses. Our approach to the match and the way we executed our game plan against an established side at that level was faultless. Three very well taken first half goals and a clean sheet was a perfect return and got us up and running.
Last Sunday’s Continental Tyres League Cup game here against Arsenal was a stark reminder of the gulf in ability between the two divisions. Whilst we planned well for the game, with three sessions last week, nothing could have prepared us for the first-half onslaught from the Gunners which saw them score six times.
The Arsenal squad had 16 full internationals in their squad of 18 and beat Liverpool last week 5-0. Our aim in games against the sides at the top of the English game is to compete and learn – I’m sure that John and his team will have taken a lot from the game, which will help us prepare for both tonight and for when we face other sides from the Championship.
One of the positives from Sunday was the fantastic crowd. Nearly 1,000 fans were at the game, close to our record from the last season when we faced Everton in the FA Cup. Whilst many will have come to see the Arsenal superstars, a significant number will have also been here to watch our new-look Lewes side and I hope many will be back.
We continue to build our match day experience here at The Pan as something for everyone, fans old and new. Once again I’d like to thank our wonderful team of volunteers who make games like Sunday and tonight possible.
Don’t forget we are back here on Sunday when Leicester City Women are our visitors, kick off 2pm.
Finally, I’d to wish our Men’s team all the best of luck in their FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie at Kings Langley FC on Saturday as well as our Men’s Under 18s side who face Hackney Wick in the FA Youth Cup here tomorrow night.
Enjoy the game and Come On You Rooks!
WOMEN’S FOOTBALL IS ON-BRAND
To mark the start of a new era for Women’s football in England, the FA has commissioned new branding for the Super League, Championship and National Leagues.
They are part of the FA’s ‘Gameplan for Growth,’ which has the objective of increasing the number of people watching and participating in women’s football.
Design studio Nomad, which created the new logos, was keen to move away from a traditional football or sports brand, and purposely avoided silhouettes of women playing the game. “It’s about creating something that girls would aspire to have on a t-shirt or bag,” explained Nomad’s Terry Stephens.
This growing audience of girls aged 7 – 15 watching and playing football, as we have experienced ourselves at Lewes, were integral to the research for the new branding. “The thing that struck us was that their tastes were far more mature than we thought,” remarked Stephens.
The Super League logo is an “S” made up of red lines, reminiscent of a “superhero” symbol.
A hexagonal shape with a single point at the top was chosen to represent that this is the “pinnacle of the league”.
The Championship logo is made of blue-green concentric circles around the letter “C” imitating a “springboard,” recognising that the league could be seen as a gateway into professional football.
The National league logo is a blue-purple “N” with two interlocking sides representing the “comradery, community spirit and oneness” that goes through the league.
The rebrand comes at a time when there is an increasing interest in women’s football and is part of a wider campaign about “the power of the game”, Stephens says.
“Football has so many amazing benefits and so many of them are often unseen or unspoken. The campaign is about discovering those benefits of women’s football, and encouraging more girls to get into football, with the possibility of playing professionally.”
Each poster will feature an inspirational woman from the visiting team’s locality, along with a Lewes FC Women footballer. Read more about Chris Arran and his work with Lewes Women here.
Jacqueline Du Pré
Some of you will have spotted legendary virtuoso cellist Jacqueline du Pré features on tonight’s match poster.
At the age of four du Pré is said to have heard the sound of the cello on the radio and asked her mother for “one of those”. She began with lessons from her mother, who composed little pieces accompanied by illustrations, before enrolling at the London Violoncello School at age five, studying with Alison Dalrymple.
For her general education, du Pré was enrolled first at Commonweal Lodge a former independent school for girls in Purley, and then at the age of eight, transferred to Croydon High School, an independent day school for girls in South Croydon
Here she is at the height of her considerable powers, performing the 1st Movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Daniel Barenboim conducting the London Philharmonic in 1967.
ROOKS TAME LIONESSES
Read Stuart Fuller’s match report from our game against Millwall Lionesses here.
PREVIOUS MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Sadly we were not able to get highlights of the match from Millwall, so here are some from the previous home game, against Charlton in the Continental Tyres Cup. Enjoy!
YOUR LEWES FC SQUAD
Pics by James Boyes @gingeraction
STIX AND STONES
We’re delighted to welcome Eastbourne-based percussionists extraordinaire, Stix Drummers.
Founded in September 2013, this merry band of marauders deliver powerful, rhythmic beats to all manner of public events. Always colourful, Stix aim to entertain and add to our match-day atmosphere. They will be welcoming the teams onto the pitch tonight, and entertaining the crowd at half-time.
Here’s a clip of Stix playing at the 2017 Hastings Pirate Festival. Click the play button and turn up the volume!
Crystal Palace Ladies FC followed Lewes from the FAWPL into the FA Women’s Championship on appeal, having originally had their application rejected by the FA. The Eagles played the Rooks on three occasions last season; once at the Pan, again under lights, when Lewes edged a tight game 1-0. Palace took revenge back at Bromley with a 3-0 home win in the league, but Lewes had the last laugh, returning to the same ground three days later to knock their hosts out of the FAWP League Cup.
What They Say
Having been in existence since 1992, Crystal Palace Ladies has a significant history within the women’s game. Over the last eight years, we have undertaken a project to develop within the sport, aimed at supporting a team, playing at the highest levels of the sport. Through the stewardship of a constant committee, during this time, The Club has designed and fulfilled strategic development plans, designed to create a sustainable, financially viable and ever-developing brand, consistent with the dynamic pace and change within our sport.
Crystal Palace Ladies FC has been developed from the ground-up, working to ensure that the ambition for an elite First Team is fully supported by a pathway geared towards supporting players of all abilities and development rates – promoting our club ethos of Crystal Palace Ladies FC – A Club For Life
Photos from our Continental Cup game against Arsenal taken by James Boyes.
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THIS SEASON’S FIXTURES AT THE DRIPPING PAN
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CREDITS AND LEGAL INFO
The FA Women’s Championship strongly supports recent FA statements that there should be a zero tolerance approach against racism and all forms of discrimination. Accordingly, any form of discriminatory abuse, whether it be based on race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, faith, age, ability or any other form of abuse will be reported to The Football Association for action by that Association. (The FA 0800 085 0508/Kick It Out 020 7253 0162)
Lewes 2000 FC Limited. Registered in England and Wales with Company Registration Number 03790979.
Honorary Presidents Carol Joy and Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller
Charlie Dobres, Eddie Ramsden, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Barry Collins, Jackie Gilligan, Ed Briggs, Jon Ruben
Club Secretary Barry Collins
Operations Manager Duncan Thompson
Mr and Mrs Brook, Vic Blunt, Pat Dartnell, Gary Elphick, Gordon Fowlie, Peter Hiscox, Billy Nixon, Derrick Parris, Terry Parris, Jimmy Quinn, P. Swaysland, Steve Ibbitson, Jason Hopkinson, Steve White, Martin Elliot, Kevin Fingerneissl, Kevin Powell, David and Barbara Arnold, Roger and Cathy Feltham, Ethel Treagus, Roy Dartnell RIP, Ron Moore, Derek Southouse, Ray Smith, Ken Carter.
General Manager Jack Heaselden
Marketing and Media Manager Rosy Matheson
Women’s Manager John Donoghue
Assistant Manager Adam Wolecki
Goalkeeping Coach Radd Reynolds
Physiotherapist Becky Cunningham
S & C Coaches John Edwards, Jordan Niblock
Kit Wrangler Joe Gander
DS Manager Zak Dove
DS Coach Alan Dove
FS Manager Kelly Newton
FS Coaches Charlotte Bennett, Greg Cross
Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editor Aidan Hother
Progcast content team Ash Head, James Boyes
Progcast designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes