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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Needham Market 2 Harwich & Parkeston 1

Ridgeons League Premier Division
Bloomfield's, Needham Market, Suffolk

Needham Market

As the 2007-08 football season reaches it’s sharp end, and the silverware starts being handed out, now is the time to shamelessly attach yourself to one of the clubs likely to be the recipients of some of it. Last season Gosport Borough and AFC Totton where my chosen ones, the former successfully lifting the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division title, while the latter were losing finalists in the new Wembley’s first FA Vase Final.

Needham Market

This year Needham Market and Ebbsfleet United have my undivided/divided attention as the former having already lifted the Suffolk Premier Cup in Tuesday’s final at Fortress Portman Road, push for their first ever Ridgeons League Premier Division title, and the latter, cheered on by MyFootballClub.co.uk members and the natives of Gravesham (myself being one – but more on that in a future post), take on Torquay United at Wembley in the FA Trophy Final in just over two weeks time.

Needham Market

Needham Market is nine miles north-west of Ipswich and first developed around the wool industry until the plague swept through the place in the mid-to-late 17th century. It sits beside the River Gipping (one of the rivers that form the River Orwell) which was developed into a important trading route known as the Ipswich and Stowmarket Navigation, with the construction of fifteen locks, a successful enterprise that continued until it was closed to traffic in 1932 (but has since seen some restoration work at the hand’s of these folk).

Needham Market

Needham Market FC moved to their Bloomfield’s ground in 1996 having previously played at two other venues in the town since their formation in 1919. The ground takes it’s name from long time servant Derrick Bloomfield who first played for the club over 60 years ago and after hanging up his boots has served the team in one capacity or another ever since. A fitting tribute the place is too. The ground attendance record was recently set at 1,375 for the visit of Kirkham & Wesham in the 2nd Leg of FA Vase Semi-Final (a 4-2 aggregate loss for Needham sadly) with fan’s housed in neat and well maintained facilities that include a grandstand with seating for ninety, a small covered terrace along on half of the opposite touchline and hard-standing around the remainder of the pitch. The tea hut behind one goal serves up a pretty mean brew and burger, and for those requiring something stronger there is a large clubhouse (part of which is currently being refurbished). The playing surface is in pretty good nick too and played host to a few ITFC home reserve fixtures two seasons back.

Needham Market

Sixth place was achieved in the Premier Division last campaign along with victory in the East Anglian Cup Final, and a come from behind victory tonight leaves the Red’s just six points shy of leaders Soham Town Rangers with a pair of games in hand. The final fixture of the season pits the two sides against each other at Soham’s Julius Martin Lane ground on May 3rd.

Needham Market

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Vital statistics: Admission 5 pounds, programme 1 pound, cup of tea 50 pence, attendance 134.

Match Number: 1434

posted by chevblue at 11:53 pm






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