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Lewes FC Tog @gingeraction tells the tale with this fine selection of snaps

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James Boyes’s view of the match via Flickr


Marcus Lee gives his assessment of the last FA Women’s Championship match of 2020 at the Dripping Pan. Click on our FT image to open the link

Palace take the points home after a double from Baptiste

Level at the break


There’s something a little different about the Lewes home shirts today …

We can’t say more, watch out for some breaking news early next week!

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Today At The Pan: Matchday COVID Protocols

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Please remember: social distancing is in place today!

8 things (+ a video) to help keep you and others safe at the Dripping Pan today!

We’re committed to keeping fans safe at the Dripping Pan

• Wear a mask at all times unless you’re eating.
• Choose a seat with a green tick or a red bubble to stand in.
• Share a bubble only with your household group.
• Don’t switch seats or bubbles or move about, unless to use the toilets or get food – but then return to your seat or bubble.
• Maintain social distance at all times – 2m wherever possible.
• Don’t touch the ball! A steward will retrieve it and return it to be cleaned.
• Please don’t try to talk with the players at the end of the game – they’d love to chat but right now they’re not allowed to stop or give any autographs or take any selfies.
• Please use your closest exit at the end of the game – it might be different to where you came in.

Fans Mean The World To Us!

We’re so happy to see fans back at the Dripping Pan!
Who says so? Why, this lot, of course …

Megan Mackey and Samantha Quayle tell us what the fans being back means to them
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We hope you enjoy your time at the Dripping Pan today. We would appreciate any suggestions for improvements. Could we have made your experience more welcoming? How?

Send your e-mail to with your feedback. Thank you!

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Marcus Lee: Match Preview

Match reporter Marcus Lee looks ahead to Lewes v Crystal Palace on Sunday

Marcus Lee looks ahead to Rooks v Eagles
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Today’s Fixtures

Here’s all today’s fixtures and where you can catch up with them on the FA Player

You need to subscribe to the FA Player to watch these matches
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Starting Line-ups

Our starting 11 and bench are here
Team Sheet

Today’s starting XIs will appear here before kick-off

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Welcome to the home of LIVE football at Lewes FC!

The match will be shown LIVE on Rooks TV

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

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Taking The Mic

We welcome Ben back to the Pan today

It’s a warm welcome back to Lewes FC to commentator Ben Jacobs for today’s contest. The match will be streamed live for those fans unable to attend today. See the live link above!

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FA Women’s Championship Table

FAWC Table before kick-off today
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Simon Says

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Lewes FC Women Manager Simon Parker

Lewes manager Simon Parker expects nothing but a tough contest when Crystal Palace visit the Dripping Pan on Sunday. The two sides have a history of close encounters and tight finishes going back several seasons, with both sides adding quality to their squads recently.

“Palace are a very good team. They seem to have struggled to find consistency but on their day they can compete with any team” said Simon this week.

“They have some fantastic players and a very strong squad. They are especially strong in attack and carry a real threat. It’s going to be an incredibly tough game.”

This Sunday sees the second match in a row that Lewes have entertained old ‘frenemies’ from The Smoke. Last weekend Parker watched his side tear Charlton apart for the best part of an hour before letting the Addicks back into the contest.

“I was pleased with how we started against Charlton and thought it was one of our better performances up until around 55/60 mins.

After that I thought we were poor. We allowed the momentum to shift and lost control of the game. The quality dipped and we made the game much tighter than it needed to be.”

Sublime finishes from Megan Mackey and player of the match Samantha Quayle secured the points. Simon is philosophical about almost letting the visitors steal a point.

“It was a fantastic learning opportunity. The squad is looking good and there may be a few changes (for the Palace game).”

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The Rooks

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Your 2020/ 21 Season Lewes FC Women squad
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Take A Stand – Kick It Out at 25

The Barclays FAWSL and FA Women’s Championship support #TakeAStand as part of #KickItOut25

This week saw a UEFA Champions League match postponed for 24 hours. Both teams walked off in protest after a racial slur was allegedly used by a match official to identify a black player dismissed after a red card was issued.

You may have seen the fallout from when Millwall ‘fans’ booed their own players for ‘taking the knee’ recently. We’ve also seen replies to the FA Women’s Championship support for Kick It Out this week asking that players ‘please not take the knee’.

Politics in sport is as divisive today as it has ever been and some fans are uncomfortable with bringing the two together.

Colin Kazim-Richards on the scenes at Millwall v Derby County

Is taking the knee contentious? Or is it simply a clear way to show support for people in society who get rough treatment because of who they are and who they were born?

The action will be echoed all over the sporting calendar this weekend. It is a show of solidarity between men and women of all races, taking a stand against discrimination in all walks of life, but especially in sport. I full expect the sides to make the gesture before kick off today.

Rooks and Eagles take the knee before their Conti Cup clash at the Pan this season

Wether you agree or disagree with players showing support – today’s Crystal Palace shirts include the Take A Stand logo on the chest – in this way, we need to understand why they do and why they do so in this manner.

Just as gender bias is unacceptable in 2020, so is racism. I’ll be applauding players from both sides today as they #TakeAStand. Let’s continue to call out discrimination.
Together we will #KickItOut


Kick It Out celebrates 25 years of tackling racism

‘Taking The Knee’: How did it start?

Colin Kaepernick (centre) began taking a knee in 2016

American Football quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench during the US national anthem to protest against police brutality and racism in a pre-season game on 26 August 2016, reports BBC Sport.

Kaepernick told people at the time: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour.”

He spoke with Nate Boyer, a military veteran and former National Football League (NFL) player, who advised him to kneel because he thought it was more “respectful”.

On September 1st 2016 Kaepernick switched from sitting to kneeling on one knee, attracting media attention from across his homeland and the wider world. So was ‘taking the knee’ born in sport. It is a gesture we see repeated at sporting events all around the world.

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and taking a knee has grown in prominence in the UK following the death of George Floyd in the US in May, which sparked protests around the world.

Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died after a white police officer held a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Links: follow these links for more on this story via the BBC Sport website

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The FA Player
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Lewes FC Chairman Stuart Fuller chatting with Hope Solo

Good afternoon and welcome back to the Dripping Pan for this afternoon’s FA Women’s Championship fixture against Crystal Palace.  I hope our visitors from South London had a smooth journey down to East Sussex. 

I’d also like to welcome you, the fans, back, whether you are one of the lucky ones who has managed to grab a ticket for today or are watching on our live stream.  You made a huge difference to the team last Sunday in the Charlton Athletic game and the three points were a great way to show our thanks!

Talking of last Sunday’s game, I’d like to thank Maggie and Lynne for all of their tireless work behind the scenes in not only getting the Pan COVID-compliant but also ensuring that the match-day experience was a smooth as possible.  We do have to work within different guidelines and regulations today which doesn’t necessarily make it easy for any of us, spectators included, but we have to adapt as it is unlikely to change at any point soon.

On the pitch the performance and the three points were long overdue.  We had gone through a sticky patch and knew a win was coming with the ultimate deciding goal, a fantastic solo effort from Sammy Quayle, dancing through the Charlton defence before slotting home.

2020 has certainly been a year none of us will forget.  For those who have lost loved ones or suffered as a result of the pandemic you are in our thoughts as we go into 2021 which we all hope will be kinder to us all. I’d also like to thank all of our volunteers, without who, we would not be able to enjoy this beautiful game.

I hope you all have a Happy Christmas and thank you for your support in 2020. 
I look forward to seeing you back here at the Pan in the new year.

Come on you Rooks!


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Rainbow Laces

Lewes FC Supports the Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign

Though COVID-19 presents us with challenges, we are strongest when we come together. 

Following sport and taking part can give us community, energy and a sense of belonging. That’s why Rainbow Laces is as important as ever, and why we all need to play our part to make sport everyone’s game.

Lewes FC will always be a safe space for players, staff, volunteers and fans

This year, we’re celebrating the impact that sport has on LGBT people, and the impact that LGBT people have on sport.

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This season these are being designed by our U14s/ U16s pathway players.
They’ve been interviewing and photographing our first team players via Zoom.

The poster for today’s game features midfield playmaker Ellie Noble
Ellie was speaking to youth player Esme, who is 13

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Charlton Highlights

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Sammy Quayle finishes a fabulous move for the 2nd Lewes goal

‘And it’s a wonderful run by Quayle’ … @SamanthaQuayle absolutely at it!
Captured by @Vandyckwebsites

Megan Mackey opened the scoring v the Addicks with a deft touch
Sammy dances through to score after great work by Paula Howells and Katie Rood

Fan-eye view filmed by our roving eye Hannah Tappenden

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Pan For Gold: the December Draw will take place at half time in today’s match! You gotta be in it to win it! Sign up today

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Game Changer: The Since 71 2019/20 Award

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How smart is that!!?? Huge thanks to @ChuBarker and the @Since71Blog crew

Our friends at Since 71 have kindly bestowed their 2019/20 season Game Changer award on Lewes FC Women. This lush trophy was presented by Stuart Barker to the club during the Conti Cup home match v Bristol City.

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Simon Parker receives the award from Stuart Barker

To find out more about this award, click on the image above or simply click here

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Who Are Ya? Crystal Palace WFC

We welcome our friendly rivals from Crystal Palace back to the Dripping Pan

We know no quarter is asked or given on the field. There’s as lot of mutual respect away from the game and we’re looking forward to seeing these two sides battling it out this afternoon!

Fans will be hoping to see former Shegull Kate Natkiel in action for Palace today


1. Chloe Morgan (GK)                

2. Annabel Johnson (C)                                                 

4. Amy Goddard                                                                        

5. Georgia Clifford

6. Leigh Nicol

7. Amber Stobbs

8. Amber Gaylor                                                

9. Kate Natkiel

10. Ashlee Hincks                                                                       

11. Bianca Baptiste                                 

12. Lizzie Waldie                       

13. Cherelle Khassal

14. Siobhan Wilson

15. Andria Georgiou                               

17. Amy Taylor  

20. Emma Gibbon (GK)                           

21. Leeta Rutherford

22. Coral-Jade Haines

23. Ashleigh Goddard

24. Ffion Morgan

25. Hannah Churchill      

26. Aoife Hurley

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Christmas Club Shop Barry

‘Tis the season to be jolly … generous with a host of Christmas gifts from Lewes FC!

It’s a deal, it’s a steal …

We’re getting close to that most wonderful time of year! I’m pleased to confirm that the club shop IS OPEN at the game, so come along and see what we’ve got. If you’re on the PIES side you can’t come to us BUT we can come to you via the wonder of the world wide web!

We’ve got heaps of festive goodies just right for that football mad Auntie or Uncle!

Click on my gawjus Furry Face to reveal the latest club shop online offers … Baz

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Club Shop Supremo @BazTheHaff welcomes you to his online emporium

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!

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If You Liked It Then You Shoulda Put A Ring On It

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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


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Click on the logo to visit the wonderful world of LFCSC …

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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 …

Come On You Rooks!!!

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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. 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)

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, Galia Orme, Roger Warner, Steve Keegan, Karen Dobres, Trevor Wells
Claire Rafferty**

*Re-elected at AGM Oct 2020
** Directors seconded onto the board

Operations Manager Warren Lane

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
Safeguarding Officer Lynne Burrell
Pathway Coordinator Alison Palmer

Manager Simon Parker
Assistant Coach Jesus Cordon
Assistant Coach Ady Penrose
PP Coach Christos Andreou
GK Coach Sergio Maldonado
Nutritionist Stefano Montanari
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
U16s Coach Lucy Barnes
U14s Manager/ Coach Tom Young/ Rob Palmer

Pathway Co-ordinator Alison Palmer
Pathway Goalkeeping coach Peter Stimpson

Web Editor Stuart Fuller
Progcast Editor Ash Head
Progcast designer Barry Collins
Club Photographer James Boyes