Garry Wilson named as new Lewes FC Manager

Lewes Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of GARRY WILSON as the Club’s new First Team Manager.

He will be joined by DANNY BLOOR as Assistant Manager who has stepped down as Eastbourne Town boss and MATT CRABB, who will combine playing with a coaching role within the new management structure. In addition, a Head Coach is to be appointed early next week.

Garry’s reputation in non-league football owes much to his incredible 12 year spell at Eastbourne Borough where he orchestrated the club’s rise from County League to Blue Square Premier.

The genial Scot said, “I am thrilled to be joining such a progressive club. It’s going to be an exciting challenge and one we are all looking forward to. I’ve been mightily impressed with all I’ve seen and heard at the Dripping Pan and Danny and I cannot wait to get started. Initially, we are wanting to improve the league results markedly and we want people to have a smile on their faces when they come to work. With such superb facilities and a large and pro-active fan base, we are confident good things can be achieved here. I’m particularly pleased that Danny Bloor has joined me at Lewes FC and I know we will do all we can to ensure the traditions and history of this great Club are maintained at the very highest levels.”

Lewes FC Chairman, Terry Parris added, “We are delighted to have secured the services of Garry Wilson. Most people in Sussex football will know about his history, his record and his integrity. He is a great fit for us at this time and, with Danny, we feel we have the right management team to take the Lewes FC ‘on-field’ set up forward. I think there are exciting times ahead for our football club”

The club is organizing a ‘Meet The Manager’ session in June.


FINAL Academy Trial Date

The FINAL Academy Trial date of Wednesday 29th May 10am-1pm has just been announced. This will take place on 3G at Oakmeeds School, Burgess Hill. Please contact Adrian Howell either by email or telephone 01273-470820. This will be the last trial date for next years intake so if you are interested please act soon.

We are especially looking for a couple of taletented goalkeepers, who also receive specialised coaching at the Academy.

“IF you’re a Fan” film

Are you a football fan? We suspect you probably are.

Then here’s to you and to all of us who have supported the Rooks throughout the season.

The First Team may have only just avoided relegation, but the U18s won a Cup and came third in the League; the Ladies team finished mid-table in their first ever season in the Premier League; and the Girls U15s won the League & Cup double in their first season. And, oh yes, the football club broke even for the first time in aeons without the aid of big donations.

Not so bad then.



The Bonfire Cup is TODAY!

bonfire_cupThe 3rd Annual Bonfire Cup is being held at the Dripping Pan today (Sunday) – first match at 11am. Admission is FREE.

All seven Lewes Bonfire Societies are again taking part plus Newick.

The tournament is always keenly contested but in a great spirit. And some very good football is played too.

It’s a really fun day with drinks and food available. The Final is played around 5:30pm.

See you there!

Under 18 Trials 2013/14

Lewes FC U18’s announce the dates for their open trials for 2013/14. These will take place on:

Tuesday 21st May 7-9pm

Thursday 23rd May 7-9pm

The venue will be Oakmeeds School in Burgess Hill on 3g astro.

Anyone interested in attending these trials should email the U18 Manager, Nick Brown, at, with:

Full name, address, email and telephone number (mobile preferred), date of birth, current club, playing position/s by Monday 20th May.

Full details will be advised prior to trial dates.



U15 Girls win the League & Cup double

U15s League Win

Lewes Girls won the Sussex Women and Girls Under 15 League with a thrilling 3-2 win away to Crawley in front of a large crowd at the Broadfield Stadium.

Going into the game, Lewes were two points behind leaders Crawley, and needed to beat their rivals to secure the league title in their first season.  The game began as a midfield battle, however Lewes gradually got on top and forced a number of corners.

They were rewarded after 18 minutes when an Amy Perkins corner was met by an excellent first time strike by Charlotte Russell at the back post to open the scoring.

Crawley battled back strongly and equalised five minutes later when their forward finished well following a ball through the middle.

The game was opening up at this stage and Lewes regained the lead when Ellie French latched onto a through ball on 28 minutes to coolly round the keeper and slot home to give Lewes a 2-1 advantage which they took into the half time interval.

Crawley started the second half sharper and were rewarded two minutes into the restart when good work on their right hand side resulted in a cross being converted to level the scores and put Crawley back into pole position for the title.

Lewes recovered well from this set back with the midfield of Molly Miller, Russell, Perkins and Ellie Bonwick becoming increasingly influential and created a number of chances with Chloe Evans, French and Russell all going close.  However they went into the last 10 minutes requiring a goal to win the title.

With five minutes to go, playmaker Ellie Ramsauer found space at the edge of the penalty area to thread an inch perfect pass through to top scorer Ellie French who finished powerfully into the top corner of the net to give Lewes the lead for the third time.

Despite some late Crawley pressure the Lewes defence held strong with goalkeeper Nina Wilson, central defenders Maisie Preston and Bethany Jago and full backs Holly Currier and Lily Smith alert to danger and limiting Crawley to long range efforts.

The final whistle blew after 5 minutes of injury time to signal the end of an exciting game and the league trophy was presented on the pitch to captain Lily Smith to spark celebrations from the girls who have now completed the league and cup double.

Manager Mark Currier said: “This was a brave performance from the girls and both teams can take a lot of credit from an exceptional game which showed girls football at its best.”

“I’m thrilled that the girls have been rewarded for their efforts over the course of the season.  They have been a pleasure to work with and they can be very proud of their achievements.”

“After a slightly disappointing start to the season when the squad was coming together, the girls have put together ten successive wins to clinch both trophies available at this age group.”

“Over the past nine months, we have challenged them to have high standards, take responsibility for their performance and improve their technical abilities and game understanding to take them to the next level as part of their longer term development.”

“It hasn’t been easy at times, but their commitment has come through and the the trophies are a well deserved reward for all their efforts.”

P of M – Could be any of the players but Molly Miller covered every blade of grass with a disciplined midfield display.

Rookettes wrap up season with another win

Lewes Ladies ended their first season in the Premier League Southern division in style with a 3-0 win over West Ham United. Tash west ham

The Rookettes have taken maximum points from their last four league games to claim fifth spot although this is likely to be revised to sixth after the FA reassess the league in light of the demise of Colchester United.

A powerful drive from Andriea Veiga put Lewes ahead and Tash Wells’ brave header doubled the lead before half time until Kelly Newton added another header of her own towards the end of the game.

It’s been a good first season for Lewes in this league and gives management the chance to progress next season with the coming league restructure which will see the Rookettes play in the newly convened Championship.