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.

More Pre-Season Friendlies announced

In addition to all of the hard work going on behind the scenes in building next season’s squad, the club have also been pulling together a full list of Pre-Season Friendlies.  We are pleased to announce today that Football League Two side Crawley Town will be travelling down to play us on Tuesday 26th July, kick off at 7:45pm.

Saturday 16th July – Dulwich Hamlet (H) – 3pm
Tuesday 19th July – Hassocks (A) – 7:45pm
Wednesday 20th July – Peacehaven & Telscombe (A) – 7:45pm – Supporters Direct Shield (Note this will be a Lewes XI squad game)
Saturday 23rd July – Lancing (A) – 3pm (The DS will play Lancing U21 at 5:30pm)
Tuesday 26th July – Crawley Town (H) – 7:45pm
Saturday 30th July – Eastbourne Borough (A) – 3pm
Tuesday 2nd August – Horsham YMCA (A) – 7:45pm
Saturday 6th August – Burgess Hill Town (A) – 3pm

It is very likely that we will also have a home friendly on Saturday 9th July – details to be finalised shortly.

Darren adds to firepower plus news of our first Pre-season Friendlies

Darren has added to the striking options for the Rooks for next season by snapping up young centre-forward Dean Bown.  Dean was with us in Pre-season last year, scoring the winner in the game at Worthing before a knee injury a few weeks later sidelined him for the campaign.  The former Eastbourne Borough and Met Police striker adds further attacking intent to an already strong squad.

“I’ve been a big fan of Dean since I saw him at Eastbourne Borough as a youngster.  He has pace, strong on the ball and good in the air.  His injury last summer denied Lewes of a goal-scorer and I’m sure they won’t have to wait long before the fans see what they missed.” Darren commented on the news that Dean has signed earlier this week.

In other news we can announce the first of our Pre-Season games.  Dulwich Hamlet will come to The Pan on Saturday 16th July whilst we will be travelling to play Peacehaven & Telscombe in the Supporters Direct Shield on Wednesday 20th July and Burgess Hill Town on Saturday 6th August, kick off 3pm.

Dulwich Hamlet once again missed out on promotion through the Play-offs after finishing the season in 5th place.  They lost in the final away at East Thurrock United and will be hoping next season they can go one better.

Our previous Supporters Direct Shield game saw us beat Fisher back in 2012 at Enfield Town 1-0 and with Peacehaven & Telscombe on the road to converting to a Community Club it is an ideal time to see if we can claim the first piece of silverware of the season.

On Saturday 6th August we will make the short trip to face Burgess Hill Town.  The Hillians survived relegation from the Ryman League Premier Division thanks to Farnborough’s enforced demotion and Ian Chapman will be hoping for a much stronger offering next season.  Town also did the double over us last season so this will be a good test for both sides.

More Pre-Season Friendly news and squad additions will be announced in the next few days.

Vickers returns to the Dripping Pan

Darren has continued to build his squad for next season with the news that tigerish midfielder Tom Vickers will return to the Dripping Pan after spells at Hastings United and Eastbourne Town last season.  The 22 year old started his career with Brighton & Hove Albion before moving to Hastings in 2012 before joining Lewes.

Tom made 8 appearances for the Rooks in 2013/14 season under Garry Wilson and Danny Bloor although his time at The Pan was interrupted by injury, being released in November 2013.  He re-joined Hastings United but suffered a serious injury in 2014 that kept him out for most of that season.

Tom will join a competitive squad of midfielders although manager Darren Freeman was quick to add that the importance of a strong squad is key for next season.  “Our aim next season is to kick-off the season in August with the strongest possible squad.  One of the reason why I feel we drew so many games in the second half of last season was that we didn’t have the strength in depth when we lost players due to injury.  Next season I want to have a strong squad not just a strong team.”

Another player staying on at The Pan is striker Richard Greenfield who made three substitute appearances at the end of last season having joined us from Lancing.

More squad news will be released later this week.

Current 2016/17 Squad:-

GK
Winterton
Stroomberg

DF
Brinkhurst
Malins
Badger
Gore

MF
Conlon
Hammond
Vickers
Dramis
Brotherton
Jones
Cotton
Dramis

FW
Coppola
Laing
Greenfield

Newick keep their nerve to win The Bonfire Cup

No team finished unbeaten in the 2016 Bonfire Cup at The Dripping Pan Lewes, but Newick Bonfire Society came out on top for the second time in the tournament’s history.

In Group 1,  Southover recorded the biggest ever win in a Bonfire Cup game – 12-0!  Both they and Newick saw off South Street and Commercial Square and in the final game Southover beat Newick 1-0 with the very last kick of the game.

In Group 2 a lively Waterloo shocked Cliffe in the opening game 2-1 although both teams comfortably won their games against Borough and Nevill.  This set up a Southover-Cliffe and Waterloo-Newick Semi-Final.

In both games it was the group runner-up who won out in tight but high quality knock-out games.  Southover dominated the first half but Lewes FC’s Steve Brinkhurst stepped up for Cliffe in the second half to secure victory.

In the other Semi-Final Waterloo suffered with their squad depth and lost 1-0 to Newick in a tense game.  Two tired looking sides took to the pitch in the final and a stalemate led to a penalty shoot-out.

Newick came out on top and took the cup out of Lewes for the second time.  It was a gloriously sunny afternoon and the large crowd enjoyed Bonfire stalls in a relaxed atmosphere – A great end of season for the whole community aspect of the football club.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

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Lewes FC Joins WorldBlu Community of Freedom-Centred Workplaces

We’re very proud and excited to join WorldBlu today.

Who and what is WorldBlu, you ask?  For the past 10 years Worldblu has been working with organisations across the world – from big established global brands like WD-40 to smaller, more craft-based outfits like the New Belgium Brewing Company – to help them become stronger, more democratic organisations.

See here for more about their ‘Freedom at Work’ principles and how they enable companies to let their staff shape their future.

Why is Lewes FC getting involved?  Well, many of the principles that govern the WorldBlu movement are very similar to ours.  We are owned and run by our community of supporters.  We are open and democratic.  Our mission is to win football matches, but at the same time do good things for the people of Lewes and further beyond, and also for our wider footballing fraternity.  And, most importantly, we work really hard to ensure that our destiny is placed in the hands of our supporters.  (NB: that’s a pretty big deal!)

Being part of WorldBlu will help us connect with other like-minded organisations and learn from them – as well as lending them a helping hand, should they need a bit of assistance in changing the way that they work.  Every Year they award organisations who meet the criteria the Freedom At Work award – and this year Lewes FC are one of just 26 Companies from around the world to receive this recognition.

This whole community-run thing is catching on, and it’s delivering lots of benefits to organisations outside of football.

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Wow!

In order to be accepted into WorldBlu we were assessed in a number of different ways, all relating to our operating principles.  We’re pleased to say that we aced it, but it wasn’t an easy task.  We had to ask ourselves things like:  how accountable are we to our fans, owners and staff? How democratic are we in our day to day decision making?  How well do we communicate how we run the club?

Kevin Miller, CEO of Lewes FC said;

“This is a fantastic recognition for everyone involved with the Club. Lewes Community Football Club is a place where business and passion are intertwined – where volunteers and full-time staff work hand in hand, and where the need to get things done is overwritten by the sheer enjoyment of the journey. It is a place that is all encompassing without being oppressive, where ideas are shared, encouraged and acted upon, and when it all comes together on Matchday we can all relax, safe in the knowledge that everything has been done, all is in hand, and the reason that we are all here can begin, and we can enjoy the game. It is a truly inspiring place and one that I hope to be at for a very long time.”

Please do get in touch if you’d like to know more about WorldBlu or any of the stuff we’ll be doing during close season.  There are plenty of opportunities to help out and get involved.  Just email us or give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook.

And, if you’re as proud as we are to be part of a truly democratic organisation, please share the news.  WorldBlu announce their new signings, including us, today.  Hashtag #Freedomatwork.

Contact: Kevin Miller on: 01273 470820/ 07833 736234 kevin.miller@lewesfc.com 

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