Welcome to The Dripping Pan for today’s Parafix Sussex Senior Cup tie with Brighton & Hove Albion Under-23s. Here is your complimentary e-programme.
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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
Today’s stadium music has been chosen by our very own John Peel. Click below to listen to today’s playlist on Spotify.
Good evening and welcome to the Dripping Pan for what promises to be an exciting evening of cup football against our neighbours from down the A27, Brighton & Hove Albion. I’d like to welcome the fans, players, management and officials and obviously hope their short journey home isn’t problematic.
It has been a few years since we last met The Seagulls – July 2015 to be precise, when the Rooks held them to a goalless draw in a pre-season friendly. We would have contrasting fortunes over the next 12 months as the Rooks were relegated from the Isthmian Premier Division whilst Brighton & Hove Albion earned promotion to the Premier League. It is rare that we have got one over on our neighbours, although almost four years ago to the night we did record a famous victory here in the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup, with Tom Davies scoring a 94th minute equaliser, and then smashing in one of the best goals I’ve seen at The Pan in extra-time to give us a famous 2-1 win on our way to our last final appearance.
Last Saturday we were disappointing in the defeat here against Haringey Borough. We never seemed to get going and the visitors created the better chances although few fans in the ground felt it was a just penalty as Luke was penalised for what was a soft decision. However, we didn’t really put their keeper under pressure, which is unlike us and lost our fifth league game of the season, again by just a single goal. The positive of that is we have never been out of touch in any league game this season, although that counts for nothing when the league table is calculated. We also had a fantastic crowd of 812, our second best home attendance of the season.
I’ve seen a few people comment on the pricing for tonight’s game and wanted to put the view of the club in these notes. I can understand that some fans will say “it is only a County Cup game” but our costs for tonight are the same as they were last Saturday for our Bostik League game, and are the same for Saturday’s visit of Hemel Hempstead Town. Just because it is the County Cup we aren’t charged less for electricity, stewarding, players wages or catering.
In the past we have reduced pricing for certain cup games, predominantly when we have been playing teams from the County Leagues where Darren may have chosen to play some of our younger players. It is highly likely that tonight’s team will be as strong as last weekends, underlining how important he, and the club takes the game.
We should also mention that as a club we run at a deficit and every penny of “profit” for the night goes to reducing that situation. I’m totally committed to growing our fan base and making football affordable for all, but we also have to be totally committed to balancing the books.
Get behind the team and Come on You Rooks!
OUR COMMUNITY HERO VOLUNTEERS
Director John Peel explains how our volunteers are being recognised for their efforts
We were delighted to learn that the Club’s volunteers had been selected as a finalist in the BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards 2018.
Put simply, without the goodwill of our volunteers the Club would not exist and we are indebted to all that give up their free time.
The Awards will be held on 26 November 2018 and you can watch a short video clip below with David Arnold and Barry Haffenden where they explain what volunteering at the Club means to them.
BBC Sussex will also be airing audio interviews with Barry, David, Barbara Arnold and I about the value of our volunteers and the role they play at the Club. You can listen live on BBC South East radio at 12.50pm on Thursday 22nd and 4.15pm on Sunday 25th.
It's just one week until our Community Heroes Awards and we've been catching up with the nominees. The volunteers at @Lewes_cfc are shortlisted in the Sport category ⚽️#BBCHeroes pic.twitter.com/If1nxBRfNn
— BBC Sussex (@BBCSussex) November 19, 2018
BID FOR A BEACH HUT ON RED AND BLACK FRIDAY
It’s Black Friday this week, and we thought we would get in on the action with our very own Red and Black Friday. We’re auctioning three beach huts for Saturday’s crunch game against Hemel Hempstead in the FA Trophy.
If you fancy treating yourself or your family, friends or colleagues to the most unique piece of corporate hospitality in football, get bidding. The auctions end at 6pm on Friday.
RECENT MATCH REVIEW
Lewes 0 vs Haringey Borough 1, Bostik Premier League, 17th November 2018
Darren Freeman’s side come unstuck against the FA Cup 1st Round qualifiers. Match highlights from Your Instant Replay.
TODAY’S OPPONENTS: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION U-23S
Brighton and Hove Albion Under-23s play in the ‘Premier League 2’, a competition for ‘Category One’ status sides in the FA’s Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) introduced in 2016 to upgrade and replace the Under-21 Premier League. Brighton are currently fourth in Group One, that is the first division of two divisions of 12 teams each, having lost 1-2 at home to table-topping Everton recently.
MEET THE SQUAD
Simon Rusk – Manager
Simon was a midfielder who played for Boston United, York City and, towards the end of his career, Crawley Town. He was born in England but played for Scotland at Under-18 level. He has coached Brighton’s Under 23s since March 2015. Simon may rotate his squad for this competition, so please note there could be a fair few U-18 players tonight whose profiles do not appear.
