Welcome to The Dripping Pan for today’s Bostik Premier League game with Margate. Here is your complimentary e-programme to go with your complimentary entry for tonight’s game!
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
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- Darren from the Dugout
- Chairman’s Notes
- Today’s match music
- Recent match review
- Today’s opponents: Margate
- Sponsor a Lewes FC player
- Get your badges
- Stodgebusters on Tour
- Today’s teams
- Forthcoming fixtures
DARREN FROM THE DUGOUT
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JOIN THE LEWES FC VETS
Good evening and welcome back to The Dripping Pan for this evenings re-arranged game against Margate. I’d like to welcome the players, management and officials from Kent and hope they have a problem-free journey home. I’d especially like to welcome back the Margate fans who came to the original fixture back in December. It is incredibly frustrating to have a game postponed, especially so late in the day and the wasted costs that we all incur.
I would also like to personally welcome Browny back – you couldn’t ask to meet a nicer person and he was a pleasure to work with in his time with us.
Last Saturday we weren’t at our best for an hour against Wingate & Finchley. A very rare Lewis Carey mistake (his first one of the season?) and a Frankie Chappell own-goal saw us look dead and buried. But a couple of inspirational subs and we turned it around. I think if we would have played for another 10 minutes we would have scored a few more. It was great to see Callum among the goals – he’s had a great week with his debut goal at Worthing then a hatrick for the DS on Monday.
I watched the game with Brinky and Ronnie, both waiting for dates for their respective operations. Both made some astute tactical observations although I do have to apologise for suggesting James Hammond scored the own-goal. Brinky may read the game well but his eyesight leaves a bit to be desired as he told me it was Hammo!
On Sunday, Barry and I attended an Isthmian League meeting to discuss, among other things, the structure of the leagues over the next few seasons. We now know that only one team will be automatically promoted this season, whilst the four step 3 play-off winners will be drawn to play a further tie with the two winners gaining promotion. It is hoped this will be the only season where this additional game will be required but it does depend on the National League agreeing to relegate four rather than three sides from their North and South divisions. The original plan was the two play-off winners with the best points per game ratio, so whilst the new option means an extra game, it does at least mean every side who enters the play-offs has a chance of promotion.
We also received a presentation from the FA on gambling. The situation of betting in and on football sits really uneasily with me when so many clubs (and leagues) are sponsored by gambling and gaming organisations. I understand why there is a blanket ban on betting but it hardly sends out a cohesive message when the EFL is sponsored by Sky Bet! One interesting point raised was that Golden Goal schemes, such as those expertly managed by our Supporters Club volunteers, could breach the rule, meaning no player or official is technically allowed to take part. Now there’s a sledgehammer to crack a nut!
This Sunday Fran Alonso makes his home debut as manager for the Women’s side as they face London Bees in the Championship here at The Pan, kick off 2pm. Fran has been very busy since he arrived, re-shaping the squad so it would be great to see as many of you as possible here to cheer them on.
Come on you Rooks!
TODAY’S MATCH MUSIC
Today’s match playlist is compiled by our very own John Peel (not that one). Click on the player below to listen to the tracks on Spotify.
RECENT MATCH REVIEW
LEWES 4 WINGATE & FINCHLEY 2, BOSTIK PREMIER LEAGUE, 19TH JANUARY 2019
It looked like being the New Year’s Day nightmare all over again, but a Frankie Chappell strike and some inspired subs helped turn defeat into three points when Wingate visited at the weekend. Watch the match highlights and Darren’s reaction, and then soak up James Boyes’ brilliant photography of the game.
TODAY’S OPPONENTS: MARGATE
Margate Football Club was founded in 1896, joining the Kent League after the First World War. Reformed in 1924 (as Margate Town) and again in 1929, when Margate moved to their current home at Hartsdown Park.
From 1934 until 1938 Margate, by now playing in the Southern League, served as the official nursery side for Arsenal. Under this arrangement the London club regularly loaned promising young players to Margate and famous players such as Eddie Hapgood also turned out for Margate whilst regaining match fitness after injury. In the second season of this arrangement, 1935-36, Margate reached the third round proper of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 3–1 to Blackpool after defeating QPR and Crystal Palace in the earlier rounds, but shortly after this the club had to step back down to the Kent League for financial reasons.
