Season 2022-2023 Review
Not even Super Mario could save a dismal Lewes side from Premier League disaster
Media Prediction: 20th (The Prediction Man strikes back!)
My Expectation: Survival
Final Position: 20th
We knew it would be tough work but nothing could prepare us for the smashing we took this season. It all looked so bright at the beginning of the season when we ran rings around West Brom but failed to secure three points in a 1-1 draw. We were a shambles, and shambles deserve to be in the Championship instead of the Premiership.
I signed Mario Balotelli in a Carsonesque attempt to save our season but it wasn't as effective in a higher level, we took very little out of this season other than the monetary benefits. We made over £20 million pounds (including parachute payments) during our time in the top flight, and with the Thomas Cook Stadium finally built we can look forward to a solid Championship campaign with a bit of reinforcement.
FA Cup: Newcastle beat us 2-0 at the Thomas Cook Stadium to send us out in a Fifth Round Replay.
League Cup: We saw out our days at the Dripping Pan with a final splendid victory 3-2 win against Blackburn in the Third Round but Everton proved too difficult to overcome as we were beaten 3-4 in the Fourth Round.
Managers Player of the Season
Josh Swan: A bright spark in an otherwise dull season, Swan left to join Fulham shortly after the season in a £2.5 million pound deal, but his influence in preventing an even worse finish with a 7.04 avg rating was plain to see.
Season 2023-2024 Review
Young Lewes fans celebrate an incredible season which has seen them become the talk of England.
Media Prediction: 3rd
My Expectation: Winners
Final Position: 1st
After a season of losing I was well aware that I did not want another experience quite like that. In response, I decided to make radical changes, which included shipping out some of the clubs legends. These lads may have helped us get to where we wanted to be, but the simple fact is they weren't good enough to help us stay there. We stood at a new era for the club, and as the season got underway it became clear we wouldn't be disappointed.
Where to start then? Our record breaking title run, our incredible season in the cups, our record breaking top scorers. The simple fact is we came together to shake off the disappointment of last season and go on a big run towards a return to the Premiership. We did just that, breaking the points record for theChampionship with 112 points. Our two top strikers, Richard Boateng and Robert Wojcik, became club legends as they constantly traded the spot for top scorer. In the end Boateng triumphed with 45, but only by a single goal, with the two racking up 89 goals in all competitions.
The team was typified on the final day, a solitary goal from Richard Boateng sealing our points record with a neat finish in front of the Meade Stand. This team definitely has the Premiership ability, now they just have to show it.
Things are looking bright for next season, We've signed a new shirt sponsorship deal with AMD (shirts on the way!) which will open up more revenue for the club, and more TV money will be available thanks to our Premiership status. Here's to, hopefully, staying up.
I was only runner up for Championship MOTY as well! AGAIN!
FA Cup: We went all the way to the Quarter Finals in the national knockout cup but Chelsea came back for revenge with a 4-2 win at the Thomas Cook Stadium. So near, but yet so far.
League Cup: We were minutes away from our first ever domestic cup final. Having beaten six teams including the likes of Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool, we came up against a resilient and heavily favoured Newcastle in the Semi Finals. We took them all the way to extra time at the Sports Direct Arena but came up just short as they went home with a 4-3 win on aggregate.
Managers Player of the Season
Richard Boateng and Robert Wojcik: Inseparable. So prolific was our partnership up front that we simply couldn't choose one over the over. As said above, 89 goals in all competitions gave us our best season on record.
Season Division Position Points Achievements -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012/13 Blue Square South 8th 67 FA Trophy Semi Finalists 2013/14 Blue Square South 3rd 72 Promoted via playoffs, BSS Manager of the Year 2014/15 Blue Square Premier 12th 63 2015/16 Blue Square Premier 10th 69 FA Cup Third Round 2016/17 Blue Square Premier 1st 87 Blue Square Premier Champions, BSP Manager of the Year 2017/18 Npower League 2 1st 85 Npower League 2 Champions, League 2 Manager of the Year 2018/19 Npower League 1 4th 81 Promoted via playoffs, League 1 Manager of the Year 2019/20 Npower Championship 11th 64 New 16,616 capacity stadium planned 2020/21 Npower Championship 11th 67 2021/22 Npower Championship 2nd 94 Npower Championship Runner Up, Npower Championship Manager of the Year Runner Up 2022/23 Barclays Premiership 20th 23 Relegation, Moved into the 16,616 capacity Thomas Cook Stadium (Lewes Stadium) 2023/24 Npower Championship 1st 112 Npower Championship Champions, Npower Championship Manager of the Year Runner Up