Welcome to The Dripping Pan for today’s Buildbase FA Trophy game with Hemel Hempstead Town. 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 playlist has been specially curated by our resident DJ, John Peel (not that one). If you’re a Spotify user, you can follow the playlist and get a sneak preview of today’s music at the Pan.
JOIN THE LEWES FC VETS!
Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to The Dripping Pan for this FA Trophy tie against Hemel Hempstead Town. I’d like to welcome the fans, players, management and officials from Hertfordshire and hope they enjoy our hospitality, off the field at least! This is our third consecutive Saturday home game and with Leatherhead the visitors next Saturday it does seem awhile since we ventured out of East Sussex!
We’ve had two 1-0 defeats in the past week – in fact the Bath City FA Cup game aside, every game we’ve lost this year has been by a one goal deficit. We played well in both games and you only have to see the run of form Haringey Borough are on to understand they are no pushovers anymore – coming back from 2-0 down to beat big-spending league leaders Dorking Wanderers on Monday for instance.
On Wednesday, we lost to an injury-time goal against a strong team of professionals. It was a great game of football and we can feel a little disappointed not to have won it ourselves. But that’s football.
Today will be another tough game. We know the gulf in difference between the Isthmian Premier and the National League South. Our visitors are a few points off the play-off spots and we also know from our trip to Bath City that we will have to be at our very best to get something today.
Unfortunately, both Kieron and Dayshonne are cup tied which is a huge blow. Dayshonne wasn’t able to play against Brighton in the week but scored twice for the DS on Thursday – a win that consolidates Steve Eke’s side in second place in the Development League South.
Tomorrow our Women’s side make the trip to Sheffield to take on Sheffield United. At the start of the season United played a few home games at Bramall Lane but have since moved to the Olympic Legacy Park, on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium. It is another example of how some clubs treat their Women’s teams – why can’t they play on the first team pitch as we do? In a world where the footballing authorities are trying to build interest and following in the Women’s game what message does it send out if the club’s premier Women’s team isn’t allowed to play on the first team pitch?
Talking of the Lewes Women, I hope you all have next Sunday in the diary when we host Manchester United here. Tickets are selling fast so we recommend you buying one if you are planning on coming to watch.
Enjoy the game and Come On You Rooks!
IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A BIT LIKE CHRISTMAS… AT THE CLUB SHOP
Are you looking for a Christmas jumper for the office Christmas party? Look no further than the Club Shop, where we now have Rooks Christmas jumpers on pre-order.
Stocks are limited so make sure you visit the Club Shop online and place your order. The jumpers are £30 each, with order expected to arrive very early December.
RECENT MATCH REVIEW
Lewes 0 vs Brighton 1, Sussex Senior Cup, Wednesday 21st November
Lewes can consider themselves very unlucky to lose a tightly fought contest. Match highlights from Your Instant Replay and Darren Freeman’s reaction below.
TODAY’S OPPONENTS: HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN
Established in 1885 as Apsley End, renamed Apsley in 1893, the club moved up from Hertfordshire county football to the Spartan League in 1922. They briefly gained Premier Division status in 1932, suffering relegation a year later, and again in 1934, lasting two seasons until relegated in 1936.
Renamed Hemel Hempstead after the war, they won promotion to the Spartan League Premier Division in 1951, playing there for one season before switching to the Delphian League. A further name change in 1955 saw them play as Hemel Hempstead Town.
When the Delphic League was disbanded in 1963 they joined the newly formed Division Two of the Athenian League. In 1971 the club merged with Hemel Hempstead United from the South Midlands League to form Hemel Hempstead Football Club. The new club took Hemel Hempstead Town’s place in Division Two of the Athenian League, but moved to Hemel Hempstead United’s Vauxhall Road ground, their current home. The club remained in the Athenian League until joining Division Two of the expanded Isthmian League in 1977.
