STEVE KING wasted little time in bolstering his Lewes FC squad when he this week secured the return of three of his Rooks championship-winning squad of 2008.
King, who was last week re-installed as the boss of the Dripping Pan outfit after being ousted from the post three years ago, has begun preparations for the new season by signing four players from his former side Farnborough.
Rooks fans will be delighted to see the return of former captain and talisman Steve Robinson, plus midfield powerhouse Gary Holloway and sharp-shooting striker Paul Booth.
The club website confirmed the trio’s return on Tuesday, adding: “Ex-Lewes skipper Steve Robinson made 35 appearances for Farnborough last season and was named in last season’s Blue Square Bet South Team of the Year which was voted for by all the managers in the league.
“Midfielder Holloway has not lost his reputation as a tenacious tackler and made 39 appearances last season, scoring the only goal in the semi-final play off away to Woking in April.
“And Booth was the 2008 Blue Square South top scorer and showed he still knows where the net is with a hat-trick for Farnborough when they visited the Dripping Pan in March. He was also on the scoresheet in the Blue Square Bet South Play Off Final last month against Ebbsfleet United.
“All three return to the Dripping Pan having been part of the 2008 Blue Square Bet South title-winning side.
“They are joined by versatile defender/midfielder Nic Ciardini who had been at Cherrywood Road for 12 years having come through the youth system. He made 41 appearances last season and can play anywhere on the left.”
And another former Rooks player, Simon Wormull, has returned to Lewes as the club’s youth team boss.
Wormull, another popular member of the 2008 title-winning side, returned to the Pan for a spell last season before moving on to Three Bridges in the County League. He retired from playing football at the end of last season, and new Lewes manager King has acted quickly to add one of his former players to his management team.
King said: “I’ve brought him on board because I think he’s a great example to kids of how to play the game. His coaching style will mirror that of the first team. In fact, he’ll also be working with the first team so that we can have really close links between the two sides.”
A Lewes FC spokesman said: “The club would like to officially thank Chris Rivers for his work as youth team manager last season, following his decision to stand down last month.”
Meanwhile, to mark the club’s new community ownership last season, the board adopted two charities: Lewes Victoria Hospital and the NSPCC, to be home and away shirt sponsors. And this season the club is proud to again offer their shirt sponsorship to charity and are asking fans to help decide which name will adorn the home shirt.
Supporters can nominate charities from within Sussex, preferably with close connections to Lewes, which they feel would benefit most from a season on the famous red and black stripes. This can be a new charity, a well-established charity or maybe even the Victoria Hospital again.
The board will sift through all nominations and announce the chosen charity in the next few weeks.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your submission and a very brief explanation as to why you think it should be the club’s home shirt sponsor next season. But be quick – nominations close 5pm next Tuesday, June 21.