The Rooks welcome Coventry United LFC to the Dripping Pan.
MATCH CENTRE: LEWES 1 COVENTRY 0
Rooks take their first win of the season!
A fine set of portraits from the sharp lens of club tog James Boyes
Here are the highlights from Sunday’s match
Rhian Cleverly‘s early strike seals the win. Coventry bossed the last half hour but lacked a cutting edge. When they did break through, Tatiana Saunders was on hand to keep them out
On the whistle reaction as the players left the field
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- Your Starting Line-up
- Watch today’s match LIVE
- League Fixtures
- League Table
- Simon Parker
- The Rooks
- Chairman’s Notes
- Club Shop Barry
- Coventry United
- Rookie Kickers
- Conti Cup Round 1 Fixtures
- Matchday Poster
- Supporters Club
- Credits and legal info
WATCH LEWES FC WOMEN: LIVE
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Click on the link below to go to our live streaming service for this match
Season ticket holders watch for free. Anyone else can watch too, and as a trial you can pay what you want via a donation button at the foot of the page
Click on the picture to view our pre-match conversation with Simon
Ash Head was asking the questions (in a gale).
THE MIGHTY ROOKS
Meet the 2020-21 Lewes FC Women Squad
NOTES FROM THE BIG CHAIR
Lewes FC Chairman Stuart Fuller
Good afternoon all and welcome to the players and officials from Coventry United. Normally I would be welcoming you, the fans, back to the Dripping Pan for today’s match but unfortunately that is not possible based on the current regulations laid down by the UK Government.
What makes the situation crazy is that 24 hours ago hundreds of fans were able to come to the Dripping Pan and watch our Men’s side take on Brightlingsea Regent in a safe and socially distanced manner. How is that fair?
Fairness and equity seem to be two words that football seems to have forgotten in recent times. Lewes won’t be the only club this weekend, or in the coming weeks that faces the prospect of losing thousands of pounds per week because crowds aren’t allowed into games yet all of the associated running costs (wages, utilities, officials fees and so on) will continue to stack up. It simply isn’t sustainable and whilst most football clubs have managed to limp through the last six months, it will only be a matter of time before we see clubs, some bigger than us, go to the wall.
One thing I can say is a massive thank you to all of the volunteers who have worked so hard over the summer to get the Pan ship-shape. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Crowdfunder that has seen us replace our floodlights after 50 years use and install new dugouts. Without you and the hard work from Maggie, Lynne, Roger and Warren, we wouldn’t be able to host games at all here.
Whilst the season started four weeks ago, this is only our second game. Despite the season being curtailed before it had run its course with Aston Villa promoted and Liverpool relegated down to the Championship, the FA decided not to promote a team to make the league an even 12 clubs so we still have 11 teams and thus twice a season we have to sit out a game, which was why we didn’t play on the opening weekend. Fair enough. But to have no games at all last weekend was ridiculous. Whilst it was deemed an “International fixtures weekend”, due to the restrictions on player movements and travel, that international fixture was England team 1 vs England team 2 at St George’s Park. I’m sure it had some benefit for the 30 or so players involved but for the rest of the Super League and Championship it was a wasted weekend – a weekend where clubs could have got in a league game.
One look at our fixtures for this season will again show big gaps in between fixtures after Christmas. It is as if no lessons were learnt last season when we had to stop the season early. If clubs would have been able to schedule games on those blank Sunday’s then the season could have been completed. With restrictions on society (and football!) likely to get worse before they get better surely it is about time that some sense was used to help not hinder clubs!
Rant over (for now!) – I hope you can enjoy the game at least via our new streaming service and perhaps one day we will see you all back at the Pan in person.
CLUB SHOP BARRY
We might not have fans in the ground and the club shop will be closed on match days.
That doesn’t stop our fans from looking the business in our latest Lewes FC clobber!
Club Shop Barry welcomes you to his Online Emporium. You can spot the latest deals, grab the new home and away kit, hats, scarves, face coverings … you name it!
Come on down, the price is right!
Club shop Barry’s got what you need tonight!
(surely shome mishtake? Ed)
Lewes FC is the first & only football club in the world where women and men footballers get equal resources.
No other football club can say that.
Our women’s team is one of the top 20 teams in the country. And our men’s team is one of the most loved in non-league football.
We are 100% fan owned, not-for-profit. We have Owners in 31 countries around the world.
This is a football revolution. And we want your company to #JoinTheClub
COVENTRY UNITED LFC
United got their season off to a flyer with an impressive 3-1 away win at London Bees two weeks ago.
Goals from Amy Wathan, Nikki Miles and Shannon O’Brien set up a commanding lead before Merrick Will bagged a consolation for the home side.
Rooks fans tuning in on lewesfc.com/live can expect to see performances from legendary midfielder Helen Dermody and veteran ‘keeper – and one of the best in the division with the gloves – skipper Sue Wood.
Lewes v Coventry has always been a close affair in the past. Last season, in the only fixture played between the two clubs, the Rooks pinched a late 2-1 win at Butts Park.
Simon Parker is under no illusions.
“They score goals and we need to be aware of that. That said we are at home, so you won’t expect us to set up quite as we did away to Durham. We’re expecting a good contest.”
ROOKIE KICKERS RETURN
From this Saturday, kids community football sessions are returning to the 3G.
Your squad of super-qualified, superhero coaches will include the ‘Very Dynamic R’s’: first-teamers Sophie O’Rourke, Katie Rood and Rhian Cleverly – plus a number of other star players, week-to-week.
Sessions will be 10am to 11.30am each Saturday (plus special school holiday slots – keep your eye out for those on our web site and Twitter) and open for all your 6 to 13-year-old kids.
The emphasis will be on FUN (with an orange football).
Click on the link below for more …
Conti Cup Round One Fixtures
This season these are being designed by our U14s/ U16s pathway players. They’ve been interviewing and photographing our first team players via Zoom. Clips from those interviews are being used, as is this one from skipper Rhian Cleverly.
LEWES FC SUPPORTERS CLUB
The Lewes FC Supporters Club raises money for the club, runs social events and represents the fans on the terraces.
The Supporters Club – in no small part due to David & Barbara Arnold and a handful of other hardcore volunteers – has raised enormous amounts for the club over the past few years.
In Season 2018/19, the Supporters Club donated just over £22,000 to the club.
Take a peek or get involved! All Rooks welcome …
FILMING AT MATCHES
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. 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.
CREDITS AND LEGAL INFO
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)
Lewes 2000 FC Limited. Registered in England and Wales with Company Registration Number 03790979.
Honorary President Terry Parris
Chairman Stuart Fuller
Directors Ed Briggs, Charlie Dobres, Stuart Fuller, John Peel, Eddie Ramsden, Jon Ruben, Galia Orme, Roger Warner
Steve Keegan, Karen Dobres, Claire Rafferty, Michelle Bowie*
* Directors seconded onto the board
Operations Manager Warren Lane
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
Safeguarding Officer Lynne Burrell
Pathway Coordinator Alison Palmer
Manager Simon Parker
Assistant Coach Jesus Cordon
Assistant Coach Ady Penrose
PP Coach Christos Andreou
Asst PPC Kayleigh Bonwick
Physio Paul Paredes
Team Psychologist Chelsea Orme
Data Analyst Adam Chilcott
Kit Wrangler Joe Gander
DS Coach Lewis Singleton
U18s Manager/ Head coach Kelly Newton
U18s Manager/ Coach Charlie Carter
U16s Manager/ Coach David Seymour
U14s Manager/ Coach Tom Young/ Rob Palmer
Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editor Ash Head
Progcast designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes