Wednesday 11 October 2023 7:30pm – The Continental Tyres League Cup – The Dripping Pan

Welcome to The Dripping Pan for tonight’s opening Continental Tyres League Cup game against Crystal Palace. 

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Lewes FC Women 2023/24

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 17: Players of Lewes pose for a team photograph prior to the Barclays FA Women’s Championship match between Sheffield United and Lewes at Bramall Lane on September 17, 2023 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Jess Hornby – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)


Good evening and welcome to our first Continental League Cup game of the season as we host Crystal Palace.  I hope the players, fans, management and officials enjoy our hospitality and have a safe journey home.

It’s fair to say we aren’t where we hoped or planned to be in the FA Women’s Championship at this stage of the season.  You can’t fault any of our effort – again on Sunday at Reading we dominated the possession yet simply couldn’t find the opportunities to test the Reading keeper. 

I read the chat about needing another striker and I’m sure Scott would love nothing more than having a proven goal scorer to call upon but it isn’t as simple as that.  There’s a dearth of such players around the game at our level.  We can of course look overseas but then we run into issues with work permits and visas.  We also have to contend with a transfer window.  So, whilst our network of scouts and analysts will be out identifying targets, it’s unlikely we will be able to bring someone in before January.

That means we work on a way of playing that focuses on the team rather than the individual.  Scott has a wealth of experience and I know will have a plan for the coming games.

Tonight is a different type of game.  Our record in the cup competitions last season was good and I know this is a tournament that we’ve been overdue a run in, so let’s get behind the team tonight and look to get off on a winning foot.

We have now provided all of our owners the necessary information for the vote as to whether accept the Mercury 13 investment proposal.  The vote will start on the 24th and last for a week.  Please read all the information and make your decision when the opportunity arises.

Come on you Rooks!



LEWES, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Lewes manager Scott Booth during the Barclays FA Women’s Championship match between Lewes and Durham at The Dripping Pan on April 30, 2023 in Lewes, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Hello everyone welcome to the Dripping Pan this evening.

We were again left disappointed that we didn’t take anything from Reading. I thought first half we were the stronger team and we retained possession well. 

We didn’t find too many clear cut chances which is where we need to be better, in that final third. 

Then the second-half we again created a couple of small opportunities but nothing concrete. 

We made a couple of mistakes in the penalty box and we’re punished for it. That’s really been the way that it has been for us. 

In every game, we’ve had spells where we’ve done well but I think this game in particular, away to Reading, we looked the better team for large periods. 

But we have to understand that the Championship is really tight you need to take opportunities when they come your way and try to create more. 

The last few games we’ve been in good positions but the passing just has to be more spot on. 

We’re giving ourselves a harder time by giving away possession or not finding the pass detail required to create good goal-scoring margins. 

This all has to be better and improve, we see these players every day in training and we know they can do it, but it’s different in those game situations. 

We’ve got players that can hurt the opposition, it’s not a blame culture, it’s not our strikers fault, because a lot of our play is good to a point but that decision making just has to be better. 

I think it’s always a different feeling playing in the cup, and for us it gives us an opportunity to work on those things we need to improve on. 

The games are coming thick and fast and the players love to play and we have players looking like they’re coming back. 

Rigs is a player we’ve managed to get back which will help us, and Maria is getting closer although she won’t be ready for tonight, so that will give us a bit more strength moving forward.

Thank you everyone for your continued support.



Hey there! We wanted to share an important event with you. Did you know that October 10th was World Mental Health Day? In celebration of this day, Lewes FC runs a project called “Football Therapy”. 

This project provides a safe space for people who struggle with mental health issues to come and play football and build connections with others who share the same love for the sport. The project has been running for over ten years now, and it relies on donations from the public to keep going. 

Tonight, Josh, the lead of the Football Therapy Project, will be collecting donations at the game. The session is free to attend, and if you or someone you know is interested in attending the session, it runs on Tuesdays at the Rookery 3g from 19:30 to 20:30. If you have any questions about the project or if you would like to attend the session, please email Josh at



The club was formed in 1992 as Crystal Palace Ladies F.C.. Since 2003, the club has risen up England’s football pyramid, winning the South East Combination Women’s Football League in 2003–04, and later achieved their first cup success beating Chelsea in the Surrey FA County Cup Final in 2011. Palace reached the FA Women’s Premier League in 2013–14. The club won the Division One title in 2015–16 after going the whole season undefeated and also won the Surrey FA County Cup that same season beating AFC Wimbledon in the final.

In 2018, The Guardian newspaper claimed that the Crystal Palace Ladies reserve team players were told “they face not being able to represent the club any longer if they cannot each raise ÂŁ250 in sponsorship, or put up the money themselves”, though the club reported this as “inaccurate.” The Crystal Palace F.C. men’s star first team player Wilfried Zaha, who had just signed a new contract made “a substantial financial contribution” to help subsidise the club’s female section. The club issued a statement: “Everyone knows what Crystal Palace means to Wilf and he wants to give the same opportunities to the next generation of aspiring players at Palace Ladies that he enjoyed when coming up through junior teams.”

In 2019, the women’s team was featured in Harry’s Heroes: The Full English, a television documentary shown on ITV. They lost 1–0 to a team of male former professional footballers.

On 10 June 2019, the club announced it would play as “Crystal Palace FC” instead of “Crystal Palace Ladies F.C.” following the growing trend within the women’s game to move away from the term “Ladies”.

  1. Fran Kitching
  2. Annabel Johnson
  3. Felicity Gibbons
  4. Chloe Arthur
  5. Anna Filbey
  6. Aimee Everett (c)
  7. Isabella Sibley
  8. Molly Sharpe
  9. Elise Hughes
  10. Annabel Blanchard
  11. Kirsten Reilly
  12. Lia Cataldo
  13. Natalia Negri (GK)
  14. Paige Bailey-Gayle
  15. Hayley Nolan
  16. Ellie Noble
  17. Lexi Potter
  18. NA
  19. Keira Barry
  20. Polly Doran
  21. Shauna Guyatt
  22. Araya Dennis
  23. NA
  24. Shanade Hopcroft
  25. Lucy Watson
  26. NA
  27. NA
  28. NA
  29. NA
  30. Demi Lambourne (GK)
  31. Annis-Clara Wright (GK)
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 08: Players of Crystal Palace line up for a team photo prior to the Barclays Women’s Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace at Ewood Park on October 08, 2023 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Ben Roberts – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)


23 Apr 2023ChampionshipCrystal Palace4Lewes1
4 Dec 2022ChampionshipLewes0Crystal Palace1
27 Nov 2022Conti CupCrystal Palace1Lewes4
13 Mar 2022ChampionshipLewes2Crystal Palace0
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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.


“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
Acting Chair Trevor Wells
Directors Willa Bailey, Tim Bradshaw, Ed Briggs, Andy Gowland, John Peel, Trevor Wells, Priscilla Aldridge
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
Assistant Manager Natalie Lawrence

General Manager Lynne Burrell

Club Doctor Dr Daniel Hudson
Head Physiotherapist Adam Hutchins
Sports Therapist Liam Jenman
Sports Therapist Intern Beth Lenihan
Sport Scientist Ivi Casagrande
Mental Coach Sarah Murray
Data Analyst Tom Drummer
Kit Manager Kerri Coombs

Communications Manager Jack Towers
Commercial Manager Stef McLoughlin
Operations Manager Ryan Sullivan
Fan Engagement Manager
Shrey Nilvarna
Facilities Manager Damien Watts

Golden Rook Rob Read

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


Sunday 22 OCTOBER 2023 – 12:00PM KICK OFF

Barclays Women’s Championship