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SUPPORTER OF THE MATCH
Good afternoon and welcome back to the Dripping Pan for this afternoon’s Women’s Championship game against our good friends from Charlton Athletic. I hope the fans, players, management and officials enjoy our off-the-pitch hospitality.
Last Sunday was a historic day for the club when almost 2,000 fans were here for the game against Manchester United. A huge amount of effort went on behind the scenes to get the game on in the first place, both in terms of getting the pitch in a playable state and off it with all of the arrangements. I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who was involved.
On the pitch, it is fair to say that the team put on a performance that every one of the 1,958 fans could be proud of. They were outstanding, and I know that we have a lot more fans after that performance. I’d also like to thank Jack for all of his hard work in the last few weeks in stepping in as caretaker for the team.
On Wednesday we took on Millwall Lionesses in the Continental League Cup and came back from Dartford with an excellent 2-0. Whilst the game was a dead-rubber, with results elsewhere meaning we couldn’t qualify for the quarter-finals, the team put in an excellent performance. It’s always good to win and keep a clean sheet on the road.
We are getting closer to appointing a new Women’s manager. The calibre of the candidates we’ve met has been really high and we want to make sure we had the right person in place, which has taken a few weeks. Hopefully, we will have some news in the next few days. Keep your eyes on the website and Social Media for the latest news.
It was great to see England finally confirmed as the hosts for the 2021 European Championships this week. Brighton’s Amex stadium will be one of the venues but there seems to be a bit of an imbalance with regards to the other stadiums, with the West and North-East of England missing out. Half the proposed venues are south of Milton Keynes, whilst two are located in South Yorkshire. If the FA wants to grow our game, surely they should have re-balanced the locations?
Finally, I’d like to wish all of our fans, players, amazing volunteers and staff a great Christmas and a happy New Year. 2018 has been a historic year for the club, let’s hope that 2019 is even better for us all!
Come on you Rooks!
In 2000, Croydon came under the umbrella of Charlton Athletic to form Charlton Athletic WFC. The club won the London Cup and reached the FA Cup final in 2003, before claiming their first major trophy the following season when they won the League Cup.
The Addicks won their only FA Cup in 2005 with a victory over Everton, finishing runners-up in the league for the second successive season.
In 2007, Charlton won the Premier League Cup before a move into the Premier League Southern Division in the 2008/09 season.
Charlton moved to Thamesmead Town FC in 2010/11 winning the Southern Division title, and claiming the London Cup in 2013.
A memorable season in 2014/15 saw Charlton win the FA Women’s Premier League Cup, retain the Capital Women’s Senior Cup & pick up the Ryman Cup for the first time.
They finished 3rd in the FAWPL and were runners-up in 2016, retaining the Capital Women’s Senior Cup for a 4thsuccessive year in 2017.
Last season, Charlton comfortably won the FA WPL South before defeating Northern Division Champions Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in the FAWPL Play-Off final, to clinch promotion to the FA Women’s Championship.
The Addicks also won the Capital Senior Cup again and reached the Isthmian Women’s Cup final.
AT THE PAN
FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup
Lewes FC 5 – 0 Charlton Athletic
Bergin (11 pen), (43)
Carter (86), (91)
AT THE OAKWOOD
FA Women’s Championship
Charlton Athletic 4 – 1 Lewes FC
Clifford (9) Bergin (21)
Each poster will feature an inspirational woman from the visiting team’s locality, along with a Lewes FC Women footballer.
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show’s lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: “tonight a great actress was born”. This was in reference to his co-star’s newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave.
Vanessa was born in Greenwich, London, to Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, both thespians. Three-quarters of a century later that somewhat heavy expectation has been met, even exceeded. This acclaimed actress has won an Academy Award, two Emmys, two Golden Globes, two Cannes Best Actress awards, a Tony, a Screen Actors Guild award, perhaps most aptly a Laurence Olivier theatre award and a BAFTA fellowship.
