Sunday 3 November 2023 7:00pm – Barclays Women’s Championship – The Dripping Pan

A BIG welcome to today’s game to our Match Sponsors and proud partners, Curve.

Welcome to The Dripping Pan for tonight’s Barclays Women’s Championship game against Charlton Athletic. 

Here is your complimentary e-programme

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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 everyone and I hope you’re all looking forward to a fantastic night ahead.

Growing up in Lewes the anticipation used to build as we approached the Bonfire Celebrations on the 5th (or the 4th if the 5th falls on a Sunday as is the case this year).

There was a tangible element of excitement in the air and the industrious preparations of the bonfire societies was evidenced by erecting their banners, building bonfires and the talk at school was of the wondrous new fireworks that could be purchased from the back of Banana Bills shop and how we could get our hands on a couple of strings of ‘Rookies’.

All the excitement and anticipation of Bonfire Night still exists of course but the hors d’oeuvre to this years celebrations is surely this evening’s match against Charlton Athletic Women and we wish a warm (and on this occasion) a noisy welcome to the players, staff and supporters of Charlton to the Dripping Pan as the match will be played to the backdrop of the Bonfire Society Badge Night meet-ups which invariably involves the detonating of copious amounts of bangers, crackers and the legendary Lewes Rouser.

It may be serendipitous that just over a year ago a board committee was formed to explore ways of attracting fresh funding into the club and we named the initiative ‘Project Firework’, now in Bonfire Week our owners have voted by a healthy majority in favour of moving forward the Mercury 13 Proposal to invest in our Women’s team.

Lewes being Lewes there was informed and impassioned debate and both viewpoints were thoughtfully articulated to the body of owners when the voting papers were e-mailed out.

I would like to express my thanks to everyone who involved themselves in the process by voting, sending in questions, attending town halls and other meetings and hope we can now be united in carrying our club forward to an exciting future. 

I hope that you forgive my digression, returning to the matter in hand I know that you will get behind the team as they endeavour to land our first home league win of the Season.

Following the disappointment of the result against Sunderland last time out the team will be eager to get back into action following the International break.  

Caragh, Maria and Sophie were representing their national teams and both Caragh and Maria found their way on to the scoresheet (Sophie’s aim is of course to prevent anyone from getting on the scoresheet!) so congratulations to them on their international achievements and let’s hope that we can find the back of the net in tonight’s game. 

I would encourage you to take advantage of our Bonfire Food and Drinks menus and thank Shrey for all his excellent work in laying on this Bonfire Extravaganza at the Pan tonight.

Wishing all success to Lewes Women this evening and the Lewes Bonfire Societies tomorrow evening.

Come on You Rooks.


From the dugout… with Scott Booth

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’re obviously disappointed to lose the last game, I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but very similar to a lot of games.

We’ve conceded an early goal, a pretty crazy one to lose, most would agree, that shouldn’t have happened, but it did.

It’s the same as a number of games, where individual errors have cost us a little bit. Certainly at the wrong times.

Then there’s a set play goal, which is something we work incredibly hard on, so two bad goals.

Other than that there was very little in the game but it’s another game where we’ve competed, but not taken our own chances which is what it’s boiling down to with us.

We know we can compete with anyone, we have the ability to win them. We know they’re going to be tight, they’re going to be tough, but it’s the same for the opposition.

So we need to start taking chances, putting the ball in the net when it arises.

International break we’ve had a few away but still a good chunk of players to work with, and we’ve had good training right through.

We’re ready for Charlton, it should be a brilliant atmosphere. It’s bonfire weekend, the whole town is up for it, we’re going to be supported really well.

There’s going to be some fun and games, in terms of the fireworks, and we need the players to bring their own fire.

The fans are going to bring it, that fire is going to be there, and we need the players to match that on the night.

Thank you everyone, and enjoy the game.


Bonfire-themed menu, and bring your own cup initiative!

Spicy foods, fiery cocktails, let’s get in the bonfire mood this evening!!

Bring your cup to the Pan
Fancy getting a drink tonight? If you bring your own reusable plastic cup – you get a discount at the bar! 

Lewes FC shares the results of the owners’ vote

Owners were asked to vote from the 24th October to 31st October on (a) Moving forward with the Mercury/13 proposal; (b) not moving forward with the Mercury/13 proposal.

One thousand and eighty (1,080) votes were cast, of the two thousand, five hundred and seventy three (2,573) eligible owners (the largest owners’ vote in the club’s history).

The results of the vote are as follows:
Turnout: 42%.
Number of votes found to be invalid: 1
732 votes (67.8%) in favour of moving forward with the Mercury/13 proposal
347 votes (32.2%) not in favour of the Mercury/13 proposal

Civica Election Services independently conducted the vote process and have provided confirmation on the fairness and accuracy of the recordings, as far as reasonably practicable.

As a result of the vote, Directors will continue to move forward with conversations with Mercury/13 to explore the potential partnership and will revert with updates over the coming weeks.

We thank you for taking part in the consultation and for your contributions as we move forward with next steps.



Charlton Athletic Women were formed in 2000, when Croydon, who had won the league title and lifted the FA Cup the previous season, came under the umbrella of the Addicks.

The club immediately lifted its first trophy following a draw with Arsenal in August 2000 in the Charity Shield – with both clubs sharing the trophy.

Charlton Athletic Women were formed in 2000, when Croydon, who had won the league title and lifted the FA Cup the previous season, came under the umbrella of the Addicks.
The club immediately lifted its first trophy following a draw with Arsenal in August 2000 in the Charity Shield – with both clubs sharing the trophy

Charlton lifted their first major trophy in 2004, when a goal from substitute Emma Coss, with her first touch, gave the Addicks a 1-0 win against Fulham in the FA Women’s Premier League Cup at the Underhill Stadium.

But disappointment again followed in the FA Cup, with another 3-0 defeat to all-conquering Arsenal at Loftus Road.

It was third-time lucky when Charlton finally got their hands on one of the biggest prizes in the game 12 months later, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Everton in the Women’s FA Cup final at Upton Park; Eniola Aluko scoring the winner.

Arsenal had again emerged victorious in the Premier League Cup final during the 2004/05 campaign and also in the league, as the Addicks ended the campaign as runners-up for the second successive season.

After three years in a row of playing in the FA Cup final, Charlton were beaten by Arsenal in extra-time of the semi-final in 2006/07, but had already won the Premier League Cup for a second time by that stage having beaten the Gunners 2-1 in the final.

In recent times… the 2021/22 season saw the Addicks undergo their first season as a fully professional outfit.

The squad was spearheaded by former Charlton defender and FA Cup winner Karen Hills, whilst Riteesh Mishra, Laura Kaminski and Neil Moore completed the coaching staff. 

The Addicks began their historic campaign with victory at The Oakwood, beating fellow Barclays Women’s Championship side Coventry United 3-1. Ella Rutherford earned the honours of scoring the first goal for the Addicks as a fully professional outfit.

Charlton finished the season in the top half of the table in fifth-place, a substantial improvement on the season before, and Hills’ side ended their campaign on a high as they hosted Durham at The Valley. 710 supporters were in attendance in SE7 as the Addicks came from behind to seal the 2-1 victory.

Emma Follis and Elise Hughes earned the joint honours of top goalscorers as they netted five times apiece. At the other end of the field, Scotland international Eartha Cumings was awarded Player of The Year, as voted by fans for her formidable campaign between the sticks recording nine clean sheets across the season. The squad produced another impressive statistic as they went 882 minutes without conceding across all competitions.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 22: Players of Charlton form a huddle prior to the Barclays Women’s Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace at The Valley on October 22, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)


29 March 2023ChampionshipCharlton1Lewes0
23 Oct 2022ChampionshipLewes2Charlton1
2 Oct 2022Coti CupLewes2Charlton0
16 Jan 2021ChampionshipCharlton1Lewes0
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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
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


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Barclays Women’s Championship