Could YOU be a Stoolball Hero?

On Saturday 3rd May, Lewes FC is teaming up with Stoolball England to bring Sussex’s greatest sporting export back to the Pan.

Stoolball Hero 3rd May

Not since the late 19th century has Stoolball been played on our hallowed field and now YOU can be part of it.

From 5-8pm, we’ll be running a free-entry session for anyone who wants to have a go at this 600-year old Sussex sport that is enjoying quite a revival.

Come along and have a go at batting and bowling in Stoolball England’s fantastic inflatable batting cage. And they’ll be supplying all the bats and balls too.Stoolball cage

There will be plenty of experienced players around to coach you and the Rook Inn bar and food outlets will be open to make the whole evening a really fun, social occasion.

And if you get the bug, there’ll be a chance to sign up for a local team or even start your own one!




Rookettes denied by last minute equaliser out of the Sky Blue

Lewes Ladies put in a sterling performance yesterday and should have come away with maximum points. A 93rd minute equaliser from a corner dealt a bitter sweet blow to the Rookettes but they can take some satisfaction that this is another team in which they have taken points from . Coventry City LFC made the long journey to Lewes LFC on the back of a 2-1 win victory at home to Keynsham in the previous outing. City were looking for 3 points to add strength to their title charge, but Lewes showed they weren’t to be taken lightly reports Matty Roper.

The Sky Blues created the first chance of the match after an even opening spell in which neither team could really gain control of the game. 7 minutes had been played when Hayley Ladd received the ball from an Annabel Johnson throw in, before bursting past her marker and drilling a shot which Lewes Keeper Michelle Beazley stopped with her feet.

Lewes were given a golden opportunity just 9 minutes later after a long ball was flicked on by Charlotte Bennett, there was then a bit of indecisiveness between Sue Wood and Beth Poppleton which allowed Kelly McCullock to get a toe to the ball, but luckily for city the ball rolled narrowly wide of the post.

City then endured a shaky patch and Lewes made them pay with 22 minutes on the clock. Katie McIntire played a ball down the right wing, with striker Clare Trafford using pace and strength to shrug off Kim Walton , the defence then failed to clear and Trafford nipped the ball off Walton’s toes and curled the ball in to the left hand corner past Sue Wood. Lewes LFC 1-0 Coventry City.

Just 4 minutes later and Coventry nearly fell further behind after giving the ball away in their own area, Kirstie Spice intercepting the ball before dragging her effort wide of the target with City living dangerously at this point.

The away side did however gain impetus soon after and created a decent chance with 31 minutes on the clock. A brilliant piece of skill by Ashleigh Neville allowed her to beat the defender before floating a brilliant cross which Lewes failed to deal with, the ball found Helen Dermody at the edge of the area whose half-volley travelled wide via a deflection.

City began to push and carved out another opportunity 5 minutes later, a short free kick taken by Natasha Lynch found Helen Dermody who picked out Ashleigh Neville, she then cut inside and got a shot away from 18 yards, the keeper palming it away.

The final chance of the half came just before the break, with Natalie Brace showing great speed and ball control, beating 2 players before crossing to Helen Dermody who drilled the ball towards goal,  Kelly Newton putting a leg out to block the effort which was heading in.

At the start of the second half it was Lewes who looked the better side, but the first opportunity fell to The Sky Blues on 57 minutes as Helen Dermody launched a long free kick towards the penalty spot, Destiney Toussaint then rose above Rachel Palmer but headed wide under pressure.

Lewes began to have the lion’s share of the ball as City looked tired and unable to gain control, but it was the away side that had the next sniff of goal on 69 minutes. A corner from Maz Gauntlett was cleared to edge of the box, where Helen Dermody picked the ball up and then attempted to lob the home keeper who was off her line after coming to punch the initial delivery, the effort was easily saved though.

Lewes continued to dominate proceedings for the next 20 minutes, but couldn’t fashion a clear cut for themselves despite controlling possession and winning most of the challenges, with a real tenacity being evident. Lewes should have cleared the ball long but instead conceded a corner and to their cost City got a much needed equaliser 5 minutes in to stoppage time.

The first chance came to Nikki Miles whose header forced an excellent save from Michelle Beazley who tipped the header over the bar. The equaliser came from the resulting corner with a brilliant delivery by Helen Dermody, the ball then wasn’t cleared by the Lewes defence and bounced around awkwardly in the box before finally being scrambled in by Kim Walton.

Manager Jacquie Agnew commented ‘it was a real shame we couldn’t hold on for the 3 points but I thought the players put in a great performance today , they worked together and once again played well against a seasoned side. Our fitness is really good given that we are nearly at the end of the season’.

MVP: Kelly Newton as chosen by The Elephant & Castle in Lewes

Next Sunday Lewes v Brighton & Hove Albion KO 2pm at Worthing FC

Squad: Beazley, Wells, McIntyre, Elcome, Palmer, Newton, Bennett, Payne, McCullock, Spice, Traff subs: Heather, Smith, Noakes, Baker

A tale of Two Barneys

The 7th Lewes FC Super Vets Tournament started under a dipping evening sun at the Dripping Pan on Sunday evening.   The first semi saw Sporting Falmer and Southdown Swanderers play out a 0-0 stalemate.  Penalties saw two outstanding saves from the Swanderers  keeper Don McGillivray and Southdown triumph 3-1.

The second semi saw holders Inter Milandport take on Western Road Stripes.   The Stripes eased to a 2-0 lead but a late own goal saw a nervous final few minutes but they held out for a 2-1 victory.  The 3rd place play off saw a 10 goal fest as Milandport found their scoring boots and won 8-2.

The final was a much tighter affair decided by two Barneys.  Barney Cockerill, Stripes captain and keeper pulled off two great saves, before at the other end Barney Kaufmann cooly slotted home the winner to leave Western Road Stripes as 2014 Champions.  A great evening at the Pan supported by Lewes FC, with the whole 3 hour tournament reffed by Lewes stalwart Barry Collins.

Lewes FC Academy

Steven James
Academy player Steven James who has recently played in the Lewes FC First Team.

Are you currently in Year 11 at school and wondering what to do at College? Do you love football and reckon you’ve got at a shot at a career as a player or a coach?

There are just four extra places that have just been created at the Lewes FC Academy, starting in September. For the best, this is a genuine pathway into the Lewes First Team and beyond. For everyone, it’s a chance to get qualifications that still leave a path open to University or to becoming a qualified sports coach.

Interested? Contact Adrian Howell (General Manager) at or telephone 01273 470 820.


What is the Football Academy?

The Football Academy is a 2-year, full-time Education and Football Development programme (first started September 2012) delivered by Lewes Football Club in partnership with SCL, a specialist education company established in 1999. The academic course provides a Level 2/3 VRQ (Vocationally Related Qualification) in Sport, and all that is required is a Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English. For many students one great benefit of the VRQ Sports is that there are no examinations – results are based solely on course work. We are also looking at offering BTEC  qualifications.

That means that the Academy is a great way of combining a practical qualification, including the FA Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Certificates (it also allows later entry onto a Foundation Degree), with top-level football coaching. Besides having a couple of hours lessons a day, players will train for up to 12 hours per week under the Lewes First Team & Academy Manager with regular matches against other Academies. If players work hard and have talent at the football part, then they might follow some of the recent Youth Team into the Lewes FC First Team and even on to professional league contracts. But you will be expected to work equally hard at gaining your educational qualifications – this is no easy ride !

Why Join the Lewes FC Academy rather than any other one?

Because at Lewes, not only do players receive the highest quality coaching and teaching, but there is a genuine route through to First Team and even full-time professional football. In previous seasons, several youth team players have progressed into the First Team and two others have already signed professional forms with Brighton and Crystal Palace.

Lewes Football Club itself is a very welcoming, not-for-profit, community-owned club with around 900 community owners. Rather like Barcelona, but a bit smaller.

Who can join the Academy?

Open to talented footballers aged between 16–18 years, entry to the Academy Programme involves a playing trial. Places will not just be offered on playing ability, but also on having a great attitude too and to those who want to commit to a 2-year course. There are only 24 places available in total.

This is a great opportunity for talented footballers to develop their skills within a semi-professional environment and at the same time gain a useful academic qualification.

What are the Costs?

Both the Football and Educational element of the Academy are fully funded and therefore there is no cost to take part in the programme. However, student players will need to fund their own travel costs for getting to training and lessons. If accepted into the Academy, there will also be a (subsidised) cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into the Football Academy.


Ruthless Rooks apply a five-star finish

BlewdenLewes finished the season in style with a 5-1 thrashing of Leiston, writes Barry Collins.

Leiston scrapped for every ball when the two sides fought out a 2-2 draw in Suffolk in January. This time round, Leiston’s defence weren’t so much fighting them on the beaches, as on the beach already.

The entire back line went AWOL after only six minutes, when Joel Ledgister sprang what we’ll generously describe as an “offside trap” and had enough time to watch a Kevin Costner box set before unleashing a shot. It was parried by goalkeeper Rossis, but straight into the path of captain Luke Blewden. 1-0.

It took the ruthless Rooks just another six minutes to double the lead. Nicky Wheeler tormented the Leiston right-back with a jinking run, unleashed a long-range drive, and Rossis once again handed Blewden a gift.

The third was another act of generosity from the Leiston back four. A crossed ball from the right was allowed to go right across the box before a Leiston defender finally decided to intervene. He dallied just long enough for Wheeler to nip the ball off his toe, and the winger teed up Jack Dixon to score his 19th goal of the season with a powerful half-volley.

Blewden completed a first-half hat-trick on 41 minutes. This time the Leiston defence made him work for his goal, bustling past two defenders before driving a low shot past Rossis. 4-0, and even Rooks fans wary of a poultry head-count after this season’s reversal at Canvey Island were sure nothing could go wrong now.

The fifth arrived just a minute into the second half. The hapless Rossis shanked a clearance into Nicky Wheeler, who took his time before slipping the ball beneath the keeper.

Leiston’s defence weren’t the only ones hanging up their boots. Matt Crabb came on to a warm ovation on 65 minutes, the combative midfielder having announced his plans to retire the day before. Rhys Murrell-Williamson and Steve Brinkhurst were also handed cameo appearances, as Lewes ran down the clock.

They briefly lost concentration on 81 minutes, as Emmanuel Osei nipped the ball off Lovett, rounded Banks and beat Brinkhurst’s swan-dive on the line to give Leiston scant consolation. But this was, despite their opponents’ ineptitude, a resounding Rooks appearance, not least from man-of-the-match Luke Blewden.

Blewden took another gong before the day was over, claiming third place in the Supporters Club Player of the Season award, despite only arriving midway through the season. Second place went to midfield goal-machine, Jack Dixon, but the trophy itself remains in the Crabb family, passing from Nathan to brother Sam.



Lewes: Banks, Malins, Lovett, Pearson, Gore (Brinkhurst, 78), Dixon, Logan, Wheeler, Branford (M Crabb, 65), Blewden, Ledgister (Murrell-Williamson, 50)

Unused subs: Treleaven, S Crabb

Leiston: Rossis, Saker (Clements, 72), Boardley, Tann, Jefford (Levett, 80), Winter, Henry, Heath Osei, Parker, Francis (Noy, 23)

Unused subs: Gay

Referee: Mark Lucie

Attendance: 556




U18 Trials – Register now

Ex U18 David Wheeler, now at Exeter City
Ex U18 David Wheeler, now at Exeter City
Ex U18 Solly March now at Brighton & Hove Albion
Ex U18 Solly March now at Brighton & Hove Albion

Lewes FC U18 trials have been announced and will take place on:

Saturday 10 May 10-12am

Tuesday 13 May 6-9pm







Interested players, currently playing either U16 or U17,  should email their details (Name, DOB, Address, Phone and Email, Previous and Current Clubs, Preferred Position) to Adrian Howell (General Manager) at

The trials will take place at Lewes FC, The Dripping Pan, Mountfield Road, Lewes BN7 2XA.

We are looking for players who want to play football the right way and must have the right attributes, mentality and professionalism to be a Lewes FC player. Next season also sees the start of a new U21 team which adds to the natural progression that players can make through the club.





Academy First….and Last

The Lewes FC Academy scored a first last Saturday when Steve James made his debut for the First Team, at just 17 years of age. Steve has had a great two years with the Academy and has progressed and developed extremely well during that time. Last Saturday was his reward for the hard work and endeavour that he has shown every week. Steve, and all the other 2nd Year graduates, will shortly receive their academic results as well and we are hoping for good things from all of them.

The last Academy home games of the season are next week at The Pan:

Monday 28 May v Ebbsfleet, 1pm KO

Wednesday 30 May v Cray Wanderers, 2pm KO

So come on down to the Pan and see some of the younger generation of Lewes FC players. Free entrance and the Catering Hatch will be open.