Lewes v Manchester United Women

FA Women’s Championship, 2nd December 2018

Welcome to the Dripping Pan for this afternoon’s FA Women’s Championship game v Manchester United Women.

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Claire Godsmark, 40 and Eliza Godsmark, 6


Why have you come to the match today?

We’ve come along today because we follow Lewes FC Women and my other daughter plays for the under 10s – so we are big fans and regular goers here.

Why should people support Lewes FC women?

What we like about Lewes FC Women is the equality element which is really exciting and they also play great.

What do you like about the experience here today?

What’s so great about today is that there are so many people here, and it’s nice to see a big crowd being drawn in for the match.


Today’s match sponsor is the Direct Mortgage Group.

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Today’s match ball Sponsor is the Dorset Arms, Lewes

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Lewes skipper Kate ‘Macca’ McIntyre looks forward to today’s match
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Today’s warm-up playlist, carefully selected by our very own Safe Hands, Faye Baker, will appear here




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Good afternoon and welcome to The Dripping Pan for this historic afternoon of football.  I’d like to welcome the players, fans, management and officials from Manchester United and hope that you enjoy your afternoon with us, off the pitch at least!

It is a barometer of how far our club has come, and of the monumental changes in the Women’s game, that the two sides are meeting today in the second tier of English football.

I would like to take a moment to recognise and applaud the huge amount of effort that has gone into making this happen, both on the side of Lewes and of Manchester United.  Your presence in the Women’s game has been long overdue.

We hope that your participation in the Championship delivers a positive impression and impact on the whole game across the country.

We will certainly have one of our biggest ever attendance for a Women’s game at The Dripping Pan today.  Pre-sale tickets have been amazing, we have been working hard for weeks to ensure that the fan experience is as good as it could be.  I’d like to thank everyone who has put in so much effort and time into today. Without you, this would be impossible.

We are on the way in our search for our new manager and have conducted a number of interviews this week.  Jack is doing an excellent job with Adam and Radd in keeping things ticking along and the team focused (I’m not sure they need any more focus than the fact we are playing Manchester United today!) and we will look to have a new face in the dugout before Christmas.

Last week we lost by the odd goal in five at Sheffield United, who have a fine young side that has grown up playing together. The Blades firmly believe in a principle that if you are good enough, you are old enough and so it proved.  We never gave up and were unlucky not to grab a late equaliser on the day.

Sheffield will be one of the teams fighting it out at the top of the table and it is good to see the main club investing so much time, effort and resources into getting their women’s team moving in the right direction.

We spoke to one managerial candidate this week who asked why all our Women’s teams play at the same time or even on the same day.  It’s something that has always bugged me.  If the FA want to see player development and a real “pathway” then playing at the same time/ on the same day as the first team makes it almost impossible for the manager to spot talent coming through the club.

On the Men’s side, our DS and Under 18s games are spread throughout the week. Darren (Freeman, first team manager) can go and watch them play and give advice and guidance to the managers (Steve Eke and Dale Hurley).

Why can’t the Women’s DS or FS play on a Saturday or even in midweek?  It is a hindrance to developing players and alien to what the FA are trying to do within the Women’s game. Rant over!

Enjoy the game, get behind the Rooks and for those attending a game for the first time here at the Pan, welcome! We hope to see you back next Sunday when we face Charlton Athletic – same time, same place. Come on you Rooks!


Twitter: @theballisround


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Manchester United

The inclusion of Manchester United Women in this year’s inaugural FA Women’s Championship has given the league the kind of spotlight which must have had the FA rubbing their hands in glee.

Of the world’s top ten richest clubs, only United and Real Madrid did not have a women’s team but in March 2018, the Red Devils announced that they intended to make amends.

This was confirmed in May when the FA revealed the successful applicants for the FAWC, with Manchester United – and Lewes – amongst the eleven chosen teams.

United had faced increasing criticism for not having a women’s team, particularly given the upsurge in support for the sport in recent years, partly as a result of the GB Olympics team’s progress in 2012.

