Lewes co-director Karen Dobres says that the club would one day like to record a unique victory over Spanish giants Barcelona and become the world’s most fan-owned football club.
The Catalan giants are currently owned by close to 150,000 fans while Sussex club Lewes, who pride themselves on paying both their male and female players equally, have around 1,700 owners themselves spread across 35 different countries.
When speaking in a Lewes District Council webinar earlier today, Lewes’ co-director Dobres reiterated the club’s desire to initially become the most fan-owned club in the UK while world domination remains the club’s ultimate dream. She also highlighted the role which a growing pool of owners could make in helping the club push forward with their off-field moral campaigns.
“One of our missions as a football club is to first become the most owned club in England and then the world,” Dobres said. “The reason that we want to do this is not just because we fancy being the most owned club in the world, it is because we then have that bigger platform for our message and we can prove concept that actually, valuing people properly and treating people economically works as well as morally. That’s why we want to be the most owned club in the world, it’d just be great fun for little Lewes to do that.
“At the moment, we are on 1,700 owners, we need to get to around 4,000 to be the most owned in the UK and then we need to get to 150,000 to be the most owned in the world because that beats Barcelona, a little club called Barcelona in Spain somewhere.
“We want to beat them and that would be quite a coup. It would mean that we could stay completely independent with this independent revenue stream, build up a movement of people aligned over common causes, wanting to do things the right way and prove to the world that sometimes the good guy wins.”
While Lewes are forever grateful for their owners both across the UK and the world, the club are keen to attract further backing from those living locally. Dobres called on the people of the Lewes District to support the club by increasing the current pool of owners.
She added “We really, really want to encourage people to take up those ownerships of Lewes FC. At the moment, about half of our owners come from the Lewes District.
“Our heart and soul is Lewes and we would really like as many people as possible in the Lewes District to sign up and become owners, help us achieve our goal, help us prove that ‘we over me’ really works and that football can be done a different way.”
While Lewes are looking to make history and achieve goals off the pitch, the club are certainly achieving them on the pitch. The club’s women’s team finished fifth in the FA Women’s Championship this season, their best-ever finish. The Rookettes have long term ambitions of reaching the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and a greater ownership movement would certainly help that push for further success.
To find out how you can become an owner of Lewes FC visit their official club website.