Rooks recruit top agency to sponsor Academy

Lewes Football Club is proud to announce a new top-level sponsor for 2013 – Foyne Jones. The specialist Recruitment Agency has come on board as a Lewes FC Academy sponsor & the club’s Official Recruitment Partner.

The Rooks’ Marketing Director, Charlie Dobres commented, “Though Foyne Jones specialize in recruiting people to the construction suppliers and manufacturing industry, it’s clear that their expertise can be applied to our club.”

Peter Jones, Foyne Jones' Lewes-based MD at last year's Brighton Marathon
Peter Jones, Foyne Jones’ Lewes-based MD at last year’s Brighton Marathon

‘How so?’ one might ask. Well, Foyne Jones will now regularly be advising the club’s Academy students on a range of skills such as CV writing to interview techniques to overall employability.

Peter Jones, Co-Founder of Foyne Jones added “When we decided to open a new office in the South East for 2013, we chose Lewes for many sound commercial reasons. But one factor that only emerged later was that the town has one of the very few community-owned football clubs in the UK and that club shares a lot of our values. Like us, they are straight talking, highly driven and determined to make a difference in peoples lives. That’s exactly what great recruitment is all about too.”

And Peter Jones has offered his own and his new Lewes office team’s services to help the club out wherever possible.

Dobres added “To bring a company of Foyne Jones’ reputation on board feels like a real coup for us and we are determined to create a lasting, mutually beneficial partnership”.


Wingate and Finchley match rearranged

Our postponed game from Saturday at Wingate and Finchley has now been rearranged for next Tuesday 5th February,wingate 7.45pm kick off.

Before the trip to North London we travel to East Brighton and the hotly anticipated clash against local rivals and table toppers Whitehawk at the Enclosed Ground on Saturday, 3pm kick off.

Happy 276th Birthday Tom

Today is a very special day for one of Lewes’s favourite sons.Happy 276th Birthday Tom

Though he was born in Thetford (in 1737), he moved down from London to Lewes when he was 31, moving in above the fifteenth-century Bull House, which in those days was the tobacco shop of Samuel and Esther Ollive. Three years later he married their daughter Elizabeth.

Anyhow, the point is that it was only once he moved to Lewes that he got into politics and, four years after arriving, published his first article in 1772, The Case of the Officers of Excise. The rest is, quite literally, history – how Tom went on to become the ‘Father of the American Revolution’. Must be something in the air round here.

Check out his story here.

So we say Happy Birthday Tom. We like to feel that had he been around today, he would surely have taken his place on the terraces of the Dripping Pan, supporting a truly democratically run club and playing his part in the town’s latter-day football revolution.

Happy 276th Birthday Tom.

Rooks number two keeper Pawel Joins Bridges

Lewes number two goalkeeper Pawel Szelemej has left the club to join Ryman South strugglers Three Bridges.Pawel Szelemej

The Pole is one of three new signings aimed at getting the Crawley-based side out of relegation trouble in their first ever season in the Ryman League, following promotion from the Sussex County Football League last season.

Bridges’ Paul Faili said: “Our new signings all look really good and I’m looking forward to them helping us rise up the table.”

Lewes club secretary Kevin Brook said: “Dual registration is not possible for a player between clubs in the same league, so when Three Bridges made their approach for Pawel we agreed to release his registration.”

Lewes First Team Assistant Manager, Nick Brown said Szelemej’s work schedule often made it difficult to be available for Lewes games, but added that the locality of his new club would help him in that respect.

“He lives up in the Crawley area,” said Brown. “He can walk to the Three Bridges ground if he wants to.”

Weather havoc continues

The weather caused a complete washout of fixtures over the weekend as both Ladies and U18 matches were postponed on Sunday.

The U18 were due to visit Eastbourne Boro in the Sussex Youth Cup whilst the Ladies rearranged fixture against QPR again falls victim to the weather this week.

More details on the new dates as we get them, along with the first team’s fixture at Wingate.

U18s clash with Crawley Down Gatwick OFF

Thursday’s game versus Crawley Down Gatwick was  postponed due to a frozen pitch. A new date for this fixture will be announced in due course.

Next up for the lads is a trip to Eastbourne Borough in the Sussex Youth Cup this Sunday, 1pm kick off. The match is at Priory Lane (BN23 7QH) and will be played on the pitch out the front of the main ground.

Big Deaksy wins inaugural Lewes FC World Darts Championship

All about the Lee’s in the Lewes FC Darts Championship Final

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Are you ready? Let’s play darts”…. were the opening words to the first Lewes FC darts championship at the Rook Inn by announcer Barry Haffenden. With 16 competitors entering the competition the draw was made, the darts theme song bellowed out from the sound system, and then the games began.

First up in the first round saw Dave McKay defeat Chris Hendley 2 legs to nil. Other results in the first round: Ross King defeated Sean Macleod with a 94 checkout. Steve Joy defeated Keith Rapley, Director Lee Cobb defeated Sam Piper 2 – 1, Lee Deacon defeated Lewes Ladies coach Dave Cole, Chunky defeated director Norman Duncan 2 – 0, Will Kemp defeated director Clive Burgess and Barry Haffenden defeated Julie Mills 2 – 0.

With the First round out the way everyone tucked into pie and mash and the Quarter final line-up was announced.

First up saw Ross King defeat Dave McKay, then the only club director left standing Lee Cobb defeated Steve Joy. Next Lee Deacon defeated Chunky 2 – 1 in what was regarded as an epic battle. Next up saw Will Kemp take the last spot into the semi-final after defeating Barry Haffenden 2 – 1.

A change of darts theme music and the semi-final began with Ross King taking the first leg against Lee Cobb but it was not enough as Lee battled back to claim his place in the Final after winning 2 – 1. The second semi-final saw the first and only 180 of the night, from Lee Deacon, who claimed his place in the Final after defeating Will Kemp.

So after four hours of playing we were down to just two players, Lee Cobb vs Lee Deacon in a 501 best of 5 legs Final.  Lee Deacon took the first leg with the highest check out of the night with a 103 finish. Lee Deacon continued the high scoring and took the second leg using just eighteen darts. With the game at 2 – 0 to Lee Deacon it seemed that the game was over for director Lee Cobb but he had different ideas and took the third leg to make it 2 – 1. The comeback was on but was short lived as Lee Deacon stepped up and calmly hit his double and became the Lewes FC Darts Champion of 2013 claiming a 3 – 1 victory.

After all the thanks to the volunteers from the supporters club the presentation to the winner was made with a special ‘Champ 180’ Lewes shirt.


Next Supporters Club event is the Valentines quiz night on the 15th February from 7pm, more details to be announced soon.