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This season, we’ll interview Lewes manager John Donoghue ahead of every game. Click the play button below to hear how he’s prepared the team for today’s game.


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Good afternoon and welcome back to the Dripping Pan for another exciting afternoon of Championship football.  I’d like to welcome our old friends from Tottenham Hotspur to East Sussex and hope you enjoy our hospitality.

Last weekend was a free one for John and his team which gave a number of players an opportunity to progress back towards full-fitness.  Two weeks ago, when we faced Charlton Athletic we did so with a very depleted side, with Faye, Amy, Bex and Vicky all sitting out the game due to injury, although Bex did make a late appearance as a substitute.  Whilst it gave John the opportunity to bring a few new faces into the squad, the final score reflected the competitive nature of football at this level.

In many ways that is good.  We need to have a competitive league at this level.  Durham’s impressive 0-0 draw with Manchester United certainly raised a few eyebrows and gave every club who hasn’t faced The Reds yet renewed confidence that it won’t just be a one-team league.  I have no doubt United will be challenging at the top of the table for the rest of the season but challenging rather than running away with it needs to be the conversation.  Having one team dominate the league, especially in the first season of the new structure, isn’t good for anyone (well, perhaps apart from the Manchester United fans who can at least see one of their sides winning regularly!).

The inequality in the game also raised its head once again this week.  After England’s contentious draw with Australia, where the Lionesses had two very strong penalty appeals turned down, it was revealed that the FIFA Women’s 2019 World Cup Finals in France would not feature VAR.  A few months ago, it was all the talk of the game as the technology was used in Russia for the Men’s World Cup.  So why is it now not relevant for the Women’s game?  Manager Phil Neville downplayed the decision not to use VAR although he expressed his concern about the standard of refereeing at an international level.

Just a reminder of two dates for your diary.  Next Sunday we head to North London to face London Bees for the first time in a competitive game.  The Hive is an excellent, modern venue and very easy to reach by public transport, so we hope to see a few away fans – the whole squad really appreciate our support especially on the road.  Then on Thursday 25th October is our Annual General Meeting at The Rook Inn from 7pm.

Let’s get right behind the team today!
Come on you Rooks!


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The club was formed in 1985 as Broxbourne Ladies by the late Sue Sharples and Kay Lovelock after the East Herts College team folded.

For the 1991/1992 Season, the team got permission granted for the name Tottenham Hotspur to be used and at the start of the 1992/1993 season, a reserve side was added to the senior side.

Glenn Weaver became chairman in 2000 and he continued to develop and grow the teams during this time, constantly recruiting people with passion and enthusiasm that shared his vision. He inspired people at all levels to take an active role and in 2002 the club received the ‘Sport England Volunteer Investment Programme Award’ for the London area.

In 2006, Spurs Ladies was then awarded the FA Charter Standard Club and the FA Charter Standard Female Club for the London FA in 2008. Sadly, Glenn passed away suddenly in February 2015. He was posthumously awarded the FA National Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Community Football’ in 2015.

Today, Spurs Ladies is one of the biggest clubs in London, running 11 teams with the first team. We continue to grow and our reliance on realising player’s true potential has seen many move onto Centres of Excellence and through to the first team after progressing through the junior sides.

The club runs three senior sides and eight junior sides at Under-17s, Under-16s, Under-15s, Under-14s, Under-13s, Under-12s, Under-11s and Under-10s.


  • FA South-East Combination Champions: 2010/2011
  • London and South-East Regional Women’s Football League: Premier Division Champions 2007/2008
  • Greater London Regional Women’s League – Premier Division Runners-up: 1994/1995, 1995/1996, 1996/1997, 2000/2001
  • Greater London Regional Women’s League – Division 1 Champions: 1997/1998
  • London County Senior Cup Winners: 2011/2012
  • Middlesex County Cup Runners-up: 1991/1992
  • Greater London Regional Women’s League Cup Winners: 1995/1996
  • Greater London Regional Women’s League Cup Runners-up:1998/1999, 2003/2004
  • Ryman’s Women’s Cup Runners Up: 2014/2015
  • Ryman Women’s Cup Winners: 2015/2016
  • Capital Women’s Cup Runners Up: 2015/2016
  • FA Women’s Premier League Cup Winners: 2015/2016
  • FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division Winners: 2016/2017
  • FA Women’s Premier League Championship Play-off Winners: 2016/2017 – Promoted to FA Women’s Super League 2

1. Chloe Morgan


A commanding presence and great shot stopper, Chloe Morgan has a drive and determination to show that she is a key player for Karen Hills’s side. Morgan is certain that she can prove herself as a top-class goalkeeper, and looks forward to acting as the last line of defence for the Lilywhites next season.

2. Lucia Leon


Lucia Leon is a versatile Spaniard who has made appearances in defence, midfield and attack for the Lilywhites, showing that she can make an impact on the game no matter where she is on the pitch.

3. Anne Meiwald


Newly signed defender Anne Meiwald is a tenacious player who will stop at nothing to ensure that her goal is protected and secure. Anne has a never say die attitude and makes fantastic tackles to rescue her team.

4. Josie Green


The Welsh midfielder is a tough tackler and is not afraid to commit herself to strong challenges for her team. Her dedication, passion and desire allow her to help those around her, whether they are winning, losing or drawing. Green is also a great passer of the ball, and can create chances from seemingly impossible areas, making her an important player for the Lilywhites.

5. Sophie Mclean


The box-to-box midfielder is an academy graduate and can use her physicality to win back possession or retain the ball, she is comfortable with the ball at her feet and can certainly make use of it when she has it. Her excellent reading of the game and position sense allow her to protect the backline expertly.

6. Renee Hector


Renee Hector is a powerful and strong centre back who can win possession with her aerial presence and tough tackles. She is confident on the ball and loves to start attacks with her excellent passing and driving runs.

7. Sarah Wiltshire


Sarah Wiltshire’s maiden season at Spurs Ladies saw her win the goal of the season award for one of her many stunning strikes. She possesses a wonderful ability to shoot from range and can supply teammates with fantastic chances in front of goal. The Spurs fan will embark on her second season as a player for the club in 2018/19, hoping to improve on her superb start to life as a Lilywhite.

8. Bianca Baptiste


The top scorer of the 2017/18 season, Bianca Baptiste’s electrifying pace and clinical finishing makes her a nightmare for defenders. The number 8 has been at Spurs since the 2010/11 season and has developed into a key player for the Lilywhites, earning herself ‘fan favourite’ status amongst Spurs Ladies supporters.

9. Rianna Dean


An exciting new signing from Millwall Lionesses, Rianna Dean promises to be a new clinical finisher to fire Spurs Ladies to glory, as she has an eye for goal and an incredible ability to find the target. Still only aged 19, Dean could develop into a key player for Karen Hills’ side and could be the spark needed to fire Spurs Ladies to glory.

10. Wendy Martin


Our hard-working, tenacious number 10, Wendy Martin imposes herself in aerial battles, making it difficult for any defender to match her physical power. A scorer and creator, Martin will look forward to embarking on another season with the lilywhites, whilst fans will hope to see the striker score as many goals as possible in the upcoming campaign.

11. Jenna Schillaci


Captain Jenna Schillaci will be playing her 10th season as a Spurs player this year. Her loyalty, passion and determination at centre back is clear to everyone around her, with her time at the Club yielding 6 trophies so far. What she has achieved at the club is no coincidence, as she remains a consistent performer for Karen Hills’s side.

12. Megan Wynne


13. Emma Gibbon


Young goalkeeper Emma Gibbon has already represented Wales at under-19’s level and has the potential to be a world class goalkeeper. This has been recognised by Karen Hills, as Gibbon will begin her first season as a Spurs Ladies player between the sticks, and will hope to compete with Chloe Morgan for a starting place.

14. Angela Addison


New signing Angela Addison is known to be a big game player, having managed to score hat-tricks in cup quarter and semi-finals in the past. The twin will hope that she has a successful first season with Spurs Ladies and that she can continue to help both score and assist from the middle of the pitch or drifting in from wide.

15. Anna Filbey


Anna is a technical central midfielder with an eye for a pass. The England Lionesses youth international is a natural athlete, having competed in the Long Jump, 200m and 800m while at school.

16. Maya Vio


Maya has been at the club since appearing for the U10’s in 2006. Hard in the challenge with an eye for a pass, the energy driven central midfielder has progressed into a vital player in big game situations. She joined Spurs Ladies as a 10-year-old, playing for the U10’s in 2006. Since then, she has become a central midfielder for Karen Hills’s side and holds the number 16 shirt at the club. Still only 21 years of age, Maya has the potential to develop into a vital player for Spurs Ladies.

17. Jessica Naz


Having made 4 appearances for the England Under 19’s last season despite only being 17 years old, Naz has a talent to convert chances in front of goal and can beat defenders with ease. Having played for the lilywhites in the development squad in 2013, Naz will hope that her first season after making her return to Spurs Ladies is a memorable one.

18. Ryah Vyse


Ryah Vyse has the experience required to guide the team to a successful season, in her second spell as a Spurs Ladies player, Vyse has so far been a solid left back who can quickly make the transition from defence to attack, helping the team to build attacks from the left flank.

19. Ashleigh Neville


Ashleigh Neville’s committed nature made her first season with Spurs Ladies a great success, as she scooped the Player of the season in 17/18. Her solid defending combined with her creative flair makes for a fantastic right back who was pivotal to the team last season. Having worked with Karen Hills before, Ashleigh will look to build on her relationship with the manager whilst continuing to play a vital role in proceedings next season.

20. Coral-Jade Haines


Coral-Jade Haines’ superb season on loan with Spurs Ladies in 17/18 gained her a place in the England U23’s squad. Her dribbling from deep and ability to brush off challenges from opposition players is outstanding. She is also capable of splitting defences with an intricate weighted pass. This year, Haines will look to improve on last year’s successes and become a regular for the Lionesses at U23 level.

 Congratulations Karen

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Congratulations to Spurs Ladies Manager Karen Hills, who collected the inaugural FA Women’s Championship Manager of the Month this week.

The voting panel consisted of Marieanne Spacey-Cale (League Managers Association member and Southampton FC Head of Girls and Women’s Football), Alex Scott (ex-England international and football broadcaster), Jen O’Neill (Editor of She Kicks magazine) and Alan Curbishley (LMA board member and LMA Manager of the Year 1999/2000).



‘Lewes FC Women are delighted to be supporting Brighton and Hove’s ‘Red Box Project’ scheme. Volunteers from the Red Box Project, who put boxes of free sanitary products in schools for girls to take quietly, will be at our turnstiles today with collection buckets.

All monies raised will give the 1 in 10 girls in Brighton and Hove who cannot afford pads and tampons and who often take time off school because of this, access to these essential items. Please help us celebrate International Day of the Girl (October 11th) by giving generously to this scheme and the young women in our community.’


Earlier this week, FIFA launched its first ever global strategy for women’s football, with a clear message of empowerment underpinning plans to grow the game, get more girls involved earlier and keep women in football longer.

FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman said: “We’re trying to change the perception, that women’s football is not this kind of poor little sister waiting for the handout from the big brother of men’s football. We want to bring it into the mainstream.”

“Everybody in FIFA and across football’s governing bodies should be looking at football as just football.”

The strategy is linked to the FIFA 2.0 vision statement from 2016 which covered plans to advance women’s football in just three of its 69 pages.

The new strategy has three key goals:

  • To grow participation
  • Enhance commercial value, and
  • Build the foundations of the game

FIFA aims to achieve these goals by focusing on five areas:

  • Develop and grow – teaching, mentoring and developing skills from grassroots
  • Showcase the game – more tournaments for countries and clubs
  • Communicate and commercialise – improved marketing and promotional opportunities
  • Govern and lead – encouraging more women to get involved in running the game
  • Educate and empower – using the power of women’s football to make a difference around the world

And of course, FIFA has some specific targets to hit:

  • 60 million female players around the world
  • Double the number of women’s youth leagues worldwide
  • Ensure women are voted onto every governing body exec committee
  • Achieve a broadcast audience of 1m for next year’s World Cup in France.

