We welcome the Eagles back to the Dripping Pan … again!

Welcome again to Crystal Palace on Sunday, who meet Lewes in the Continental Cup at the Dripping Pan just two weeks after the 1-1 draw in the league .

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Today’s soundtrack with be provided LIVE by the fabulous LGB BRASS and the awesome EarthQuake Drummers.

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Photo: James Boyes

Good afternoon and welcome to the Dripping Pan! I’d like to welcome back Dean, his staff and the players and fans of Crystal Palace.

We are very excited to play another home game in front our fans. This house was rocking last time and we hope for the same this afternoon.

Last time we had a good game with Palace. We dominated early on but did not convert our chances. They took the lead and we had to fight back to take a share of the points. Today’s game is a Continental Cup match, so a chance for both teams to show what they can do away from the league

Our players will be up to the challenge. I hope you all have a great day with us. Enjoy the food, enjoy the music and above all we hope to bring you some exciting Cup football!



Fran spoke to GM Maggie Murphy about last Sunday,
Palace at the Pan and a fond farewell to a Lewes legend
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Meet the 2019-20 Lewes FC Women Squad

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Lewes Captain Katie McIntyre. Photo: James Boyes

samurai. 1727, from Japanese samurai “warrior, knight,” originally the military retainer of the daimio. “to be in attendance, to serve.”

This afternoon Lewes FC bids farewell to one of its finest players. A leader, a warrior, a woman who deals in deadly delivery and fearsome focus. Katie ‘Macca’ McIntyre is hanging up her boots. 

Macca arrived not long after I started watching Lewes Ladies. The team had enjoyed increasing success in the South East Combination league, taking some notable scalps along the way. 

Manager Jacquie Agnew wanted to step things up. She wanted to win the league, to take her team to the next level; the FAWPL. To do that, Aggers needed to add quality. 

Enter Kate McIntyre. The partnership she forged with skipper Kelly Newton at the heart of that team would fulfil Agnew’s dreams and much more. 

Former Lewes manager Jacquie Agnew

The following season Lewes won a famous double; the league cup and the league title, scoring well over 100 goals, unbeaten in both competitions. 

The team continued to thrive in the FA Women’s Premier League under new manager John Donoghue. In 2017 they delivered the club’s first National title after a commanding 4-0 win over Huddersfield in the FA Women’s Premier League Plate Final. 

Macca, Kelly, Georgia Bridges & Kellie Larkin. Now, there’s trouble

Macca hit the crossbar in that match. I remember once suggesting that she go for the crossbar on free kicks. She took my advice to heart. Macca hit the bar harder and more often than Baz the Haff after a Spurs loss. 

If you met Macca off the pitch you’d find a funny, charming woman, happy to chat to fans young and old. On the coach to away games she’d be at the heart of the mischief. I recall a clip of her emerging on match day from digs at St George’s Park. She danced for the camera, sending her teammates into fits. 

Watch her closely, though, and, as kick-off approaches, you’ll see the warrior emerge. The eyes sharpen, the ready smile draws tight, as does the hair and and with it, the resolve.

Getting that game-face on. Photo: James Boyes

Once the whistle goes, Macca grows; tall, commanding, encouraging. As Pompey Nev will tell you, there’s no finer deliverer of a dead-ball. Corners, free kicks, right on the money, as if guided by laser. I’d like to see her assist stats, or ‘goal interactions’ as I think Sky call them now. 

Tackling, organising, breaking up play and launching counter-attacks. This is the McIntyre place of business and woe betide anyone not up to the task.  

When her midfield partner and captain, the mighty Kelly Newton, retired in 2017, there was only one woman to take up the armband. She did so without blinking, leading her team into the FA Women’s Championship and a whole new level of combat.

Former Lewes captain, now U18s manager Kelly Newton

Kate forged partnerships in centre mid with some fine players. Newton, Rutherford, and Lane to name but three. Each one will tell you, she made them look good. Creating space, making herself available or putting in a challenge where one was needed. Latterly she moved to centre back. What the team lost in an attacking sense it gained in her calmness on the ball and ability to read the play and marshal her troops. Typical of the woman she adjusted to her new role without fuss, for the good of the team.  

Former Lewes manager John Donoghue

If you’re looking for legacy, look no further than the wide-eyed youngsters lining up to be a mascot or queueing for autographs. Macca is the number one prize. I’ve lost count of the parents who have told me their daughter wants to play like Macca. She’s won fan’s player of the year more than any other, including last season. She’s a player’s player, too. The tributes, some posted below, from team-mates, fans and coaches, are flooding in, filled with inspiration and admiration in equal measure.

Macca with two special young fans. Photo: James Boyes

We need to speak about the Macca Minute. It’s like the Golden Goal, only this is the time in a match where Macca, having put her body on the line yet again, looks like she might not get up. Jokes aside, whenever that happens you can hear a collective intake of breath. Katie is the last player you want to see out of a game. 

No fan of media duties, Macca never shirked them. If you wanted a quote or a piece for an upcoming match, she’d groan and roll her eyes before dragging herself over. When the camera rolled, there was that focus. Sharp, insightful, clear about the challenge ahead and the objective. She never spoke about herself, always about the team. Passion blazed behind eyes that would burn holes in you if you doubted her for a moment. 

Stuart Fuller, Chairman, Lewes FC

In an era when the word ‘professional’ is spreading through the women’s game, with all the ramifications that come with it, we say farewell, and thank you, to one of the most professional players it’s been my privilege to watch. 

So long, Macca, and thank you. Leader, Warrior, great servant to your team, your players, your fans and this club. 

The last Samurai.

Ash Head

Agnew’s Warriors. Photo D J Stotty
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Sent Her Forward’s Neville Dalton gives his verdict on a stellar footballing career.

Katie McIntyre in action v Manchester United. Photo: James Boyes

Some of the adjectives I have used to describe Katie McIntyre’s corners and free-kicks. 

It’s just as well the outstanding midfielder is calling it a day because I have just about run out of superlatives to describe her dead-ball contribution to Lewes’s inexorable progress on the pitch in recent years. 

Current Lewes fans may have noticed I said midfielder. 

In recent months she has played most of her football at centre-back. Some might even be tempted to call her a defender. 

The reality is Katie McIntyre is both. And an attacker. 

Such is her commitment, athleticism, vision and expertise, she does all those jobs – usually excelling. 

But in the five-and-a-half years I have been watching – and admiring – her, I can say confidently she is one of the finest midfielders I have seen in the women’s game. 

Looking back over my reports, one phrase that I wrote two years ago, arguably during her Lewes heyday, leaps out at me as a perfect summary of her value to the club she served for nine years. 

“As confident breaking up moves as she is launching them, and her dead-ball kicking remains a thing of wonder.” 

What more can you ask from a footballer? 

Goals? Well, I’ve seen only a few from her. But I’ve watched her provide best part of a couple of dozen from her immaculate, pinpoint, metronomic (pick your adjective) free-kicks and corners which have – or at least, had – become an integral part of any Lewes game. 

But in all honesty, Macca’s talent is but one aspect of her make-up. Commitment and dedication are others. 

And leader. 

Even when midfield partner and friend Kelly Newton wore the armband, Macca was beside her, leading by example and by exhortation. Never bullying; always encouraging. 

When Newton retired, Macca did everything she had been doing before – only with an armband on. 

When she walked off the pitch she always had time for those who had taken the trouble to come and watch – the club’s magnificent army of volunteers, her admirers and long-standing supporters (and I include myself there) and most significantly, the youngsters – the next generation. 

Never too tired or despondent to spare time for a chat or a selfie; an ambassador for the club long before ambassadors made way for marketers. 

I have watched Lewes 25 times. Katie McIntyre has featured in every single one of those games – including pre-season friendlies. 

Things are changing at the Pan and one thing’s for certain – without Macca on that pitch, they will never be quite the same.

Twitter: @SentHerForward

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Lewes FC Chairman Stuart Fuller

Good afternoon and welcome back to the Dripping Pan for the second instalment of our recent meeting with Crystal Palace.  I’d like to welcome back the fans, players, management and officials from The Eagles and hope the traffic is kind to them on their way home.

Our meeting here two weeks ago was a great advert for Women’s football, with end to end action in front of a crowd of over 700 on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  Unfortunately, it will be remembered for the bad knee injury sustained by Palace midfielder Ashlee Hinks.  Everyone at the club wishes her a speedy return to football.

The draw was a disappointment to Fran and his team but they got that out of their system last weekend with an excellent win against much-fancied Coventry United, thanks to two goals, one a last-minute winner, from Zoe Ness.  The team showed great character and it was good to see them win on the road, the first time since, ironically, beating Crystal Palace in February.  We are now four games unbeaten in the league and can concentrate on the League Cup, hoping that we can reach the knock-out stages this season.  Of course Super League Reading, West Ham United and Chelsea may think otherwise but I know that Fran will want at least one of them as a scalp and the record of beating a Super League team in a competitive game for the first time.

Last weekend we also made our debut on the FA Website, as our game was streamed live from Butts Park.  This is an excellent initiative by the FA and we look forward to more of the same.  Whilst away support is always welcomed by the team, we know that it is not always possible and with some long trips this season, being able to follow online is a great bonus.

Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to be in Washington DC to watch the Washington Spirit play Seattle Reign.  This was only the second time the Spirit had played a game at Audi Field, the relatively new home of DC United, and in keeping with the “experiment” of playing some of our Super League games in the Men’s team stadiums that we have seen in recent weeks here in the UK, they were rewarded with a bumper attendance of over 17,000, more than three times their normal attendance when they play out in Maryland.  I am sure a few thousand came to see Megan Rapinoe, who made a second half substitute appearance in the 2-2 draw.

For those who haven’t been to the Pan for a few weeks I am sure you will notice the changes to the Rook Inn. Huge thanks to Steve Keegan and his team for the hard work in transforming the bar – it looks magnificent even if Steve himself still refers to it as a work in progress!

Thank for your brilliant support and Come On You Rooks!


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Crystal Palace manager Dean Davenport returns to the Dripping Pan for the second time in one month.

“Our first game of the Conti Cup against Lewes, and so close to our League game, which saw both teams come away with a point.  We look forward to the meeting them again.”

Palace Squad           

1. Lucy Gillett (GK)           

2. Annabel Johnson                     

3. Nicol Pepper                            

4. Amy Goddard                                   

5. Jordan Butler                           

6. Freya Holdaway (C)                                  

8. Ciara Watling                           

9. Magda Mosengo                      

10. Ashlee Hincks                        

11. Bianca Baptiste                      

12. Lizzie Waldie                         

13. Cherelle Khassal           

15. Andria Georgiou                    

16. Hannah Mackenzie

18. Aoife Hurley                                   

19. Lily Stevens                  

20. Emma Gibbon (GK)                       

21. Leeta Rutherford

22. Ella Rutherford    

23. Ashleigh Goddard         

25. Rea Laudat

26. Aoife Hurley                  

Charelle Khassal of Crystal Palace Women’s during the Crystal Palace Ladies Photoshoot on 19th August 2019 at the Crystal Palace Training Ground, Beckenham. Photo:Dan Weir/PPAUK.

Signed from Chichester City Ladies on a two-year deal, Khassal scored 18 goals in all competitions in the 2018/19 season for her former side.

The forward has also represented Brighton Ladies, Lewes Ladies and Wexford Youths (ROI) with the latter stint resulting in a league title for Khassal.

Furthermore, a spell in America the Santa Clarita Blue Heat saw Khassal named Player of the Year in 2010, as well as making the Team of the Year for the same campaign plus 2011 and 2012.

Khassal is a Republic of Ireland international having represented her country at U17, U19 and senior level, with her time with the U19s seeing the striker nominated for Manager’s Player of the Year.

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Each of our 2019/20 season home match posters will feature an Inspirational Women. Our latest is Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for her many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country’s popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society.

Kahlo’s work as an artist remained relatively unknown until the late 1970s, when her work was rediscovered by art historians and political activists. By the early 1990s, she had become not only a recognised figure in art history, but also regarded as an icon for Chicanos, the feminism movement and the LGBT movement.

(Information sourced from Wikipedia.com)

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Midfielder Emily Donovan talks to Maggie Murphy about her first 90 minutes for Lewes last weekend

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Playing in the right Spirit?

By Stuart Fuller

After the euphoria of the Women’s FIFA World Cup in the summer, the feelgood factor has been seized upon by the Super League clubs, with most teams having played, or due to play at least one game in their respective Men’s team main stadium. 

Arsenal kicked off the pre-season with a game against Bayern Munich as part of the Emirates Cup double header, whilst Manchester City hosted Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, followed by Chelsea’s London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.  In the coming weeks both West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur will also made their “debuts” in the London and Tottenham stadiums respectively.

The fact that clubs are seeing the huge opportunities in building their fan bases by doing this should be a positive in itself, but the real hard work starts when they return to their more modest capacity stadiums in converting some of those fans who went to the high profile games to the regular league ones.

Manchester City saw a record Super League attendance of 31,213, over 20 times their 2018/19 average attendance at the 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, next door to the Etihad, whilst Chelsea technically “sold out” their game against Tottenham Hotspur, and whilst all of the tickets were distributed free of charge, the 24,564 who saw that game was fifteen higher than their 2018/19 average at Kingsmeadow.  Both West Ham, when they take on Spurs themselves at the London Stadium at the end of September, and Tottenham who will host Arsenal in the new White Hart Lane stadium in November, will have their eye on breaking Man City’s record.

Last season over 60,000 saw Atletico Madrid take on Barcelona, whilst over 39,000 were present for Juventus versus Fiorentina, undoubtedly being compelling events for the Super League club’s decisions to move their games, whilst last weekend, Washington Spirit hosted Seattle Reign in the NWSL at Audi Field, home of DC United, in front of over 17,000. But the question will be: how sustainable are those crowds?

It is similar in many ways to the situation we see in the Men’s FA Cup when a minnow draws a big club.  The fans come out in numbers to hope to witness a giant killing, some going to see their local side for the first time. Once the glamour of the cup run has finished and the bunting has come down, they have disappeared back to their usual Saturday afternoon routine.  Football fans are fickle, with many motivated by the euphoria of the potential glory and by wanting to be part of something special.  Would the attendance at Washington Spirit been as high last weekend if there was no sign of seeing World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe (she came on as a second half substitute to a huge welcome from both sets of fans)?

So clubs need to have a strategy that is more than “build it and they will come”.  They need to be working within their community, finding that new face base and ensuring that as much attention is focused on the off-the-field experience as the on-the-field action.  Few clubs realise that they are competing every time they play not just with over football clubs but with cinemas, restaurants, bars and shops for the attention and hard-earned cash of that fickle fan.  The match day experience is key to winning those fans.  It doesn’t have to be a special game on the field to make it a memorable one off it.

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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 13.30 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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We are delighted to welcome EarthQuake Drummers 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.

To read more about this fine body of men and women, visit  https://www.facebook.com/EarthQuake-Drummers-369494566516222/


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.

**STOP PRESS: LGB Brass are looking for a cornet player**

If you are interested please contact the band via the website at www.lgbbrass.co.uk

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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Today’s line-ups:

24 Foster

30 Timoney

5 Hayes

4 McIntyre

7 Jones

8 Noble

20 O’Rourke

6 Taylor

12 Rowbotham

16 Donavan

9 Ness


1 Baker

3 Cleverly

22 Rood

21 Savva

10 King

19 Lane

11 Powell


20 Gibbon

2 Johnson

3 Pepper

4 Goddard

16 Mackenzie

15 Georgiou

18 Hurley

23 Goddard

11 Baptiste

13 Khassal

9 Monsengo


1 Gillett

5 Butler

8 Sherwood

6 Holdaway

19 Stevens

25 Laudat

21 Rutherford

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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)

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

Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editor Robin Mannering
Additional content Ash Head
Progcast designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes