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St Patrick’s Day at the Pan

6 March 2019

St Patrick’s Day at the Pan

Lewes FC's poster features political campaigner Olive Morris and player Charley Boswell.

Fans of Lewes FC Women will not need the luck of the Irish to have a good time at the next home match on St Patrick’s Day as the club is putting on a host of Irish themed special events.     

Lewes FC Women is due to play Millwall Lionesses in the Championship League on Sunday 17 March at 2pm and the club has promised an action-packed, family-friendly afternoon both on and off the pitch.  

St Patrick’s Day is a special day for at least two members of the squad as both have played for Ireland’s national teams. Avilla Bergin plays for Northern Ireland and Sophie Perry has won over 50 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Off the pitch, the club will be celebrating St Patrick’s Day by offering Black Velvet cocktails at the club’s own Rook Inn. Owners of the club are being offered a free Black Velvet and can claim a cocktail by presenting their owners cards to relevant staff on the day.

Lewes FC Director Charlie Dobres said: “We want to make the St Patrick’s Day match a great experience. The football is going to be as hard-fought and exciting as usual and we hope it will be an entertaining day off the pitch as well. There will be an Irish twist to the proceedings so that’s going to be fun.

"On a serious note, each time Lewes FC wins a game, it is a victory for our equal pay policy and as we are a community-owned club, every pound that is spent at the Dripping Pan is re-invested into the club and our players, as we don’t have to pay dividends to shareholders.”  

There are now over 1,600 owners of the 100 per cent community-owned, not-for-profit club. It costs £30 per year to become an owner and all owners are entitled to a Lewes FC discount card, as well as other special one-off offers, and an entertaining weekly newsletter. To become an owner, visit www.lewesfc.com/owners      

This season’s posters feature inspirational women from the opposition’s locale and a Lewes player. Political campaigner Olive Morris, who moved from Jamaica to South London when she was nine, is on the Millwall poster, as well as Lewes player Charley Boswell.

Olive Morris was a black rights campaigner who helped found the Brixton Black Women’s Group. Sadly she died aged just 27 years old after contracting Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.   The poster was designed by local Pop Artist Chris Arran and posters are available to buy at the club shop.

Children will be able to lead the team out as mascots for free and will be given an opportunity to collect players’ signatures on specially designed autograph sheets. This should make it a memorable day out for children and parents alike.        

The Earthquake collective from Newhaven will add to the St Patrick’s Day fun with some entertaining drumming.      

Tickets to women’s matches cost £8 at the gate but can be bought in advance online for £7. Concessions cost £4 (or £3.50 online) and children under 16 go free. Tickets can be bought in advance at LewesFCWomen.com   

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