A sixth-place finish in Division One North in 2004 secured promotion, and with major league re-organisation they were moved to the Southern League Premier Division. Relegation followed a year later, but in 2006 a fourth-place finish in Division One West and play-off success secured an immediate return to the Premier Division.
Fifth-place finishes in 2007 and 2009 and a fourth-place finish in 2013 were followed by the disappointment of play-off defeats. However, in 2014 they won the Southern League Premier Division title to earn promotion to the Conference South. Last season they finished fifth to qualify for the play-offs, losing to Braintree Town on penalties in the qualifying round.
Hemel Hempstead Town currently lie ninth in the table, one point outside the play-off places and six points behind National South league leaders Woking.
MEET THE SQUAD
Joe Deeney – Manager
A former centre-half, Joe spent 24 years at Luton Town as a schoolboy player, apprentice, professional and youth coach. He left in 2016 to spend two years as Assistant Manager at Oxford City and played a key role in two of their memorable FA cup campaigns. He took over the reins at Hemel Hempstead just this month, November 2018.
Laurie Walker – Goalkeeper
Bedford born, Laurie began his footballing career with MK Dons before moving to Millwall and then Cambridge United. He has also played for Morecambe, Kettering Town, Brackley Town, and Leamington FC. He returned to Hemel in 2017.
George Paulin – Goalkeeper
George is a member of the Academy at Hemel with a commanding presence in the box. A good shot stopper, George is one to watch for the future.
Kavan Cotter – Defender
Kavan started out at Arsenal’s Academy, before moving to QPR, then Luton. He joined Hemel in the summer of 2018.
Kyle Connolly – Defender
Kyle is a left back, formerly with Arsenal and Boreham Wood who Joined Watford’s Academy in December 2011. He signed with Hemel in the 2013/14 season.
Jordan Parkes – Defender/Captain
Jordan rejoined Hemel in September 2016 from Ebbsfleet. His career began with Watford, and he is a former England U20 International.
Darren Ward – Defender
A vastly experienced central defender Darren has played over 500 games in
the football league, with his previous clubs including Watford, Millwall, Crystal Palace, Wolves, Swindon Town and Yeovil Town.
Ismail Yakubu – Defender
Another vastly experienced defender, Ismail has notched over 400 appearances to date with the majority spent in the Football League with Barnet, AFC Wimbledon, and Newport County. He spent last season in the Vanarama National League with Woking.
Alex Osborn – Defender
A 2017 summer signing from Whitehawk, Alex started out as a forward with Grays before signing for Dagenham and Redbridge. He has also enjoyed spells at Chelmsford City, Hayes and Yeading, Maidstone, Ebbsfleet United, and Margate.
Oliver Swain – Defender
Olly was Joe Deeneys first signing as Hemel manager, moving from Bedford Town. Joe is described as a promising young defender.
Rob Sinclair – Midfielder
Another one of manager Joe Deeney’s first signings, Rob rejoined his former boss from Oxford City. He has also played for Luton Town, Salisbury City, Stevenage, Aldershot, and Forest Green Rovers,
Tom Knowles – Midfielder
Tom joined Hemel just this month on a two-month youth loan from Cambridge United. He is described as an exciting young prospect, a pacey winger with plenty of skill on the ball.
James Kaloczi – Midfielder
James returned “home” in the summer of 2016 after previously playing for the Hemel U18 side four seasons previous. He has also been with Potters Bar, St Albans City and Dunstable Town.
Joe Howe – Midfielder
Sidcup born Joe began his career at Milton Keynes Dons. 30 year-old Joe has represented a host of clubs in his experienced career, including Northampton Town, Kettering, Ebbsfleet, Bromley, and Leatherhead. He signed for Hemel in 2017.
Phil Roberts – Forward
Phil began his career at Arsenal and moved on loan to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, before signing for Falkirk, and then for Dundee in the summer of 2014. He spent the second half of the 2014–15 season on loan at Alloa Athletic, and more recently played for Braintree Town and Chelmsford City.
