Thurlow Nunn League Season Review 2014/15

2014/15 was the third season supported by the valued sponsorship of Thurlow Nunn.

On the pitch Norwich United proved their dominance by winning both the League Championship and the League Challenge Cup. The Planters won the title by 26 points and with 6 games still left to play. They passed the century mark in both league points and goals. Norwich United were also the Thurlow Nunn League side that went furthest in the FA Cup and, along with Stanway Rovers, reached the last 16 of the FA Vase. Their opponents in the League Challenge Cup Final were Walsham le Willows.

Runners up in the league were Godmanchester Rovers who had their best ever finish and in Tom Meechan had the division’s leading goalscorer, just one ahead of Norwich United’s Mat Blake. In addition Godmanchester won the Huntingdonshire Senior Cup.

Third placed Stanway Rovers also had their highest league finish to add to their impressive FA Vase run. The young Kirkley & Pakefield side’s fourth place equaled the club’s best ever performance and Felixstowe & Walton United were fifth. Whitton United are also to be congratulated on being Suffolk Premier Cup runners-up, taking Conference side Lowestoft Town to extra time in the final.

With no team being promoted to Step 4 this season three teams are to be relegated to the First Division at the end of the season. They are Ely City, Diss Town and Wivenhoe Town.

Promoted from the First Division are Champions Long Melford, Swaffham Town and Saffron Walden Town. It will the first time that Long Melford have played in the top tier of the league. Swaffham had the division’s leading goalscorer in Alex Vincent while Saffron Walden had a tense finish to the season beating rivals Great Yarmouth Town in their final match to secure the third promotion spot from their opponents. The match drew a crowd of 762, the highest league attendance for 6 years.

An impressive AFC Sudbury Reserves side beat Great Yarmouth Town in the First Division KO Cup Final, just 6 days after the Bloaters disappointment in the league. Like most of the reserve sides AFC Sudbury finished in the bottom half of the First Division table, although debutants King’s Lynn Town Reserves were a credible fifth.

The Team Performance Awards, kindly sponsored by Thurlow Nunn, were won on two occasions by Norwich United and once by Swaffham Town. Kirkley & Pakefield, Thetford Town and Halstead Town were winners of Fair Play Awards during the season.

Witham Town were Reserve League Champions with Saffron Walden Town winning the Reserve League First Division. Lowestoft Town beat Brightlingsea Regent in a high tempo Chell Trophy Final while Hadleigh United won the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup.

The Thurlow Nunn Youth League maintained its high standards with Histon, Woodbridge Town, Biggleswade Town, Dereham Town and Brightlingsea Regent winning the regional divisions. Biggleswade went on to win the Championship play-offs, beating Woodbridge after extra time in the final.. Needham Market won the Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup, beating Histon in the final, while Royston Town had an excellent run in the FA Youth Cup before bowing out 2-1 to Arsenal.

Finally the season saw the sad passing of local football stalwarts Keith Dixon (Woodbridge Town), Roger Wosahlo (Ipswich Wanderers) and Tony Dickerson (Wroxham).

2014/15 Leading Goalscorers




Premier Division
Tom Meechan (Godmanchester Rovers)  34
Mat Blake (Norwich United)  33
Ollie Mann (Brantham Athletic)  25

First Division
Alex Vincent (Swaffham Town)  28
Jamie Griffiths (Long Melford)  24
Joe Jackson (Swafham Town )  22

Reserve League
Joe Dear (Witham Town)  27
Harry Liskus (Long Melford )  13
Keiron Baker (Brightlingsea Regent)  12

Youth League & Cup
Danny Smith (Framlingham Town)  26
Keiran Davis (Biggleswade Town)  24
Liam Jackson (Easton & Otley College)  24

Biggleswade Town are Youth League Champions

Congratulations to Biggleswade Town Youths who have won the Youth League Championship in their first season with the league.

They beat Woodbrdige Town 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s Championship Play off Final at Diss Town FC.

Season 2015/16 Start Date

Following the release of FA Competition Dates it is now confirmed that the 2015/16 Season for Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division and Division 1 sides will commence on Saturday August 8th 2015.

FA Vase Final to Double Up with FA Trophy Final in 2015/16

The FA have announced the that 2015/16 FA Vase Final will be played at Wembley on Sunday 22 May 2016. It will form part of a double header with the FA Trophy Final to be played on the same day.

The FA have also announced that the dates of the various rounds of their competitions will be announced next week. The 2015/16 Thurlow Nunn League Premier and First Division seasons will commence on the Saturday before the date scheduled for the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.

Needham Market Lift Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup

Congratulations to Needham Market who beat Histon 3-1 in tonight’s Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup final at Diss Town FC.

Histon had a dream start with Ellis Ogle scoring after 9 seconds but the Suffolk side came back to claim victory and the Merlin Saddleton Trophy, presented by the legend himself.

Norwich United Complete the League and Cup Double

Norwich United capped off their tremendous season by completing a League and Cup double on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

First half goals from Ben Thompson, Andy Eastaugh and Mat Blake saw the Planters beat Walsham le Willows 3-0 in the cup final at Diss Town FC and add the cup to the League Championship trophy that they had received on Saturday.

Goddy Finish as Premier Division Runners-up

Congratulations to Godmanchester Rovers who finished as runners-up in the Premier Division. They were presented with the shield and player trophies by League Chairman Peter Hutchings after their 4-1 home win against Hadleigh United on Saturday.

Tom Meechan scored two goals in the match, enough for him to finish just one goal ahead of Norwich United’s Mat Blake in the Premier Division Leading Goalscorer table.