New Lewes chairman looks to a bright future

Lewes FC
Lewes FC

Incoming Lewes chairman Stuart Fuller said the club is in good shape to prepare for a Ryman League Premier promotion push next season.

Fuller took on the role from Terry Parris who stood down from the Football Club board last October to take the role as Vice-President.

Stuart was originally elected to the Board back in October 2011 and successfully stood for re-election last year.

He is one half of the match day programme editing team and on most match days he can be heard on the PA as well as being one of the directors who look after the football side of the club.

“I think the club is in good shape and we have a clear vision of what we want to achieve.

“We are a long way from the club who have had three, four and five years of pain and we want to continue that progress.

“I think this club can compete in the Conference South and that is where we are aiming to be. Obviously we competed in the Conference Premier but we just didn’t have the infrastructure in place.”

Lewes had high hopes going into this campaign but have struggled in the lower reaches of the table for most of the campaign.

Fuller added, “It has been a disappointing season we can’t hide from that but there have been factors that have not helped our cause.

“We have struggled with injuries to key players. The likes of Gary Elphick and Jack Walder have missed long parts the season. Now that they are coming back we hope to show some consistency between now and the end of the season.” Fuller intends to continue working closely with the first team. Asked if he anticipates any changes in the first team managerial positions, he added, “That’s a very difficult question to answer right now. Our focus is purely on finishing the season as best we can.

“We want to finish this campaign as high up the league as we can and everyone is working towards that.

“We also have a Sussex Senior Cup semi-final to look forward to against Loxwood. That won’t be easy as Loxwood will be going all out for us.”

On Saturday Lewes welcome play-off chasing Hendon to the Dripping Pan.