Unconventional Lewes set to build on Agnew’s legacy despite defeat

Lewes celebrate Kelly Newton's goal against Charlton Athletic (Photo: James Boyes)

Charlton had to come from behind after Kelly Newton’s opener for Lewes (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 1 (Newton 28)
Charlton Athletic 2 (Lee 69; Clifford 74)

They celebrated the past and the future at the Dripping Pan today. Both seemed to be in decent nick.  And even the present wasn’t bad. Continue reading

West Ham ‘sex discrimination’ row could kick-start revolution

Stephen Hunt, co-chairman West Ham United Ladies (Photo: Nicky Hayes)

West Ham Ladies chairman has reported West Ham United to the FA (Photo: Nicky Hayes)

The  joint-chairman of West Ham Ladies looks to be on collision course with the men’s club after reporting them to the FA for alleged discrimination.

But other clubs believe the fallout could yet help speed up changes in attitude and commitment to the women’s game.

Stephen Hunt says his extraordinary action, which conceivably could lead to the Premier League club being punished, was one of last resort after failing to persuade them to offer what he considers to be proper support to the women’s team. Continue reading

Summit plans to lure clubs back into Sussex County Cup

Action from Wivelsfield Green v Brighton Oct 19 2014 Photo: Dave Burt

Brighton have played only one game in reaching the semi-finals of the County Cup (Photo: Dave Burt)

Sussex FA is launching a charm offensive in an attempt to woo clubs back into the county’s top women’s cup competition.

In a move triggered in part by Lewes’s late pullout part-way through this season’s County Cup, administrators plan to meet as many representatives as possible of affiliated clubs to try to persuade them to participate in what they believe should be their principal knockout tournament. Continue reading

Lewes fined as County Cup debate heads for showdown talks

Action from Lewes Development v Portsmouth Development Sep 28 2014

Lewes pulled out of the County Cup to shield their young development players from possible humiliation against Brighton, says Jacquie Agnew

Lewes’s decision to pull out of the Sussex County Cup before their quarter-final clash with rivals Brighton has cost them a fine – and reopened the debate over the future of the competition. Continue reading

Donoghue spoilt for choice as Lewes impress against Chelsea

Lewes 0-0 Chelsea Development

Action from Lewes v Chelsea Development, August 14 2014As an exercise in preparation for the season ahead, Lewes manager John Donoghue could not have asked for more.

After impressive friendly wins against Brentwood and Southampton Saints, he felt his players needed to be challenged, needed to be extended a little further.

And a 90-minute workout against Super League Chelsea’s talented, hard-working youngsters did just that. Continue reading

Donoghue switches from Brighton to Lewes

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Lewes have appointed their close rivals’ former boss, John Donoghue, as their new manager.


Donoghue left Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this month when the club brought in James Marrs, from Gillingham.

Now after less than a fortnight out of a job, Donoghue is back to spearhead the ambitious East Sussex club’s drive towards the Super League. Continue reading