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With am or without you

With am or without you - The magic of the FA Cup quickly evaporates at Witham Town for Lewes

Every Non-League club starts the season with a dream of progression in the FA Cup.  For the players it is the thought of walking out at a Premier League (or Championship) ground, or pitting their wits against professional players.  For managers it is the thought of adding a famous scalp to their CV.  For the fans it is the thought of supporting their team in places or against clubs they would…

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A rolling Stone gathers all the moss

A rolling Stone gathers all the moss - Maidstone come out winners in the Sussex Sunshine at The Dripping Pan

There are three ways to win the league in my view.  It doesn’t matter what the league is, essentially the characteristics are all the same but to be successful you have to either a) Have someone (individual or group of people/company) who are willing to spend significantly more than anyone else; b) Invest heavily in the best infrastructure you can that will then work your assets (players) more…

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Deadline Day (lack of) drama

Deadline Day (lack of) drama - What did go on last Monday and why was nobody in the Dripping Pan car park?

Monday 1st September 2014. Transfer deadline day. Whilst Sky Sports have sent reporters to the four corners of the English footballing universe for a sighting of a player/manager/agent/tea lady arriving in a car with blacked out windows, I am sitting outside a deserted Dripping Pan at Lewes FC. With the squad currently decimated by injuries and suspensions I am sure that any minute someone of…

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You are only as good as your next game

You are only as good as your next result - Play-Off Final penalty defeat hangover still haunting Orient as they lose to Colchester United

Four months ago Leyton Orient found themselves 2-0 up going into the dressing rooms at Wembley in the League One Play-Off Final.  They O’s were just 45 minutes away from their first visit to the Championship and sticking one over on the Rotherham United manager, Steve Evans.  Nobody wants to see that these days do they?  Ninety minutes later and the players lay distraught on the pitch, having…

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In praise of Non League Day

In praise of Non League Day - For all the gimmicks it was all about getting 3 points

photo 3 (2)Non League Day.  The best day in the Non League calendar…bar the first round of the FA Cup…or the end of season play-off/relegation six pointer.  And the game after Christmas.  Heck.  Every day is the best day of the season in Non League football.  Non League fans do not need a special day to celebrate all that is great about the beautiful game in its purest form.

Non League Day is about…

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Don’t bet on it! We can’t anymore

Don’t bet on it! We can’t anymore - changes to the betting rules surrounding football mean no more betting on the Lao Premier League

In late June ex-Whitehawk defender Michael Boateng was found guilty trying to fix Non-League matches and sentenced to 16 months in jail.  Boateng is the latest player to be caught up in the murky world of match and spot fixing allegations, where the defence is often to plead ignorance of the law.

Up until a few weeks ago anyone related to the playing side or management of Lewes FC could bet on…

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That sinking feeling

That sinking feeling - a relegation six pointer in August? Possibly

14898284290_f8e8dcf3a9_zThere are some teams that whenever you play them, there is always something to talk about.  Games between Lewes and Hampton & Richmond Borough can never be classed as dull and today was no different.  Just six games into the season and the game between The Beavers and The Rooks was already being classed as a “six-pointer”.  Both sides found themselves in the bottom four coming into this game.…

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Stirling Moss

Stirling Moss - Margate’s Ryan Moss the goal machine downs @lewes_cfc Bank Holiday entertainment

About 6 miles off the Thanet coast is a strip of land known as the Goodwin Sands.  This 25 metre strip of sand, sitting atop a chalk escarpment becomes visible at various times each day depending on the tides.  Many a ship has met with disaster trying to navigate around the area whilst a number of schemes over the years have been hatched to try to build structures on the sands.

However, if there…

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The Gladiators versus The Spartans

The Gladiators versus The Spartans in England’s green and pleasant lands. Matlock Town - one of the finest Non-League venues there is

There can be few better feelings in life than watching a game of football with the sun beating down on your face, beer in hand surround by England’s green and pleasant land. Add in a view to die for and a pie with gravy and this could be Nirvana. I could have chosen one of twenty games in the Premier League or the Skybet divisions today that were within an hour’s drive of Northern HQ but instead…

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Evil Angel*

Evil Angel* - Bad things come in two’s as Lewes come unstuck at the hands of the Tonbridge Angels

Bad things are supposed to come in three’s correct?  Try telling that to the 70 or so Lewes fans, players, management team and directors who were at the Longmead Stadium last  Tuesday night.  Two goals conceded, two players sent off both for two bookable offences, two players limped off by half-time and unfortunately just two shots on goal.  It wasn’t one of the best away trips we had experienced…

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