Are you good enough to play for Lewes Ladies FC?

Lewes Ladies v Colchester Utd 3 2 kelly celebrateLEWES LADIES play in the FA WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE (step 1, winter league). Also in our League are the likes of West Ham, Spurs, Charlton and other top teams.

And now YOU could be part of the most progressive Women’s Sport & Team in Sussex! Lewes Ladies, the ‘PRIDE OF SUSSEX’.



Pre season session dates:

Sundays – July 7th, 14th (11.30 – 13.30)

Wednesdays – July 10th, 17th, 24th 31st Aug 7th, 14th & 21st (19.30 – 21.30)

Venue: The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Road, Lewes, East Sussex,BN7 2XA (2 mins from station)

Pre season match dates:

Sunday 21st July v Denham United FC – The Den Oxford Road UB9 4DW KO 2pm

Sunday 28th July v Chichester City – Waterhall, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 8YR KO 2pm

Sunday 4th August v QPR – The Dripping Pan, KO 2pm

Sunday 11th August v Wolverhampton Wanderers away KO 2pm

What LEWES FC has to offer You:

  • Compete in the FA Premier League (step W1 )
  • Professionally run Football Club both on and off the field
  • 100% focus on Player Coaching & Development
  • Player centric culture • Player Sponsorship
  • Home games played at Lewes FC Stadium
  • Excellent facilities & match day experience
  • Team unity with no cliques or egos
  • Meritocracy (if your good enough you will play)
  • Express yourself and enjoy playing football
  • Be part of the most progressive Women’s Sport & Team in Sussex

What we want you to offer us:

  • 100% commitment
  • A competitive mindset & spirit
  • Team centric player
  • Strong work ethic

For further information or for an informal private chat please contact Manager Jacquie Agnew on 07789 222 430 or email at


Walder stays at the Pan

On Wednesday evening, the ultra combative, JACK WALDER, committed himself to the Rooks for the upcoming season, ending all speculation as to his short term future.

On his return from a short break, the talented and hard working midfielder was keen to meet up with the new Lewes management to discuss extending his time at the Dripping Pan.

Walder said, “I’ve known both Garry and Danny for a while and I was pleased to see their appointment. I am keen to see us be more competitive and I think the new management will do that. That suits my personality and the way I play, so I am really pleased to be following Crabby (Nathan) and Brinky in staying here, and I’m sure others will follow suit.”

He went on, “I certainly haven’t wanted to move anywhere. I think a few of the lads think there are a few things we started but haven’t finished as yet. Maybe we will push on this season and give our supporters a bit more to cheer about!”

Garry Wilson was very pleased at capturing JW’s signature. 

“Jack has that great quality of belief, in himself and his team mates. It is a powerful force when harnessed and used well and that’s what Danny and I, and Deano too, are wanting to do for this season. Jack is right, we must be well organised and competitive, if you aren’t, then it’s likely to be a very long season. His attitude is spot on and, in truth, all the guys we’ve got here have shown that willingness to be committed and that hunger and desire to succeed. That will get even more focused once they play in front of the Pan regulars and many of the new boys have yet to experience that feeling.”

Danny Bloor was also delighted at securing Walder for the season ahead. 

He said, “We have looked to sign winners and leaders, and guys with bundles of character and personality. Jack ticks all those boxes. I know we say about being a fan’s favourite, but that is definitely a category that Jack fits into well.”

He continued, “Our fans and supporters will be a key component next season and Garry and I are relying on them all to take an active role in encouraging the boys for every minute of every game. We need this to be a place where the opposition won’t like to come. If we lose a game then so be it but the teams will need to beat us on merit, there won’t be any easy games for them at the Dripping Pan anymore.”

Garry Wilson said there were more signings in the pipeline but he expressed his satisfaction at how things had gone thus far. 

He added, “Danny, Dean and I have met so many well wishers on our travels in and around Lewes it has surprised us all. The Lewes Football Club is obviously held in high regard by many.  If they all come to the opening games, we’ll have full houses and Terry Parris will be a happy Chairman.”

Ade Olorunda signs for the Rooks as Wilson finally gets his man

ADE OLORUNDA has put pen to paper to become the latest player to join the Lewes FC ranks at the Dripping Pan.

The powerful and strong striker joins after a successful, but injury hit, campaign with Maidstone United, that finished with Ade scoring twice in the play-off final, to ensure another promotion would be added to an already impressive CV.

Having previously won Ryman League promotions via the play-offs with both Hastings United and Tonbridge Angels, Lewes boss, Garry Wilson is hoping the speedy Olorunda can make it a four timer with the Rooks.

Wilson added, “I have wanted to sign Ade so many times over the last few seasons. I nearly did when I was at Eastbourne Borough but I am absolutely delighted to have him join us here, at the Pan. He is a player I admire, his work ethic is fabulous and he leads a line well and, importantly, he knows where the goal is. Ade is a very good signing for this football club. I think he is one that will excite and please our fans. With him there are no lost causes.”

Olorunda, a senior teacher at the William Parker Sports College in Hastings, has spent most of his senior career playing for Hastings United and Tonbridge Angels. His overall goal scoring record bears the closest scrutiny and even though he suffered with injury last season, he still managed 18 goals from only 22 starts, with another 20 appearances coming from the bench.

The big striker said, “Lewes Football Club has a fine reputation and a big support base. I am looking forward to playing here. I’ve always liked playing here but now I will get to do it regularly! Garry Wilson is somebody I have a lot of respect for. We have nearly worked together before but for one reason or another it hasn’t happened until now.”

He went on, “Danny Bloor was the boss of Eastbourne Town last season and we had a couple of tricky games against them, so, all in all, I am really looking forward to working with Garry and Dan and to this new challenge. I think it will be exciting and I want to be part of it. I am competitive, this is competitive sport and I like to win, I have been very lucky and I am used to winning. I want that to continue and Garry and Dan have convinced me that this is the Club where I should be.”

Garry Wilson finished by saying, “Ade is very strong, quick for a big man and he’s very powerful. He has a great physique and will certainly beef up our front line. We never scored enough goals last year, that needs to change and Ade Olorunda fits our requirement perfectly.”

Meet Wilson, Bloor, Lightwood, Crabb… with Ruby

3060090493On TUESDAY 9TH JULY (7pm), there will be a chance to meet the new Lewes FC management team, in the Rook Inn.

All the guys will be there to give you an insight into their 2013/14 plans and ready for any questions you may have.

And the Supporters Club are making it a Curry Night too (with a little help from Shanaz) featuring Clive’s rice and legendary dhal on the usual £10 meal deal, including a drink. There’ll be bottles of Cobra too for the authentic curry experience. Bookings will be at the bar on the night.

Cobra beer

So come on down and join the chapati. A new season approaches…


Hutchinson back at the Pan as U18 boss



TOBI HUTCHINSON has been appointed as the Club’s new Ryman U18s manager, returning to the Dripping Pan after helping the youth team to their last League success in 2010.Untitled

Tobi has vast experience of both playing and coaching football and has earned a reputation as a respected coach across Sussex. Hutchinson led Seaford Town to the Sussex County League Division Two Cup last season will be joined in the dugout by ex-Lewes player ALAN DOVE. Dove, who played over 600 semi-professional games across Sussex, worked alongside Hutchinson at both Seaford Town and Worthing United and was also part of the successful Rooks coaching staff which clinched the Ryman Youth league title three seasons ago. As well as extensive experience within youth and non-league football, Tobi and Alan are both qualified to UEFA B Licence level.

The new boss said “I’m delighted to be back and both Alan and I can’t wait to get started. We like to play football the right way and we will be looking to improve players technically, tactically and physically, whilst enjoying their football at what is a super football club rich in tradition of promoting its youth team players into the first team and also into the pro game. We’re looking forward to working with Garry and Danny at the start of such an exciting time for the Club. ”

Danny Bloor added “I’ve known Tobi for a long time now and he was always mine and Garry’s first choice for the U18s job once it came available. Tobi and Alan are a good partnership and will definitely get the best out of our young players. We look forward to working closely with the youth set-up and having that continuity between the first team and the U18 sides is right up there with our highest priorities.”

If you were born between 1st September 1995 and 1st September 1998 and would be interested in trialling for Lewes U18s please contact Tobi Hutchinson at or on 07799771272.

Shelley and Smith are latest Rook recruits

The Lewes squad re-shaping continued on Wednesday as Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor oversaw two new players and a Sports Therapist arrive although club captain, Steve Robinson, has now left the Dripping Pan. shelley-new

JOE SHELLEY, the 31 year old skipper from East Preston has agreed to sign for the Rooks, as has the all action striker, DANIEL SMITH, who joins from Eastbourne Town.  

Danny Bloor explained, “Joe is an exceptionally nice lad. We had really positive talks and he liked what we’re trying to do here and he felt, like us, that he had plenty to bring to Lewes Football Club. He has a good eye for goal as he scored 30 goals for his club last season from midfield. He was also the team captain and he’s the type of committed player Garry and I want here.”

Bloor continued, “Dan Smith played half a dozen games for me last season on returning from travelling around the world. He is raw but hugely explosive and exciting. He will definitely be a crowd favourite, for sure. He is looking forward to getting a full pre-season in with Dean Lightwood and he will benefit enormously for it. He’s going to be a great character to have with us this year.”

The Club are also happy to announce that NATALIE HARRIS joins us as Sports Therapist. Natalie has previous experience at the Brighton and Hove Albion Academy and Mile Oak and with a background in the medical profession she’s a welcome addition to the team.

Lewes boss, Garry Wilson, reported that last year’s skipper, STEVE ROBINSON, was looking at pastures new as neither party could agree terms for the big defender to stay at the Pan. Robinson played over 200 games for the Club and was always one of the most popular Lewes players over recent seasons.

Wilson added, “Sadly, these things happen in football. Steve lives a good distance away and now is probably a good time to part, for both parties. Everyone at the Club wishes him well.”

Robinson wished the Club every success and thanked the fans for their support during his stay at the Dripping Pan, “It’s an incredibly difficult decision to leave the Club but it’s a very amicable departure and having spoken with Garry I know the Club has a bright future. The Lewes supporters are the best I’ve played in front of in my whole career and I’ll miss them, and all the off-field backing I’ve had at the Club.”

Karl Beckford and Callum Dunne have also moved on, having signed for fellow Ryman Premier sides Dulwich Hamlet and Billericay Town respectively, and we thank them both for their efforts last season.

Squad plans were disrupted further when STEVE BRINKHURST confirmed he will need immediate cartilage surgery on his knee. This is likely to keep him out of action until the season is well underway. 

Garry Wilson said, “This is a big blow for the young man. He has enjoyed his football here at the Pan and he has signed on again, so we want that to continue. He is a fit boy so we hope his recovery would be quick. It obviously opens a door for some of the younger players to stake a claim and show me and Dan that they are good enough to play for the front side and our fans.”

He added, “We hope to add to our signings over the next few days with some more new faces arriving. Danny, Dean and I are really pleased with how things are shaping up and we are enjoying the challenges we face. We won’t get all our targets and some of last season’s team may not be here this time around, through either their choice or ours, but we are all working really hard to get a solid foundation for us to grow from over the coming months.”

(Photo courtesy of East Preston FC)

Wilson and Bloor sign four

Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor have continued with building their Lewes FC squad,  by completing the signing of four players on Monday evening. 
Fans favourite, NATHAN CRABB is the first of last season’s roster to commit his immediate future to Lewes FC after enjoying a fine end to the season. He has played many games for both Wilson and Bloor whilst they managed at Eastbourne clubs but this time, along with his brother Matt, they have come to join him at the Dripping Pan.
Nathan said, ” I am really pleased to have Garry and Danny with us at Lewes FC. They will be good for the Club and for me too. I’m really looking forward to a solid, injury free season and, hopefully, I’ll be getting near the 20 goal mark. I feel settled here at the Pan, the fans are great and with fresh impetus and momentum, we will improve across the board.”
Nathan said nothing about his older brother joining the Rook’s ranks though!
The experienced and evergreen BEN AUSTIN has joined from Bloor’s former club, Eastbourne Town. The skipper of Eastbourne Borough as they rose through the football pyramid, Ben links up once again with Lewes boss, Garry Wilson. 
Ben commented, ” My time at Borough was great but it has been well documented now. I played for Dan at Eastbourne Town last season and really got my appetite back for the game. I played more games than ever last year and feel I have much to offer this football club. There was always a degree of friendly rivalry between Boro’ and Lewes over the years but now I’m looking forward to playing in front of these fans as a Lewes FC player. I can’t wait.”
The talented left footed midfielder, FRASER LOGAN, has also put pen to paper to return to Lewes, in spite of interest from a number of other clubs from across the county. The talismanic captain of Crawley Down Gatwick last season, Fraser is keen to test himself at this level again and was more than complimentary about his new Club.
He said, ” I knew within a few minutes of speaking with Danny Bloor that this was where I wanted to come. Garry Wilson has a fantastic reputation too and once I’d met them both at the Pan, I immediately felt comfortable and at home. It was great playing for John Maggs at Crawley Down and he, too has encouraged me to join in with what’s being built here, at Lewes. Like Rikki Banks said, this is a good time to be at this football club. I know I will give my all for the team and the fans and I hope they will like my style of play. I was here as a youngster for a while but I feel I’m much more ready now.”
The Club’s management team of Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor completed their player haul with the excellent acquisition of left sided defender, SAM GORE. The 24 year old has moved to Sussex from Kent and like Fraser Logan, has spurned other clubs to come and play for the Rooks. Sam moved from Chelsea’s youth set up to join Gillingham and then Dover under Andy Hessenthaler. He was a double player of the year award winner at Ramsgate last season. A wholehearted player, Sam was very pleased to accept terms to play at the Pan.
He agreed with Fraser Logan as he said, ” I knew from the conversations with Mr Wilson and Mr Bloor that this was the right club for me. The enthusiasm and excitement they conveyed had me convinced within no time. I’m not too well known in Sussex but they had done their homework and both wanted me to sign for them and being wanted at a football club counts for a lot in my mind. I’m thrilled at joining Lewes and like the rest of the lads, I can’t wait to get things moving.”
Garry Wilson expressed himself pleased with the night’s work. 
“Danny and I are keen to bring players to this Club that have talent and ability but, as importantly, ones that want to play for Lewes FC…….hungry, keen and ambitious. We also want lads that will represent the Club and the Town in a positive way. This is a big Club with an excellent reputation, it’s important everybody buys into our, and the Club’s, ethos. I’m really pleased with how things are developing and Dan and I are like the players, we can’t wait to get things going.”
The conversations continue with other players and more signings are expected over the following days. Please see and @lewes_cfc for all relevant details and all the latest news on Lewes FC.