Development Squad trials

Lewes’ Development Squad (under 21) are inviting players to attend a trial session on Monday 27th June at 7pm.

Our men’s Development Squad (DS) is a genuine pathway for players to progress to the first team squad which is full of young local players. We want to attract the best young local talent so if you are currently without a club or thinking of moving on Lewes may be the place for you. Many players have progress through the successful youth system at the Dripping Pan and the Development Squad provides the ideal stepping stone from youth to senior football.

You will benefit from our highly qualified coaches and our first class 3G training facility. You will have the opportunity of joining Steve Eke’s team that plays in the very competitive Ryman U21 League and are the current holders of the Sussex Intermediate Cup.

To register for the trial please email Youth Secretary Kevin Brook at your full name, address, mobile telephone number, date of birth, previous clubs and preferred playing position(s) by Sunday 26th June.


Early Dawes for the 12th Man

Lewes Football Club are pleased to announce the signing of Worthing centre-forward Lloyd Dawes for an undisclosed fee.  Twenty-one year old Dawes has been a prolific striker around the Sussex Non-League scene, scoring 29 goals in all competitions for The Rebels.

I’ve managed Lloyd when he was a teenager at Whitehawk and know he has goals in him”, commented Darren Freeman after a hectic Bank Holiday Monday, “Last season he was pivotal to Worthing’s success and I’m sure he will prove to be just as prolific for us next season.  I’d also like to thank each and every contributor to the 12th Man Fund as without that contribution we may not have been able to get Lloyd”

In the past three seasons Lloyd has scored over 50 goals in all competitions for Worthing (plus one for Peacehaven and Telscombe) and was being tracked by a number of clubs.

Chairman Stuart Fuller hailed the deal as a great achievement for the club, “Not only have we managed to secure the services of a very exciting young centre-forward but we’ve done so through the funds donated by the fans.  This was exactly the type of deal we hoped the 12th Man Fund would enable us to make”

Lloyd joins an exciting young squad built by Darren, ready for the start of Pre-Season Training in just three weeks time.

New Academy Liaison Officer appointed

Claire CaponWe are delighted to announce that Claire Capon will be supporting Academy Manager John Donoghue as the Academy Liaison Officer for the Newman Lewes FC Girls Academy.

Claire will liaise between the college, the Academy Manager and Director to ensure that the welfare of the players is being met. At the college, she will be the Academy players’ Form Tutor and will see the players on a daily basis to ensure that they are meeting their school deadlines and balancing their workload alongside their training.

Claire attended Colchester United’s female football academy at Thurstable between 2008-2010, and she has first-hand experience of the demands placed on academy players. Director of Ladies Football, Jacquie Agnew, said: “I am really pleased that Claire is joining the team and, having been through an academy herself, will bring invaluable experience to the girls.”

Students will begin their pre-season with an informal get-together in late June at Lewes FC, and will begin their Academy education at Newman College in September.

For further information on the Academy, contact Victoria Jones, Senior Sixth Form Administrator, on 01273 234332 or email If you’re applying for a place at the College, please specify your interest in the Girls Football Academy from the outset.

For Lewes Football Club, contact Jacquie Agnew on 07769 222430.

Newman Lewes FC Academy announcement

2016-05-25-PHOTO-00008006Lewes FC announces the appointment of John Donaghue as Newman Lewes FC Girls Football Academy Manager.

The Board of Lewes Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of John Donoghue as the Newman Lewes FC Girls Football Academy Manager.

John is the Club’s Ladies First Team Manager and responsible for the management and coaching of the team in the FA Women’s Premier League. He is a UEFA A-Licence football coach and a highly experienced Academy coach, having previously worked as Head Coach of the Women’s Academy at Worthing College for Brighton and Hove Albion (as well as BHA’s women’s first team coach), and an Academy Manager at Bournemouth and Southampton Football clubs.

The Newman Lewes Academy – a pioneering partnership between Lewes Football Club and Newman College in Hove, launches its first season in September, and students will combine study at the new £5m College complex, and training and competitive matches at Lewes Football Club’s FIFA approved 3G artificial pitch.

John Donoghue said; “I’m really pleased to be appointed Academy Manager for the Newman Lewes FC Girls Football Academy.

This is a great step for the development of women’s football at the club and an exciting opportunity for players who love football to have dedicated training and games to support their development. Having Newman College as our partners — with their superb reputation for excellence — will see the players’ academic and football education flourish.

I’m looking forward to working with the Academy students to help them achieve their potential, and to continuing my work in developing players to play for one of Lewes Ladies’ three teams.”

Jacquie Agnew, Lewes FC Director of Ladies Football & Development said; “I am delighted that we have someone of John’s calibre heading up the new Girls Academy. The girls will receive excellent coaching combined with first class education.

We want the Newman Lewes FC Girls Football Academy to become established as one of the best in the country for its productivity and care of young players. John will provide the right platforms whereby players will be given the opportunity to perform at their best whilst enjoying their football.”

Students will begin their pre-season with an informal get-together in late June at Lewes FC, and will begin their Academy education at Newman College in September.

For further information on the Academy, and for Students applying for the College please specify your interest in the Girls’ Football Academy from the outset, and contact, Victoria Jones, Senior Sixth Form Administrator, on (01273) 234332 or via email at,

For Lewes Football Club contact, Jacquie Agnew, on; 07769 222430, or Kevin Miller CEO, (01273) 470820

Darren welcomes the son sign

StaceyThe first team squad for next season continues to be strengthened with the news that Stacey Freeman will start the season with The Rooks. As many will know, Stacey ended last season on trial at Crawley Town, a just reward for some strong performances at the heart of the Lewes defence.  The Reds weren’t the only club that had their eye on Stacey and he received a number of offers to play at a higher level next season, before agreeing to stay on at The Pan.

“I know that Stacey is my son but I think him and Alex Malins gave us a strong defensive base in the last third of the season  and I am delighted that he has agreed to re-join,” Manager Darren Freeman said.“We’ve now retained the spine of the team, so we will go into next season with the same confidence that we had in the last three months of the campaign and which made us very hard to beat.”

In other news, George Landais has stepped up his rehabilitation and although we are unlikely to see him on the pitch before October, his progress after his operation has been encouraging and we all look forward to seeing him back in the red and black before too long.

Perry adds fizz to Lewes attacking options

Darren Freeman has moved quickly to bolster Lewes’s forward line with the signing of Burgess Hill Town’s Dan Perry.

The 20-year-old was regarded as one of Burgess Hill’s most promising young players, having emerged through the Hillians’ youth set-up and playing a pivotal role in the club’s promotion to the Ryman Premier League, although injury last season curtailed his first team game time.  Dan scored 18 goals in 72 appearances for the Hillians, including four last season and six whilst on loan at Peacehaven & Telscombe.

Darren is delighted he’s been able to shore up the forward line so soon after the departure of Jonté Smith. “Obviously losing Jonté was a blow, but with the signing of Dan I’m very excited about our forward prospects for the season, with Laingy, Dean Bown, Richard Greenfield, Charlie Coppola and George Landais.

Keep an eye on the Lewes FC website for first team announcements over the summer.


Jonte joins Welling

JonteStriker Jonte Smith has joined National League South side Welling Utd.

Despite receiving an improved offer from the Rooks over the summer, the Bermuda international has decided to make the switch to the Wings, now under the managership of Mark Goldberg.

Smith scored ten times in 15 appearances for the Rooks last season, and scored his first international goal against Cuba during his time with the Rooks.

We wish Jonte all the best for the future.

Earlier this week, Darren Freeman signed former Eastbourne Borough striker Dean Bown, who will be competing with Alex Laing, Richard Greenfield and George Landais for a place in the Rooks’ forward line next season.