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.
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
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Pressing is one of the buzzwords in modern-day football lexicon and is frequently imbedded in playing styles around the world at all levels. Football’s obsession with pressing is what saw Roger Schmidt come to fame for his style at Red Bull Salzburg and be christened the ‘high-priest of pressing football’ once he arrived in Germany at Bayer Leverkusen. His brand of pressing teams from the edge of their box at high-intensity throughout games even caught the admiring eyes of one Pep Guardiola. Now, him and his young Bayer Leverkusen side must seek to find stability in results and performances in a journey which could ultimately give an example of how much philosophy is worth in football. Continue reading
Another installment of one of the most tense and passionate derbies in Europe will be played out in the large and intimate De Kuip this evening as Feyenoord take on Ajax in the KNVB Bekker. Although, their league meeting is over a week away, the KNVB Bekker is no exhibition match as a place in the next round and bragging rights are on the line. This will also be the first meeting of Giovani Van Bronchorst and Frank De Boer as managers.
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