In 1959 Margate returned to the Southern League after the Kent League folded, and in 1963 won the Division One title and promotion to the Premier Division. Two years later the club turned full-time professional but this proved financially untenable when the team were relegated back to Division One in 1966. Nonetheless, they won promotion at the first attempt and returned to the Premier Division in 1967.
During the 1970s Margate endured financial problems and a series of poor league seasons, but took part in two famous FA Cup ties. In 1971 they lost 11–0 to Bournemouth, with Ted MacDougall scoring a cup record nine goals. Then, a year later, Margate reached the third round, playing Tottenham Hotspur, then UEFA Cup holders. A record crowd of around 14,500 packed into Hartsdown Park for a match which Margate lost 6–0.
On several occasions in the 1970s Margate had discussed a merger with neighbours Ramsgate to form a new team representing the whole Isle of Thanet as a solution to the financial problems being experienced by both clubs. The negotiations floundered, however, and Ramsgate ultimately had no involvement in the formation of Thanet United FC in 1981, which turned out to be purely a name change for Margate.
When Thanet District Council announced that it would not be prepared to put any funding into Thanet United, the two clubs finally abandoned the idea of a merger. The Thanet United era saw a run of generally mediocre seasons in the Southern League Southern Division, with financial problems continuing unabated and a series of managers coming and going. In 1989 a new board took over, who reverted the club’s name to Margate Football Club.
In 1997-8 Margate reached the first round proper of the FA Cup, playing Fulham in a home tie that drew a crowd of 5,100. Although the Margate took the lead, the Cottagers eventually won 2–1. The following season saw the club win promotion to the Southern League Premier Division, winning the championship in 2001 and promotion to the Football Conference.
In 2002 they began groundsharing at Dover Athletic, enjoying more FA Cup success in beating Leyton Orient in the first round before going out 0-3 to Cardiff City. The following season, despite finishing sixteenth, Margate were relegated one division due to the ongoing delays and problems with the redevelopment plans for Hartsdown Park. Margate spent the 2004-05 season in the Conference South, groundsharing at Ashford Town, and suffering relegation to the Isthmian League.
In August 2005 Margate returned to Hartsdown Park after a three year absence. Late in 2008 the club narrowly avoided being subject to High Court action over unpaid debts to HM Revenue and Customs. The club finished the season 19th in the table, but were reprieved from relegation due to other clubs folding. The following season, Margate once more finished in the bottom four but were again reprieved from relegation.
In 2015, under manager Terry Brown, Margate finished in third place in the Isthmian League Premier Division, securing promotion to the National League South with play-off victories over Dulwich Hamlet and Hendon. They avoided relegation by goal difference in their first season, but were relegated a year later in 2017 having finished bottom. Last season Margate finished in seventh place in the Isthmian League Premier Division, missing a play-off place by two points.
MEET THE SQUAD
Mike Sandmann & Steve Brown – Joint Managers
Lucky Margate have not one but two Managers! The club announced their joint management team back in May for the 2018/19 season. Rooks fans will be watching closely this afternoon to ensure Margate only present 11 on-field players at any one time, because duplication such as this can get out of hand. Both men worked alongside former boss Steve Watt before he left by mutual consent last May, former Panhandler, Steve, as assistant, and Mike Sandmann as first team coach. Steve, of course, was manager here at Lewes, saving us from relegation at the end of the 2014/15 season, before leaving ten games into the following season.
Louis Wells – Goalkeeper
Experienced veteran keeper, Louis, joined the Blues in December from Billericay Town. Listed amongst his previous clubs are Hayes, Aldershot, Basingstoke, Concord Rangers, Leatherhead and Dartford.
Jack Paxman – Defender
Jack joined Margate this summer after impressing for Deal Town in a friendly against the Blues. The pacey full-back enjoys getting forward and will look to cause trouble when attacking down the right.
Tom Mills – Defender
Tom joined Margate last summer from Maidstone after making over 350 appearances for the Stones. An injury hampered first season meant he missed large parts of the season as the Blues narrowly missed out on the Isthmian Play-offs.