Karl Oliyide – Forward
Karl is described as a quick powerful forward who joined Hemel from league rivals Braintree Town in February this year. He was previously with Enfield Town, Hendon, and Wingate & Finchley.
Steve Cawley – Forward
Steve’s improvement in goalscoring and form coincided with the arrival of new manager Joe Deeney. 27 year-old Steve has also previously played for Chesham United, Bishops Stortford, and Concord Rangers.
BOYESY BEHIND THE LENS
Our brilliant match photographer, James Boyes, captured the midweek match against Brighton & Hove Albion.
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BARRY COLLINS’ SEC’S LIFE
The Club Secretary on one of the club’s great double acts
It’s the people you don’t often see that keep non-league clubs ticking. This club has lots of them, but there are two in particular that make my job easier. Well, most of the time.
Kit man Trevor Ford and Physio Paul Baskin are a double-act, the Abbott & Costello of the first team. Paul is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet and Trev is his straight man. And when I say straight man, I mean grumpy old sod. If Trev won the lottery, he’d kick the cat and moan that the tight sods could have pulled out his numbers the week before.
Trev will normally ring me during the week to find out what colour kit we’re wearing for a particular fixture. “Alright, cocker?” he’ll ask at the start of every call, with not the slightest intention of waiting for an answer before launching into whatever he’s calling about, as if the tariff on his phone ramps up to £10 per minute after the first 10 seconds.
“Well, I’m a bit cut up actually, Trev, both my parents just died in a freak skiing accident and the dog’s got Leukem…”
“Jolly good. Listen, are we playing in blue on Tuesday or what?”
When anyone’s in earshot in the office, Trev will let on he doesn’t give two hoots about the club. But he cares, alright. Which is why he’ll be at the ground about four hours before it even opens, “just to make sure”, or will spend ten minutes wiping the match balls clean before every game. He’s a good guy at heart, but don’t tell him I said so…
Paul – alongside the equally mercurial Debbie – has the unenviable job of acting as a breakwater between injured players and Darren.
When Darren was a player – and I’m genuinely not using artistic licence here – he cut a cast off his broken leg, played 90 minutes and then went back down to A&E to have the cast re-applied.
So, when a player turns up in the treatment room with a sprained fringe, it’s Paul who’s got to break the news to Daz that he can’t play on Saturday. It’s like explaining to Red Adair that you can’t come to work on Monday because you singed your finger on your BBQ at the weekend.
Paul’s not only got a thick skin, though. He too is a thoroughly decent guy. I’ve lost count of the number of times he’s been in A&E with a player until Stupid O’Clock in the morning, and he’s great at dealing with pitch-side emergencies.
They could moan at the Commonwealth Games and they’ll probably land one on me when they read this, but every club needs a Trev and Paul.
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|Leatherhead||H||Sat 1st December, 3pm|
|Corinthian Casuals||H||Weds 5th December, 7:45pm|
|Bishop’s Stortford (or next round of the FA Trophy, if we progress)||A||Sat 8th December, 3pm|
|Brightlingsea Regent||H||Weds 12th December, 7:45pm|
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Honorary President Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller
Charlie Dobres, Eddie Ramsden, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Barry Collins, Jackie Gilligan, Ed Briggs, Jon Ruben, Roger Warner, Galia Orme
Club Secretary Barry Collins
Youth Secretary Kevin Brook
Operations Manager Duncan Thompson
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Manager Darren Freeman
Assistant Manager Ross Standen
First Team Coach Tony Coade
Physiotherapists Paul Baskin & Debbie Adams
Performance Analyst Matthew Strong
Development Squad Manager Steve Eke
Development Squad coach Luke Carter
Development Squad/Under-18s sports therapist Chris Dumbrell
Under-18s Manager Dale Hurley
Under-18s Assistant Manager Craig Stevens
Under-18s coaches Jake Legrange and Johnny Buggy
Golden Rook Rob Read
Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editors Paul Sheppard and Duncan Thompson
Progcast Designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes