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Dire days for Lewes FC
As the days draw longer so does the seemingly inevitability of the demise of Lewes Football Club – on Saturday the team lost 2-0 to Woking in a game that could have been their last at the Dripping Pan.
On Bank Holiday Monday the scoresheet saw another loss: this time to Bromley. The impending court action against the club (case due on Wednesday) is disheartening as recent years have seen the club achieve a stunning rise up the football leagues(yup, plural) and now a slide back down again.
Almost 700 fans (of both sides) attended the poignant match on Saturday, many of the Woking lot being rather imbued.
The latest news for ‘Ibbo’s Red and Black Army’ is that an agreement has seemingly been reached with the taxman.
The club owes the HMRC some £110,000, and has pledged a payment of £30,000 with monthly payments of £10,000 to be made in the next yearly quarter. Should the taxman prove to have other opinions the death of the club would be a great loss to the town – especially given that ‘Ibbo’ (Steve Ibbitson – the manager) has gone to great pains to ensure its survival, with the ample help of Jason Hopkinson, working for free, the former having overseen success at the youth team level.
The women’s team have also found – through hard work – their talent rewarded bringing in both the 2008 / 09 Winners Sussex Women's Challenge Cup and 2008 / 09 Winners South East Combination League Cup.
So, a winding up order by the HMRC would prove a considerable dent into sporting talent in the county town. Fingers crossed this does not happen.