Welcome to the Dripping Pan for today’s Continental League Cup (Group 2 South) game v Arsenal. Here is your complimentary e-programme. 



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John’s View

Chairman’s notes

#WhatIf Campaign

New Poster Boy

Special Guests: Skull Drummery

Away shirts on sale

Today’s opponents

Arsenal at the pan

Introducing Rosie Paye

Match photos

Sponsor a Lewes Player

This season’s fixtures at the Dripping Pan

Today’s teams

Credits and legal info

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Guardian Match Report

Guardian sports reporter Suzie Wrack reports on a masterclass at the Dripping Pan



Thanks to Your Instant Replay for this ROOKS TV production of Sunday’s match highlights


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This season, we’ll be interviewing Lewes manager John Donoghue ahead of every game. Click play below to hear his thoughts on last Sunday’s fast start v Millwall, today’s opponents and managing a busy week ahead.



Good afternoon and welcome to The Dripping Pan for what promises to be a fantastic afternoon.  I’d like to welcome the fans, players, management and officials from Arsenal Football Club to East Sussex and hope you enjoy our hospitality off the field and a safe journey back to North London.

A few years ago, few of us thought that a fixture like this could be on our calendar but thanks to the tireless work behind the scenes and the performances on the pitch we are here today and will certainly compete for every ball against our illustrious opponents. I’d like to thank everyone who has given up their time tirelessly for the club – without you, there would be no football club.

Today sees the top two in our Continental Tyres League Cup group meet.  We started the campaign with an impressive 5-0 win over Charlton Athletic Women, only then to lose 4-1 at West Ham United despite a great performance.  After today we have to wait until December to finish our group matches when we play Millwall Lionesses again, which may determine whether we progress or not.  Either way, these games represent a great opportunity to see how far we have developed.

Last week we heard that the English Football Association were the only bidding nation for the Women’s European Championships in 2021.  This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting prospects we have ever had, assuming it is ratified in December.  The creation of the new Super League and Championship will draw a new generation of fans but having a continental tournament on our doorstep will be a real game changer. I am sure there will be a few players out there today from both sides who will be taking part in the tournament.

Finally, a massive well done to our Men’s first team who have progressed to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup after a penalty shoot-out win against Farnborough on Wednesday night here at the Pan.  They now travel to Kings Langley on Saturday in the next round.

Enjoy the afternoon and Come On You Rooks!!



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Lewes FC’s men’s and women’s teams will take to the field for the new season proudly wearing the #WhatIf motif on their shirts.

#WhatIf is a campaign, created by Women In Football and Synergy, in which businesses, celebrities and members of the public have been asked to identify one way they can take action to contribute to an improvement for women and girls within the football industry, however large or small.

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Lewes FC Women have harnessed the skill of Lewes-based Pop Artist Chris Arran to illustrate their match day posters for their first season in the new FA Women’s Championship league.

Each poster will feature an inspirational woman from the visting team’s locality, along with a Lewes FC Women footballer. Today’s match poster features Lewes winger Avilla Bergin alongside actress and comedian Kathy Burke, who grew up in Islington.

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Read more about Chris Arran and his work with Lewes Women here.

Special Guests: Skull Drummery

We are delighted to welcome Skull Drummery, the Mighty TubThumpers, back to the Dripping Pan today.

This skilful band of ne’er-do-wells can be seen across the county and the country, performing at festivals and events, not least tassels-deep in the Lewes Bonfire celebrations.

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For a flavour of what to expect this afternoon when the band greet the players onto the pitch, click the audio file below.

To read more about this fine body of men and women, visit http://skulldrummery.com/


Did you see our new blue away kit during our trip to West Ham? Fancy having one of your own? Then head up to the club shop and grab yourself one. There’s even 20% off for club owners. (pic Arfa Griffiths/WHU)

Dani Lane (right) in action at West Ham United



We were founded in 1987 by Vic Akers, who during a 22-year stint as manager led us to a stunning 33 major trophies and revolutionised the women’s game in this country.

We won our first trophy – the Premier League Cup – in 1992, and followed that up by winning a domestic treble the following season.

Akers’ total haul included three domestic trebles, 12 Premier League titles, 10 FA Cups and 10 League Cups. There was also a historic campaign a decade ago in which we won an unprecedented quadruple, becoming the first – and so far only – British team to claim the UEFA Women’s Cup (before it was rebranded as the Women’s Champions League).

The current squad is an exciting blend of youth and experience, featuring English, Scottish and Irish internationals, four of the Dutch players who won the 2017 Women’s Euros and young stars who have come through the ranks here.


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Women’s FA Cup Winners

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WSL Continental Cup Winners

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FA Women’s League Cup Winners

2009, 2007, 2005, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1994, 1993, 1992

FA Women’s Community Shield Winners

2007, 2006, 2005, 2001, 1999 (shared)

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1 Sari Van Veenendaal – Goalkeeper – Born: Nieuwegein, Netherlands 3/4/90

vanveenendaal_profileSari’s reputation continued to grow during her third season with the club, during which she featured 19 times and kept seven clean sheets, including in the Continental Cup final victory over Manchester City. An excellent shot-stopper with a commanding presence, Sari was one of four Arsenal players who won the Women’s European Championship with the Netherlands in the summer of 2017. Before joining the Gunners in 2015 she won three league titles with FC Twente.

3 Emma Mitchell – Defender – Kirkaldy, Scotland 19/9/92

mitchell_profileScottish international left back Emma returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined her for the 2017 Spring Series to make 27 appearances last term. She scored four goals in the early weeks of the season, including a double in the 7-0 win over London Bees, and having cemented her place in the side she was rewarded with a new contract in April. Before joining Arsenal she won nine trophies in four years at Glasgow City.

6 Leah Williamson – Defender – Milton Keynes 29/3/97

williamson_profileHaving started out as a midfielder, Leah established herself in the heart of the Arsenal defence last season as she made a career-high 28 appearances. She joined the Centre of Excellence at the age of nine before progressing rapidly to win the Under-17s league and cup double in 2013. Named PFA Young Women’s Player of the Year in 2014/15, Leah has come of age, and last season she made her England debut during a 3-1 win over Russia.

7 Danielle van de Donk – Midfielder – Valkenswaard, Netherlands 5/8/91

vandedonk_profileCultured playmaker Danielle built on her impressive performances at last summer’s Women’s European Championship – during which she scored against England in the semi-finals – with another consistently strong season in north London. Blessed with excellent technique and vision, Danielle showed versatility too, operating in both advanced and more defensive midfield roles. She made 27 starts – second only to Jordan Nobbs – and scored seven goals, including a beauty in the 2-1 win over Manchester City in the WSL in May.

8 Jordan Nobbs – Midfielder – Stockton-on-Tees 8/12/92

nobbs_profileTireless England international Jordan was the engine of the team in 2017/18, making more starts (29) than any other player and scoring more goals (9) than anyone bar Beth Mead. Having joined the club in 2010, Jordan collected her 11th major honour when she lifted the Continental Cup in March, a month in which she was named Women’s Player of the Year at the London Football Awards. That followed her WSL Players’ Player of the Year award in September 2017.

9 Danielle Carter – Forward – London 18/5/93

carter_profilePacy forward Dan broke into the first team in 2009/10 after joining from Leyton Orient’s Centre of Excellence. The 25-year-old scored six goals last term, but was dealt a cruel blow when she suffered an injury during the final game of the season that looks set to keep her out for much of the coming season. Beyond Arsenal she is best known for scoring a hat-trick on her England debut, in an 8-0 win over Estonia in 2015.

10 Kim Little – Midfielder – Mintlaw, Scotland 29/6/90

little_profileHaving missed the 2017 Spring Series and the start of last season with a serious knee injury, talismanic No 10 Kim fought her way back to make 14 appearances, score four goals and skipper the side to Continental Cup glory. The Scotland international originally joined the club in 2008 and won 11 trophies during her first stint before leaving for Seattle Reign in 2013. She returned via a successful loan spell at Melbourne City in January 2017.