Her rise in popularity on film coincided with her public political involvement. She was one of the more prominent protesters against the Vietnam war, leading a famous march on the US embassy. She was arrested during a Ban-the-Bomb demonstration, publicly supported Yasar Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and fought for various other human rights causes.
Redgrave once said:
“We all come to the theatre with baggage. The baggage of our daily lives, the baggage of our problems, the baggage of our tragedies, the baggage of being tired. It doesn’t matter what age you are. But if our hearts get opened and released – well that is what theatre can do, and does sometimes, and everyone is thankful when that happens.”
She also said, when described by an interviewer as ‘beautiful’:
“I don’t consider myself beautiful at all, I’m usually running around like a scruff. I don’t think I ever felt beautiful until I was pregnant and when I gave birth to my children. I had terrible acne when I was a teenager and I was very tall, so tall I couldn’t see myself in my mother’s long mirror.”
Here at Lewes, we like to think Vanessa’s sentiments might apply equally for football and footballers. There’s no more beautiful sight than 22 talented women striving for supremacy in a fiercely contested match.
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PREVIOUS MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Here are the highlights from our last home game against Manchester United Women:
WOR JACKIE: JACKIE GILLIGAN
After many years of working with the club, first as a sponsor, then a volunteer on women’s match days and then as a Board Director, Jackie Gilligan has decided it is finally time to hang up her boots. Jackie has been fundamental to the development and success of Lewes FC Women but has also performed the role of Operations Director at the club, overseeing, but often directly DOING much of the vital maintenance work that generally goes unseen.
In a direct message to the fans and fellow volunteers, Jackie said:
“I wanted to be able to personally thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to experience the off-pitch journey every club takes, but none quite like ours these past few years. This clubs has been on an incredible journey.
Working closely with all our volunteers, players and staff, a most energetic board of directors and some real legends in our women’s history (you know who you are) has been so rewarding, exciting and tough at times, but, it’s been a real privilege to have shared part of this club’s journey.
It’s with a heavy heart that I will step down from the Board and my volunteer roles at Lewes FC after this Sunday’s game. It’s time for me to make way for others, recharge my batteries, swap my Lewes Family back for my own again.”
Tributes to Jackie poured in on social media:
“You will be missed Jackie hope to see you at some games volunteering will never be the same again!” @Sarahmet76
“Thank you Jackie for making us all feel so welcome in our first Season with the club. Massive boots to fill” @LewesFCGirlsU16
From all of us at Lewes FC, thank you Jackie xxx
The newly formed Lewes Women’s U16s have already stormed to the Sussex County League title in emphatic style winning every game and conceding just one goal in the process.
The core of the team has been playing together now for 7 seasons. They started their football journey as Eastbourne Ladies & Girls FC and came over to Lewes at the start of the season on the back some thrilling results. The pinnacle of these came when they beat the current Crawley Wasps U18s in last Seasons U16s Sussex County Cup Final playing up a year.
The girls have been coached along the way by Managers Paul Critchfield and David Sheppard. This is the girl’s fourth title in a row going back to U13s. The last two seasons have seen the girls win the illustrious Sussex Treble of the League, Cup & County Cup. They hope to complete the Treble Treble this Season!
The club is proud to have no fewer than seven girls in the Sussex Schools Squad and centre back Katie Young has been selected to represent the Club at England Schools Level. The future certainly looks bright for the Rooks! Check the website for their fixtures and come along and cheer the girls on.
We are delighted to welcome SkullDrummery back to the Dripping Pan today.
This skilful band of ne’er-do-wells can be seen across the county and the country, performing at festivals and events, not least tassels-deep in the Lewes Bonfire celebrations.
To read more about this fine body of men and women, visit http://skulldrummery.com/
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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)
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Honorary President Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller
Charlie Dobres, Eddie Ramsden, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Barry Collins, Ed Briggs, Jon Ruben, Roger Warner, Galia Omre
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
Development/Marketing Manager Rosy Matheson
Women’s Manager Fran Alonso
Assistant Manager Simon Parker
Goalkeeping Coach Radd Reynolds
Physiotherapist Becky Cunningham
S & C Coaches
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