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9th November 2007 15:32

FA Cup replay date, if needed
The replay at the Dripping Pan will be Wednesday 21st November. Kick off 7.45 pm
Arsenal old boy backs Lewes
By Howard Griggs
Brighton Argus
Lewes will boast an FA Cup winner within their ranks when they try to cause an upset at Mansfield.

The League Two hosts, who won 5-0 at home to Macclesfield last Saturday, have all the cards stacked in their favour for this FA Cup first round clash.

But underdogs Lewes can at least turn to a player who has lifted the famous trophy.

Ian Selley was an unused substitute when Arsenal beat Sheffield Wednesday in the 1993 FA Cup final.

Selley, whose most famous moment was a starting role as Arsenal won the European Cup Winners' Cup when beating Parma 1-0 in 1994, has a wealth of experience from a career which also took in spells at Fulham, Wimbledon and Southend.

He has found himself in and out of the Lewes team since joining from Woking in the summer and can probably expect no more than a place on the substitutes' bench for Saturday's game.

But the 33-year-old is an invaluable asset to the Lewes camp both on and off the field in the run-up to the game.

He believes Lewes can cause a shock.

Selley said: "It is a game we can win. There is no reason why we can't.

"A few of our players could be playing in the League. They are no way Conference south level. Lewes would do well in the Conference (premier), because we are a good footballing side. I played at Woking in the Conference for four years and I really believe Lewes can play at that level.

"Mansfield are struggling so this should be a great time to play them. We just have to concentrate on ourselves and give it 120 per cent. We are the underdogs and have nothing to prove."

Selley has bittersweet memories of Arsenal's FA Cup success in 1993.

He said: "I played against Tottenham in the semi-final which was played at Wembley. I was in the team fairly regularly then but then England under-21s wanted me to go away with them and when I came back I had lost my place.

"I was on the bench for the League Cup final and the FA Cup final, which were both against Sheffield Wednesday. It was frustrating but being a young lad I thought I would get another chance. It didn't happen. However, I have my medals which I am proud of."

Those medals include a European Cup Winners'Cup medal in 1994, which was the pick of his 62 games for Arsenal before being sold to Fulham for £500,000 in 1997 when Arsene Wenger decided he was not part of his Highbury revolution.

Selley said: "I played in all the rounds in the run-up to the European final. George Graham thought I was suited to European football. Ian Wright was suspended and John Jensen was injured so George played Steve Morrow, Paul Davis and myself in a young midfield.

"It was one of those games when we scored early on and then defended very well. Parma probably deserved something but it was the time of the 1-0 to the Arsenal' chant and that is what it was."

Selley's progressing career came to a halt when he broke a leg playing against Leicester in February 1995.

He never reached the same heights again but he is still enjoying his football and ready to write another chapter at Mansfield.

He said: "I look back now and it is frustrating with the injuries I had but I am still doing something I love when a lot of players have given up. I am 33 and still playing at a decent level. I was very lucky and fortunate to achieve what I did. There are top players around the world who haven't got an FA Cup and European winners medal.

"Mansfield is a one-off game and the important thing is we work as a team. They will be on the front foot and looking to score early. We need to weather that storm and then hit them on the break.

"If we don't lose and don't concede we would have a better chance back at the Dripping Pan. The boys were fantastic against Grays in the fourth qualifying round replay and we have got to do the same again."

Daily Mirror , 9 Nov 2007
Lewis Hamilton plays in the FA Cup

The FA CUP e-on First Round Proper

Mansfield Town v Lewes, tomorrow, 3pm

Exclusive by Mike Walters 09/11/2007

Lewis Hamilton drives a Vauxhall Astra, has no chance of winning Sports Personality of the Year and could be playing at full-back against Mansfield in the FA Cup tomorrow.

Until his namesake in a boilersuit hitched a lift in a fast car from the Formula One paddock and draped himself in chequered flags, the quickest man called Lewis Hamilton in this country was at Conference South minnows Lewes.

Rooks manager Steve King says 22-year-old Hamilton can sprint 100 metres in less than 11 seconds. And King's men are quietly optimistic of making a name for themselves against the League Two strugglers.
Hamilton, released by Derby and QPR as a teenager, said: "As you can imagine, I get a lot of ribbing about my name now - and there's a reminder of it every time I walk into the clubhouse.

There's a picture of the 'other' Lewis Hamilton, just after he's won a race, at the bar. "Fortunately I haven't been stopped for speeding by the police - because if they asked, 'Who do you think you are? Lewis Hamilton?', I'm not sure they would believe me when I gave my name.
"I haven't had much grief off fans yet, although the bloke reading out the teams over the tannoy at Eastleigh announced my name and said, 'I bet he can go some'."

Mansfield will not relish facing Lewes, and could get another surprise. "Lewis Hamilton isn't the only star name at Lewes," added King.
"We've got a 16-year-old striker called Muhammad Ali - and he looks nothing like a heavyweight champion. He's 5ft 4in and he's made three appearances for our first team already."
Evening Post reports that McIntosh trained with the squad on Thursday for the first time since he went off at Accrington with a hamstring strain in September, although he will not be involved at the weekend.
Full story at http://www.thisismansfieldtown.co.uk
CHAD VIDEO: Buxton previews Lewes game

STAGS' skipper Jake Buxton says Saturday's FA Cup tie against non-league Lewes will be a tough battle for the side.

McAllister leaves Field Mill
CHAD.co.uk, 08 Nov 2007
MIDFIELDER Sean McAllister has returned to Sheffield Wednesday after a two-month loan spell at Field Mill
Manager Bill Dearden said: "He has been a tremendous lad around the place and has helped us through a very sticky time.

"But with Jon D'Laryea coming back to fitness and us having a break after this weekend I thought it only fair to him to go back to Wednesday and play some football there."

The youngster made five starts for the Stags

Drury fitness boost for Lewes
Brighton Argus
Lewes winger Andy Drury is in contention to face Mansfield at Field Mill in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Drury, sidelined for a month with a knee injury, scored on his comeback as Rooks beat Hastings United 3-2 at the Dripping Pan to reach the quarter-finals of the Sussex Senior Cup last night.


By that stage Drury had departed to generous applause and must now have a great chance of playing some part against Mansfield.
Brown and Bell to miss out?
CHAD.co.uk, 08 Nov 2007, By John Lomas
SIMON Brown has definitely been ruled out of Mansfield Town's FA Cup first round tie with Lewes on Saturday – and Lee Bell is also likely to miss out.
Striker Brown, the hat-trick hero against Macclesfield last weekend, strained a hamstring in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Hereford and manager Billy Dearden said this morning that Brown was likely to be out for three weeks minimum.

In-form midfielder Bell left Hereford on crutches after taking a nasty kick on the shin that left a gash and a damaged nerve.

"Browny is definitely out which is a big loss and Belly is very, very doubtful," said Dearden.

"He is still limping this morning and that is not a good sign on a Thursday.

"It's a shame to lose Simon as he and Mickey Boulding were playing well together, both scoring, and causing teams problems with their pace."

Up front Dearden has three options to partner Boulding with Ian Holmes, John McAliskey and Mickey's younger brother Rory Boulding in the frame.

McAliskey is back in training today after missing out on the Hereford trip with an abscess.

His swollen face has now gone down but he hasn't started a game for a while and is more likely to be on the bench.

If Bell misses out, then it will be a first start in eight months for Jon D'Laryea, who came through half an hour at Hereford and over an hour of reserve team football the next day.

In fact it will be exactly eight months to the day he damaged ankle ligaments at Notts County.

Blue Square South visitors Lewes have only lost once all season and were boosted this week when midfielder Andy Drury came through their 3-2 County Cup win over Hastings United after missing most of the season with a hamstring injury.

Central defender Ian Simpemba was able to serve a one match ban in that game to be available for Saturday.

Lewes played mostly second string players in that game and do have a decent sized squad for their level of football.

They are likely to play their 4-5-1 formation with 12-goal Paul Booth up front on his own with Jamie Cade just behind him.

Ammunition for them will be supplied by wingers Dale Binns, who has electric pace on the left, and Kirk Watts from the right.

Their best-know player, Ian Selley, was on the bench for the 1993 FA Cup final and then played in Arsenal's 1994 European Cup-Winners Cup final winning team.

But he can't get into the side right now with Gary Holloway and Simon Wormull in such good form in central midfield.

Dearden is looking forward to trying for another FA Cup run with the Stags, having taken them to a third round tie at Leicester City back in 2002.

"The FA Cup is a great competition and there are always going to be upsets," said Dearden.

"As a League club you just try to make sure that doesn't happen to you.

"The reports I have on Lewes are that they are a well-organised hard-working team.

"They will have had us watched at Hereford and know they will be coming into a very difficult game.

"They have nothing to lose. The bot is on the other foot for once as we are favourites.

"But we are at home and can't ask for anything more. It will be a big cup atmosphere and with our supporters behind us there is no reason we can't go through.

"Like everyone else, we want to reach the third round and get a decent draw.

"We would like to do it for our supporters more than anything as they have had some bad times in the last few seasons."

Muggleton ready for a first cup run
CHAD.co.uk, 08 Nov 2007, By John Lomas
STAGS keeper Carl Muggleton reckons it is time he enjoyed his first FA Cup run at the age of 39.
Muggleton will line up against Lewes knowing his biggest FA Cup memory so far was when he was at Stoke City and they suffered a giantkilling at the hands of Nuneaton in 2000.

"It is not a competition I have had much success in in the past so maybe this is my season," he said.

"Non-League teams are always difficult as this is their FA Cup final.

"I can remember losing a replay at Nuneaton. It was televised and it was chucking it down with rain.

"They battled their socks off and scored in the last minute which didn't really give us time to come back.

"All you do is prepare as you would against a League side and show them the same respect.

"You have to go out there and give 100 per cent like we have been doing recently and then you hope that bit of quality takes over.

"Lewes had a great result against Grays and will come here with their tails up.

"We have to start on the front foot and hopefully get an early goal to shut them up.

"With fighting for our lives in the League, it would be nice to go on a cup run. It would be a nice distraction and winning is a good habit to get into."

Hull friendly for Stags reserves
By John Lomas, CHAD.co.uk, 7 Nov 2007
MANSFIELD Town travelled to Hull City this afternoon (1.30pm) for a reserve friendly.
"I wll give a game to all those who didn't start at Hereford," said manager Billy Dearden.

The team for the match, played behind closed doors, was: White, Kitchen, Storer, Jelleyman, Goward, Reet, Sleath, D'Laryea, Naylor, Holmes, R. Boulding. Subs: Gibbons (GK), Trimmer, Grimoldby, Turner, McCormick, West.

Hull won 3-0, two goals coming from first half set pieces and a third added late on, with D'Laryea playing for 60 minutes and putting himself in line to start a match, Saturday's FA Cup tie with Lewes, for the first time since March because of Bell's shin injury picked up at Hereford.


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