We welcome Sheffield United to the Dripping Pan.

Lewes resume their league campaign against Sheffield United, following the narrow and heroic 2-1 defeat to Super League leaders Chelsea in the Continental Cup earlier in the month. Make no mistake, Chelsea had to fight hard for their win. Plaudits also to the 1,000+ fans who braved the atrocious weather.

Read the match report here.


In today’s match we are supporting UN Women’s upcoming campaign of 16 days of Activism against gender-based violence. We’ll be working with UN Women UK, in particular, to support their #drawaline campaign, so the plan is to all wear something ORANGE (as well as red & black!) to symbolise a brighter future for girls and women without violence. 


We will hold a one minute’s silence to respect the passing of Nicola Stevenson, who’s body was found in Lewes this week. With deepest sympathy to her family and friends, Rest In Peace

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Today’s soundtrack will be provided LIVE by the fabulous LGB BRASS BAND.

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If you’d like to Sponsor a Player do drop a line to galia@lewesfc.com for a female player, and to david.arnold@me.com 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.’

Rooks fan Susie Arlett 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.

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Today’s charity collection is for Survivors Network, who are a Brighton-based charity supporting survivors of sexual assault and abuse in Sussex.

Today we welcome their volunteers to collect at our gates as we support UN Women UK’s #DrawaLine campaign to eliminate violence against women.

We look forward to a brighter day when gender-based violence is no more, but for now we ask you to give generously to those who are doing essential and invaluable work with survivors. Lewes FC Women salute you.

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Worthing United Youth’s under 10s girls are the proud mascots for today’s match.

Worthing United Youth’s under 10s girls have only had one complete season together but have already won three tournaments and been runners-up in a fourth. They’re hoping for more glory this year and have so far won nine of their 10 matches, scoring 39 times and conceding just three.

The girls train with coaches Peter Brackley and Peter Raynsford on a Saturday morning and play their home fixtures at Hill Barn recreation ground in Worthing on Sundays.

Worthing United also offers coaching for girls from Year 1 to Year 7 and runs Under 8s and Under 12s teams.

Anyone interested in joining should email info@worthingunitedyouthfc.co.uk

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Photo: James Boyes

We are looking to build on last week’s performance against Chelsea against Sheffield United today.

Although we didn’t win it was a good performance from us, we showed how organised we can be. It took until the 80th minute for them get the winner. We are very proud.

We face a different team today, they’re a team in great form and have been on an impressive run since losing to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season. We know they are the favourites, they are one of the candidates to win the league, but we believe in the group. If we do what we did against Chelsea, we may be able to get something from the game.

We will try to play our game, but if the weather means it is not possible, we will have to go to plan B. But it’ll be the same for them too.

We always get great attendance here. When we don’t win we are absolutely gutted because we want to do it for the supporters. They are like the 12th player, so far they have been outstanding this season. We expect a big crowd despite the weather, and I hope after the game they all go home with a smile on their face because they saw their team win.


Fran speaks to Maggie Murphy
Chelsea! Chelsea! Chelsea! Matchday highlights
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Meet the 2019-20 Lewes FC Women Squad

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Here’s how today’s Rooks line up against the Blades

Spotlight on: Ava Rowbotham


“I started playing football at the age of 7 in the school playground with the boys in my class.”

“I joined Lewes at the age of 16 where I also was a part of the Lewes-Newman academy for 2 years. During those 2 years I progressed from the development squad to the first team. So this is my 1st year as a contracted first team player!”

“My favourite ever footballing moment was making my debut in the championship for Lewes in April 2019 against Sheffield United!” 

The person I most admire is my mum and dad! They’ve sacrificed a lot of time to help put my football first.”

“If I could meet anyone, dead or alive, it would be any of the ‘Friends’ cast! I’m obsessed with that TV show.”

“The best thing about Lewes FC is the opportunity they give to young girls to play and develop through the age groups to play at a high level.”

“The funniest member of the Lewes FC squad is probably Sophie she’s one of my closest friends on the team so knows how to make me laugh.”

“One thing that nobody knows about me is I used to play the cello in primary school.” 

“If I wasn’t a footballer, I’d be playing another sport like Netball but I am also interested in cross fit so it could be either of the 2!”

“My one piece of advice to my younger self is don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t achieve. Put 100% in to everything you do!”

“Before a match, I like to be by myself and listen to chill music as I can get super nervous so I like to minimise that as much as possible.”

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Lewes FC Chairman Stuart Fuller

Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoon’s FA Women’s Championship game between Lewes and Sheffield United. I hope that our visitors have enjoyed a smooth journey down to East Sussex and wish them a speedy journey home.

This weekend has been designated “Women’s Football Weekend” and it is hoped that we will be welcoming some first-time visitors to the Pan this afternoon. There’s been a high profile advertising campaign running this week, with our very own Emma Jones featuring on posters in and around the region. There’s no doubt that the popularity of the game is on an upward trajectory and it is great to see the FA investing in a major advertising campaign.

Last weekend the Lionesses returned to Wembley Stadium where they hosted Germany. A fantastic crowd of 77,768 went home soaked by the rain and perhaps disappointed by the result as Phil Neville’s team fell to a late German winner. There’s certainly some concern over the performances of the team since the World Cup in the Summer – perhaps it is time for the England boss to come and have a look at some games outside the Super League and the talent that is on offer.

Two weeks ago, in atrocious conditions, we hosted Chelsea in the Continental League Cup and despite the rain, a fantastic 1,000+ fans watched Fran’s side go toe to toe with the current Super League leaders, losing 2-1 in the end but certainly coming off the pitch knowing that they had come very close to recording a famous victory. Katie Rood’s first half effort was certainly the pick of the goals. Talking of Roodie, she was one of a few of our players away on international duty this week, taking part in the Yongchuan International Tournament for New Zealand in China.

It is good to get back to league action today. We’ve had a mixed bag of results in the last few games but are still only a couple of wins away from challenging at the top of the table. Our visitors today will be eyeing top spot today, if other results go their way, but a Rooks win will take us within two points of United – proof how close this season’s Championship is.

The atmosphere here for the Chelsea game was amazing – let’s try to recreate that today and get behind Fran and his side.

Come On You Rooks!


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Sheffield United Women

Player profile: Jade Pennock

Jade Pennock joined Sheffield United last summer as manager Carla Ward began building her new-look side for the FA Women’s Championship. Arriving alongside several other players from Doncaster Rovers Belles, the 26-year-old brought plenty of experience after spending six years in the USA where she was named to the All-American team in 2015 while with the University of North Georgia.

Pennock returned to England with Harrogate Town where her performances earned her a move to Doncaster Rovers Belles, where she helped a side which also included Sophie Barker, Sam Tierney and Leandra Little to the FA WSL 2 title at the end of 2018.

The winger joined the Blades that summer when Ward’s side gained a licence for the new FA Women’s Championship and scored in just her second appearance in the Continental Cup against Bristol City.

Predominantly a right back during her early days at the club, Pennock has found herself at home on the wing and has now scored 14 goals in her last 13 games for United, with 11 goals in her last 13 starts in all competitions, culminating in her being named October’s player of the month in the league for the first time.


  1. Becky Flaherty
  2. Sophie Barker
  3. Sam Tierney
  4. Leandra Little
  5. Naomi Hartley
  6. Kasia Lipka
  7. Jade Pennock
  8. Maddy Cusack
  9. Katie Wilkinson
  10. Alethea Paul
  11. Chloe Dixon
  12. Emily Batty
  13. Kerri Mathews
  14. Aimee Palmer
  15. Veatriki Sarri
  16. Ali Johnson
  17. Olivia Fergusson
  18. Ellie Fletcher
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Each of our 2019/20 season home match posters will feature an Inspirational Women. Our latest is Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is executive director of UN Women, under whose tenure the HeForShe campaign was created, highlighting the importance of male allies in the fight for gender equality. A phenomenal speaker and advocate, here she is holding up a red card to inequality. 

Mlambo-Ngcuka served as Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008, as the first woman to hold the position and at that point the highest ranking woman in the history of South Africa. During her period as deputy president of South Africa, she oversaw programmes to combat poverty and ensure the poor benefit from the advantages of a growing economy.

(Additional information sourced from Wikipedia.com)

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Sign up to Women’s Walking Football, which takes place every Tuesday. Contact info@lewesfc.com for more details.

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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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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/


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