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Marcus Lee takes us through Sunday’s action at the Pan Siro.
Lewes continued their unbeaten run in the Women’s Championship but will be slightly disappointed to earn just a point against a hard-working Crystal Palace…
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BOYES ON FILM
KING OF THE PAN
Our Jess on two points dropped and scoring belters against the Eagles
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NA, NA NA NA-NA-NA NAAAAAA ….
Our fabulous Vets singing along with LGB Brass
We welcome the Eagles back to the Dripping Pan
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- Today’s playlist
- Home Fixtures
- League Table
- Fran Alonso
- The Rooks
- Supporter of the Match
- Chairman’s Notes
- Today’s Opponents
- Matchday Poster
- The Art of No Deal
- Sing When You’re Winning
- Suzy Wrack
- LGB Brass Band
- Today’s Teams
- Credits and legal info
Today’s soundtrack with be provided LIVE by the fabulous LGB BRASS and the awesome SKULLDRUMMERY
FAWC LEAGUE TABLE
Good afternoon and welcome to the Dripping Pan! I’d like to welcome Dean, his staff and the players and fans of Crystal Palace. I hope your journey is trouble-free and you enjoy your day with us.
We are very excited to play another home game in front our fans. We have been strong at home and we want to keep it that way this afternoon.
We have had a very good week of preparation, making some tactical adjustments that we feel will improve our style. The results have been very positive at training, now we are looking to transfer this to the game and give our fans another game to enjoy.
It won’t be an easy game. Crystal Palace have recruited well and have some very good individuals that can be very dangerous. They played well against a strong Durham side last time out and have brought in more WSL experience, signing Ella Rutherford on loan, plus Aoife Hurley, who is a strong midfielder who played three good seasons with Aston Villa.
Our players will be up to the challenge. I hope you all have a great day with us. Enjoy the food, enjoy the music and above all we hope to bring you some exciting Championship football!
THE MIGHTY ROOKS
Meet the 2019-20 Lewes FC Women Squad
SUPPORTER OF THE MATCH
Our women’s games have enjoyed more noise from the stands this season, with chanting practice often taking place in the terraces by the half-way line prior to a match. As the chanting has become louder and more continuous, so the temptation to join in has proven too much for a certain canine fan.
Benji the brown labradoodle is becoming well-known amongst supporters for his tuneful bark and remarkably good timing.
Owner Alex Francis, who has been coming to the women’s games for ‘years and years’, is proud of his pooch’s very vocal support for the team, especially of his rousing rendition of ‘Who Let the Rooks Out?’ where it’s hard to distinguish between human and canine in the ‘Who, who, who, who?’ chorus.
Fellow Rooks fan Max Mezzowave, standing near Benji in the Terry Parris Terrace, said, ‘Our team is awesome – you’d be barking mad not to chant for them, and Benji is leading the way!’
Well-behaved dogs are of course most welcome at The Dripping Pan.
NOTES FROM THE BIG CHAIR
Lewes FC Chairman Stuart Fuller
Good afternoon and welcome to the Dripping Pan for this afternoon’s FA Women’s Championship game against Crystal Palace. I’d like to welcome the fans, players, management and officials from South London and hope you enjoy your short stay down here in East Sussex.
We’ve had an excellent start to our second season at this level, winning in impressive fashion last month here against Blackburn Rovers and unlucky to only come away with a point from the game two weeks ago at Charlton Athletic. Fran has got the squad in great shape and there is a real buzz around the ground. His preparations this week have been hampered slightly by players away on international duty. That is a phrase I thought I would not have to say too often but it is a fact now that international players want to come and play at Lewes.
The hero of the week was Emma Jones who scored again for Wales in their 2-2 draw with Northern Ireland. Other players away with their country this week have been Ella Powell, also with Wales whilst Zoe Ness and Filippa Savva were on opposite sides as Scotland beat Cyprus in Edinburgh.
You may have seen on Social Media earlier in the week that the club won a prestigious Inspiration Award from the United Nations Women for all the work we have done in terms of equality. The HeForShe was awarded to the club after Ed Ramsden, Karen Dobres and myself presented our story to a panel a couple of months ago, having been nominated for the award by the Lewes MP, Maria Caulfield. It is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved at the club and I’d like to personally thank Maria for nominating us initially.
You may have seen that our Continental Cup game here at The Dripping Pan against Chelsea will now take place on Saturday 2nd November, kick off 2pm. This will be the first time we have played a competitive game at home on a Saturday. With so many junior teams now playing on a Sunday, there’s significant numbers of fans who simply cannot get to many of our games. Moving the game to a Saturday, especially when we are taking on the double winners from 2017/18 and beaten semi-finalists in last season’s Champions League, Chelsea, should see a bumper crowd at The Pan. Tickets for the game will be on sale shortly.
It was good to hear that we will also have some local, international football coming to East Sussex in 2021 when Brighton’s American Express Community Stadium was chosen as one of the host venues for the European Championships. I’m sure having international quality women’s football on our doorstep will bring a big boost to the game not just in East Sussex but across the country as the 3-week tournament kicks off in July 2021.
Enjoy the game and Come On You Rooks!!
WHO ARE YA?
CRYSTAL PALACE FC Women
Crystal Palace manager Dean Davenport is looking forward to this afternoon’s game.
“Good afternoon. Todays is our second away game so far this season.We are looking forward to todays game against Lewes which always seems to have the atmosphere of a local derby. Best of luck to both teams.”
Plus some highlights from our last match at Bromley last February
1. Lucy Gillett (GK)
2. Annabel Johnson
3. Nicol Pepper
4. Amy Goddard
5. Jordan Butler
6. Freya Holdaway (C)
8. Ciara Watling
9. Magda Mosengo
10. Ashlee Hincks
11. Bianca Baptiste
12. Lizzie Waldie
13. Cherelle Khassal
15. Andria Georgiou
16. Hannah Mackenzie
18. Aoife Hurley
19. Lily Stevens
20. Emma Gibbon (GK)
21. Leeta Rutherford
22. Ella Rutherford
23. Ashleigh Goddard
25. Rea Laudat
Annabel Johnson started her women’s football career at the age of 16, in 2010, playing for Leicester City for two seasons, earning call ups to England u19’s.
She moved to Coventry City whilst attending Loughborough University for four seasons, winning the southern premier league in 2014. Annabel then moved to Durham WFC in 2016 for two and a half years to study a Masters whilst playing in the WSL and captaining the University side.
She was chosen to represent Team GB as a captain at the world university games in Taipei in 2017. She moved to London and signed for London Bees for one season in 2018 before making the move to Palace this summer.
WE’VE MET BEFORE
‘Roodie Rules as King Reigns at Palace’ was the headline.
Lewes had just beaten Crystal Palace at Bromley, an evening match contested under the floodlights back in February.
The home side wheeled out some big names to jazz up the event, including current and former players, including Mark Bright on match comms. The players signed autographs before the game, the atmosphere was electric.
The game itself was remarkable not only for being Fran Alonso’s
first win as Lewes manager, and two Lewes penalties at either end of the match, but for the stand-out goal of the game, King’s magnificent strike from 16 yards into the top corner.
I bumped into Jess in town recently. As it happened I was chatting with Rooks fan Jack Arscott about how the women were going and today’s match when Jess arrived on her bike.
We talked about her fabulous finish. “Yep that was a terrific side-foot into the top corner,” I said.
Jess’s eyes got wide as she replied: ”Laces! That was laces,
My mum called me after the game and said ‘nice side foot’. I said ‘Mum, check the tape! That was laces! I smashed that!”’
Fair enough, Jess. I promised to right that particular wrong today, so here you go!
The last time the clubs met at the Dripping Pan was under the lights this time last year. That evening saw a typically close contest, with Palace’s early endeavour thwarted by some brilliant ‘keeping from Faye before the visitors cut through before the break.
Shannon Moloney set up Avilla Bergin for the equaliser before Moloney won the game for Lewes with a sublime turn and shot after a Kate McIntyre corner.
Leeta Rutherford was a key player for Lewes that night. Today she lines up with the Eagles, having moved to Palace in the summer. Joining her is another former Rook, ex-Chichester flyer Cherelle Khassal.
I know the Lewes fans will welcome both back to the Pan, even if we hope they’re both a little off their A-game today!
Each of our 2019/20 season home match posters will feature an Inspirational Women. Our second this season is Billie Jean King.
Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women’s doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. She won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships. She often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup. She was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. For three years, she was the United States’ captain in the Federation Cup.
King is an advocate for gender equality and has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice. In 1973, at age 29, she won the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. She was also the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation.
Regarded by many in the sport as one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all time, King was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1990, and in 2006, the USTA National Tennis Center in New York City was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. In 2018, she won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.
Actress Emma Stone portrayed King in the 2017 biopic Battle of the Sexes.
(Information sourced from Wikipedia.com)
COME IN NUMBER FIVE …
Our GM Maggie Murphy caught up with Lewes centre back Caitlin Hayes this week. Here she is on life in the Lewes camp and approaching today’s game.
FA WSL UP AND RUNNING
The 2019-20 FA WSL season got underway yesterday.
Brighton brought back a point from Bristol and a cagey Manchester Derby was illuminated by this wonderful goal from City’s Caroline Weir.
Bristol reported a crowd in excess of 3000 for their 0-0 with the Shegulls, a superb turn-out in the Sout West that pundits are calling the new benchmark for WSL matches.
The Derby, staged at City’s Ethiad stadium, drew a record crowd of over 31,000. Chelsea claim they will bust that today when they host Tottenham Hotspur. Amongst the throng yesterday, our very own super Tog @Gingeraction and rising Lewes FC Juniors star, Beth
SING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING
Call yourself a fan? Are you in good voice?
Great stuff, cos there’ll be onsite football chanting practice before the match at about 13.30 in the covered stands near the half-way line! Owner & comedian Donna McPhail will lead us in some chants so we’re good and ready to support Lewes FC Women in their first match this season…’ere we go, ere we go, ere we go-oh, ere we go, oh here we go!!
ON THE WRACK
Suzy shared her thoughts on the new FAWC with us before our own season kicked off last month.
“There is something extremely exciting about the Women’s Championship this season. With the promotion of Manchester United and Tottenham to the Women’s Super League the door is open for any one of a number of clubs to challenge for the title.
The investment at Aston Villa, the full-time London City Lionesses and the arrival of Blackburn Rovers and Coventry United into the division has upped the unpredictability of the league.
With both Lewes and now London City Lionesses pioneering new forms of ownership and funding structures, albeit in very different ways, and breaking away from the parent club model adopted by most, the league offers something the Women’s Super League can’t, the chance to buy into the ideologies of clubs as well as the teams. ”
NO DEAL: A BIG DEAL FOR FOOTBALL?
The Art Of No Deal: What a hard Brexit might mean for future transfers
Daniel Geey takes a look at the effects a No Deal Brexit might have on the football transfer market in the UK. Click on the headline to open the piece.
Daniel is a Partner in the Sports Group at Sheridans, providing advice on various FA, EPL, EFL, UEFA and FIFA rules and has kindly given Lewes permission to run this link.
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/
LEWES, GLYNDE & BEDDINGHAM BRASS BRAND
We welcome LGB Brass to the Dripping Pan
LGB Brass is an active and popular band based in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex.
**STOP PRESS: LGB Brass are looking for a cornet player**
If you are interested please contact the band via the website at www.lgbbrass.co.uk
They have around 50 members from across East and West Sussex, attracted by the band’s friendly atmosphere and high standard of music. As well as the main band, there is a training band of young learners who are preparing to move into the main band.
Repertoire and booking
LGB Brass have a large and varied repertoire. You will hear traditional marches, music from film and stage, virtuoso solo items and the best from the modern brass repertoire.
1. FAYE BAKE
2. SAMMY QUAYLE
3. RHIAN CLEVELRLY
4. KATE MCINTYRE (C)
15. CHARLIE BOSWELL
8. ELLIE NOBLE
19. DANIELLE LANE
9. ZOE NESS
10. JESS KING
22. KATIE ROOD
7. EMMA JONES
24. ISSY FOSTER
5. CAITLIN HAYES
14. EMILY JONES
16. EMILY DONOVAN
21. FILIPPA SAVVA
6. AMY TAYLOR
12. AVA ROWBOTHAM
1. LUCY GILLET
2. ANNABEL JOHNSON
3. NICOLE PEPPER
4. AMY GODDARD
16. HANNAH MCKENZIE
21. LEETA RUTHERFORD
15. ANDRIA GEORGOU
23. ASHLEIGH GODDARD
11. BIANCA BAPTISTE
10. ASHLEE HINKS
22. ELLA RUTHERFORD
5. JORDAN BUTLER
8. CIARA WATLING
9. MAGDA MOSENGO
13. CHERELLE KHASSAL
18. AOIFE HURLEY
25. REA LAUDAT
20. EMMA GIBBONS
FILMING AT MATCHES
Today there may be film crews in the ground, filming on behalf of Lewes Football Club and other media organisations. The filming is usually for Lewes FC marketing purposes, to show what a matchday looks/sounds like and to generally promote what we do. There may also be film crews from media organisations who will use their footage in news reports, and crews for a documentary about Lewes FC Women, Reds. Lewes Football Club respectfully asks for your permission to be filmed. If you do not want to be filmed, please let the crew know directly and they will oblige. Thanks for your cooperation in helping to build a successful club.
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 President Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller
Directors Ed Briggs, Barry Collins, Charlie Dobres, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Eddie Ramsden, Jon Ruben, Galia Omre, Roger Warner
Steve Keegan*, Karen Dobres*, Michelle Bowie*
* Directors seconded onto the board
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 Maggie Murphy
Assistant GM Lynne Burrell
Marketing Officer Maggie Murphy
Head Coach Fran Alonso
Assistant Coach Simon Parker
Assistant Coach Jesus Cordon
Goalkeeping Coach Lee Callender
S&C Coach Andrea Gillardoni
Team Psychologist Chelsea Orme
Data Analyst Adam Chilcott
Kit Wrangler Joe Gander
U18s Manager Kelly Newton
U18s Coaches Charlie Carter, Greg Cross
Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editor Robin Mannering
Additional content Ash Head
Progcast designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes