Rooks release three

Lewes FC have announced the departure of three players this week.
Max Howell, Lee Cooper and Anthony Thomas are leaving the Dripping Pan after the playing budget was re-assessed, something that was always planned to happen before December.

At the beginning of this season, a £74k playing budget figure was set (and published). However, the Manager is given discretion to front-load by up to 10% for the first few months to optimise the club’s chances of progressing in revenue-earning Cup competitions. So, some additional players were allowed into the squad/budget at the start of the season on that basis.

The overall club budget has ZERO in for Cup income to make sure that, unlike most other clubs, we are in no way reliant on this income area.

If, come November/December when the Board reviews its income versus budget, there is a reasonable surplus from Cup, commercial, ownership etc revenues, then the Board can (but don’t necessarily do so) decide to retain the front-loading and thereby increase the playing budget to a degree. However, any surplus revenue is also considered for usage against items like new infrastructure (e.g. toilets) or other non-football costs.

This season, there has been no significant surplus in these revenues (including Cup) so the playing budget front-loading has to be dropped. The net effect is still that players go, but this is in line with a season-long financial approach to balancing the overall budget.

We would like to thank Max, Lee and Anthony for their efforts this season and wish them all the very best in their future careers.

As ever, if you’re wondering what you can do as a fan to help get more players in, you can sell a £30 Ownership to a friend or two and you can bring those friends to a game where the club receives a net £8.80 (after 20% VAT) for each adult.


Match Day Photos

21st September 2013 – Wingate & Finchley (A) – click here for more images

14th September 2013 – Peacehaven & Telscombe (A) – click here for more images

10th September 2013 – Carshalton Athletic (H) – click here for more images


7th September 2013 – Metropolitan Police (H) – click here for more images

31st August 2013 – Hendon (A) – click here for more images

26th August 2013 – Bognor Regis Town (H) – click here for more images

24th August 2013 – Maidstone United (A) – click here for more images

20th August 2013 – East Thurrock United (A)click here for more images

17th August 2013 – Canvey Island (H) – Click for more images

13th August 2013 – Hampton & Richmon Borough (H) – Click for more images


10th August 2013 – Hornchurch (A) Click for more images

Burgess Hill clash OFF

Tonight’s U18s match against Burgess Hill has been postponed to allow the pitch to recover after the recent heavy rain and Tuesday’s Sussex Senior Cup match. A new date for this game will be announced at a later date.

Up next for the Young Rooks is the rearranged Sussex Youth Cup game at Pagham on Sunday (11am kick off) before traveling to Crawley Down Gatwick on Tuesday 4th December (7.30pm kick off) for our previously postponed league clash.

Next at the Pan is the mouth watering visit of holders Gillingham in the second round of the John Ullmann Cup on Tuesday 11th December (7.45pm kick off).

Our Match Sponsors

Our friends over at TPA recruitment have kindly sponsored our home fixture against Whitehawk this coming Saturday, 8th December.

The club would like to thank them and lets hope we can get all three points!

Don’t forget to wrap up warm, practice your singing voices and we shall see you all Saturday!


Senior Cup run ended by Eastbourne United Association

Any hopes of silverware for Lewes this season were ended after a Senior Cup defeat by Eastbourne United Association. REPORT

A young Rooks side was embarrassed after only three minutes when Liam Baitup put the visitors ahead and they looked the better side for much of the evening.

Only three players survived from the last starting line-up and it wasn’t until Ben Godfrey, Anthony Thomas and Karl Beckford were introduced that Lewes looked like participating.

By this time, Baitup had added his second but Eastbourne were worthy of their two goal lead as too many Lewes players failed to prove their worth.

Boss Simon Wormull halved the deficit with twenty minutes left but was guilty of missing a great chance to equalise ten minutes later.

Despite some intense late pressure, Lewes were unable to claw one back and instead Eastbourne UA can look forward to a plum draw in the next round.

Lewes have only to wait until Saturday to put the result behind them as they take on East Thurrock United in the Ryman Premier, kick off 3pm.

It’s Quizzzzzmassssss!

Next up on the Lewes FC social calender – a quiz night hosted once again by resident quiz master, Baz on Friday 7th December.

Bar opens 7pm with food orders by 7:45pm. Quiz kicks off 8pm.

Food served at half time – £7 Meal Deal includes jacket potato, cheese, beans, salad, coleslaw and a drink.

Cash Prizes.

So why not come on down and join us for a fun night and help support the football club