11 Vivianne Miedema – Forward – Hoogeveen, Netherlands 15/7/96

miedema_profileVivianne’s first season at Arsenal was disrupted by some niggling injuries, but she still managed to score eight goals in 20 appearances (15 of them starts), including the winner in the Continental Cup final. Incredibly, the striker scored her 50th international goal in April, at the age of just 21 and in only her 63rd appearance. Four of those goals came at last summer’s Women’s European Championship, with two of them in the 4-2 win over Denmark in the final.

12 Jessica Samuelsson – Defender

samuelsson_profileSwedish international full back Jessica joined the Gunners in August 2017, but only made two appearances last season after suffering ligament damage in her foot during a World Cup qualifier against Hungary last October. She established herself at Linkopings in her home country but also won the W-League – and the Player of the Year award – during a loan spell with Melbourne Victory in 2013. Jessica was part of the Swedish team that won Olympic silver in 2016.

15 Katie McCabe – Forward – Kilnamanagh, Ireland 2/9/95

mccabe_profileGunners fans may not have been expecting to see much of Katie when she joined Glasgow City on loan last summer, but the winger returned from the Scottish champions to feature in the 4-0 win over Yeovil Town in February and went on to make 16 appearances and score two goals, both in the final weeks of the season. A Republic of Ireland international since 2015, Katie was appointed captain in August 2017 at the age of just 21.

16 Louise Quinn – Defender – Bessington, Ireland 17/6/90

quinn_profileIt’s been quite a year for Irish international Louise, who arrived at Arsenal on a short-term deal when her previous club Notts County Ladies folded in April 2017. The defender, who already had 47 caps when she signed, established herself alongside Leah Williamson in central defence and made 27 appearances last term. She also scored three goals, including the opener in a 3-0 win over Sunderland and the crucial last-gasp winner in the FA Cup semi-final against Everton.

17 Lisa Evans – Forward – Perth, Scotland 21/5/92

evans_profileLike Vivianne Miedema, Scottish international winger Lisa joined the club from Bayern Munich last summer. Unlike Vivianne, Lisa found herself in an unfamiliar role as, from December onwards, she filled in at right back – and did such a good job she kept her place for the rest of the season. A Bundesliga champion with Bayern in 2015/16, Lisa also had a spell with Turbine Potsdam after winning nine trophies in four years alongside Emma Mitchell at Glasgow City.

19 Lia Walti – Midfielder – Langnau im Emmental, Switzerland 19/4/93

Walti_profileSwiss international midfielder Lia joined Arsenal in July 2018 from Turbine Potsdam. The 25-year-old, who can also play in defence, joined the German giants in 2013 and went on to captain the side, having previously played in her home country for YB Frauen, where she won the league title and played in the UEFA Champions League. She has made 54 appearances for the Swiss national team since making her international debut in 2011.

20 Dominque Bloodworth – Midfielder – Horst aan de Maas, Netherlands 17/1/95

janssen_profileAnother of the Dutch contingent who were crowned European champions in 2017, Dominque enjoyed her best season to date for the Gunners in 2017/18. She made 28 appearances and scored four goals, including a crucial header in the 3-1 win over Reading in April and a sensational curling strike from distance at Liverpool in February. Composed on the ball and tough in the tackle, Dom has become a fan favourite since arriving from SGS Essen in July 2015.

21 Tabea Kemme – Defender – Stade, Germany 14/12/91

Kemme_profileLike Lia Walti, versatile defender Tabea joined Arsenal in July 2018 from Turbine Potsdam, where she won four Bundesliga titles and the Women’s Champions League in 2009/10. She joined Potsdam at 14 and was initially a forward, but she can also play at full back, on the wing and in central midfield. A Germany international since 2013, Kemme won the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in 2010 and starred in the senior side that won Olympic gold in 2016.

22 Viktoria Schnaderbeck – Midfielder – Graz, Austria 4/1/91

Viki_1045x658Experienced Austrian international Viktoria became Arsenal’s first signing of the close season when she joined the club in May after 11 years at Bayern Munich. The 27-year-old, who follows in the footsteps of Lisa Evans and Vivianne Miedema in swapping Munich for London, won four major trophies in Germany, including the Bundesliga title in 2014/15 and 2015/16. She has more than 60 caps and is currently captain of the Austrian national team.

23 Beth Mead – Forward – Whitby 9/5/95

mead_profile.pngHotshot striker Beth enjoyed a hugely impressive campaign, netting a string of important and stunning strikes – notably a top-quality equaliser in the 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea in April – to top the club’s scoring charts with 16 goals in 29 games. She also made her England debut in April, coming off the bench in the 0-0 draw with Wales, and capped a fine season by winning the Vauxhall England Young Women’s Player of the Year award in June.


Although this afternoon’s game is the first-ever competitive meeting between Lewes and Arsenal (and probably the most senior side that Lewes has faced in the Rook’s recent history, men or women), it’s not the first time that Arsenal Women have been to the Dripping Pan.

In November 2010, a strong Arsenal side played a Sussex Women Representative team in a fund raiser organised by the then Sussex and Lewes manager Jacquie Agnew.

The Gunners were fresh from a UEFA Champions League game against Real Vallecano and used the match as a warm-up opportunity before the start of the Women’s Super League the following spring.

Sussex meanwhile were able to prepare for their Southern Counties Cup fixture against The Army a few weeks later.

The Arsenal team included future England skipper Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs, Ellen White and Gilly Flaherty whilst current Lewes players Katie McIntyre, Leeta Rutherford, Natasha Wells and Charley Boswell all played for Sussex. Arsenal won 4-1 with the Sussex consolation goal scored by Charley Boswell.

Club photographer James Boyes has delved into his archives and found a selection of photos from the game. Can you spot any familiar faces?

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Rosie Paye Lewes FC Women 2018 2019

Some of you will know Rosie from previous visits to the Dripping Pan with Crystal Palace and Charlton. Rosie was an integral part of Palace’s defence last season.

John Donoghue spoke about the latest important addition to his squad:

I’m delighted at signing Rosie. At 23 she already has a wealth of experience and was an integral part of the Palace defensive unit last season. She is a strong defender, can score from set-pieces and shows excellent possession of the football.”

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Photos from our Continental Cup game at West Ham United courtesy of Arfa Griffiths/WHU plus a selection of photos from our last home game against Charlton Athletic, taken by James Boyes.



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Your starting line-ups:


Natasha WELLS
Rebecca CARTER
Samantha QUAYLE
Rosie PAYE
Daniele LANE
Nina Wilson
Charlotte OWEN
Georgia ROBERT


Danielle VAN DE DONK
Jordan NOBBS
Vivianne MIEDEMA
Katie McCABE
Louise QUINN


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Honorary Presidents Carol Joy and Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller
Charlie Dobres, Eddie Ramsden, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Barry Collins, Jackie Gilligan, Ed Briggs, Jon Ruben
Club Secretary Barry Collins
Operations Manager Duncan Thompson

Life Members
Mr and Mrs Brook, Vic Blunt, Pat Dartnell, Gary Elphick, Gordon Fowlie, Peter Hiscox, Billy Nixon, Derrick Parris, Terry Parris, Jimmy Quinn, P. Swaysland, Steve Ibbitson, Jason Hopkinson, Steve White, Martin Elliot, Kevin Fingerneissl, Kevin Powell, David and Barbara Arnold, Roger and Cathy Feltham, Ethel Treagus, Roy Dartnell RIP, Ron Moore, Derek Southouse, Ray Smith, Ken Carter.

General Manager Jack Heaselden
Marketing and Media Manager Rosy Matheson

Women’s Manager John Donoghue
Assistant Manager Adam Wolecki

Goalkeeping Coach Radd Reynolds

Physiotherapist Becky Cunningham
S & C Coaches John Edwards, Jordan Niblock
Kit Wrangler Joe Gander

DS Manager Zak Dove
DS Coach Alan Dove
FS Manager Kelly Newton
FS Coaches Charlotte Bennett, Greg Cross

Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editor Aidan Hother
Progcast content team Ash Head, James Boyes
Progcast designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes