Tag: Lewes

Match Of The Midweek: Lewes 2-1 Thurrock

After a defeat at Staines Town in their opening Blue Square South match of the season on Saturday afternoon, the real test followed for Lewes this evening. Tonight’s match against Thurrock wasn’t merely their first home match of the new season. It was the first test of a brave new world, the first chance to see if they have a chance of stabilising their club under new management. The rise of Lewes from the lower reaches of the Isthmian League to the Blue Square Premier between 2002 and 2008 could, in theory, have been described as a fairy tale, but in truth it was largely funded on a house of cards. The club got financially way ahead of itself, and the resulting¬† mountain of debt, as well as a degree of mismanagment, almost led to its death. The Rooks125 group is promising a rebirth for the club, and it looks extremely promising. A group of supporters have taken over the running of the club and their aim is for the club owned by its own entire community. It doesn’t merely require supporters to be members an owners of the club, but for the whole of the town to fall in behind the club and help it to work. It is making an appeal for volunteers to assist in the running of the club and even benefactors are welcome, as...

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Compare & Contrast In Sussex

Perhaps the most important thing about a financial crisis at a football club is how the club itself reacts to the situation that has pushed it to the edge. Two non-league clubs in the south of England, Crawley Town and Lewes, have given every impression of being in a perpetual state of flux over the last few years but their behaviour this summer couldn’t have been more different, with one choosing a new ownership structure which should go some way towards ensuring that its recent near-death experience is never repeated, while the other has decided to go down the opposite route and spend, spend, spend. Crawley Town’s name has become synonymous with financial management for several seasons, with debts rising as high as ¬£1.8m in 2006 before being cleared, although the club did end up back at the High Court in London in March of this year, fighting off another a winding up petition. Azwar Majeed, one of the brothers that had driven the club so close to the edge, ended up in prison for tax fraud. One might have expected the club to have learnt that financial prudence is key to the club’s long-term survival, but their behaviour in the transfer market this summer is raising concerns that their cycle of boom and bust is about to start again. Since the start of July, when Bruce Winfield became...

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Lewes 0-0 St Albans City

It’s a fresh, spring evening, and the eyes of most of the football world are fixed upon the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. In one small corner of East Sussex, however, a match is being played out in the Blue Square South between two clubs that have both had their degree of problems over the last couple of years but have reacted to them in broadly different ways. While Lewes sit in the relegation places with their supporters facing an end to the season that promises to reduce their fingernails to tatters, St Albans City are playing out their final games against a backdrop of incrimination that threatens to tear the club completely asunder. It feels as if Lewes may be over the worst of their woes, but that this is all yet to come for the club that they host this evening. For the home side, it’s a critical match and the club seems to know it. They have halved their admission prices this evening in a bid to bring in some extra support, and the reasons for this are evident from the league table. A 2-1 win at Worcester City on Saturday leave them two points behind Worcester, but with two games in hand on them, of which this is the first. That they are still in with a decent chance of staying up...

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Match Of The Week: Lewes 2-0 Weston-Super-Mare

Lewes supporters could be forgiven for feeling as if they have stepped off a rollercoaster this week, and a new, positive air was in evidence at The Dripping Pan for their match against fellow Blue Square South strugglers Weston-Super-Mare.

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Forty-Eight Hours To Save Lewes Football Club

Lewes FC of the Blue Square South are back in court on Wednesday, and this time they need to find £48,000 in order to avoid being wound up. It is, yet again, time for their supporters to close their eyes and keep their fingers crossed.

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