Billy Collings -Goalkeeper
Billy joined the Seagulls in January 2017 from Reading, and has since helped them reach the top flight of under-23 football.
Tom McGill – Goalkeeper
Tom progressed through the club’s youth ranks to make up part of Simon Rusk’s under-23 squad for the 2018/19 campaign.
Hugo Keto – Goalkeeper
Hugo completed a move from Arsenal in July 2018, signing on a two-year contract.
Leo Ostigard – Defender
Leo joined the Seagulls from Norwegian Eliteserien side Molde FK in August 2018. He has represented Norway at under-19 level, and scored in a European Championship qualifier against Germany.
George Cox – Defender
George is a full-back who signed his first professional contract for the Seagulls in June 2016 and racked up a number of impressive performances for the club’s under-23 side.
Josh Kerr – Defender
Josh joined Brighton from Celtic on a two-year contract during the summer of 2017. The 19-year-old moved after spending five years with the Scottish Premier League champions.
Warren O’Hora – Defender
Warren signed for Brighton from Bohemians in January 2018. The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international has a deal up to June 2020.
Alex Cochrane – Defender
From Albion’s Under-18s, Alex stepped up into Simon Rusk’s Under-23 side this season.
Ben White – Defender
A graduate from Albion’s academy, the central defender featured on the bench for the first team on multiple occasions during the 2016/17 season.
Owen Moore – Defender/Midfielder
Owen signed for the Seagulls from the Arsenal academy in 2015, and has progressed out of the club’s under-18 side into Simon Rusk’s under-23 team. He usually plays in defence but has also featured in midfield.
Ben Barclay – Defender/Midfielder
Ben signed his first professional contract for the Seagulls in July 2015 and ended up becoming a regular in Albion’s under-23 team. He predominantly plays in the spine of the team, in both central defence and midfield.
Jordan Davies – Midfielder
Jordan joined the Seagulls from Wrexham in January 2017 and helped them achieve promotion to the top flight of Under-23 football.
Max Sanders – Midfielder
Max has been a regular in Simon Rusk’s Under-23 side since making the step up from the Under-18s. He spent the summer of 2018 playing for England’s under-19s at the European Championships in Finland.
Jayson Molumby – Midfielder
Jayson signed his first professional contract for the Seagulls in August 2016. The central midfielder made his first-team debut against Barnet in the Carabao Cup, before also playing against AFC Bournemouth in the following round.
Will Collar – Midfielder
Will signed his first professional contract in July 2015 and has often been named captain in Simon Rusk’s Under-23 side. He made his first-team debut against Southampton in the Carabao Cup during the 2018/19 season at the Amex.
Mathias Normann – Midfielder
Mathias signed from Norwegian second division side FC Bodo/Glimt on a three-year contract, and has represented Norway at Under-17s and Under-18s.
Anders Dreyer – Midfielder
Anders signed from Danish Superliga side Esbjerg in August 2018. An Under-20 international, he made his Albion debut against Liverpool on the opening day of the 2018/19 season.
Peter Gwargis – Midfielder
Peter signed from Swedish second-tier side Jonkopings Sodra IF in August 2018 on a three-year deal. The midfielder had already claimed three caps for Sweden’s Under-17s prior to his move.
Stefan Ljubicic – Forward
Stefan arrived from Iceland in July 2016 and went straight into the Under-18 side. He stepped up into Brighton’s Under-23 squad ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League 2 Division 1 season.
Aaron Connolly – Forward
Aaron moved into Albion’s Under-23 side for the start of last season’s campaign. The Irishman hit double figures for the side, and scored the second goal in their play-off final victory over Aston Villa. He opened this season in excellent form, scoring the equalising goal for Albion against Arsenal at the Emirates.
James Tilley – Forward
James signed his first professional contract for Albion in August 2015 and has since established himself as a key player for the Under-23s. He was top scorer in 2016/17 with 13 goals.
Viktor Gyokeres – Forward
Viktor signed from IF Brommapojkarna in September 2017, but made the move in January 2018.The Swedish forward was the joint-top scorer in the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, scoring three goals in three appearances for his country. An impressive start to his Albion career, he scored 11 goals in 12 appearances, as the Seagulls won promotion to the top flight of Under football.He made his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup against Southampton at the Amex.
DANNY LAST’S POSTCARDS FROM SOUTH AMERICA
Danny Last is a familiar face around both The Dripping Pan and the Amex. He’s also a cracking amateur photographer, with an Instagram account stuffed full of photos from his footballing travels with Brighton and around the world.
