Lewes equality campaign takes football world by storm

Male and female Lewes footballers (publicity photo for the club's Equality FC campaign), July 2017 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes are the talk of football after launching their campaign to bring women’s funding in line with the men’s (Photo: James Boyes)

Ever since Lewes declared to the world that they were going to be “the first professional or semi-professional club to pay its women’s team the same as its men’s team” they have been caught up in a whirlwind of publicity and acclaim.

That publicity machine has been a little slow in delivering some answers to important questions posed by Sent Her Forward.

But with a little help from one of the club’s owners – and an e-mail with answers of sorts from the company handling their media requests – here is Sent Her Forward‘s take on a historic week in the life of Lewes Community Football Club. Continue reading

Georgia bridges the gap as Lewes win first trophy under Donoghue

Lewes celebrate winning the FAWPL Plate, April 23 2017 (Photo: Clive Jones)

The Premier League Plate is Lewes’s first national silverware (Photo: Clive Jones)

  • Lewes beat Huddersfield Town 4-0 to win FAW Premier League Plate
  • Spurs reserves clinch league/cup double after beating Blackburn Rovers 3-1 in extra time in the Reserves League Cup
  • Burgess Hill Town make it a Sussex double as they defeat Cray Valley 2-1 – also after extra time – in the South East Counties Chairman’s Cup final
  • And Parkwood Rangers achieve their own league-and-cup double with a 6-0 League Cup victory over Worthing

Lewes carved their name into Premier League history by winning the league’s Plate competition with a 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town – their first national trophy. Continue reading

Lethal Lewes corner queen causes Basildon to buckle

Sian Heather scores Lewes's second goal against C&K Basildon, March 26 2017

C&K Basildon suffered a difficult first half, during which Sian Heather put Lewes 2-0 up, before putting up a brighter performance after the break (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 3 (Bridges 3, 84; Heather 42)
C&K Basildon 0

Lewes ground out a thoroughly satisfying, if unspectacular, victory over mid-table rivals C&K Basildon to keep alive their hopes of a top-half finish in the Premier League. Continue reading

Result almost academic as experienced Worthing win colleges battle

Newman Lewes Academy 0
Worthing College 6 (Tubby 12, 45, 57; Rolf 16; Booker 55; Pursey 59)

In the battle of the Sussex academies, experience won the day as Worthing College, the academic arm of Brighton’s development set-up, swept aside Newman’s, the newest kids on the block, established by East Sussex rivals Lewes last summer. Continue reading

Lewes win tactical battle as Cardiff’s winning run comes to an end in the FA Cup

Rebecca Carter in action for Lewes v Cardiff City, Jan 8 2017 (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes top scorer Rebecca Carter put her side on the way to an impressive FA Cup win over Cardiff City (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes 2 (R Carter 17; Rutherford 35)
Cardiff City 0

Lewes proved to be Cardiff City’s bogey team once again as the Premier League club ended the high-flying Welsh side’s 13-match winning run and dumped them out of the FA Cup.

John Donoghue’s team denied Cardiff victory for the second time this season, having drawn with them at the start of the campaign, and once again, this was no fluke as they progressed to the third round. Continue reading

Tenacious ten hold out for a draw after Waine red card

Lewes 2 (Carter 2; Rutherford 25)
Crystal Palace 2 (Shakes 19; Maple 58)

Player of the match Leeta Rutherford scored her first goal for Lewes when she fired home from close range (Photo: James Boyes)

Lewes’s tenacious 10 clung on for a gritty draw against Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace, leaving the visitors’ manager frustrated at his own depleted side’s lack of killer instinct. Continue reading

Lewes director wants level playing field for men and women

The Dripping |Pan, Lewees (Photo: Sent Her Forward)

Under a Lewes director’s plans, the women’s team would have the same budget as the men’s

Stephen Hunt’s public exposé of West Ham United’s lack of support for the women’s team that plays in the club’s name may – or may not – have done the Hammers Ladies a big favour.

The directors’ swift decision to take the autonomous – but related – club formally into the ample bosom of the West Ham family after being reported to the FA by West Ham Ladies’ chairman for alleged equality rules breaches, needs now to be followed by tangible, measurable commitment, as well as nice words, if the team are to reap the benefits. Continue reading