Result: Lewes 1 Chelsea 2

Super League leaders Chelsea came to town and had to fight hard for their 2-1 win. Plaudits also to the 1,000+ who braved THE worst weather.

Read the match report here.

Meanwhile, the next home game is against Sheffield Utd as part of the FA Women’s Football Weekend. Be sure to put the date in the diary: Sunday November 17th, 2pm kick off.

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Supporter of the Match and Sponsor a Player

The wind blew, the Pan dripped, but the fans still turned up! 1,019 people came to watch Lewes FC Women take on Chelsea, and Susie Arlett -pictured here with Southover Bonfire monk and member of the Men’s Vets Simon – was one of them.

Susie said, ‘I support the team because I love the equality, the friendship and the atmosphere. I also love sponsoring Faye Baker – a fantastic goalkeeper and person. I love the fact that I’ve met her parents too!’

Susie, in fact, sponsors both our first team team captains, Frankie Chappell on the men’s side, and Faye on the women’s.

If, like Susie, you’d like to Sponsor a Player do drop a line to for a female player, and to for a male one – you’ll get a photo of yourself with your chosen player and help the Club as we continue our mission to play great football and change the world.’


Today’s charity collection is for Lewes Open Door, which supports homeless and socially isolated people in our community.  Open Door runs a daily lunchtime drop-in where its guests can have hot food and drinks in a relaxed and accepting atmosphere. Clothing and bedding is provided for those who need it.

On the 9th November Open Door will launch Lewes’ first ever night shelter. With five beds initially, Open Door hopes that after a trial month they can keep it running until the end of March.  The night shelter will cost around £1,100 month to operate and will be funded solely by donations.

Open Door is a wholly voluntary organisation and always needs more volunteers for lunchtime, to stay overnight and to pack up and move equipment in the morning.  You can contact them through the website, Facebook page Lewes (Open Door) or by emailing

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Lewes FC Juniors Under 9s Girls are the proud mascots for today’s match. The team would like to thank Susie, Annika, Cora, Jola, Maisie, Edie, Primrose, Olive, Ruby, Nel and Lotte for their support.

The Girls Under 9 team are looking to recruit new players. They are part of Lewes FC Juniors and include girls in School Year 3 and Year 4.  The team played in the Lewes FC Juniors summer tournament and since then have got better and better.

The team play in the Sussex County Girls Under 9 League and train once a week under floodlights on the Lewes  3G astroturf.

The under 7 squad is also looking to recruit new members.

For more information and to get in touch, visit

Today’s ballgirls (and Chelsea mascots):

Withdean Youth FC U12’s girls are a group of amazing, intelligent players who currently have the best fun playing grassroots girl’s football here in Sussex. It’s their first time in a league and they’re loving it. 

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Photo: James Boyes

Fran’s thoughts about today’s match

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Meet the 2019-20 Lewes FC Women Squad

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Spotlight on: Filippa Savva

Age 20, Midfielder

“I grew up in Paralimni, Cyprus, but I’ve been in the UK since 2017.”

“I started playing football aged 5 with the boys in a football academy in my town and I was the only girl.”

“My favourite ever footballing moment was our first official game with Cyprus Women’s National team against Scotland with a crowd of 6,200 people last August.”

“My hero and inspiration is my father because he was my first football coach, he is always next to me and he helps me to be better every day.” 

“The best thing about Lewes FC is equality between men and women.”

“The thing I miss the most from Cyprus is my mother’s food…but also my family and friends.”

“My one piece of advice for younger players is that if they face a failure they have to learn from it, work harder for it and do it again.”

“Before a match, I remind myself what I have to do on the pitch so I will be ready for the game.”

“When I’m not playing football, I’m usually going to the gym or relaxing in a cafe.”

“One day I want to play football in a highest level either in UK or in another country.”

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Lewes FC Chairman Stuart Fuller

Good afternoon and welcome to the Dripping Pan for this exciting and eagerly-anticipated Continental League Cup clash between Chelsea and Lewes. 

I’d like to welcome our visitors, their fans, players and officials from South-West London and hope you enjoy our hospitality.  I’d also like to welcome any new fans that are coming to the Dripping Pan for the first time today – our decision to move the game from our traditional Sunday afternoon slot to today was made with attracting new fans in mind, with many not able to attend Sunday games due to being involved in the game themselves!

Today is a great occasion for the club and once again a fantastic reminder as to how far we have come in such a small amount of time.  The League Cup gives us an opportunity to benchmark ourselves against established sides who have experience in playing not only at the highest level in England but also in Europe.  Chelsea are one of the most respected and successful sides in European Women’s Football and I know that the squad have been looking forward to this tie as soon as the draw was made.

We have been going through a challenging time on the pitch in the last few weeks.  Fran has had to do without the services of key players for vital games and whilst we have strength in depth, the enforced changes in the starting XI has had somewhat of an impact on our approach and performances.  Last week at London City Lionesses we lost Zoe Ness with a knee injury late in the game which, although doesn’t appear to be as bad as first feared, could see her sidelined for a few weeks.  We know that today will be a real test for us on the pitch but I know that everyone will give their best and enjoy the occasion.

I’m sure the atmosphere will be fantastic today and I’d like to thank everyone who has worked hard behind the scenes in the last few weeks to make today such a special occasion – we have the best and most committed volunteers in Women’s football!

And if you’ve enjoyed today, our Men’s team are at home on Wednesday night against Three Bridges in the Sussex Senior Cup, kick off 7:45pm – come and support the Rooks at the go for cup glory!

Enjoy the afternoon and Come On You Rooks!


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Chelsea FC Women

Squad list:

2 Maria Thorisdottir
3 Hannah Blundell
4 Millie Bright
5 Sophie Ingle
6 Anita Asante
7 Jess Carter
9 Beth England
10 Ji So Yun
11 Guro Reiten
14 Fran Kirby
16 Magdalena Eriksson
17 Adelina Engman
18 Maren Mjelde
20 Jonna Andersson
21 Deanna Cooper
22 Erin Cuthbert
23 Ramona Bachmann
24 Drew Spence
28 Carly Telford
30 Ann-Katrin Berger
31 Charlotte Fleming
32 Emily Orman

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

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. At an early age, Montessori broke gender barriers and expectations when she enrolled in classes at an all-boys technical school, with hopes of becoming an engineer. She soon had a change of heart and began medical school at the Sapienza University of Rome, where she graduated – with honors – in 1896. Her educational method is still in use today in many public and private schools throughout the world.

One of Montessori’s many accomplishments was the Montessori method. This is a method of education for young children that stresses the development of a child’s own initiative and natural abilities, especially through practical play. This method allowed children to develop at their own pace and provided educators with a new understanding of child development.

(Information sourced from

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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 Coach Lewis Singleton
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