Lewes F.C.

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Lewes
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Full nameLewes Football Club
Nickname(s)The Rooks
Founded1885
Ground The Dripping Pan, Lewes
Capacity3,000 [1]
ChairmanStuart Fuller
ManagerTony Russell
League Isthmian League Premier Division
2020–21 Isthmian League Premier Division (season curtailed)
Website Club website
Redevelopment work under way at The Dripping Pan DrippingPan.jpg
Redevelopment work under way at The Dripping Pan

Lewes Football Club is a football club in Lewes, East Sussex, England, who are members of the Isthmian League Premier Division and play at The Dripping Pan.

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History

Lewes dubbed themselves "Equality FC" to support gender equity in football Equality FC badge on Lewes FC women kit.jpg
Lewes dubbed themselves "Equality FC" to support gender equity in football

The club was established in a meeting at the Royal Oak pub on 23 September 1885. [2] In 1896 they were founder members of the East Sussex League. [3] The club finished bottom of the league in 1898–99 and again the following season. The league was expanded to two divisions in 1899, with Lewes placed in the Senior Division, going on to finish last for a third consecutive season. [3] After finishing bottom of the Senior Division again in 1900–01 without winning a match, the club left the league. [4] They later joined the Mid-Sussex League, entering its Senior Division in 1905. [5] The club were Senior Division runners-up in 1907–08 and again in 1909–10 before winning the league in 1910–11. [5]

Lewes then left the Mid-Sussex League for a reformed East Sussex League, [5] [4] [6] and were runners-up in 1912–13. [6] Although they finished bottom of the East Sussex League the following season, the club also played in the Mid-Sussex League and won the league title. [7] After World War I they spent the 1919–20 season in the Brighton, Hove & District League. [8] In 1920 they were founder members of the Sussex County League. [9] The club were runners-up in 1924–25 and again in 1933–34 and 1958–59, [9] also winning the League Cup in 1938–39. [10]

After finishing as runners-up in 1963–64, Lewes won the Sussex County League title the following season and moved up to Division Two of the Athenian League. [9] They were Division Two champions in 1967–68, earning promotion to Division One. After a third-place finish in their first season in Division One, the club won the division the following season (on goal average) and were promoted to the Premier Division. [9] In 1977 they transferred to Division Two of the Isthmian League, in which they finished as runners-up in 1979–80 to earn promotion to Division One. [9]

Lewes remained in Division One of the Isthmian League until being relegated to Division Two at the end of the 1990–91 season. Although they were promoted back to Division One the following season after finishing as runners-up in Division Two, they were relegated again in 1992–93 and again in 1993–94, dropping into Division Three. [9] The club were Division Three runners-up in 2000–01 and were promoted to Division Two. [9] The following season saw the club reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time; drawn at home to Stoke City, the match was moved to the Britannia Stadium with Stoke winning 2–0. [9] The club finished the season by winning the Division Two title to secure promotion to Division One South; [9]

After winning the Division One South title in 2003–04, Lewes entered a series of play-offs for promotion to the newly formed Conference South; they defeated Yeading 1–0, Basingstoke Town 4–1 and Kingstonian 1–0 to earn a place in the new sixth tier division. [9] Although the club finished fourth in the Conference South in its inaugural season, they were prevented from taking part in the promotion play-offs as the Dripping Pan did not meet the standards required for the Conference National. [11] Another fourth-place finish in 2005–06 saw the club again denied the opportunity to participate in the play-offs.

In 2006–07 Lewes reached the first round of the FA Cup again, losing 4–1 at home to Darlington. [9] The following season saw another first round appearance, ending in a 3–0 defeat at Mansfield Town. After winning the Conference South title at the end of the season, the club were promoted to the Conference National, having carried out works on the Dripping Pan. However, after winning the title, manager Steve King and all-but-one of the first team squad left the club. [12] The following season saw them finish bottom of the Conference National, resulting in relegation back to the Conference South. [9] In 2010 the club was bought for £1 by six fans and turned into a community-owned initiative.

In 2010–11 Lewes were relegated to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League, where they played until being relegated to Division One South at the end of the 2015–16 season. [9] In July 2017 the club became the first professional or semi-professional football club to pay its women's team the same as its men's team. [13] They were Division One South runners-up in 2017–18, earning promotion back to the Premier Division.

Stadium

The Dripping Pan. Lewes vs Eastbourne Borough on 1 January 2009 Leweseastbourne2009.jpg
The Dripping Pan. Lewes vs Eastbourne Borough on 1 January 2009

The club have played at the Dripping Pan since their formation, [2] although they temporarily relocated to the Convent Field adjacent to the Dripping Pan for the two seasons immediately before World War I. [1]

Current squad

The team before the match against Horsham on 29 August 2016 Lewes F.C. - 29 August 2016.jpg
The team before the match against Horsham on 29 August 2016
As of 23 May 2021 [14]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Lewis Carey
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Alex Malins
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Nic D'Arienzo
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG James Beresford
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Tegan Freeman
Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Freddie Parker
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Brad Santos
MF Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  ZIM Bradley Pritchard
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Joe Taylor
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Luke Blewden

Club officials

Honours

Records

See also

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