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Thursday, April 28, 2005

Bury Town

Bury Town 0 AFC Sudbury 1

Bury Town

After faltering at Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday evening (suffering a 3-1 reverse), AFC Sudbury clinched their fifth consecutive Ridgeons Premier (Eastern Counties) League league title with a 1-0 win over their nearest challengers and local rivals Bury Town at Ram Meadow, Bury St Edmunds. In front of a healthy crowd of 457 Sudbury’s Simon Hyde first half goal proved to be the decider and AFC can now look forward to their FA Vase Final against Didcot at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane on May 14th where they will be looking to go one better than their two previous appearances in the final having lost their the last two seasons.

Bury Town, who are assured the runner’s-up spot have the Suffolk Premier Cup Final at Portman Road, Ipswich next Tuesday as a consolation. Bury held mighty Bournemouth & Boscombe to a 0-0 draw at their old Kings Road ground in the 1st round of the FA Cup way back in 1968/69 season, going out 3-0 in the replay. They have enjoyed a reasonable amount of success in local league and cup competitions and this season reached the quarter-finals of the FA Vase, the second time they have done so.

Incidentally, on the bench, but a non-participant in AFC’s win last night, was one Lee Norfolk, who as well as being a half decent midfielder at this level also has the distinction of being the first New Zealander to play in the Premiership, making as he did a couple of top-flight appearances for Ipswich in 1995.

I used to live next door to the daughter of one of the Bury Town’s director’s and remember a conversation I had with him a few years back about the costs associated with running a non-league side. Surprisingly, in Bury’s case anyway, the major one is not player fees, not referee expenses, not travel expenses, nor the cost of maintaining their Ram Meadow ground, but balls and the loss of same! Quite a few find their way into a small river that runs along one side of the ground or the dense undergrowth and trees behind one goal, but many are just plain nicked. On one occasion a ball sailed over the fence behind the goal into the car park beyond. As my director friend went to retrieve it he discovered a motorist placing the 45 quid plastic orb in the trunk of his car and then calmly driving off with it!

Ram Meadow is located just to the east of the Town centre and behind one of the town’s main car parks so parking is never a problem for fans. The ground, which looks much the better for a lick of paint last summer, has cover on all four sides, a small amount of seating along both flanks and concrete terracing at each end. The clubhouse is open matchdays, for those requiring a beer or something stronger, while hot refreshments are available from the adjacent and quite decent Just-A-Bite snack bar.

Having lived in and around Bury for many years I can personally recommend a visit to the Town itself, before, during or after a game, which veritably oozes charm and quaintness. Requiring particular mention is the St Edmundsbury Cathedral and one of the better uses to which public funds were put to celebrate the Millennium. The “Suffolk Cathedral Millennium Projects” aim is to complete the last unfinished Anglican cathedral in England. Construction of the nave began way back in 1503 and while the east end was completely rebuilt between 1963 and 1970 the tower and other works were left unfinished – until know. As the tower approaches completion it has transformed the skyline of the Suffolk town. More on that here.

Match: 72 (2004/05) 1,236 (Lifetime)

posted by chevblue at 10:45 pm






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