Liam Friend – Defender (Captain)
The 30-year-old centre-half played over 500 games for Folkstone Invicta before joining the Blues last summer, and named the Margate captain for the 2018/19 season. Sort of a Frankie Chappell-type career, but obviously not as good.
Ben Swift – Defender
Ben started his career at Maidstone United Academy before earning a move to the Premier League with Aston Villa, but was unfortunate with an injury plagued stint there. A summer signing, the centre-half was a key player for Margate when they narrowly missed out on the Isthmian Play-offs.
Tom Wynter – Defender
Tom began his career at Gillingham. He joined from National League South side Dartford in summer 2017, and has played all roles across the Gate back four.
Connor Dymond – Defender/Midfielder
Connor is described as a dynamic defensive midfielder. The 24-year-old is a former Crystal Palace U21 captain who has also played for Bromley and Welling, and joined Margate in December.
George Brown – Midfielder
Son of Steve and a former Rook under his dad in 2015. Now on loan to the Gate from Colchester Utd.
Lee Prescott – Midfielder
Lee joined Margate one summer from Cray Wanderers, and renewed his stay by signing a one-year deal this summer. He is regarded as a fan’s favourite with his solid performances.
Chris Barnard – Midfielder
Chris joined the Blues this summer on a dual registration with National League side Dover Athletic.
Alex Brown – Midfielder
Margate added Alex Brown to their ranks this summer after the midfielder left National League South side Dartford. Alex started his career at Gillingham and, in addition to brief loan spells elsewhere, he has also played for Maidstone.
James Rogers – Midfielder
James played for Margate in 2010/11, and rejoined from rivals Maidstone in February 2017 as one of former manager Steve Watt’s first signings. He has also played for Dover, Folkestone, and Dartford.
Kane Haysman – Midfielder
Kane started his career at Gillingham, but joined Margate midway through last season from Isthmian Premier League rivals Kingstonian. Originally signing on a non-contract basis, Kane is now on a deal until the end of the 2018/19 season.
Alex Flisher – Forward
Alex joined the Blues one summer from Maidstone in what was considered a huge coup for the club, only to suffer a dreaded ACL injury that ruled him out of the whole of the 2017/18 season; returned to action this pre-season.
Frannie Collin – Forward
31-year-old Frannie renewed his stay at Margate this summer for a further year after joining from Hastings United last summer. The talisman striker started his career at Gillingham, and has also played for Dover, where he scored 21 goals as they won the Isthmian Premier League, Tonbridge and Maidstone United.
Tom Murphy – Forward
The versatile attacker returns to the Gate on loan from Dartford and has hit the ground running, scoring once and assisting twice in his first three games.
Liam King – Forward
Liam is a young striker who joined the Blues in January from fellow Isthmian Premier League team Tonbridge Angels, bringing pace and sharp finishing to the team.
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GET YOUR BADGES!
Lewes FC is blessed to have a pair of great badge sellers, and now you can buy online as well as in person at The Dripping Pan.
If you’re more of a bricks-and-mortar badger, than Gary Blaber’s huge range of badges can be seen at the top of the main Philcox stand, just as you enter the ground. Brian and Gary both make generous donations to the 12th Man Fund from the profits they make, so you’re helping the club while building your collection.
STODGEBUSTERS ON TOUR
Our burger-brigade visit Enfield Town and Worthing on their Rooks away days
Malcolm, PJ and Gary the Badge started the day by meeting up at Lewes station for the 10.48 to Victoria. Already on board from the badlands of Polegate were Roly and Turnstile Alan who, unusually, was not away on holiday.
This week it was Fox’s Glacier Mints and Lidl Butterscotch to give us our sugar fix. We were still grumbling over the less-than-impressive start to 2019 against Burgess Hill four days earlier. We needed a result at Enfield Town to get us back on track. But this would be tough as both teams would start the day level on points. We have never had much luck at this ground so we all decided that a point would be a good outcome.
It was a faultless journey this week. Lewes to Victoria, Victoria Line tube to Seven Sisters, and then a fifteen minute train ride to Enfield, passing Spurs impressive looking new stadium at White Hart Lane on the way. It will be nice when it’s finished.
We weren’t sure where to luncheon in Enfield. In seasons past we had tried the Wetherspoons. But after the disastrous rubber eggs and elastic bacon episode we decided to give that a swerve. Instead we tried the Buffalo Cafe just across the road from the station. It was so busy we grabbed the last two tables. But that is a good sign.
The Stodgebuster Official Guide hints page advises to beware the empty cafe. Anyway, this place was a delight with a large range of everything we like. It wasn’t Cordon Bleu but it didn’t disappoint. We gave it a resounding 9/10 on the Stodgebuster Scale. A couple of omelettes, roasts, a breakfast and 10,000 calories later we were on our way to the ground.
We see a few strange sights on our travels. Today would be no exception. We passed this seemingly intoxicated chap who had taken the fashion trend of wearing jeans very low to a whole new level. Having the waistband just above the knee was going a bit too far.
We arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium 30 minutes prior to kick off, despite Malcolm trying to take us the wrong way across some muddy rugby pitches, and had time for some bandying of words with the usual hardcore who had turned out. Despite its name it really isn’t very regal but the facilities aren’t bad. It has the dreaded athletics track around the pitch but they do allow supporters to cross the track to get up close behind the goals with cover both ends. Hornchurch please take note!!!
Lewes started very brightly and dominated the opening quarter of an hour. A Stacey Freeman header was heroically hooked off the line by a backwards-facing defender although some in the Lewes ranks thought it had crossed the line. Unfortunately the lino disagreed. But we were soon ahead. Omarr was put through by Luke and instead of just slotting past the keeper he put his laces through it. It seemed to go straight through the keeper who should have done better.
That observation was not lost on the shy, retiring figure of Turnstile Alan, in his trademark daffodil yellow jacket, who loudly told the keeper what he thought of his attempted save. The keeper obviously wasn’t in the mood for any banter and after a few seconds conjured up the very deep and meaningful reply of “Shut up you old ****”. We took issue with this. He was incorrect. Alan is not old.
Although one down Enfield regrouped and worked their way back into the game. It was no surprise that they equalised but the manner of it was surprising. An usually poor clearance by Lewis Carey was pounced upon. A couple of quick passes and the ball was stroked into our net much to our dismay.
Half time came and went. It was all very even. Both teams had chances to win it. It could have gone either way. Frankie had a header that hit the keeper although he would probably claim it was a save. Kieron had a couple of shots but never quite connected properly. Hammo had possibly the best chance when he met a late corner but his powerful header flew just over. One all at full time and probably a fair result overall. We hadn’t been great but it was a valuable point and it had been a vast improvement on that New Year’s Day performance.
We were in luck this week. Southern were actually running trains. Little did we know what drama and excitement the day would bring as we got on board the 12.33 to Brighton.
As they couldn’t get a third to join them PJ and Gary the Badge had to pay the scandalous full fare of a tenner for this one. That hurt. Roly was already on the train from downtown Polegate. Malcolm would be joining us at Brighton. We were vastly outnumbered by Brighton supporters going to some other game at Falmer and PJ hoped his LFC scarf wouldn’t be mistaken for a Liverpool one. At Brighton station we found Malcolm sprawled out on a bench by platform one in such a way that a few empty cans of Stella Artois wouldn’t have looked out of place.
Onto the connecting train to Worthing, where the usual prediction game started. Only PJ wasn’t optimistic and didn’t predict a narrow win. He had seen too many disappointments at Woodside Road over the many years and explained how Worthing always seem to raise their game against us and get the result. Exhibit One would be the disastrous 4-3 Lewes defeat at the Pan a few months ago when a ten man Worthing unbelievably scored twice in the last few minutes to nick it. That really hurt. Some of us are still on medication for it.
We have had some success though. Someone always brings up the story of the big Boxing Day game of 2003 when, in monsoon conditions, the referee abandoned the game with about 20 minutes to go whilst Worthing were two up. We celebrated like we had won it. Worthing, understandably, were furious. Just to rub salt into the wounds the Rooks cruised the replayed game 3-0 on their way to the title and those legendary play-offs that provided a route into Conference South. Happy days.
We got off the train and headed straight across the road into Monty’s cafe. PJ had completed a reconnaissance mission here a few weeks earlier and had reported back good things. Even Mrs. PJ, a notoriously fussy eater, gave it a thumbs up. So PJ plumped for the Full English and a cup of tea. £4.50. What a bargain. Gary the Badge had a breakfast with some Bubble and Squeak. Roly went for ham egg and chips. Malcolm settled on Cottage pie and veg. Everyone was very satisfied and a mark of 9.0 seemed in order. It was 2pm and the staff must have been keen to close because the lights went off and the blinds went down about five seconds after we exited. Maybe they had a game to get to as well.
They get good crowds at Worthing these days. With the promise of a good feisty local derby, and a healthy Lewes following, it turned into a bumper gate of over eleven hundred. All the Lewes away regulars were there plus some not so regular. Golden Goal Ethel turned up, with her minders to keep her in check.
Both sides had injury problems. Both regular full backs, Brinky and Leon, were missing for Lewes. Dajon was still suspended. Luke would be up front with Jonte on the bench.
The first 25 minutes saw Worthing clearly on top. They had several chances but were kept out by some sterling defending and keeping. There were murmurings amongst us that it was only a matter of time until they scored. Then it all changed. The keeper and his back four had been playing keep ball rather a lot. We fancied that they might muck it up at some point. Sure enough they did. Another short pass out from the keeper put his defender in trouble on the edge of the box. Omarr had read it, closed in, picked his pocket and was through.
The defender went to ground and in his panic put his arms around Omarr’s legs rugby style and hauled him down. Great at Twickenham but bad here. The referee pointed to the spot, then went for a chat with the lino before changing his mind to a free kick just outside the box. Worthing might have thought they had got away with it, but the referee went back to the perpetrator and showed him a straight red card.
Nothing came of that free kick but Lewes soon had another free kick on halfway. Seeing that the keeper was not on his line Hammo launched one at the goal. “No No NO!” said a frustrated voice behind me. With the keeper back-pedalling furiously the ball started to dip. “Oh hang on……” said the voice. The ball crashed off the bar and clearly over the line. The voice had now changed to a loud ecstatic “YESSSSSSS!”. The spin had brought the ball back out though a la Frank Lampard v Germany. With the lino thirty yards up the pitch and racing back we weren’t sure if he had seen it. Thankfully, and without a hint of Russian, he rightfully gave the goal, and after another chat with the referee we were one up. It was a wonder goal and if it had been in the premiership the media would be talking about it all weekend.
We were on our way. Well, maybe not. Three minutes later a great Worthing free kick just clipped the wall and curled inside the post.
After some good build-up play Olu found Charlie Coppola centrally. There seemed little danger but Worthing didn’t tackle him. He ran on a few yards and planted the ball in beautifully from 20 yards. 2-1!
Second half started and we were soon 3-1 up. A Pamment shot was well saved by the keeper but landed right in front of a following up Luke Blewden who gleefully side footed home from six yards.
At last some breathing space. Let’s just see this out. This is Lewes though. We don’t do easy. Even with ten men Worthing looked dangerous and pressed us back and won a number of corners. One corner was placed perfectly on the head of their number 3 who headed in. You couldn’t blame anyone for it. He was marked but he looked about a foot taller than anyone else on the pitch. Rather like a basketball player. No one was going to beat him in the air. 3-2. Oh no. Here we go again.
With five minutes to go the Worthing defence was stretched again. A nice dummy by Jonte saw the ball run to Overton who crashed the ball past the keeper at his near post. 4-2. That’s it. Game over. Worthing fans streamed towards the exit as if the fire alarm had gone off.
But there was still more. Deep into injury time Stacey felled a Worthing player in the box and a penalty was given. Bizarrely, one of the Worthing subs got himself a second yellow card for dissent, quite an achievement considering he had only been on the pitch 15 minutes. So, now with only nine men, the penalty was despatched. 4-3. Even with only nine men Worthing still gave Lewes a nervous last couple of minutes but we hung on as the clock ticked past five o’clock.
We had seven good goals, one of them a wonder goal, two red cards, a penalty and loads of controversy. What a game it had been. We didn’t bother rushing for the train. We stayed and applauded the team. They deserved it.
The Stodgebusters will return at Harlow Town.
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