With his kind permission, here are a few photos from his recent trip to South America.
STODGEBUSTERS ON TOUR
Our intrepid salad-dodgers take a short trip to Whitehawk
Travel arrangements would be different for this one. No train. No car journey. We would be going very green by taking a bus all the way to a game.
It made sense to us as it’s very convenient and the most senior amongst us old codgers would get there for free. It would be a number 28 bus to Brighton from the Prison crossroads and then a 7 to the Marina. Also, unusually for an evening game, we planned to have a proper sit down pre-match meal somewhere. Just like we do for Saturday matches.
The excellent Mac’s Cafe in Whitehawk, a Stodgebuster favourite, would be closed so we chose something a little different. Casa Della Pizza in North Street is a fabulous place that PJ and Gary the Badge have been frequenting for years. Gary the Badge went early for some Christmas shopping in Ann Summers HMV and was waiting when PJ and Roly stepped off the 28 bus in North Street right outside Casa Della.
Where was Malcolm? He actually did us a favour by not being there. While waiting for him we hovered around outside while looking wide eyed though the window at all the delicious looking food on offer in the buffet. One of the waitresses must have seen us surveying the fayre on offer and very soon out came out to entice us in with a discount leaflet. We never turn down money-off offers so in we went. Malcolm would have to catch us up.
We love Casa Della. It’s a self service buffet where you can eat all you want for, in our case, £6.99 each. Salad, pizza, pasta, garlic breads, onion rings, chips and more. Where does one start? We risked our Stodgebuster reputation as we tucked into huge plates of…….. salad. (Sorry, we don’t have photographic evidence of that). PJ followed up with a plate of pasta. Then it was time for some Stodge in the form of pizza. A generous variety of huge fresh pizzas still steaming from the oven were available. After a couple of visits to the pizza counter each we were done. Full up. Not even room for a Knickerbocker Glory.
All much heavier we were out of the restaurant and across the road and straight onto a number 7 bus bound for the marina. We got off at the bottom of Wilson Avenue and made our way up the horrible dark lane to the ground. It’s quite a long walk and it was almost pitch black. The only respite was when passing cars headlamps lit the way. What a place to have to get to. Roly almost sprained an ankle in a pothole. Gary tripped over a speed hump. Only cat-like reflexes avoided falls. We reached the ground relatively unscathed and were pleased to see a good turnout of Rooks supporters had made the trip. It swelled the attendance to just over six hundred.
Whitehawk’s ground has improved a little since the last time we were here. Back then the scaffolding stand behind the goal was a health and safety nightmare. Getting to it resembled an SAS assault course. It’s a bit tidier now with much less to trip over or bang your head on. The other end now has an uncovered temporary stand with more ex-Withdean seats. But the whole place still has a bit of a ramshackle feel to it.
It turned out to be a game of two penalties. Lewes looked the stronger team in the first half without carving out too many chances against a suspect Whitehawk defence. The Whitehawk number two then did us a big favour. He probably panicked when he realised a speculative ball was going over his head with Ronnie running in behind him and. He stuck out an arm and handballed it. Worse still for him, he was in the penalty area. It was as clear a penalty as anyone will ever see so his arguing with the ref long and hard was utterly ridiculous and pointless. We told him so too. Jonte despatched the kick with his usual coolness sending the keeper the wrong way.
As usual the second half was a different story. Whitehawk ran their socks off and pressed the ball relentlessly. Lewes were pinned back for long periods and couldn’t get out. A Whitehawk goal looked likely. The home team were then awarded a penalty when Harry Reed was adjudged to have brought down a home player in the box. It looked a very harsh decision to us, but we would say that wouldn’t we?
There was relief and loud cheers all around the Lewes ranks when the penalty was pulled wide of the post. Whitehawk continued to make all the running but Lewes held firm, with Lewis Carey making a world class save to keep out a header bound for the top corner. It was relief to hear that final whistle. One-nil and three more points, but even we wouldn’t have begrudged Whitehawk a point after their second half effort.
The walk back down the lane wasn’t so bad. There were plenty of car headlights lighting the way as they all queued up to get out. We reached the bottom of the lane on foot quicker than a lot of the traffic. It was utter chaos. One wonders how they would get on with a four figure attendance.
Four happy Stodgebusters got back to the Lidl bus stop just as another number 7 was pulling in. What a faultless journey it had been with a splendid result for the Rooks.
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HOME: REG FREEMAN
AWAY: DAVE LAMB
HOME: DAVID & BARBARA ARNOLD
AWAY: CATHY FELTHAM
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TRAINING KIT & BOOTHS: ETHEL TREAGUS
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If you wish to sponsor a player, contact David Arnold at the Supporters Club.
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