However, it wasn’t always like this. By the end of the 1970s, Manchester United Supporters Club Ladies were seen as the club’s unofficial women’s team. They became founding members of the North West Women’s Regional Football League in 1989 and were officially recognised by the club in 2001.

Back then, the women’s game was a shadow of what it has become today. The team itself was struggling and after Malcolm Glazier completed his controversial takeover of the club in 2005, he soon disbanded the team, explaining that it wasn’t in the club’s core business interests.

Ironically, United still supported girls football through the club’s successful Foundation, but once players reached 16 they had to find other clubs if they wanted to continue playing football.

Meanwhile, traditional local rivals such as Liverpool and Everton supported strong senior women’s teams. With the creation of a new women’s team across town at Manchester City, and the success this brought both on and off the pitch, the continued absence of a women’s team at Old Trafford became harder to justify.

Kate Green, the MP for Stretford and Urmston said at the time: “It’s a shame that young women in my community, who’ve grown up watching the success of the Lionesses on a national level, are denied the opportunity to go and watch their local women’s team in the Theatre of Dreams, or to believe that one day, they could play in a United shirt. I hope United will move forward swiftly to establish a senior women’s team.”

Speaking last year, former England international Rachel Brown-Finnis said it was “shocking” that United didn’t have a senior women’s team, and questioned the commercial viability against the backdrop of an increasingly vibrant game.

“When people have talked about this issue in the past, they have focused on how, with the club’s vast resources and worldwide profile, a United team would help develop the women’s game,” she said.

“That is still true, but it now works the other way too – United are missing out on an easy way of engaging with their huge female fanbase, in Manchester and further afield, and promoting the importance of women in the makeup of their club.

“A women’s team would do all of that. The game is growing fast and other clubs have demonstrated they believe it is a big commercial asset, at very little cost.”

Given the veil of secrecy in which the Glazier family operate at Old Trafford, there was little surprise that no reason given for the decision to create a Manchester United women’s team this year, although the assumption is that the numbers finally stacked up commercially.

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The club made a big name appointment for the team’s first manager in Casey Stoney, capped 130 times for England and former national captain. Stoney has built the team from scratch, with three key considerations in mind: talent, character and winning behaviour.

“For me, it’s an opportunity to form something,” she said, “to create something, to mould a team your own way, to get the players in, coach them, work with them and create something.”

Stoney had about four weeks to create her team over the spring, a blend of youth and experience. Stoney’s captain is Alex Greenwood, current England left-back and winner of a bronze medal in the last World Cup in 2015.

Greenwood said: “To lead Manchester United into what could be greatness is an honour. There are many goals but, for the team, ultimately, it’s to get to WSL1. First and foremost, that is the goal and we’ll take it from there. It’s such a fantastic thing to be a part of. We’re creating history.”

James Boyes


1. Siobhan Chamberlain

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An experienced goalkeeper who has played in the Champions League and World Cup. Chamberlain was so keen to join United, she dropped down a division to become a part of the first Reds team. The stopper is perhaps the most experienced member of Casey Stoney’s squad and has played for a host of other clubs, including Chelsea, Fulham and Liverpool. The manager has no doubt of her quality, having played with her for both club and country. During Chamberlain’s international career, which has spanned some 15 years, she has been selected for several major tournaments and played in England’s quarter-final victory against Canada in the 2015 World Cup.

2. Martha Harris

A defensive-minded full-back who is comfortable on either flank. Harris came through the Lincoln youth system and made her first-team debut as a teenager. She moved to Liverpool in 2013 and, in her first year with the club, became the winner of the inaugural PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year award. Two seasons later she won Liverpool’s Player of the Season award. The defender comes from a family of footballers, with her two sisters and younger brother all playing at various levels. Her older sister Meg is married to United boss Casey Stoney. Harris has also impressed on the International stage and scored for England in the 2014 Under-20s World Cup.

3. Alex Greenwood

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The defender has the honour of being named the first captain of Manchester United Women. Greenwood is a technically proficient left-back and is as comfortable defending as she is creating attacking opportunities for her team-mates. The England international made her senior debut for Everton in 2010, having signed for the club as an eight-year-old, and just two years later was named FA Young Player of the Year. In 2015 she moved to Notts County and then to Liverpool a year later. Greenwood was the youngest player selected for the 2015 World Cup and played two games as England secured a bronze medal. As well as being an expert full-back, Greenwood can operate in the centre of a back four and her precise free-kicks mean she is a constant goal threat.

4. Amy Turner

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A tough-tackling defender, Turner has had to sacrifice more than most to make her footballing dream a reality and has twice balanced studying and playing. In her final year at Sheffield Hallam University, the centre-back was juggling writing her dissertation while also representing Notts County full-time. After four years with the East Midlands club, she joined Liverpool in 2017, but injury curtailed her maiden season on Merseyside. Turner’s defensive robustness and ability to play out from the back meant Casey Stoney jumped at the opportunity to sign her when creating her United squad.

6. Aimee Palmer

A holding midfielder who routinely demonstrates maturity beyond her years. Although just a teenager, Palmer’s range of passing is rivalled by few in the league. Palmer is a natural leader and is one of the most tenacious and hard-working players in the squad. She found out that United wanted to sign her the night before an A-Level Chemistry exam – not exactly the best preparation! Capped for England at youth level.

7. Ella Toone

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An unpredictable winger who is a nightmare for opposition defenders. Toone felt she had unfinished business at United, having spent seven years with the club’s youth teams. She returned to the Reds via Blackburn and Manchester City, the latter of whom handed her a first-team debut in July 2016. Able to play anywhere in the United frontline, Toone is an explosive forward with a real eye for goal.

8. Mollie Green

A versatile midfielder who can play in a variety of roles. Although naturally a no.10, Green has also put in fantastic performances from the wing and in a deeper midfield role. She joined the Reds from Everton, with whom she won the 2017 Spring Series. Green was one of Casey Stoney’s first signings at the club and has represented England at under-age level. Scored eight league goals this season.

9. Jess Sigworth

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Top scorer in the 2017/18 WSL2 season with 15 goals, which helped Doncaster Rovers win the title. She came through the Belles’ Academy and returned to the club in 2016 after a brief spell with Notts County. Quick, direct and clinical, Sigsworth has recovered from a ruptured cruciate knee ligament, which kept her out for nearly a year. Currently the Championship’s leading goal-scorer with nine goals.

10. Katie Zelem

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A goal-scoring midfielder who swapped Turin for Manchester when signing for the Reds. Zelem came through the United youth system before joining Liverpool in 2013, aged just 17. A year later she made her first-team debut and was voted the club’s Young Player of the Year in her first season, as Liverpool won the WSL. Zelem has experienced joining a newly-formed team before when she signed for Juventus in 2017. Despite enjoying her time in Italy, she couldn’t turn down the chance of returning of returning to United after a year on the continent. One of the most technical players in the division, Zelem is always capable of unpicking even the most resilient of backlines.

11. Leah Galton

A dynamic winger who joined United after spells in USA and Germany. Pacy and powerful, Galton is never more comfortable than when marauding down the flanks. She began her career with Leeds United but, in 2012, opted to play for US college side Hofstra Pride. Upon graduating, she spent two years with Sky Blue, before signing for Bayern Munich in 2018. The left-footer has been capped by England at under-age level and was previously selected to train with the senior squad.

12. Naomi Hartley

A determined young defender who has returned to United after coming through the club’s youth system. After three years with the Reds’ Academy, she moved to Liverpool, where she played alongside the experienced Casey Stoney. When Stoney was appointed United Women’s manager, the opportunity for Hartley to return to the club was just too good to turn down. Capped at under-age level for England, much is expected of the promising centre-back.

13. Emily Ramsey (GK)

A goalkeeper who has a bright future in the game and has been capped by England at youth level. Ramsey came through United’s youth system and joined Liverpool in 2017, as understudy to current Reds stopper Siobhan Chamberlain. After a year on Merseyside, Ramsey returned to the club, this time as a first-team player. Still a teenager, she has the opportunity to claim the no.1 jersey for many years to come. Having worked her way up the various England youth levels, the United keeper has now cemented her place as first choice for the Under-19 side.

14. Charlie Devlin

A technically gifted midfielder who previously played for Arsenal and Millwall. Devlin’s short and long-range passing is superb and means she is adept at linking the midfield and attack. As well as helping the team keep possession, she also has the ability to dribble past an opposition defender. Still in her early 20s, there will be plenty of opportunities to keep improving.

15. Lucy Roberts

Lucy Roberts has United in her blood: her great-grandfather, Charlie Roberts, captained the first United side to play at Old Trafford. The defender signed for Stoke as a youngster, before moving to Liverpool, where she spent five years. She has played under-age international football and will look to learn from the experienced defenders in the United first team.

16. Lauren James

The youngest player in the squad, who is eager to make a name for herself. James joined United from Arsenal, where she became the second-youngest player in the club’s history in October 2017. A very technical player who is excellent at keeping position, James joins Lewes striker Rebecca Carter in fifth place in the goal-scorers chart with five league goals this season.

17. Lizzie Arnot

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An agile dribbler who always fancies her chances in a one-v-one situation. The Scotland international joined United from Hibernian, where she had played for six years. Arnot suffered a cruciate ligament injury in 2017, which forced her to miss 14 months, yet she still managed to score five goals in the Scottish Women’s Premier League Cup final just weeks after her comeback. Lizzie will go down in history as United’s women’s team’s first goal-scorer, netting in the 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Continental Tyres League Cup last August.

18. Kirsty Hanson

A hard-working winger who is comfortable on either flank. Although an accomplished attacking player, the Scotland youth international is seen regularly tracking back to support the full-back behind her. Hanson was part of the Doncaster Rovers squad who gained promotion from WSL2 in 2018. She also previously played for Liverpool and Sheffield FC.

19. Ebony Salmon

A lifelong United fan who made her dreams come true by signing for the club. Ebony joined from Aston Villa, having previously spent four years at the Midlands club. Her lightning-fast pace means she likes to play on the shoulder of the last defender and is clinical in front of goal. The striker captained England Under-17s at the European Championships in May 2018 and scored a hat-trick against Italy in the quarter-finals.

20. Kirsty Smith

A rapid Scotland international who can operate in either full-back position. Smith represented Hibernian for 13 years, making 139 appearances for the club. During her time in Edinburgh, she worked with assistant coach Willie Kirk, who convinced her to make the journey south of the border for United’s inaugural season. Hard-working and versatile, Smith is a match for any opposition winger in the league.

21. Millie Turner

A born leader who will ensure the team is organised and compact. Turner joined from Bristol City, where she was made captain just six months after signing. The defender had previously played for Everton and has been capped by England at youth level. Turner is a tireless worker who operates at centre-back or as a holding midfielder; in either position, her range of passing helps contribute to the side’s attacking moves.

22. Fran Bentley (GK)

One of the many youngsters in Casey Stoney’s squad, Bentley has returned to the club where she began her fledgeling career. The keeper was a member of United’s youth sides from the ages of nine to 14 but moved to Manchester City for the opportunity of progressing into the first team. She has been capped by England at under-15 level.

The Boss – introducing Casey Stoney 

As football careers go, few can match the one enjoyed by Manchester United Women’s manager Casey Stoney. Signing for Chelsea at the age of 12, Casey won a cupboard full of trophies playing for five senior teams and made 130 appearances for England before hanging up her boots earlier this year.

Casey left Chelsea after five years as a youth player to sign for Arsenal, winning the treble in 2000/01 and moving to Charlton but not before making her England debut against France aged just 18.

After Charlton won the Premier League Cup in 2004 and the Women’s FA Cup the following season, the club disbanded their women’s team in 2007, when Casey moved back to Chelsea with current United goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain. Two years later aged 26, Casey was appointed player-manager for the remainder of the campaign which saw them finish third in the league.

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Casey’s international career was progressing well. She represented her country in the 2005 Euros, helped England to reach the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup finals in 2007, and finished runners-up in the 2009 Euros losing to Germany in the final.

The formation of the Women’s Super League in 2011 saw Casey move on to Lincoln Ladies where she stayed for three seasons, claiming a WSL runners-up medal in 2013.

Meanwhile, with England, Casey captained the Lionesses to the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals in Germany, losing on penalties to France, and wore the armband for Team GB in the 2012 London Olympics when the team again reached the quarter-final stage but not before a 1-0 victory against Brazil at Wembley.

Casey re-signed for Arsenal in 2014, winning the FA Women’s Cup in 2014 and 2016, and the WSL Cup in 2015.

Screenshot 2018-11-28 19.01.04Casey helped England to a third-place finish in the 2015 World Cup, a year in which she was also awarded an MBE for services to football, apt recognition of a glorious career in the game.

After two seasons with Liverpool, Casey announced her retirement from playing in February this year, when she moved into Phil Neville’s coaching team with England, before Manchester United came calling a few months later.

The move away from the England set-up was a big decision for Casey but she was fully supported by the England boss. “Phil’s been fantastic with me”, she told the United programme at the start of the season.

“He’s a great coach, a great manager, but he really encouraged me to take this opportunity. He knows what a club it is, he knows the fantastic opportunity it is.”

”I’ve learnt so much throughout the years of playing. I’ve played 18 years of international football, I’ve been at so many different clubs under so many different coaches and managers. I’ve coached for 17 years at the teams I was playing at.

“I’ve had loads of positive experiences and even when you have negative ones, it’s an opportunity to learn. I won’t ever forget those lessons, good and bad. I’ll take them with me on my journey.”

Screenshot 2018-11-28 18.56.41Casey is very keen to ensure that the players of tomorrow are given as much opportunity to move through the ranks of the club to achieve their ambitions, in a similar set-up to the one at Lewes.

“Many girls have previously had to leave United’s youth system if they wanted to go further in the game, and that never has to happen again. The pathway is there now, I’m a big believer in that. Whether it’s an Under-10 or Under-12 player, right through to seniors, the pathway should be visible.

“If they can see it they can believe in it and we give them the opportunity to achieve it. An Under-10 player in 10 years’ time should be in the first team.”

“My ultimate aim is to grow this team so that every little girl growing up dreams that when she’s older, she wants to play for Manchester United because they’re the most successful team in women’s football.”

James Boyes


Lewes FC has been supporting Emily Clarke’s #241forFoodBanks campaign since it launched here at The Dripping Pan in December 2016. The incredible Rooks fans, as well as visiting fans from other clubs, have donated more than 1600 items at Christmas collections since then, which all go directly to the three food banks in Lewes, supporting families in crisis.

This weekend, we’re collecting again!

Emily started the appeal for two reasons, to raise awareness of the hidden food poverty in what is perceived to be an affluent area in the south-east and to boost donations to local food banks. #241forFoodBanks encourages shoppers to donate the free item from their supermarket 2 for 1 deal to their local food bank.

Since the launch, Emily has given talks at the local primary school and they now have a 241 collection day every term. Local businesses have had in-store collections and Lewes Labour has a hugely successful regular collection at its public events.

Since 2016, there has been a notable rise in the use of food banks in our town. There are now over 240 people relying on three food banks to nourish themselves and their families across our town.

Nationally, there has been a worrying increase in food bank use and rent arrears in areas where Universal Credit has been introduced. Shockingly, nearby Hastings has reported a 75% increase in food bank use since UC rolled out there.

Emily, who works for a charity in Brighton supporting young people at risk of homelessness, has this year trained 15 volunteers to offer support to people with their UC claims.

The volunteers are from a variety of backgrounds including food bank managers, councillors, tenant’s and resident’s associations. They are able to offer a confidential space, a secure laptop and internet connection and some guidance on filling out the daunting online application form.

While the causes of food poverty can be put down to a variety of reasons including the disparity between wages and living costs, long-term illness or disability, unemployment or unstable employment and welfare reform, all of which must be addressed urgently by the government, the support and intervention in the community to help our neighbours who are struggling is ever more important.

On Sunday, Lewes FC will be playing Manchester United in a historic game. Not only is this a huge match for our women’s team and the Equality FC campaign, it a fantastic opportunity for a community football club to spread the word and offer our support once again to an urgent community response to poverty in our town. Thanks for your support!

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Each poster will feature an inspirational woman from the visiting team’s locality, along with a Lewes FC Women footballer. This week, Lewes defender Rebecca Thompson-Agbro is joined by suffragette and women’s rights pioneer Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Emmeline Goulden was born on 14 July 1858 in Manchester into a family with a tradition of radical politics. In 1879, she married Richard Pankhurst, a lawyer and supporter of the women’s suffrage movement. He was the author of the Married Women’s Property Acts of 1870 and 1882, which allowed women to keep earnings or property acquired before and after marriage.

In 1889, Emmeline founded the Women’s Franchise League, which fought to allow married women to vote in local elections. In October 1903, she helped found the more militant Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) – an organisation that gained much notoriety for its activities and whose members were the first to be christened ‘suffragettes’.

Emmeline’s daughters Christabel and Sylvia were both active in the cause. British politicians, press and public were astonished by the demonstrations, window smashing, arson and hunger strikes of the suffragettes. In 1913, WSPU member Emily Davison was killed when she threw herself under the king’s horse at the Derby as a protest at the government’s continued failure to grant women the right to vote.

Like many suffragettes, Emmeline was arrested on numerous occasions over the next few years and went on hunger strike herself, resulting in violent force-feeding. In 1913, in response to the wave of hunger strikes, the government passed what became known as the ‘Cat and Mouse’ Act. Hunger striking prisoners were released until they grew strong again, and then re-arrested.

This period of militancy was ended abruptly on the outbreak of war in 1914, when Emmeline turned her energies to supporting the war effort and persuaded members of the WSPU to follow suit. Many took up roles in factories during the war and in response, the Government released all WSPU prisoners.

In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave voting rights to property-owning  women over 30. Emmeline died on 14 June 1928, shortly before women were granted equal voting rights with men (at 21) the following month. (BBC)

‘Please do check out this song, endorsed by today’s Guest Of Honour Helen Pankhurst as a ‘soundtrack to this Centenary Year’. The creators of this remake of ‘You Don’t Own Me’ are donating all profits to Care in support of their international fight for equality and women’s rights, a fight that Lewes FC is wholly committed to.

The video can be seen on YouTube from 00:00 on Friday 23 November.
To download the single:

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Buy the poster in our online Club Shop


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Vicky Carleton, sponsored by Sue Rowland
Shannon Maloney Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-4
Shannon Maloney sponsored by Joe Franchi – Brighton Van Sales
Sarah Kempson Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-31
Sarah Kempson (sponsorship available)
Samantha Quayle Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-28
Samantha Quayle sponsored by the d’Arienzo Family
Rosie Paye Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-6
Rosie Paye (sponsorship available)
Rebecca Thompson-Agbro Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-3
Rebecca Thompson-Agbro (sponsorship available)
Kellie Larkin Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-17
Kelly Larkin (sponsorship available)
Rebecca Carter Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-7
Rebecca Carter sponsored by The Lambs
Nina Wilson Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-22
Nina Wilson (sponsorship available)
Natasha Wells Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-19
Natasha Wells sponsored by Jane Roberts & Sarah Metcalfe
Leeta Rutherford Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-30
Leeta Rutherford (sponsorship available)
Katie MacIntyre Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-16
Katie McIntyre sponsored by EFI Logistics
Georgia Roberts Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-2
Georgia Robert sponsored by Ash Head
Faye Baker Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-29-2
Faye Baker sponsored by Susie Arlett
Charlotte Owen Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-25
Charlotte Owen sponsored by The Pig and Jacket
Charley Boswell Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-8
Charley Boswell (sponsorship available)
Avilla Bergin Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-1
Avilla Bergin sponsored by Amir Alipour & Richard Morpeth
Amy Taylor Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-20
Amy Taylor sponsored by Choc Chick
Dani Lane Lewes FC Women 2018 2019-12
Dani Lane sponsored by Lord Chunky

And introducing …

Ash Head – aka @Rookmeister – takes a look at two new faces at the Dripping Pan

Sophie O'Rourke

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Sophie joins Lewes from Icelandic side UMF Grindavik (former Altringham midfielder Sam Hewson is still on their books) where she played professional football last season.

19-year-old Sophie started life at Reading Girls before joining the renowned Reading FC Centre of Excellence where she impressed with her pace, power and work-rate. She signed for Grindavik where she made 6 first-team appearances before their season ended in September.

Sophie is fiercely proud of her work ethic, exclaiming “You can always improve your technical ability but your work ethic is ingrained.” The Lewes coaches have been impressed by both so far in training and the brief cameos Sophie has made for the first team since her arrival. She made her Dripping pan debut v Aston Villa and appeared as a substitute in the thrilling away match at Sheffield United

Hannah Wheeler

Hannah, 21, already has a wealth of experience under her belt at centre-back. She played for West Ham United where, in March 2016, she helped shut out a high-flying Tottenham Hotspur side at one of the last ever matches to be played at Upton Park.

She ended her time at the Hammers on a high with another impressive performance against league champions Charlton Athletic, when her side restricted another fierce strike-force to lift the Isthmian League London Cup in April. Two weeks later, Hannah bagged another clean sheet and another winner’s medal, this time in the FAWPL Plate Final in an emphatic 5-0 defeat of Luton Town.

Speaking to @Rookmeister, Hannah says she is looking forward to fighting for a regular place in the Lewes first eleven. She is committed to her University studies but just as determined to play football ‘at the highest possible level’.


Here are the highlights from our home game against Aston Villa:


This week BBC Sussex came down to Lewes to talk to a few of our many volunteers who have been nominated and shortlisted in the Sports section of the #BBCHeroes awards. Have a look at what they have to say.


And we’re delighted to say we won! Here’s Rosy Mattheson with volunteers John Peel and Barry Haffenden receiving the award, on behalf of our 80+ volunteers, from Brighton & Hove Albion club captain Bruno on Monday evening.


We are delighted to welcome SkullDrummery 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/

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Photos from our FA Women’s Championship games against Aston Villa taken by James Boyes.

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


07 Ella TOONE
21 Millie TURNER
06 Aimee PALMER
20 Kirsty SMITH
12 Naomi HARTLEY
10 Katie ZELEM
17 Lizzie ARNOT
08 Mollie GREEN
13 Emily RAMSEY
11 Leah GALTON
14 Charlie DEVLIN
16 Lauren JAMES
18 Kirsty HANSON
19 Ebony SALMON


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)

Lewes 2000 FC Limited. Registered in England and Wales with Company Registration Number 03790979.

Honorary President Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller
Charlie Dobres, Eddie Ramsden, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Barry Collins, Jackie Gilligan, Ed Briggs, Jon Ruben, Roger Warner, Galia Orme
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 Vacant
Assistant Manager Adam Wolecki

Goalkeeping Coach Radd Reynolds

Physiotherapist Becky Cunningham
S & C Coach John Edwards
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

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