We were delighted, in this season’s end of year awards, to enter our incredible captain, Rhian Cleverly, into the Lewes FC Hall of Fame.
The term ‘legend’ is thrown around a lot in football, but no truer word could be spoken about the woman that is Rhian Cleverly.
Rhian joined the club in the summer of 2019 from French side, Le Havre, and in the 2020 offseason, was then made captain of the club.
Ever since, she has led by example supporting the team on and off the pitch, including a difficult period in which she was sidelined with injury.
She is also the Player Liaison at the club playing a vital role in the support of her teammates off the field and always steps up when called upon.
What’s more, she was a focal point in the player-led campaign for equal prize money in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup prior to our tie with Manchester United.
This saw her and the rest of her teammates, release an open letter to Karen Carney ahead of the Women’s Football Review and call for an #EqualFACup.
Upon entering the Lewes FC Hall of Fame, our CEO, Maggie Murphy, had this to say on Rhian: “Rhian has been a phenomenal captain and leader for the club.
“This season she led the team to a historic FA Cup Quarter-Final, but she has been exemplary since taking on the captaincy in 2020, leading the team to our highest ever league position during a tumultuous pandemic period.
“She puts the team before herself in every situation, acts with integrity and candour – but importantly also with fun, never taking herself too seriously.
“She has been a core building block in the professionalisation of the club and deserves all the recognition that the Hall of Fame bestows.”
Thank you again Rhian, for everything you do for Lewes!