Lewes F.C.

Lewes F.C.

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Lewes Football Club is an English football team based in Lewes, East Sussex who will play the 2011–12 season in the Isthmian League Premier Division after relegation from the Conference South.


Lewes Football Club was formed at a meeting at a local pub (The Royal Oak) in 1885 and initially wore green shirts designed to evoke the surrounding South Downs. The present red and black kit was adopted in 1893.

Having won the championship of the Mid Sussex League twice before World War I, Lewes became founder members of the Sussex County League in 1920. They were runners-up on four occasions but it was not until 1964-65 that they were finally able to win the championship, after which they stepped up to the Athenian League.

After winning the Division 2 title in 1968, promotion to the Premier Division followed just two years later when the club won the Division 1 title.In 1977 Lewes joined the newly expanded Isthmian League, initially in Division 2. Promotion to Division 1 came in 1980 but in 1991 the Rooks were relegated. They bounced back at the first attempt but could only manage one season at this level before two successive relegations saw them in Division 3, where they actually finished second from bottom of the entire league on two occasions.

During the 1998-99 season Jimmy Quinn joined the club as manager and the club soon claimed two consecutive promotions, taking them to the Isthmian League Division One South.

After Steve King took over as manager, in the...
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