Lewes’ Dripping Pan stadium is located approximately 3 miles from Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium. The two are separated by many divisions now but have shared players and remain deeply entrenched in the community that surrounds them. The Dripping Pan is next to a park while one can see hills in the distance as the picturesque little ground contains a car park, offices, an AstroTurf ground for their academy as well as a pitch surrounded by two stands on its South and East as well as a grass bank and a terrace obscured by a clubhouse.
As former Lewes youngster Solly March scored Brighton and Hove Albion’s second and subsequent winning goal to earn the Falmer-based side promotion to the Premier League, Lewes FC were sowing the seeds for a prosperous future in a 4-4 draw against Hastings United, 3 miles up the road. Although, Lewes failed to reach the playoffs in a promotion charge of their own, former Brighton and Hove Albion winger and now Lewes’ manager, Darren Freeman and his coaching staff signed a new two-year contract with the goal of chasing promotion next season and bringing through a new generation of youngsters.
Matthew George grew up in a football-mad household in Croydon with his two parents and brother before joining Crystal Palace, the team his mother supported, at the age of 14. A scholarship, a professional contract and a serious meniscus injury to his right knee later, he finds himself scrapping for a promotion at Ryman South Division side Lewes in Brighton after joining last summer. At 20-years-old, he is still acclimating to regular first team football as he scored a goal in a 4-0 home thrashing against East Grinstead at the Dripping Pan before being sent off in a 3-1 away victory against South Park in his last two games.
The term ‘wonderkid’ gets thrown around a lot these days, specifically by Football Manager enthusiasts. It’s a term used to describe a young footballer aged between 16-24 with exciting potential who looks set to develop into the next big thing.
In Italy, there appears to be a promising new generation of youngsters who could be bestowed the title of ‘wonderkid’ and I’ve compiled a list of 11 high-quality Italian youth prospects all aged 24 and under. All have taken the Serie A by storm and have the potential take on the world next if all goes according to plan.
For your reading pleasure, here are 10ish pages and around 3000 words of fascinating football insight from Chaka Simbeye and Michael Loftman – the 26-year-old football coach (and part-time DJ) who landed himself a job as a manager in Zambia’s top-flight.
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Michael Loftman’s career path till this point has been full of great experiences and spontaneity.
A former Global Development Coach at Tottenham Hotspur and Assistant Sports Scientist at Watford, he made the decision to leave a job at Dagenham and Redbridge to gain managerial experience in the distant lands of Zambia. A holiday in the landlocked country in Southern Africa was enough to lure him into working in this beautiful part of the world, leaving Greater London to experience a culture that would be conducive for his career. Continue reading
As the dust settles on yet another lacklustre and timid display from the choking Three Lions, England have bowed out of Europe for the second time in a week. It’s rightly cost Roy Hodgson his job and questions are now being raised regarding the position of captain Wayne Rooney. I hereby throw my name forward for England head coach – I can’t do a much worse job than what we’ve seen for the last 4 years, and I’ll do it for a fraction of the £3.5 million a year that Hodgson rakes in. Continue reading
So this is Euro 2016, then. The first round of fixtures has been completed quicker than you can say Mark Pougatch, yet plenty has happened.
Discussed in this piece: The opening night of the tournament and one of the best goals it has seen so far. And hooliganism, too. Also, as seen on Left Back Twitter, 140-word match reports of the games from this opening round of matches. Continue reading
It’s now just hours before a big tournament begins, and you feel like an excitable child ready to open his presents on Christmas day. Euro 2016 is here, and the dreams of one nation are about to be realised. Continue reading