Sunday 16th April 2023 12:00pm – Barclays Women’s Championship – The Dripping Pan

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Welcome to The Dripping Pan for today’s Barclays Women’s Championship game against Blackburn Rovers. Here is your complimentary e-programme

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Coventry, 30 October 2022. Barclays Women’s Championship match between Coventry United Women and Lewes Women.
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Good afternoon and welcome to today’s Barclays Women’s Championship game against Blackburn Rovers. I hope our guests from Lancashire enjoy our hospitality and have a safe journey home.

It’s good to have everyone back after the international break so we can focus on the final few games of the season. There’s still a lot to play for and we are very focused on a top-half finish, and beating that record points haul.

Just three points separates the top two in the league, and I can see it going to the last day of the season to determine who will be promoted to the Super League. Coming the other way it could be one of four sides, including Brighton & Hove Albion, which would obviously bring a lot of local interest.

On Wednesday we welcomed Billericay Town and Charlton Athletic U23s, as well as some invited guests from around women’s football, here at the Pan for the Isthmian League Women’s Cup final. It was a great advert for the game played in horrendous conditions, which saw both sides score in injury time to take it to penalties. Charlton won on spot kicks 5-4 to claim the trophy. Many thanks to Shrey and James for enduring the elements to ensure all the guests, fans, players and officials enjoyed their evening.

Enjoy the game and Come on you Rooks!


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Hello everyone and welcome back to the Pan this afternoon.

Reflecting on the Coventry game We didn’t play well enough, I know that Coventry was fighting for their existence in the Championship, I still felt that we were the better team, but we sort of just failed take chances, and have any sort of consistency in the game

We started the game really well, we scored a fantastic goal, really good play and we started the way I wanted us to play the whole game but for some reason after the goal we just didn’t hit them standards anymore throughout the game. 

Overall, it was good to get a good a point, but we obviously want them three points, so in that respect we didn’t get what we wanted.

But we are better than that so I’m hoping this weekend we come out with a different mentality about the game and a different performance.

I felt that we weren’t getting on the pitch and the players that were on the bench, the ones that I could bring on, up to five of them, I would have brought more on if I could, but them 5 players deserved a chance to go out and maybe make things better, but it didn’t really materialise. 

There were some tired legs, it was the third game in week but if you want a challenge and want to be a team looking to get up the table as far as you can, you’ve got to be able to handle them weeks when you have three games, and our squad is big enough to do that.

We only have had Sophie missing this week, so we have managed to train. Charlotte, Grace, Rebecca, and Ellie have all returned to training, so we are ok there. 

It is a bit challenging with international break sometimes with players being away and only getting a day or two to train with them before the Sunday match, but it is part and parcel with it.

I think Blackburn Rovers are a good side, a little unpredictable at times, but they have the ability to hurt any opposition, they have good front players, quick wide players, quick fall backs and a real presence aerially on the pitch and got some experienced professionals, and I think I expect them to come and play an open game and look to try and win the game. 

I think from our side we just need to make sure that our standards are better than what they were last time round against Coventry, and hopefully keep that momentum and consistency from our performance of the first half of the Coventry game and continually through the match

Thank you for your support today!


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Ever dreamt about playing at the Dripping Pan?  Well join us for a unique opportunity to play at the famous Dripping Pan!

By booking the pitch you will not only have an incredible day out, but you will also be supporting the club, and helping to promote ‘Equality FC’ and ‘Football for Good.’

Here’s a few things you may not know about our unique, bucket list stadium!

  1. Featured as one of the best, most interesting stadiums in Remarkable Football Grounds and British Football’s Favourite Grounds
  2. There is so much to see and explore, quirky beach huts, female pirate statues and a pitch side community garden.
  3. Lewes FC is the only professional club in the world that shares its resources equally between its men’s and women’s teams. This means the Dripping Pan is home to both first men and women’s teams.
  4. Consistently voted the best away day for visiting fans chosen by the Huffington Post.
  5. The Dripping Pan is one of the oldest football grounds in the world, with the clubhouse ‘The Rook Inn’ dating back to Victorian times.