FIFA, which has been widely criticised for its failure to provide clear leadership and embrace the Women’s game before now, is hoping that the strategy will help clear the way forward for the sport but accepts that there are major challenges ahead.


Bareman said: “There’s still a massive piece of work that needs to be done. Making sure the decision makers, especially the ones who are responsible for the funding and the resources, understand how much an opportunity exists in the women’s game is a big, big part of our strategy.”

“Some countries are already well advanced,” she said. “And to be honest, they’re not our target. We’re trying to reach those ones that need a lot more help and support from us in order to push the women’s game forward.”

This is a welcome step forward in the global development of the women’s game. However, given that FIFA has scheduled the Women’s World Cup final for the same July day as two major men’s tournaments  – the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Chicago and the COPA America final in Rio – the women’s game will need to continue to shout a bit louder to be heard above the din of their more established brothers.



Today we are really lucky to have EarthQuake to play at Lewes FC Women.  They were with us at our previous home game against Leicester City and it’s great to have them back.

You can find them on Facebook here.

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Each poster will feature an inspirational woman from the visiting team’s locality, along with a Lewes FC Women footballer.


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Adele Adkins was born and brought up in Tottenham until the age of nine when she and her mother moved to Brighton for a couple of years. Following a move back to South London, Adele was later to attend the BRIT School in Croydon, graduating in 2006.

Having started singing at the age of four, the glittering career that followed was perhaps written in the stars though delivered by incredible determination and hard work.

Adele has won awards too numerous to mention and sold over 100 million records but we have chosen her as one of our #InspirationalWomen because her voice and her spirit have moved and given comfort to millions around the world.

Buy the poster in our online Club Shop


Here are the highlights from our home game against Leicester City:


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Your Instant Replay – Goal of the Month

Our very own Rebecca Carter won the Your Instant Replay goal of the month for September with 537 votes with her strike against Leicester City. Be sure to check it out on our match highlights.

FAWC September Player of the Month

Rebecca was also nominated for the inaugural FAWC September Player of the Month for her impressive start to the season including a hat-trick against Leicester which helped Lewes rise to third in the table. She was up against Sarah Wiltshire from Spurs, and both  Jess Sigworth and Lauren James from Manchester United in the public vote, but the award went to James.

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Chewy’s nomination is a deserved recognition for her efforts so well done Chewy and keep up the good work!

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Photos from our FA Women’s Championship games against Charlton and Leicester City taken by James Boyes.

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13 Nina WILSON
15 Georgia ROBERT
04 Kate McINTYRE (C)
06 Shannon MOLONEY
12 Charley BOSWELL
11 Avilla BERGIN
14 Sarah KEMPSON
16 Samantha QUAYLE
19 Daniele LANE
01 Faye BAKER
09 Rebecca CARTER
10 Charlotte OWEN
03 Natasha WELLS
18 Rosie PAYE


01 Chloe MORGAN
11 Jenna SCHILLACI (C)
06 Renee HECTOR
19 Ashleigh NEVILLE
04 Josie GREEN
20 Coral HAINES
17 Jess NAZ
09 Rianna DEAN
08 Bianca BAPTISTE
13 Emma GIBBON
02 Lucia LEON
05 Sophie McLEAN
10 Wendy MARTIN
12 Megan WAYNE
14 Angela ADDISON
18 Ryah VYSE

Today’s team line-ups will be available to see hear prior to kick off.


The FA Women’s Championship strongly supports recent FA statements that there should be a zero tolerance approach against racism and all forms of discrimination. Accordingly, any form of discriminatory abuse, whether it be based on race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, faith, age, ability or any other form of abuse will be reported to The Football Association for action by that Association. (The FA 0800 085 0508/Kick It Out 020 7253 0162)

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Honorary President 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