Welcome to The Dripping Pan for our BetVictor Isthmian Premier League game with Carshalton Athletic. Here is your complimentary matchday programme, which we call the Progcast.

IN TODAY’S ISSUE (click link to jump straight to section):

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Everyone at the club was saddened to hear of the death of Anthony Knott. Anthony went missing in Lewes just before Christmas and many of the local community joined searches for the firefighter over the Christmas holidays. Anthony was a semi-professional footballer for Orpington Athletic FC and his family sent us a photo of his football shirt to use alongside this tribute. There will be a minute’s silience held before today’s game in memory of Anthony.

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You can get full updates from today’s game, including team line-ups, goals and substitutons, in the panel below. It will automatically update throughout the game. Data supplied by FootballWebPages.

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Hear co-manager Ross Standen’s thoughts on today’s game:

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Good afternoon and welcome to the Pan for this afternoon’s Isthmian Premier League game against our hoodoo team, Carshalton Athletic. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve written about our jinx against the Robins although we finally broke the eight-game losing streak earlier in the season when we grabbed an excellent point at the War Memorial Ground. In any case, I’d like to welcome the fans, players, management and officials from Carshalton Athletic and hope they enjoy our off the field hospitality and a safe journey home.

Just over two weeks ago our Boxing Day game against Bognor Regis Town was postponed by the referee just an hour before kick-off. Nobody wants to see games cancelled, especially at relatively late notice but I felt some of the criticism aimed at the club and the volunteers from Bognor fans and disappointingly, some Lewes fans, was wide of the mark. 

The club has no bearing on whether a game can be played or not – it is a decision of the referee, who on this occasion arrived late. It wouldn’t have mattered if a pitch inspection was done at 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm or 1pm – the pitch was playable and verified as such by the referee’s assistant who was at the ground at 1.30pm. Weather forecasts mean very little so fans saying “but the forecast was poor”, I’m sorry but that is irrelevant. The club lost huge amounts of money over that late postponement but there’s absolutely nothing we could do – I would just like to say thank you for all of the hard work and effort put in by those trying to get the game played.

Our on the pitch form has been patchy to say the least in the last few weeks. We were poor at Horsham, not creating any chances and gave away two goals (credit where credit is due to O’Toole for his brilliant goal though).  Ross and Codge demanded a response from the team and they not only grabbed all three points at Haringey Borough but were dominant from the first whistle. It therefore came as a major shock that such a strong team went to Bracknell Town in the League Cup last Tuesday and performed so badly, waiting until the 93rd minute for our first shot on goal. Whilst it was “only” the League Cup, we went out to win the game.  I’m sure we will see a response from the team today – I’d like to thank once again the fans who travel to watch us through thick and thin.

A quick squad update whilst we are talking about the players. I’m sure most of you will have seen that Peter Gregory and Michael Onovwigun haven’t been involved in recent weeks. Both have been released which enabled us to bring in Manny Yeboah and of course Billy Medlock returning… oh, and the return of the prodigal son (part 3), Stacey!  It has also been great to see both Ronnie Conlon and Harry Reed on the pitch again after their long-term injuries. 

Good luck to our Women’s side who make the long trip to Blackburn Rovers today in preparation for their Championship game tomorrow.

Let’s get being the team and put our home blues of 2019 behind us. Come on you Rooks!


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Haringey Borough 0 vs Lewes 1, BetVictor Isthmian Premier League, 4th January 2020

The Rooks put New Year’s Day defeat behind them to claim another away win at Haringey Borough. The game had red cards, chances aplenty and a special strike from Charlie Coppola.

See the match highlights from Your Instant Replay here:

And here’s Ross’s reaction to the win:

Bracknell Town 2 vs Lewes 1, Velocity Trophy, 7th January 2020

Ross and Codge took a young Rooks side to Bracknell in the League Cup, but were beaten by a hardworking team. Here are the match highlights from Your Instant Replay:

And here’s Ross on what happened:

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Just before the New Year, we conducted a Twitter poll to pick the Lewes FC team of the decade, 2010-2019. Thousands of votes were cast across all 11 poistions until we finally arrived at our definitive Rooks of the Decade XI. Thanks to all those who took part. Here, then, are the 11 players you picked…


Rikki Banks made a big impact at the start of the decade, winning the Rooks’ Player of the Year in 2009-2010. He left for Eastbourne Borough at the end of that season, but returned to the club twice, first under Steve King in 2011 and then for Garry Wilson in 2013. His final match for the club was the Sussex Senior Cup Final versus King’s Whitehawk in 2015. We can’t remember the score that day…


Brinky is another player who boomeranged back and forth during the decade. He first arrived on loan from Brighton in 2009, came back under Simon Wormull in 2012, then for Garry Wilson in 2015, before following Darren Freeman over once more later that year. He’s been here ever since, winning multiple Player of the Year awards. We’d dearly love to see a fit Brinky back again.


The leggy left-back spent two years at the Pan in the first decade of this century before returning in 2010. Like his slightly more famous namesake, Lewis was notable for his speed, although he wasn’t so hot on corners…


Nobody has filled as many roles for the Rooks as Jay Lovett did during the decade. Full-back, centre-back and occasional midfielder in his playing days; Assistant Manager to Steve Brown and caretaker after Browny’s departure; then Academy Manager until departing in 2016. He was recently appointed Manager of Burgess Hill Town.


Frankie arrived late in the decade, joining the promotion push in 2017-18, but made an instant impact. He added steel and authority to an erstwhile leaky defence, helping the Rooks win promotion back to the Isthmian Premier. He continues to make his presence felt.


The special one. Wheeler lit up the start of an otherwise dark start to the decade for the Rooks, as the club pulled itself back from the brink of financial ruin. He left for studies and Staines in 2011, before graduating in footballing terms at Exeter City, QPR, Portsmouth, MK Dons and now Wycombe Wanderers. Now 29, is it too much to hope that Wheeler will one day return to his homeclub town?


Hammo followed Darren Freeman out of Peacehaven in 2015 and has been here ever since, now becoming a mainstay in our midfield. His sensational free-kicks and occasional 50-yard strikes won him a place in our XI. Only Steve Brinkhurst made more appearances than Hammo during the decade.


Jack Walder, scourge of referees and groundsmen everywhere… A rare Walder goal was more often than not celebrated with his trademark salmon dive; his not-so-rare yellow and red cards meant he probably played fewer games than he should have. His full-blooded approach came at a personal cost with serious injuries too, although it was a pothole in a pre-season pitch that ended his Rooks career, just six minutes into his comeback at the start of last season.


A familar sight during Wheeler’s two years with the Rooks – a full-back trying in vain to stop Nicky going past them. The tricksy winger was a bums-off-seats player, and that talent took him to the highest reaches of the Non-League game at clubs such as Dagenham & Redbridge and Woking. He’s now playing for former Rooks Assistant Manager, Danny Bloor, at Eastbourne Borough.


With 57 goals during two spells with the Rooks, nobody scored more goals for Lewes during the decade than Jonte Smith. The Bermuda international was a class act with sublime finishing skills and an unflappable temperament. He left the Rooks for Oxford City last season, but is now pushing for promotion with League 2’s Cheltenham Town.


Sir William of Medlock actually outscored Jonte Smith in the promotion season of 2017-18, during his second spell at the Pan. He arguably scored his best goal of the decade in our last match of the decade, with an absolute thunderbastard against Merstham last month. More of that please, Bill.

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A few seasons ago you will remember that there was a complicated promotion/relegation situation between Step 3 and Step 4, which saw us finish runners-up in the Isthmian League South and still be promoted, whilst Corinthian-Casuals managed to lose the play-off final and come up too.

This was all down to the creation of a new Step 3 division, run by the Southern League and a new Step 4 division run by the Isthmian League. However, this meant that a further Step 4 league would be required to create a true pyramid from Step 1 downwards.

That will happen for the start of the 2020/21 season and so a few changes to the end of season promotion/relegation/play-offs will be put in place for one season which are summarised below.

Step 1 – National League Premier Division

Two clubs will be promoted – Champions plus the play-off winner

Bottom 4 relegated to Step 2

Step 2 – National League North and South

Two promoted from each division – Champions plus the play-off winners

Bottom 2 relegated from each division to Step 3

Step 3 – Northern, Southern (x2) and Isthmian Premier League

Two promoted from each division – Champions plus the play-off winners

The Bottom two sides from each division will be relegated to Step 4. Another two “third bottom” clubs (from the four Premier Divisions) will be relegated on a PPG basis. If there are any reprieves available then one of the relegated PPG sides will get that reprieve. The bottom club of each division will not be eligible for a reprieve.

Step 4 – Northern League x 2, Southern League x 2, Isthmian League x 2

Two promoted from each division – Champions plus the play-off winners

The bottom side from each of the seven leagues will go into a playoff with against a Step 5 side (see below). The match will be hosted by the Step 4 side and the winner will play at Step 4 the following season with the loser playing at Step 5.

Step 5 – 14 x County Leagues

At Step 5, due to the expansion of Step 4 in 2020/2021 with one more league being created, more sides than usual will promoted. Every Step 5 Champion will be promoted to Step 4. In the North West Counties, Northern League and Northern Counties East, the top 3 sides will be promoted. In the other 11 divisions, the four runners up with the best PPG will be promoted. The other seven runners up will play-off against the seven bottom sides at Step 4 to see who will play at Step 4 and 5 the following season.

The bottom side from each of the fourteen divisions will be ranked on a PPG basis. The two sides with the best PPG will be reprieved, the other 12 will be relegated.

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Today marks the first home game the club will play in 2020. I don’t think anyone would say it has been an easy ride but we start the decade in a much better position than we started the last one, even if we are playing at a step below where we were. I know from personal experience that some fans feel that the club isn’t in the place where it should be. I have no issue with anyone criticising or questioning the board in the direction it is taking although I do get very frustrated when the same propaganda and falsehoods are levelled at the club. We try to be as open and approachable as possible and welcome the feedback we get where we can have open dialogue.

We entered 2019 having just lost top spot and were brought down to earth on New Year’s Day with that defeat to Burgess Hill Town. Our confidence slowly dissipated as we dropped four points by missing last-gasp penalties here against Margate and Tonbridge Angels. The departure of Jonte Smith was painful for us, and we struggled to find anyone to replace him, meaning our season ended with a whimper rather than the bang we had hoped a few months previously.

Whilst we had a great pre-season, it’s fair to say that none of us were truly prepared for Darren to step down as manager in October. We had sat down at the start of the season and had a long heart to heart about his career, his ambitions and the plans I had for the squad. At that stage he felt he could combine both his role as manager and his role with the sports marketing agency. Whilst our opening few weeks of the season were far from ideal, at no stage did we question Darren’s commitment. The tipping point came after a long, late night call in early October. It became clear he wasn’t for turning, we put a plan in place that so far has seen Ross and Codge take the team forward and will continue until the end of the season at the very least.

My ambition for 2020 is to see us progress. Two seasons ago we wrote a strategic plan for our Men’s team, covering the next five seasons. We are still “on plan” with that and continue to aim this season for a top ten finish. We are still in the Sussex Senior Cup, and whilst we will field a number of younger players at Peacehaven & Telscombe next week, our aim is to progress as far as we can.

I have nothing but admiration for the job Dale Hurley does with our Under-18s who are undoubtedly the strongest side of their age range in the county, Brighton & Hove Albion excepted. We’ve now got players from his squad knocking on the first team door and that is something we should all be proud of – in fact Nic, Jay and Tegan were all involved at Bracknell Town on Tuesday night.

Off the pitch, I know that some fans are still not happy with the direction the club has taken in the past. Ten years ago, almost to the day, we were facing extinction. No club, no football, no hope. Ten years on and we have a thriving community club, with so much to be proud of. That’s thanks to the hard work, long hours, sacrifices and in some cases, significant financial commitment. The aim of the board is to create a club that we can hand over to the next generation of volunteers which is financially sustainable, respected on the pitch and an engine for social change off it.

Back in 2010 when the club became community owned, I remember being told in no uncertain terms by someone who had been, and still is, involved heavily in Non-League football, that we’d never be successful as a club because we knew nothing about football. Based on the fact most other clubs had tried to follow the same model for years which hasn’t worked, there was no doubt that we (the club) would do things our own way and stand up for what we feel is right. Without that mentality we probably would have been another club that went to the wall. None of us involved in the club apologise for our approach or the continued interest we generate for the club.

The club has big plans for 2020 on and off the pitch. We hope to start progressing the second phase of the redevelopment work with funding plans for a new changing room, bar and community facilities to replace the existing board-a-kabin. There’s a huge amount of valuable work being undertaken by the board, on a voluntary basis, on a number of projects that will secure the financial future of the club.

As I enter my fifth year as Chairman of the club I continue to be hugely proud of what we have achieved. I constantly feel very lucky that I have access to what goes on behind the scenes at the club and know just how fortunate we are to have such a dedicated group of talented individuals who often put Lewes FC above family, friends and their working lives. Every one of them deserves a pat on the back, a beer or a pie (or all three). With us all pulling in the right direction I’m absolutely positive the next decade will be even better for this wonderful club we all call our own.

Happy New Year everyone and Come on you Rooks!

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Founded in 1905 as Mill Lane Mission, they merged with neighbours Carshalton St Andrews (founded 1897) and were re-named Carshalton Athletic and joined the Southern Suburban League in 1907. They moved to their current home, the War Memorial Ground in Colston Avenue, in 1920.

In 1946 they entered the Corinthian League, which they won two years running in 1953 and 1954. In 1956 Carshalton joined the Athenian League and in 1973 the newly expanded Isthmian League. A successful period saw them win the Surrey Senior Cup in 1989, 1990 and 1992, and the London Challenge Cup in 1991.

Financial difficulties contributed to a period of instability, but a seventh-place finish in 2004 was enough to enter the Conference South for two seasons until relegation back to the Isthmian League in 2006, and a further relegation to Division One South in 2014.

In 2018 they won the Division South title (the year we were runners-up) to return to the Premier Division, and last season finished second but lost to Merstham in the play-offs. They are currently fifth in the table.


Peter Adeniyi – Player-Manager

Peter, a former distinguished servant at the Pan, assumed the managerial reins as a player in April 2016 and is credited by the club for improving Carshalton’s style of play, and pushing their youth policy. Peter is already into his fourth season in this difficult role with the Robins.

Kleton Pertreou – Goalkeeper

Kleton was born in Albania and his family moved to Athens when he was aged five. 6’ 3” Kleton moved to England in 2012 and played for Bristol City in their U18 side. He went on to Hibernian in the Scottish Championship, before joining Crystal Place in 2015. Having played for a host of non-league clubs he joined the Robins in August 2019.

Luke Read – Defender

At 18 Luke left his home in London to represent Northern Illinois University Men’s Soccer team in the USA and graduated with a degree in Finance. Luke has made 27 appearances for the Robins this term. He tweets occasionally.

Jordan Cheadle – Defender

Jordan is comfortable either at left or centre-back. He joined the Robins from Walton Casuals in the summer of 2017, and has notched 21 appearances this season.

Michael Kamara – Defender

Michael began his football life at Crystal Palace and has played for a host of non-league clubs. He joined Carshalton from Woking last year and has appeared 26 times for the Robins this season.

Paris Hamilton-Downes – Defender/Captain

Paris as skipper is an ever-present in the Carshalton side and has made 32 appearances this term with a return of 6 goals.

Danny Dudley – Defender

Danny has made 28 appearances this term and notched 1 whole goal (in the league too).

Jauvan Splatt – Defender

Recently arrived at Carshalton from Derby County a couple of weeks ago on an initial one month loan, Jauvan has made 4 appearances for the Robins. He scored their sole goal in last Tuesday’s 5-1 defeat in the Velocity Trophy at Margate.

Ernold Haxhiu – Midfielder

The 18-year old midfielder had been a part of Leyton Orient’s youth set-up for four years and had also played for the likes of Cambridge United and Enfield Town before arriving at Colston Avenue. He joined in September last year and has made 32 appearances this term.

Kershaney Samuels – Midfielder

Kershaney has put in a creditable 27 appearances this season considering his 8 yellow cards.

Daniel Pappoe – Midfielder

Only his manager could tell you how Daniel has amassed 31 appearances this term in spite of 2 straight reds and 7 yellows. Watch out there’s a Pappoe about.

Tommy Bradford – Midfielder

Tommy has notched 29 appearances and 5 goals in all competitions this term.

Adeyinra Adeniyi – Midfielder

AA has 7 appearances under his shorts this season, but sources would not confirm or deny Adeyinra is related to his manager.

Christie Pattisson – Midfielder/Forward

23 year old Hamburg-born Christie has made 33 appearances this term with a return of 10 goals in all competitions.

Ricky Korboa – Midfielder/Forward

Ricky has 29 appearances under his shorts this season and a return of 10 goals in all competitions.

Harry Ottaway – Forward

Harry’s appearances have been limited to just 6, in the league and FA Trophy this season, with 2 goals.

Lewis White – Forward

20 year old Lewis made his first appearance of the season in the Robins’ 2-0 home victory over Enfield last Saturday. Lewis arrived from Dulwich Hamlet having joined them from Millwall last summer. He can play up front or out wide and is initially on a one month loan deal.

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Our experienced burger hunters seek a New Year thrill at Horsham

The start of a new decade of Rooks-following and Stodgebusting began at Horsham and their shiny new stadium on New Year’s Day. With Horsham flying near the top of the table our heads told us we would probably be disappointed. In our hearts we were hoping we would be off to a flier. Neither lunch nor the game worked out quite as we had hoped…

New Year’s Day is always a bit tricky when trying to find a suitable place to have a proper pre-match lunch. Virtually everywhere we could think of that was reasonably en-route was closed for the day. Don’t they realise there are hungry football fans around?

A Google search in the Horsham area proved fruitless. Messages to and fro became more frantic on the Stodgebusters Whatsapp group as matchday approached. Eventually Gary the Badge came up with Cafe Makkara in Burgess Hill. It was an unknown quantity but was open, not too far off the route to Horsham and did exactly the sort of fayre we were after. That would do nicely. Or so we thought.

We had a late declared runner for the trip in Steve Rook. That made six of us, so the original plan to all go with Turnstile Alan went up in smoke. It would have to be two cars with PJ joining Steve for the journey. No problem, though, as it would actually make things a lot more comfortable as Roly takes up a lot of room.

It was a midday pickup and PJ, early for once, joined Steve at the prison crossroads at about the same time as Alan was picking up Gary the Badge by Tesco. There was no point in hanging around so Steve set off for Burgess Hill and the cafe. Alan had to pick up Malcolm in Brighton so would be a few minutes behind. 

We arrived at the cafe. Oh dear. This was the first let down of the day. It only had about five tables and was absolutely chock-a-block full and turning people away. Alan, with Gary, Roly and Malcolm soon turned up so we had an emergency committee meeting on the pavement. What to do? There were a couple of empty outside tables but it was January temperatures and not June so that was discounted. The best idea seemed to be the Harvester in Haywards Heath, a place previously visited by PJ and Gary with favourable reviews.

We now had a convoy and it rolled into the Harvester car park. Hopefully it wouldn’t be stupidly busy as we only had a couple of hours to kick off. Fortunately it wasn’t busy and we plumped for the big round table just like King Arthur.

First up was the salad while the main meals were cooking. It was at this point that things started to go downhill for PJ. He stated that the salad bar was er…..not very good. Although he used slightly different terminology. Now, he’s not a particularly fussy eater but the only things on offer he liked were lettuce and sweetcorn. No onion? No cucumber? What sort of salad bar is that? So he didn’t bother and walked away in disgust. Everyone else seemed reasonably content with the meagre selection though.

The drinks turned up. Roly and Gary had coffee and it was stone cold. Eventually Gary caught the eye of a young waitress and complained about the cold coffee. This led to the Quote Of The Day from the young girl:

“Oh I’m sorry, is there something I can do about that?”

We waited for the main meal. And waited. And waited. We kept looking at our watches. Just as someone mentioned walking out the meals turned up. Three of us had cod and chips. PJ must have run over a black cat, or broken a mirror or something that day as his fish wasn’t very good compared to the other two, although the chips were first class. It was rather disappointing and if we hadn’t been on such a tight schedule he would have complained. Fish and chips at a Harvester is usually very good but we can only give a rating of 4 on the renowned Stodgebuster Scale this time.

The convoy rolled on to Horsham and despite an overturned trailer partially blocking the A24 we arrived at the park and ride in plenty of time.

You couldn’t make this up. The 20-year-old shuttle coach to the ground was run by a company called Fawlty Tours, which was mildly amusing. But anyone over 5ft 10in found the seating very unamusing. It was as if the coach was specifically designed for primary school kids and made Aeroflot Economy Class look luxurious. The coach arrived at the town park and ride where there were loads of spaces. We could have parked without enduring the kiddy coach.

Horsham’s new ground, The Camping World Stadium, is so new the shine hasn’t worn off it yet. Yes, it’s all very nice but us old codgers prefer traditional football grounds to these out of town Lego set stadia with their plastic pitches and goalposts on wheels.

The game started with both teams knocking the ball around well. One had the feeling that Horsham were more dangerous up front though, and sure enough they were soon one up when the ball fell kindly and Shelley scored with a low stooping header. Lewes had the ball in the net after 20 minutes after the keeper made a mess of claiming a cross but it was disallowed for an alleged push that only the referee saw.

We were beginning to think that maybe it wasn’t our day when a Horsham cross from the right was met with a bicycle kick that gave Nathan no chance. A fine goal, but if he had another hundred attempts like that he probably would not score. Why do it against us? 

The second half was barely seven minutes old when a Horsham corner was badly defended leaving someone to plant a free header into the net to make it three nil and effectively game over. Lewes tried for a consolation but got little change from a well organised Horsham team. Probably the highlight for Rooks supporters was the return to the field of Ronnie Conlon after a year out of action.

The Stodgebusters trudged gloomily out of the ground before the final whistle with the aim of getting the first school bus back to the car park. We didn’t fancy hanging around.

What a disappointing day.

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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

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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