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EUROPEAN FOOTBALL comes to The Dripping Pan as Lewes FC hope for a positive result in their Fenix Trophy debut after a disappointing defeat at Margate on Saturday.

The tournament was founded in 2021 and is a UEFA-sanctioned competition for semi-professional and amateur clubs which invites teams with exceptional community focus, social purpose and innovation to participate.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sussex, Lewes FC CEO, Maggie Murphy, said: “We couldn’t let Brighton have all the fun entering into Europe for the first time this year.”

The visitors, FC Oslo, haven’t played since October 31, 2023, in which they beat Stovnersportsklubb and were crowned league champions meaning they will play in the Norwegian Third Division next year for the first time in the club’s history. 

FC Oslo were beaten in their opening game of The Fenix Trophy by KSK Beveren, 1-0 away from home on the October 26,2023. 

Lewes FC’s fans will have a chance later in the season to visit Norway for the return fixture and Belgium for the away tie against the other team in Group D, KSK Beveren. The inaugural tournament was won by FC United of Manchester, and Lewes will be looking to emulate the success of their English counterparts. 


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