Available Dates: 2nd of May to 21st of May 2023

Price: £1,000 + VAT

What’s included: The pitch, two dressing rooms and the bar.

How to book: Contact Stef at

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The ladies’ club was formed in 1991 as part of Blackburn Rovers’ community programme and reached the Northern Combination Women’s Football League in 1998. After a few years in mid-table, the club began to take off in 2002. In 2003–04 Rovers won the Northern Combination by winning every match, and also added the Lancashire County Cup.

The following season they finished a creditable third in the Premier League Northern Division. In their 2005–06 campaign, the club then won the league by finishing undefeated, with a record 20 wins from 22 games. 

In 2006, they won the second tier FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division and were promoted to the FA Women’s Premier League National Division, where they played until relegation in the 2010–11 season. In 2018–19, they won promotion to second highest level league of English football.

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27 Feb 2022ChampionshipBlackburn Rovers1Lewes0
10 Oct 2021ChampionshipLewes1Blackburn Rovers0
14 March 2021ChampionshipBlackburn Rovers0Lewes3
11 Oct 2020ChampionshipLewes1Blackburn Rovers0
18 Aug 2019ChampionshipLewes 5Blackburn Rovers1
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Lewes were held at home by a fighting Coventry United on Sunday afternoon who despite grabbing a point, were unable to secure their Championship status. 

It was frustrating game which saw Lewes start the more dominating and attacking side. The Rooks caused trouble for Coventry’s backline in the first two minutes of play, with Rebecca Mckenna and Ellie Mason creating chances early on but unable to convert them.

Amber Keegan-Stobbs fired in a tidy low ball into the bottom of the goal in the 10th minute, striking the ball straight past Khiara Keating who had no other option but to stand there and watch.

Coventry kept on applying pressure with Izzie Goodwin creating a flurry of chances, but The Rooks managed to muddle through and shut them down.

Grace Palmer had a cracking chance in the 25th minute who managed to dance herself around the coventry backline and into the box but the ball striked the side post and was pushed away by Keating.

Lewes fully tested Keating’s goalkeeping abilities throughout the first half when multiple chances in quick succession came firing straight her way.

Coventry fought incredibly hard in the first half, pressing high and hard at times, trying particularly hard to break down and open up Lewes’s defence.

Aqsa Mushtaq looked like a real threat to Coventry at times causing havoc for their defence. Mushtaq had a real chance but she just lost her footing in the box.

McKenna managed to break away and had a real promising chance but a mighty tackle from Megan Alexander on Mckenna’s left stopped her in her tracks.

Goodwin scored the equaliser in the 32nd minute for Coventry after a muddle up in the passing for Lewes’s  backline left Sophie Whitehouse exposed and allowed Goodwin to run away with the ball and find the back of the net.

Whitehouse had a big save on the brink of halftime after United upped the pressure again who looked determined to grab a second goal.

The restart started right where the second half ended, with The Rooks on the attack straight away.

Ellie Mason had a chance in the 53nd minute after managing to find space and weave around the Coventry players, but Keating was on form and denied her the opportunity.

Scott Booth’s side were again the more dominating in the second half, creating and setting the tempo of the game and attacking hard against a very tired Coventry.

Despite the majority of the second half being played in Coventry’s end, Lewes were unable to break through and convert any of their chances as Coventry’s keeper and backline defended that goal like their lives depended on it.

It was a hard fought and well deserved point for both sides at Dripping Pan.

We wish Coventry United all the best and hope they bounce straight back.

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Squad No.NameSponsored By
1Sophie WhitehouseNathan Smith
2Ellie MasonScott Currie
3Rhian CleverlyThe Happiness Index
4Amelia HazardDawn Harding
5Charlotte Wardlaw
6Ellie HackLittle Stars Childcare
7Nat JohnsonAlice, Tom & Russ Mould
8Grace Palmer
9Emily KraftMichael Wirtz
10Amber Keegan StobbsBill Lynch
11Emma ThompsonMark Comford
14Paula HowellsBruce Taylor
15Jamie RitaThe English Soap Company
16Kirsty Barton
17Zoe SmithThe English Soap Company
18Rebecca McKennaLeschenault Press & The Book Reality Experience
19Lauren HeriaAlex Lambeth
20Libby Copus-BrownJoe Short
21Valentine Pursey
22Josie LonghurstMartin Scott
23Izzy DaltonLeschenault Press & The Book Reality Experience
24Aqsa Mushtaq
25Kenzie Weir
26Emily Moore
31Laura HartleyMichael Scoates
32Frankie AngelThe English Soap Company
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The Rooker Prize 2023

Successful musicians, writers & actors Gary Kemp & Guy Pratt and publishers Hachette UK announce backing for innovative competition for new writers.

Everyone has a novel in them, right? But does everyone have the time to write one? And what if, 100,000 words later, it isn’t any good? Where do you even start? This is where The Rooker Prize comes in…

The Rooker Prize is a writing competition designed to open up the possibility of writing a novel to everyone. Because all entrants have to do is write the opening 250 words of a novel. That’s it. Just that.

Perhaps surprisingly, the competition is the brainchild of a football club. But not just any football club. Lewes FC became 100% fan-owned in 2010 and since then has forged a reputation for using football as an engine for social good. Having democratised football, the club, known as The Rooks, have decided to spread their wings and help to make novel-writing more accessible too.

Following last year’s successful trial run-out, The Rooker Prize has now attracted the interest of podcasters Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) and Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd). They host the UK’s most popular music podcast “The Rockonteurs” where they interview fellow musicians about their career.

Guy Pratt explained: “Rockonteurs is all about great stories, like so many great songs, so I’m all for encouraging storytelling in its many myriad forms. I’m also proud to support my brilliant local team in any way”
Gary Kemp added: “We love encouraging new songwriters, so this feels like an easy step, doing what we can to help new novel writers too. It’ll be fun to see what happens.”

The winner of The Rooker Prize receives a beautiful carved wooden trophy plus £250 to go to the charity of their choice. But from this year, Hachette UK – one of the UK’s leading publishing groups – has stepped in to offer an incredible and exclusive additional prize. The winner will receive an hour’s feedback/coaching session at Hachette UK’s offices in London where their entry will be discussed with an experienced Editor, to hopefully help kickstart a new career.

The only condition for entry is that you have to be an Owner of Lewes Football Club. But that’s easy as anyone in the world can sign up for their single share via the website.

The Rooker prize is now open for entries.
• Type your 250 word opening to a novel and the book title on one side of A4
• Attach it to an email to with the subject line: ROOKER PRIZE ENTRY, and put your name and contact details in the email.
• Closing date is Thursday 20th April 2023
• The winner will be announced on International Crow and Raven Appreciation Day – April 27th

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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 match day 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 Barclays 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. Lewes 2000 FC Limited is 100% owned by Lewes Community Football Club.

Honorary President Terry Parris
Chair Stuart Fuller
Directors Willa Bailey, Tim Bradshaw, Ed Briggs, Scott Currie, Stuart Fuller, Andy Gowland, Lucy Mills, John Peel, Trevor Wells
Chief Executive Officer Maggie Murphy

Life Members
Peter Brook, Dorothy Brook RIP, Vic Blunt RIP, Pat Dartnell, Gary Elphick, Gordon Fowlie, Peter Hiscox RIP, Billy Nixon, Derrick Parris RIP, 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 Scott Booth
GK Coach Daniel Matraszek

General Manager Lynne Burrell

Nutritionist Stefano Montanari
Club Doctor Dr Daniel Hudson
Head Physiotherapist Adam Hutchins
Physiotherapist Maria Melero
Sports Therapist Liam Jenman
Sport Scientist Ivi Casagrande
Mental Coach Sarah Murray
Data Analyst Tom Drummer
Kit Manager Kerri Coombs

Communications Manager Jack Towers
Commercial Manager Stef McLoughlin
Fan Engagement Officer Shrey Nilvarna

Facilities Manager Damien watts

Golden Rook Rob Read

Web Editors Stuart Fuller & Jack Towers
Progcast Editors Stuart Fuller / Jack Towers / Stan Lahood
Club Photographer James Boyes & Grace Jones

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