Brighton & Hove Albion friendly announced

Following last season’s successful pre-season fixture, Lewes are pleased to announce that Brighton & Hove Albion will be again be visiting the Dripping Pan for a pre-season match as part of our build up towards the 2015/16 season.

The game versus Chris Hughton’s men is scheduled for Saturday 18th July, 3pm KO at the Dripping Pan

The Seagulls have confirmed that this will be a first-team fixture, which is a great honour again for Lewes, and will almost certainly guarantee a full-house.

Ticket details will be announced shortly but will be an all-ticket affair and it is likely that tickets will only be available on-line with self-ticketing as per last season.

The rest of the Rooks pre-season schedule will be announced in due course.


Lewes FC gets behind Enfield Town


Unless you’re one of those ostriches that Nigel Pearson likes to hunt, you will be aware that Enfield Town Football Club have just received a judgement from the Ryman League deducting them 3 points. This is punishment for allegedly fielding an ineligible player. The points deduction means that they will lose their play-off spot.

We think this is wrong.

We agree with Enfield Town that they acted as properly as they could and that errors in the official FA database of suspensions are the prime reason behind them ‘fielding an ineligible player’. Enfield maintain that the FA were aware of their situation and guided them through an agreed solution at the time. It was only recently that the case was re-opened. But even then, the FA investigation concluded that a warning to Enfield was sufficient. Following the FA’s decision, the Ryman League however decided to deduct the club 3 points.

Lewes FC has written the following letter to the Chairmen of the other 14 league clubs who are currently outside the play-off (and relegation) zone.

Enfield Town letter of support


Eagles Land Football Therapy Cup title

Croydon Eagles - Winners 2015 (1) Croydon Eagles

Mental wellbeing teams contend for second national Football Therapy Cup title 

Following the huge success of the first national Football Therapy Cup tournament last year, 16 teams yesterday went head to head in a bid to be crowned the Football Therapy Cup champions of 2015. The Croydon Eagles and Everton in the Community battled for the title, with Croydon taking the victory 1-0 and being crowned champions.

Run by Lewes FC and national charity Together for Mental Wellbeing, the Cup saw mental wellbeing teams from the length and breadth of the country come together to experience the thrill and excitement of competing in a national tournament. Each team was a well-established group of people who regularly play five-a-side football because they value the huge positive effects it has on their mental wellbeing.

Croydon Eagles & Everton

Football Therapy is a programme delivered by Together in partnership with Lewes FC, and it runs throughout the year as part of Newhaven Your Way, a community mental health support service run by Together. The programme was devised in September 2013 by Sean MacLeod, who works as a Support Worker for Your Way and also sits on the Board of Directors for Lewes FC.

As well as the widely recognised benefits of physical activity on mental health, Football Therapy creates a space for people with experience of mental health issues to enjoy a social activity that can also improve their concentration and self-esteem. It offers an inclusive and relaxed space for people to talk about their experiences, and appeals to groups that sometimes find it hard to seek support for their mental health, such as younger men.

Sean MacLeod, Founder of Football Therapy, said:

“It’s been an amazing day, and I’d like to thank all of the teams who have been part of this tournament – some of whom have travelled a long way to get here! Congratulations to Croydon Eagles for winning the trophy for the first time, I look forward to welcoming them back next year to defend it!”

Liz Felton, CEO at Together for Mental Wellbeing said:

“The Football Therapy Cup is a great example of how sport can play a part in improving people’s mental wellbeing. We all know that taking exercise can lift your mood, but having a regular organised group like Football Therapy gives people an extra incentive to get involved, and opens up the possibility for conversations and connections that wouldn’t happen otherwise.

Part of our approach to supporting people is to reconnect them to themselves and their community, and football therapy is a really fun and sociable way to achieve this.”


Adam Wolecki, Community Development Manager, Lewes Football Club, said:

“Football Therapy is a project we are immensely proud of at Lewes FC, working with Together for Mental Wellbeing and not only seeing how successful it has been but the real changes it makes to individuals’ lives is priceless. This is why we are delighted to host the Football Therapy Cup for the second year. After last year’s success it is great to welcome our friends from all over the country again to this fantastic event. “


The following teams competed in the event: AITC Health 1, AITC Health 2, Cardiff City FC, Charlton Athletic, Creative Support FC, Croydon Eagles, Everton IYG, Heads On Wanderers, Hellingly Hotshots, James Street Elite, Lawn Court, Lewes CFC 1, Lewes CFC 2, Plas Madoc Warriors, QPR Healthy Kickers and Victory Hants.


This year’s Football Therapy Cup was supported by Kick it Out, the Football Supporters’ Federation and Sussex FA.


Girls grab silverware

Lewes Football Club now have the Sussex County League Cup to add to their collection (trophy number 10 ) after the Ladies Development Centre team (Under18’s) beat Hurstpierpoint 4 – 1 in front of 150 supporters on Sunday.

This season has been a real roller coaster for this squad of young players, this time last year of they were ending their U16 season & looking forward to the intermediate step of u18 for a season before playing senior football & continuing their football development, however with no Sussex U18 division available they have stepped up to Senior football. It has been a fantastic first season  finishing mid-table and reaching the Sussex County League cup final at their first attempt.

Goals from Chloe Evans and Ellie French sealed the deserved win for the young Rookettes. Lewes started the stronger and within the first few minutes where awarded a penalty when Charlotte Russell was brought down in the box after a surging run. Up stepped Chloe Evans who calmly slotted the ball in for the lead. Lewes continued to pile on the pressure and it wasn’t long before they extended the lead with a neat finish from Ellie French who picked the ball up down the left and picked her spot well low into the net. The game was effectively over when again Chloe Evans was able to dribble pass a couple of defenders to slot goal number three. Hurstpierpoint nearly got themselves back into the game but hit the post, this was then followed up by a good save by Lewes GK Katie Burr who stopped what looked like a certain goal. Lewes were put under more pressure in the second half but once again Chloe Evans was allowed far too much space and time and her shot was no match for the Hurstpierpoint GK.  The Lewes rear guard of Beth Jago, Lily Smith, Shannon Perrin and captain Maisie Preston dealt with most that Hurstpierpoint could throw at them but they did get a consolation in the final few minutes. Manager Martin Perkins commented ‘ we played well today and deserved to win, they came up against a very physical side so we made sure our shape was good and we asked them to move the ball quickly, everyone did their jobs today and collectively we were better.  They are a credit to the Club and an inspiration to young female footballers in Sussex’.

MVP: Chloe Evans

It’s In The Bag…



EFI Logistics take top spot on Rook’s Golf Day 

The famous West Course at The Royal Ashdown Golf Club in Forest Row was the venue for last Friday’s superb Lewes FC Golf Day.

Over 50 golfers took part in the 4-ball team event, sponsored by Golf Escapes and Callaway, and after a welcome from the Club officials and a hearty breakfast, the weather was set fair for some excellent scoring.

The team prize was won by EFI Logistics 2, based in Hailsham with a score of 98 points, with runners up Terry Parris Recruitment, featuring Rook’s legend Terry Parris, getting close with a score of 91.

The golfer with the best individual score, a superb 41 points, went to Andy Tippett, on the EFI Logistics 1 team, with team mate Barry Browning collecting the ‘nearest the pin’ prize.

A whopping tee shot that bounced off another ball and then careered into the car park gave Scott Ashton from Parker Building Supplies the trophy for longest drive of the day, and it was two from the Parker team that shared the putting competition, held on the Old Course putting green.

After lunch an excellent raffle and auction raised more funds for our community good causes, and Rooks Commercial Manager Kevin Miller was delighted that the event went so smoothly.

“It’s been a fantastic day, and I’d like to thank all of the teams that took part for making it happen. I’d also like to thank Adam, Tim, Matt and Keith and all the team at Royal Ashdown for making us feel so welcome. The course played brilliantly, and I have already had some excellent feedback from the teams involved. I look forward to organising next years’ event.”

The next event here at Lewes FC is the 2014/15 Gala Dinner, held at Pelham House on Friday, May 8. A superb night hosted by football broadcaster Tom Watt features great food, some incredible money-can’t-buy auctions & raffles, and music ’til late. A great night to invite clients family & friends, and tickets are just £48 inc. vat, or £450 for a table for 10 guests.

There are also hospitality packages available for the 2014/15 Sussex Senior Cup Final at the AMEX on Saturday, May 16. It’s Lewes v Whitehawk in the Final, and hospitality packages are available in the BUPA Lounge for just £38.50 per person, with tables for 10 guests available for £385.

To book your place at either of these end-of season events contact Kevin Miller on 01273 470820, or e-mail

Pics from the Lewes FC Golf Day to follow…



Job done

Job done.  Lewes’s season ended on a high note with a comprehensive victory at Bury Town that saw the Rooks guarantee safety without having to rely on results elsewhere reports Stuart Fuller.

For the first time in his reign as manager of Lewes, Steve Brown was able to choose from a virtual full squad, including the welcome return of Henry Muggeridge, who formed a wide partnership with Nick Wheeler, whilst George Brown came into the side to play in the midfield holding role, replacing Ronnie Conlon who was forced to sit out the game due to his head injury last week.

Whilst the hosts were relegated some weeks ago, their recent form had been impressive and the Rooks started nervously.  However, Lewes soon spotted a weakness in the Bury back line, using the two wide men to get in behind the defence.  With Crabb and Brown breaking up the infrequent Bury attacks, the challenge for the Rooks was to convert possession into goals.

Wheeler looked to be on his best form as the sun shone and with a quarter of the game gone he recovered from being disposed on the touchline, beat the full back and hit a low ball across the six yard line.  Archer could only fumble the ball into the path of Elliott Romain who got every conceivable part of his body behind the ball to ensure it went into the net to give the Rooks the lead.

Bury’s only threat came from the long throw-ins that they hurled in from each side.  It was from one of these that the host’s best chance came from when Lampshire flicked one of the throw-ins on and it flashed across Rikki Banks’ goal.

Half-time saw the fans quickly calculating the permutations at the bottom of the table, with the goals flying in at almost every relevant game.  However, our task remained the same – three points equalled Ryman Premier League safety.  The Beer Festival ale certainly helped eased the nerves of the fantastic 70 or so Lewes fans who had made the trip north.

Whilst the Lewes fans were happy with the scores coming through in the second half from elsewhere around the bottom of the division, the Rooks continued to turn the screw of dominance.  Rikki Banks became a virtual spectator as Lewes to look for the vital second goal.  They didn’t have to wait long as Wheeler danced down the line and his cross was met by one of the smallest players on the pitch, Henry Muggeridge with a superb header from an improbable angle that sailed over Archer’s head and into the net.  The celebrations summed up how much the goal meant not only to the team but to Henry himself who has had a torrid season full of injury.

The final half hour was played out in glorious sunshine.  Bury offered no threat, seemingly happy to play out the season with a whimper, whilst Steve Brown made a few changes to look at keeping the tempo up.  Archer kept Bury in the game as Fraser and Romain looked to increase the score but it wasn’t to be.  Few of the Lewes fans minded.  Results elsewhere started to drift through and even with some late goals in those game, our safety was secured before four minutes of injury time were signalled.

So the curtain comes down on another league campaign but of course the fun doesn’t stop here.  In twenty days’ time we head for the Amex Stadium for the small matter of the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup Final against Steve King’s Whitehawk.

Bury Town: Archer, Allen (Collins), Peterson, Kennedy (Yallop), Miller, Weavers, Hall, Short, Lampshire, Garrett, Nurse (Otobo)

Bookings: Short

Lewes: Banks, Rowe (Rowe-Hurst), Badger, M Crabb, Elphick, Breach, Muggeridge, Brown, Romain (Blewden), Fraser, Wheeler (S Crabb)

Subs not used: Willock, Taylor

Bookings: Romain

Goals: Romain (23’), Muggeridge (54’)

Attendance: 324

Bury Town Preview

It seems to be a common theme being a Lewes fan that our fate comes down to the final ninety minutes of the season.  We travel to Bury Town on Saturday with a mixture of hope and fear.  Hope that we are playing the bottom team in the league, who were relegated some weeks ago and who have the worst home record in the league.  Hope that we can turn in a Bognor Regis/AFC Hornchurch/Grays Atheltic type away performance rather than a Met Police/VCD Athletic/Peacehaven & Telscombe damp squib one.  Fear that we don’t get the result we need and those around us pick up points meaning relegation to the Ryman South.  Fear that we let down our fantastic support and undo all of the hard work that has taken place off the pitch.

Since they were doomed to life in the lower league, Bury’s form has actually been worringly good.  In fact, they actually have better form over the last eight games than Play-off contenders Dulwich Hamlet and Margate, and of course, Lewes.  Three wins in that period against Harrow Borough, Metropolitan Police and Leiston have given them some sort of respectability after a torrid first three-quarters of the season.  One thing is for sure, they will not roll over and die on Saturday.  In fact their most common score at home this season has been a 2-1 home win (18% of games), although they have conceded 38 times at Rams Meadow.

Our record in recent seasons against Bury Town has been dismal I am afraid to say.  In fact, taking the 2-1 home win theme even further, that has been the result in every one of our trips to Bury St Edmunds in the past three seasons.  Omens?  Let’s hope not.  Our only win against them in the past four seasons was in December at The Pan when Luke Blewden’s goal gave us all three points.

P 7 W 1 D 1 L 5 GS 8 GA 14

As we know our away record this season has been pretty dismal but this game will be a cup final to The Rooks.  We know that it is still in our hands – a win and we are 100% safe.  That should be the only motivation the team needs to bring back Ryman Premier League football for next season.  Steve Brown has a full squad to choose from, with the only potential doubt being with Ronnie Conlon after his nasty facial injury last week against Leatherhead.

Our travelling support, who have been so fantastic this season, will be there tomorrow in full voice.  Hope may not be a strategy but gunning for the three points to ensure our safety is.  COME ON YOU ROOKS!!!