Welcome to the Dripping Pan for this afternoon’s FA Women’s Championship game v Leicester City Women.
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NINA WILSON’S WARM-UP PLAYLIST
Click on the link to listen to England’s Future No.1’s warm-up playlist on Spotify
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 Leicester City fans before today’s game.
We spoke to Captain Kate McIntyre and Vice Captain Leeta Rutherford about a slow start v Palace and Sunday’s game
“We need to focus on us, on how we play. Other teams will need to worry about us”
Good afternoon and welcome to The Dripping Pan for what promises to be another exciting game in the Women’s Championship.
I’d like to welcome our visitors from Leicester City to East Sussex for the first time and hope their fans, players, management and officials enjoy our off-the-pitch hospitality and wish them a safe journey back up to the East Midlands.
For 24 hours this week, we topped the Championship table after our win against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night. Yes, it was on alphabetical order and yes it was prior to Manchester United’s win over Sheffield United, but even so, it was a huge achievement for the club.
Nobody knew what to expect when we started the season and we now have two wins out of two.
It’s fair to say that the first half against Palace wasn’t a classic as we struggled to adapt to the Palace style of play. We also had Bex Thompson-Agbro on the sidelines which meant John had to reshuffle his pack.
But two goals in a couple of early second-half minutes saw us deservedly take all three points. If you haven’t seen the highlights yet on Lewes TV (see below) then I urge you to have a look.
Shannon’s superb effort for the first deserved to go in, although Avilla showed great awareness when the ball came back off the bar. As for the second, well few football fans could begrudge Shannon’s celebrations after being out of the game for so long with that exquisite lob from the edge of the box.
It was also great to see another bumper crowd. Over 300 came down to watch including Men’s first team manager Darren Freeman and top scorer Jonté Smith. Oh, and the small matter of the officials from the FA who were involved in the decision to award us a Championship licence. Thanks to everyone who made them welcome.
I spoke to many fans on Wednesday who were visiting the Pan for the first time (and hopefully not the last!). Our team of volunteers have put so much effort into building our match day experience and we are now starting to see the rewards in terms of attendances but also in the demographic of those attending.
As a club, we want to encourage as many families to attend, which is why we try to make the players as accessible as possible. We know that memories of positive experiences will grow over time and build a strong fan base. We want to see children wearing their Lewes shirts with pride in and around the town.
Two seasons ago we would have been happy with a crowd that just broke the hundred mark. Now we want to build it to regularly being five times that. It can’t happen overnight but thanks to the efforts of many, not forgetting the performances on the pitch, we are well on the way to achieving that.
Turning to today’s game. We’ve met Leicester City twice over the past two seasons, both times in cup semi-finals.
Two seasons ago Georgia Bridges’ goal was enough to see us through to the final of the League Plate competition whilst last year City got their revenge, beating us on the semi-final of the League Cup. I know that John expects it to be a tight affair today.
Our Men’s first team were in FA Cup action at Kings Langley yesterday, earning a deserved 1-1 draw and therefore a replay back here at the Dripping Pan. Our Under 18s certainly showed their cup pedigree by beating Hackney Wick on Thursday 6-2 in the FA Youth Cup. An away trip to Dover in the next round is their reward.
Finally, a shout out to our Girls Under 16s side who take on Chichester City today. They’ve started their inaugural season with a bang, with a 100% record and scoring goals for fun. Keep up the great work!
Enjoy the game and keep the noise up!
Come On You Rooks!
Leicester City WFC has been running for just under 15 years. During this time, four successive promotions have seen them rise up to the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division, peaking in 3rd place consecutively from 2009/10 to the 2011/12 season.
During the 2012/13 season, Leicester City Women struggled in the league and were unfortunately relegated on the final day of the season.
After finishing 2nd in two consecutive seasons, LCWFC finally sealed promotion back to the Northern Division with a 10-0 win over Rotherham United Ladies. The victory came after a run of 19 consecutive league wins as LCWFC broke many league records.
Over the years, Leicester City Women FC has seen 20+ players involved with the International set up at various youth levels and continuously strives to produce more. Most notably ex-captain Remi Allen gained over 20 caps at International level and won a European Gold Medal
In 2018, Leicester City Women were awarded a licence for Tier 2, in the newly rebranded FA Women’s Championship.
WHEN WE LAST MET
Leicester City WFC 4 – 2 Lewes FC Women
FA WPL Cup (Semi Final)
Sunday 11th March 2018. Farley Way Stadium, Quorn
Leicester: Leigh Dugmore ’12, Holly Morgan ’16, Sophie Domingo ’46 ’52
Lewes: Amy Taylor ’10, Sarah Kempson ’90+4
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.
Joan Maureen “Biddy“ Baxter, MBE (born 25 May 1933) is best known as the former editor of the long-running BBC TV children’s magazine show Blue Peter, a position she held from 1965 to 1988. As editor of the programme, Baxter devised much of the format that is still used today.
She was born Joan Maureen Baxter in Leicester to a teacher father who became the director of a sportswear company and a mother who was a pianist. She was educated at Wyggeston Girls’ Grammar School, Leicester and St Mary’s, a women’s college at Durham University, which she attended from 1952 to 1955.
At a meeting with the careers officer at her university, she noticed information about working for the BBC.
“It wasn’t that I was being snotty about secretarial work or teaching, I just didn’t want to do either of them,” she said of the options on offer to her at that time. “This particular teaching officer seemed to me – though maybe I was being unduly sensitive – to have this blind spot about women. All the men were going off to do these amazing things. I really should be grateful to him”.
As we, and many generations of British children, are grateful to you, Biddy.
PREVIOUS MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s home game against Crystal Palace:
YOUR LEWES FC SQUAD
Pics by James Boyes @gingeraction
More Radio Sporting Excellence Award
Lewes FC Women are proud to announce that they have just won a More Radio Sporting Excellence Award.
More Radio selected Lewes FC women for the award as they wanted to recognise a local individual or team who, “excelled in their chosen sport over the last twelve months. It’s not necessarily about how many trophies are in the cabinet; skill, determination and teamwork are just as important.”
The award was presented at a ceremony in the South of England Showground. Director Charlie Dobres, Volunteer Press Officer Karen Dobres and Development/Marketing Manager Rosy Matheson attended the evening on behalf of the club.
Charlie Dobres said: “We are so happy to have won this award as it reflects the success of our women’s team specifically and the club as a whole. Our Women’s First Team are doing really well and have just been promoted to the second highest tier of football; the Women’s Championship League. So we’d like to thank the players for working so hard and the volunteers for donating their time to help run this 100 per cent community-owned club. We now urgently need to recruit more owners to back our women’s team so we can get to the Super League. It’s only £30.00 per year to become an owner and you can such great discount with an owner’s card that it is well worth becoming one.”
Photos from our FA Women’s Championship game against Crystal Palace taken by James Boyes.
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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