Welcome to The Dripping Pan for our Emirates FA Cup game with Bowers & Pitsea. Here is your complimentary matchday programme, which we call the Progcast.

In today’s issue:


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Good afternoon and welcome back to the Pan for our next instalment on the Road to Wembley. I’d like to welcome back our guests from Bowers & Pitsea, who we showed a little bit too much hospitality to back in August by allowing them to leave with all three points and a clean sheet – I am sure Darren and his team will not be planning on being so generous this afternoon!

We certainly don’t do things by half in the cup do we? After a seven-game run in the competition last season it took us 210 minutes plus penalties to overcome Leatherhead in the last round, our hero being young Nathan Stroomberg in goal getting his fingertips onto the final Leatherhead penalty to see us win on spot-kicks.  Two interesting facts from that game – Nathan has now played a third of his Lewes career against Leatherhead, and the win on penalties meant that we now have to go back almost 20 years since we last lost a game on spot kicks – I’m not saying against who though as it may be a Kev Brook quiz question in this Progcast!

Last Saturday, to use the words of Darren, we played “kamikaze-style” in the game against Potters Bar Town. Instead of defending our one goal lead with the game approaching full-time, we went looking for a fourth to make the game safe. The result, we lose the ball in the final third, Potters Bar break and score. We lose two points and Ross is booked for a punt at a nearby ball that Jonny Wilkinson would have been proud of. We’ve found our scoring boots after a slow start but have also conceded a few in recent weeks. Darren will certainly be looking forward to the return of Frankie Chappell from suspension as well as Leon and Brinky from injury.

I’m sure it didn’t go unnoticed that we have a new shirt sponsor, the charity Gambling With Lives. It may seem controversial, especially given that fact we play in a league sponsored by a gambling company, but both the league and the sponsor gave their blessing to this. Nobody is suggesting that gambling should be banned, as some people have commented. But nobody can deny that it is one of the problems society faces today and we wanted to highlight the invaluable work the charity does for a few weeks. There’s plenty of exciting activity ongoing by our commercial team and we hope to be able to announce a new sponsor soon.

Today’s game has meant our home game against Wingate & Finchley has had to be re-arranged and will now be played here on Wednesday 30th October, kick-off 7:45pm.

Let’s make sure we do everything we can off the pitch today to see us into the hat for the next round. 

I’m sure most of you will have seen that my colleague and good friend, Barry Collins, has stepped down from the board with immediate effect. It’s difficult to express how invaluable he has been to the club and in particular the first team in recent years. If ever there was a genuine 12th Man then it is Barry.  The work he has put into his role with the club goes vastly unnoticed by many but without him there have been times we would have been in big trouble (the real stories are saved for the book!). Every one of us who supports the club owes Barry a beer – just don’t all buy him one today, he still has to do the Non-League Paper report.  Thanks Baz, you’ve been amazing.

Come On You Rooks!



Last week’s game against Potters Bar Town had more drama than one of Patrick Marber’s plays (and it was a damned sight cheaper to get into).

Relive the highs and lows with the highlights from Your Instant Replay here:

Here’s Darren’s reaction:


We’d love to have you on the bus to Brightlingsea Regent next Saturday, the 28th September, as we delve into deepest Essex for our BetVictor Isthmian Premier League clash.

Bus tickets are £15 return (not including admission), which is far cheaper than the train fares or petrol bills if you go by yourself!


Nobody captures the raw emotion of Rooks games better than club photographer James Boyes. Here is a selection of brilliant black & white images he captured during last week’s match with Potters Bar Town.


Trivia tyrant Kev Brook is back with an FA Cup-themed selection of Rooks posers. See how many you got right by pressing the button at the bottom of the quiz.


That’s a cracking performance. Get yourself in the team bath and have a double squeeze of Radox.

You’ve slipped on a potential banana skin. We’ll see you tomorrow morning for extra traning. On the South Downs.

#1. The Rooks suffered their only penalty shoot-out defeat in the FA Cup in the Third Qualifying Round in 2000. But who was it against?

#2. The following year, the Rooks memorably reached the 1st Round proper, only falling against Stoke City. But how many matches did it take to reach the then Britannia Stadium?

#3. What’s the furthest Bowers and Pitsea have reached in the FA Cup?

#4. Which player made their one and only appearance for Lewes in last season’s 3-0 defeat at Bath City?

#5. Who scored their only goal for the Rooks in last season’s 1st Qualifying Round draw away at Farnborough?

#6. Which player made their Lewes debut in 2017’s 1st Round Qualifying round 3-0 defeat at Thamesmead?

#7. Who scored the Rooks’ only goal of the night when we were famously beaten 3-1 by Leiston in the 4th Qualifying Round in 2008?

#8. Which goalkeeper made his FA Cup debut in the 3-1 1st Round Qualifying round win at Redhill in 2012?

#9. Which player scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 win against Redhill in the 2016 Preliminary round?

#10. When was the last time we beat a team from a higher division in the FA Cup?




Here’s a selection of stats from the season so far, as compiled by Stuart Fuller and Hudl.

Matches played – 9

Average goals scored per game – 1.4

Average goals conceded per game – 2

Average Shots per game – 15.4

Average Shots on target per game – 5.2

Shots to Goals ratio – 10.7

Percentage Shots on Target – 33.8%

Most effective period of the game – 41-50th minute – where shots to goal ratio is 5 and 50% of all shots are on target

Average possession per game – 56.2%

Average time in possession before we attempt a shot – 1min 59sec

Pass success rate – 78%

Average strings of more than 3 passes per game – 33.1


Bowers and Pitsea FC are relative newcomers, having formed under their current name in 2004 and stepped up to the Isthmian League in 2016. We will be playing them for the second time today, having suffered a 0-2 league defeat to Bowers and Pitsea a month ago.

Bowers United were founded in 1946 and began life in the Thurrock and Thameside Combination, which they won in 1959. They became founder members of the Essex Olympian League in 1966 before moving up to the Essex Senior League in 1974, which they won in 1981 and again in 1999.

In 2004 Bowers United merged with Sunday league neighbours Pitsea to form Bowers and Pitsea FC. Under current manager Rob Small they finished runners-up in the Essex Senior League in 2015, going one better a year later to win the league and gain promotion to the Isthmian League. That season was notable too for their cup run in the FA Vase, which took them to the semi-finals where they were narrowly beaten by eventual winners Morpeth Town 2-1 away after drawing the home leg 2-2.

In their first season in the Isthmian League Division One North, 2016-17, they finished a creditable sixth. A year later they finished third, but were beaten in the play-offs by Canvey Island. Last season they won Division North to win promotion to the Premier Division.

This season Bowers and Pitsea have won two, drawn two and lost two of their six league games, and have beaten both Barkingside and Brentwood Town to reach this stage of the FA Cup.


Rob Small – Manager

Appointed Manager in the summer of 2014 Rob won Manager of the Month 3 times last term, or it may have been the year before. He’s won other things (see Bowers history). And he probably used to play a bit.

Callum Chafer – Goalkeeper

Callum started his career at Hornchurch and also played for Romford before moving to Bowers and then back to the Urchins. Now he’s back again.

Ryan Sammons – Defender

Ryan represented England schools U18s before spending a year playing university “soccer” in America. He was a tremendous servant to East Thurrock FC for over 10 years, playing over 400 games. Last season with Bowers he made 47 appearances.

Thomas Stephen – Defender

During the 2018/2019 season with Bowers he made 33 appearances. And that’s your lot.

Martyn Stokes – Defender

During 2018/2019 season for Bowers Martyn made 42 appearances scoring 4 goals. He previously played for Brentwood Town.

Kenzer Lee – Defender

Kenzer was spotted by West Ham scouts captaining the Newham and Essex Schools representative side and joined the Hammers as a schoolboy. He developed through their academy to be given a two year scholarship in the summer of 2010.In the second year of his scholarship he was a regular in the West Ham Under 18 side and also played for their Development Squad. He signed a professional contract in 2012, then went on to Banbury United, Oxford United, Bishop’s Stortford, and Hornchurch.

Callum Leahy – Defender

Callum used to play for Basildon, and joined Bowers in 2016-17 season. He’s since been an ever-present scoring 7 goals.

Lewis Clark – Defender

During the 2018/19 season Lewis made 34 appearances and scored 2 goals. He previously played for Thurrock.

Quentin Monville- Midfielder

Quentin has played previously for Billericay Town, Wingate & Finchley, Barking, and now plays for Bowers & Pitsea.

Ben Sartain – Midfielder

Ben is with Bowers since 2016/2017 and an ever-present since then in central-mid, scoring over 20 goals for the club. Entering his fourth season with Bowers, Ben was previously with Basildon United.

Bradley Warner – Midfielder

Thinks to rival ‘Ammo with his trademark free-kicks, Brad returned to Bowers in November 2018 after 18 months at Hornchurch where he helped the Urchins to Isthmian Premier promotion. One of the scorers against us here in the league on 17 August.

Max Cornhill – Midfielder

Max was recruited in summer 2018 from East Thurrock. That’s yer lot.

James Thomas – Midfielder

James notched his 100th appearance for Bowers on the April day they clinched promotion for the privilege of playing at the Dripping pan; previously played for Cheshunt.

Thomas Hine – Midfielder

Bib Big cheer for Tom Hine who made his comeback from testicular cancer a couple of years ago. Go on my son.

Daniel Trendall – Midfielder/Forward

Dan joined Bowers this summer, and can play out wide or up front. He previously played for Saffron Walden Town and St Neots Town.

David Knight – Forward

David joined Bowers in mid 2016 from Hornchurch and has found the net in each of his club’s first two games. Last season he netted 36 goals in the Bostik League North. Let’s hope he is blanked this afternoon.

Lewis Manor – Forward

Lewis is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with approaching 100 goals. He got one against us here in our home opener league defeat. With four goals in August, Lewis has yet to score in September… aaahhh.

Lewes Men's squad photo 19-20

The Supporters Club are once again selling player and management sponsorship to raise money for the club. Grab your player before your favourite goes!

Costs are as follows: Home Kit – £75. Away Kit – £75. Training Kit – £25. Boots £25.

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Honorary President Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller
Directors Ed Briggs, Charlie Dobres, Karen Dobres, Stuart Fuller, Steve Keegan, Galia Orme, John Peel, Ed Ramsden, Roger Warner, Trevor Wells
Club Secretary John Peel
Match Secretary David Evans
Youth Secretary Kevin Brook
Operations Manager Warren Lane

Equality FC Campaign Manager Karen Dobres

Life Members
Mr and Mrs Brook, Vic Blunt, Pat Dartnell, Gary Elphick, Gordon Fowlie, Peter Hiscox RIP, 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 RIP

Manager Hugo Langton
First team coach Dale Hurley
First team physio Katie Joynes
Goalkeeping coach John MaCrae
Under-18s Manager Dale Hurley
Under-18s Assistant Manager Craig Stevens
Under-18s coaches Jake Legrange and Johnny Buggy

Golden Rook Rob Read
Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editors Paul Sheppard and Stuart Fuller
Progcast Designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes