Lewes F.C.

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Full nameLewes Football Club
Nickname(s)The Rooks
GroundThe Dripping Pan, Lewes
ChairmanStuart Fuller
ManagerHugo Langton
LeagueIsthmian League Premier Division
2019–20Isthmian League Premier Division (season abandoned)
WebsiteClub website
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.


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 2010–11 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] They were Division One South runners-up in 2017–18, earning promotion back to the Premier Division. In November 2018 the Club became the first professional or semi-professional football club to pay its women’s team the same as its men’s team, to raise awareness about gender inequality in football. The campaign also aims to encourage more support for women’s and girls’ football across the UK and around the world.


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[edit]

The team before the match against Horsham on 29 August 2016
As of 1 September 2020[13]

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

Pos. Nation Player
GK England ENG Nathan Stroomberg
DF England ENG Kiran Khinda-John
DF England ENG Alex Malins
DF England ENG Christian Frimpong
DF England ENG Nic D'Arienzo
DF England ENG Leon Redwood
DF England ENG James Beresford
Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Tegan Freeman
MF England ENG Theo Widdrington
MF England ENG Ross Barclay
MF England ENG Ronnie Conlon
MF England ENG Brad Santos
FW Mauritius MRI Gary Noël
FW England ENG Aaron Cosgrave
FW England ENG Luke Blewden

Club officials[edit]

  • Manager: Hugo Langton
  • First Team Coaches: Tony Beckingham, Dale Hurley
  • U18s Manager: Dale Hurley
  • Chairman: Stuart Fuller
  • Board members: Ed Briggs, Charlie Dobres, Karen Dobres, Stuart Fuller, Steve Keeegan, Galia Orme, John Peel, Eddie Ramsden, Jon Ruben, Roger Warner
  • Non-Executive Directors: Michelle Bowie Krige, Claire Rafferty
  • Club Secretary: John Peel
  • Club President: Terry Parris


  • Conference South
    • Champions 2007–08
  • Isthmian League
    • Division One South champions 2003–04
    • Division Two champions 2001–02
  • Athenian League
    • Division 1 champions 1969–70
    • Division 2 champions 1967–68
  • Sussex County League
    • Champions 1964–65
    • League Cup winners 1938–39
  • Mid-Sussex League
    • Champions 1910–11, 1913–14
    • Montgomery Cup winners 1908–09, 1910–11[7]
  • Sussex Senior Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1964–65, 1970–71, 1984–85, 2000–01, 2005–06[14]
  • Sussex RUR Cup
    • Winners 1961–62, 1962–63, 1964–65[15]
  • Sussex Floodlight Cup
    • Winners 1976–77
  • Supporters Direct Shield
    • Winners 2012–13


  • Best FA Cup performance: First round, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08[9]
  • Best FA Trophy performance: Third round, 2002–03, 2003–04[9]
  • Best FA Vase performance: Quarter-finals, 2001–02[9]
  • Record attendance: 2,500 vs Newhaven, Sussex County League, 26 December 1947[1]
  • Most appearances: Terry Parris, 662[1]
  • Most goals: Pip Parris, 350[1]
  • Record transfer fee paid: £2,000 for Matt Allen[1]
  • Record transfer fee received: £2,500 from Brighton & Hove Albion for Grant Horscroft[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p453 ISBN 978-1869833695
  2. ^ a b History Lewes F.C.
  3. ^ a b East Sussex League: 1890s Hastings Football History
  4. ^ a b East Sussex League: 1900s Hastings Football History
  5. ^ a b c Part one - pre war Crawley Town History
  6. ^ a b East Sussex League: 1910s Hastings Football History
  7. ^ a b League Honours Mid-Sussex League.
  8. ^ 1919–1920 Season Brighton, Worthing & District League
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Lewes at the Football Club History Database
  10. ^ League Cup Archived 2011-12-06 at the Wayback Machine Sussex County League
  11. ^ 2004–05 Football Conference Football Club History Database
  12. ^ Lewes pay for success When Saturday Comes, 12 March 2009
  13. ^ Players Lewes F.C.
  14. ^ Senior Cup Archived 2010-03-04 at the Wayback Machine Sussex County League
  15. ^ RUR Cup Sussex County League

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