We look back at the FA Women’s Championship game v Blackburn Rovers



Rooks off to a flyer in season opener …

Match Highlights

Here’s the best bits from Sunday’s FA Women’s Championship opener

Emma Jones scores the opener for Lewes – pic: James Boyes


Marcus Lee reports from a fine day out at the Pan …


REACTION: Fran Alonso

REACTION: Ellie Noble


Enjoy these fabulous match day photos from James Boyes

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PHOTO SHOOT by @gingeration


Freya and Kim

Today’s Supporter of the Match is Freya Carroll, pictured here with housemate and fellow Lewes Women fan, Kim Mulholland

Freya said, ‘I started supporting Lewes Women at the start of last season when my housemate Kim brought me along to a game after finding out about the club’s commitment to equal pay for the squads. We’re a feminist house so it then became a bit of a ritual for all of us housemates to make the Sunday trip to Lewes from Brighton to support the team. And it’s been the best experience every time: exciting and empowering.”

“It’s amazing to see a club take such pride in their women’s team, and for the community to give them so much support. We’re all moving away now, but definitely plan to get back together at The Dripping Pan in the future….plus, surely it’s only a matter of time until the Rooks get televised?! And we’ve finished on a high with a 5-1 win against Blackburn!”

Karen Dobres


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Today’s pre-match playlist is provided by DJ Ron Kennedy, from north South Kensington

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The 2019-20 FAWC Teams
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Photo: James Boyes

Good afternoon and welcome to the Dripping Pan! I’d like to welcome Gemma, her staff, players and the supporters who have come down from Blackburn Rovers.

Blackburn have been the best team in their division for the past thee years. Many thought they would be one of the first teams to join the new FA Women’s Championship. Now, at last, they are here.

We know Blackburn is a strong team. They have a winning mentality and some very good players, so this will be a tough test for my squad.

This league is more competitive this season, with every team making improvements, adding quality to their squads. I expect Lewes to play well, to improve throughout the season and I hope we will make you, the fans, very happy.

Fran’s View: Blackburn Rovers, FA Women’s Championship
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Meet the 2019-20 Lewes FC Women Squad

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Lewes FC Chairman Stuart Fuller

Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to the Dripping Pan for the new FA Women’s Championship season. It’s been too long since we have seen competitive football at our fantastic ground. It’s so good to be back! 

I’d like to welcome our guests from Lancashire and congratulate them on their promotion to the Championship.  I hope you enjoy your off the field hospitality at the Pan today and a safe journey home back up the M6 (via M23, M25, M40 and M42 probably!)

Whilst many of you will have been enjoying our fantastic summer weather, it’s been all systems go behind the scenes here.  Fran has been incredibly busy (a look at my WhatsApp can testify to this!) building his new squad and whilst it is always sad to say goodbye to some of our familiar faces, it’s exciting to see some new players pull on our famous red and black shirt.  Off the pitch our team has been strengthened by the arrival of Maggie Murphy as our new GM and Lynne Burrell as our Secretary and already they’ve made a huge impact to our readiness for both today and the season in general.

I’m sure you will agree that the Pan is looking fantastic.  There has been an incredible amount of work that has gone into the preparation of the pitch in pre-season. With both Fran and Darren, our Men’s manager, wanting to play with the ball on the ground as much as possible, having a good playing surface is paramount. Roger and Chalky have certainly delivered something special.

Our new Rook Inn is looking fantastic, thanks to the hard work of new co-opted director Steve Keegan and his team. We hope you enjoy the new food on offer, especially the pie, mash and mushy peas, something I am sure our visitors today will appreciate – the only question is, gravy or mint sauce?

The highlight of the footballing summer was of course the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which was a fantastic tournament and did so much to change perceptions of the Women’s game.  In the next few weeks we will share some of our thoughts as well as the stories relating to the club from those who were there.

Enjoy the game and let’s get behind the team!


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Gemma Donelly, head coach Blackburn Rovers Ladies

Blackburn Manager Gemma Donnelly looks forward to today’s match

“I’m looking forward to travelling down to Lewes. They’ve been very welcoming of us into this division, as have all the teams.

“We’ve done overnight preparation and travel in the FA Cup before so in terms of planning it won’t be dissimilar to that.

“But how we’re going to play in terms of opposition analysis, our analysis team will be on that providing feedback so we can target certain areas.”

“I’ve got ideas about what I would like to achieve as a team. I don’t want to be unrealistic or set the bar too low for them. 

“The first season in a new division, we want to try and get settled, not get relegated, to compete and just put the feelers out there and see what we can expect. 

“I’m not going to suggest that we will walk into this league and win it, far from it, but I do want to offer some really good competition. 

“And see if these players that have been so dominant in the league below can go up and give a good account of themselves in this division.”

Rovers Squad List

  • 2- Chelsey Jukes
  • 3- Alex Taylor
  • 5- Kelsey Pearson
  • 6- Jess Holbrook
  • 7- Lauren Davies
  • 8- Natasha Fenton
  • 9- Saffron Jordan
  • 10- Natasha Flint
  • 11- Rhema Lord-Mears
  • 12- Kayleigh McDonald
  • 13- Danielle Hill (GK)
  • 15- Lauren Thomas
  • 16- Sophie Charlton
  • 22- Serena Fletcher
  • 28- Charlotte Redman
  • 37- Ellie Stewart

Click here to view Rovers Ladies’ history

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Each of our 2019/20 season home match posters will feature an Inspirational Women. Our first this season is Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thunberg Saves the World #InspirationalWomen

Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg (born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish activist who began protesting outside the Swedish parliament in August 2018 about the need for immediate action to combat climate change. Her “school strike for the climate” began attracting media attention and she has since become an outspoken climate activist. In response to the publicity, the school strike for climate movement began in November 2018 and spread globally after the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December the same year.

On 15 March 2019, an estimated 1.4 million students in 112 countries around the world joined her call in striking and protesting. A similar event involving students from 125 countries took place on 24 May 2019. In July 2019, on behalf of the OPEC, secretary-general Mohammed Barkindo declared Thunberg, and other young climate activists as the “greatest threat” to the fossil fuel industry. Quite the accolade!

In March 2019, three members of the Norwegian Parliament nominated Thunberg for the Nobel Peace Prize. In May 2019 she was featured on the cover of Time magazine.

Some media have described her impact on the world stage as the “Greta Thunberg effect.” We think she’s a remarkable, inspirational young woman.

(Information sourced from Wikipedia.com)

Thunberg’s speech at the UN Climate Change Conference COP24. Greta was 15 years old.
Now, at the ripe old age of 16, Greta is about to set sail on a voyage across the Atlantic
to deliver her message to a climate conference in New York.
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The Art Of No Deal: What a hard Brexit might mean for future transfers

Daniel Geey takes a look at the effects a No Deal Brexit might have on the football transfer market in the UK. Click on the headline to open the piece.

Daniel is a Partner in the Sports Group at Sheridans, providing advice on various FA, EPL, EFL, UEFA and FIFA rules and has kindly given Lewes permission to run this link in today’s Progcast.

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Equality is a rising tide that lifts all boats

As the first (and still the only) football club in the world to have closed the gender pay gap between male and female players, Lewes FC is pleased to announce the launch of its ‘SisterShips’ at today’s match.

Read more about SisterShip here

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Call yourself a fan? Are you in good voice?

Great stuff, cos there’ll be onsite football chanting practice before the match at about 12.30 in the covered stands near the half-way line! Owner & comedian Donna McPhail will lead us in some chants so we’re good and ready to support Lewes FC Women in their first match this season…’ere we go, ere we go, ere we go-oh, ere we go, oh here we go!!

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@SuzyWrack is a Women’s football and women’s sport writer for @guardian_sport, FA Level 1 coach.and a member of @WomeninFootball. Suzy took a moment to share her thoughts on the new FAWC.

“There is something extremely exciting about the Women’s Championship this season. With the promotion of Manchester United and Tottenham to the Women’s Super League the door is open for any one of a number of clubs to challenge for the title.

The investment at Aston Villa, the full-time London City Lionesses and the arrival of Blackburn Rovers and Coventry United into the division has upped the unpredictability of the league.

With both Lewes and now London City Lionesses pioneering new forms of ownership and funding structures, albeit in very different ways, and breaking away from the parent club model adopted by most, the league offers something the Women’s Super League can’t, the chance to buy into the ideologies of clubs as well as the teams. ”

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


We welcome LGB Brass to the Dripping Pan

LGB Brass is an active and popular band based in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex.

They have around 50 members from across East and West Sussex, attracted by the band’s friendly atmosphere and high standard of music. As well as the main band, there is a training band of young learners who are preparing to move into the main band.

Repertoire and booking

LGB Brass have a large and varied repertoire. You will hear traditional marches, music from film and stage, virtuoso solo items and the best from the modern brass repertoire.

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The starting line-ups will appear here before kick-off

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Today there may be film crews in the ground, filming on behalf of Lewes Football Club and other media organisations. The filming is usually for Lewes FC marketing purposes, to show what a matchday looks/sounds like and to generally promote what we do. There may also be film crews from media organisations who will use their footage in news reports, and crews for a documentary about Lewes FC Women, Reds. Lewes Football Club respectfully asks for your permission to be filmed. If you do not want to be filmed, please let the crew know directly and they will oblige.   Thanks for your cooperation in helping to build a successful club.

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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

Directors Ed Briggs, Barry Collins, Charlie Dobres, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Eddie Ramsden, Jon Ruben, Galia Omre, Roger Warner
Steve Keegan*, Karen Dobres*, Michelle Bowie*

* Directors seconded onto the board

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 Maggie Murphy
Assistant GM Lynne Burrell
Marketing Officer Maggie Murphy

Head Coach Fran Alonso
Assistant Coach Simon Parker
Assistant Coach Jesus Cordon
Goalkeeping Coach Lee Callender
S&C Coach Andrea Gillardoni
Team Psychologist Chelsea Orme
Data Analyst Adam Chilcott
Kit Wrangler Joe Gander

DS Manager Zak Dove
DS Coach Alan Dove
U18s Manager Kelly Newton
U18s Coaches Charlie Carter, Greg Cross

Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editor Ash Head
Progcast designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes