Brian Smith, Great Yarmouth Town FC

It is with great sadness to announce the loss of a great man and a valuable member of Great Yarmouth Town Football Club, Brian ‘Smudger’ Smith. Brian sadly passed away this morning with his wife Barbara and son by his side.  Brian was the Treasurer at Great Yarmouth Town FC and had been involved in football for a number of years.  Our thoughts are with Barbara and the rest of the family at this time. As a mark of respect all our teams will observe a minutes silence prior to this week’s fixtures.

Brian’s funeral is to be held at the crematorium located within the grounds of Magdalen Cemetery, Oriel Avenue, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, NR31 7JJ on Tuesday 18 April 2017 at 1:30pm

Paul Daw, Saffron Walden Town FC

It is with very great sadness that Saffron Walden Town Football Club announces the death of its President, Paul Daw.  Paul had been unwell for some time and died on Saturday 25 March, while visiting relatives in the Lake District.  He had been associated with Saffron Walden Town for over 50 years both as a player and official, having been Club Secretary for many years.  At the time of his death Paul was Club President and a member of the Board. He will be sorely missed by colleagues, players and supporters.  Everyone sends sincere condolences to wife Marguerite and other family members.

Cup Fever Starts This Friday

The first of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Cups will be hotly contested this Friday (31 March) between Stanway Rovers Reserves and Walsham Le Willows Reserves as they play for the Chell Trophy.  Kick off is 7:30pm at Diss Town Football Club (IP22 4QP) so come along and support the teams!

Following Friday’s match we have a Champions Cup presentation taking place at Stanway Rovers Football Club on Saturday 8 April as they are the first team of this season to have successfully reached the top of the table and can’t now be caught.  Hopefully all Stanway Rovers Reserves supporters and the wider community will be at the ground to join the ‘party’!

The next Cup competition will be on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May when Mildenhall Town and Newmarket Town will play for the Challenge Cup.  Kick off is 3pm at Diss Town Football Club.

Then we have the Division One Knock Out Cup Final between Kings Lynn Town Reserves and Wisbech St Marys on Friday 5th May but this time we’ll be at Dereham Town Football Club with a 7:45pm kick off time.

Come along and support all the teams in our League as they play in these Cup matches and provide a great advert for Thurlow Nunn football in East Anglia!

Stowmarket Town Win December/January’s Performance Award

ECL Chairman Peter Hutchings along with Thurlow Nunn’s Divisional Used Car Manager Matt Grimmer presented  Stowmarket Town’s Chairman Neil Sharp with the Performance Award for the months of December and January.  The award is presented to the team with the best average points per game over the period and is sponsored by Thurlow Nunn.  As well as the presentation plate Stowmarket were given a cheque for £150 and able to nominate a charity to receive another cheque for £100.


The club’s chosen charity is the “George Woodward Fund”.  George is a very special little lad, who has been diagnosed with a serious spinal disorder – SMA Type 2 affects motor neurons in the spinal cord, eventually leading to severe disability.  George will need a seemingly endless list of specialist equipment throughout his life.  The player accepting the cheque on behalf of the charity is Scott Marjoram, who is George’s uncle.


Application for FA Competitions Information 2017-18 Season


To apply for next season’s FA Cup, FA Trophy, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup, please use the direct link below to submit your application and payment online.

The application is ONLY available for online completion and online payment by credit or debit card, and an individual can make the payment with a personal card on the Clubs behalf.  

On successful completion of the online application and online payment, you will receive an on screen confirmation and an automatic email confirmation will be sent to the participant from The FA. However, this does NOT constitute acceptance into the specified competition(s).

The closing date is Saturday 1 April 2017.

A list of entries accepted will be available on towards the end of June 2017.

If you require any further information or assistance with completing the application please email or call 0800 169 1863 Ext 4583 / 4622

Ex League Secretary Martin Davis

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the recent passing of Martin Davis.  Martin was Eastern Counties League Secretary during years 1990 to 1991.  The League Committee, member club committee members and players pass on their condolences to Martin’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Floodlight Towers, Lamps and Controls up for Sale

Hadleigh United FC will have available at the end of the 2016/17 season four floodlight towers, lamps and control boxes, originally installed by C A Mumford and Sons in 1993 based on the Osram Stadia system.  The towers will be dismantled into sections.  Any club interested in viewing or making an offer for the lot or for the lamps, please contact Rolf Beggerow via email on or via mobile number 07904 069691.

Mildenhall Win October/November’s Performance Award

ECL Chairman Peter Hutchings was on hand last Saturday with Thurlow Nunn’s Matt Grimmer to present Mildenhall Town’s Chairman Martin Tuck with the Performance Award for the months of October and November.  The award is presented to the team with the best average points per game over the period and is sponsored by Thurlow Nunn.  As well as the presentation plate Mildenhall were given a cheque for £150 and able to nominate a charity to receive another cheque for £100.

Kirsty Creasey from CAMSIGHT, a local charity providing emotional and practical advice to local people of all ages affected by sight loss with services providing life-long skills and support for both children and parents, was invited to accept their cheque.

The League also has a Good Behaviour Award, which is funded by the FA and awarded bi-monthly, based on a club’s disciplinary record over the period. This award went to AFC Sudbury Reserves.

Saffron Walden Town Testimonial Match Invitation

Saffron Walden Town Football Club are having a testimonial match for Paul Daw to show their appreciation for the decades of service he has given the club and everyone is invited. Paul has been part of the club for many years and has taken on numerous roles including Secretary and President. He was also Secretary for Cambridge United and as such CEO Jez George has got behind the idea and Cambridge United will be sponsoring the match.
On the 5th of February we are holding a match between the current Walden squad which will be a mix of the U18s, Reserves and Firsts against a squad of Walden Legends from the 80s, 90s and 00s. The match will  kick off at 12pm. We shall also be having a raffle and action and the usual 50/50 competition on the day. To come and watch the match we are asking people to pay what they want and all proceeds will go to the new sign we are having installed above the stand and it will be named ‘Paul Daw Stand’. Any money we make on top will be given to a charity of Paul’s choosing.
We are also organising a youth tournament before the match (weather permitting).  Adults and Children can also pre-book tickets to include a Roast Carvery after the match. Those tickets will be £15 for adults and £12 for children.
Please could you help us promote this special event for Paul so we can attract as people as possible.  Any questions please feel free to contact Jonathan Scripps, SWTFC 07809 384725.

Testimonial Match

League Pre-Match Review

Brantham Athletic V Newmarket Town (A)

Brantham host a rampant Newmarket side who hit Hadleigh for six on Monday to make it five straight league wins with 18 goals scored in that run and just four conceded, Monday’s win pushed the Jockeys up to 4th in the table and dependent on other results they could be 2nd in the table on Saturday night if they collect three points here. The home side start the day in 10th place having picked up just one point from the three games either side of Christmas and will see this as a real test against a very good side as they look to maintain a top ten spot.

Fakenham Town V Ipswich Wanderers (A)

Ipswich Wanderers, buoyant after beating the league leaders on Monday will travel to Clipbush Park full of confidence to face a Fakenham side who at best are unpredictable, picking up points from games they might be expected to lose or struggle in while dropping points against sides they would have down as winnable games.

Monday’s 2-1 win for Wanderers could be the result that really kick starts their season and manager Shane Wardley has enough experience to make sure his side stay focused.

Felixstowe & Walton United V Long Melford (H)

The Suffolk Seasiders face a tricky fixture with Long Melford the visitors, the sides have already met twice this season at Stoneylands with the Seasiders winning the league fixture 2-0 in September and then making Suffolk Premier Cup progress in October with a 4-0 win, both those games were comfortable victories for Kevin O’Donnell’s side and on paper this should be a home banker, but Melford ended a six match losing run with a 2-0 win over Wivenhoe on Monday and are fighting for Premier Division survival. They are currently hovering above the relegation zone in 18th place and battling for every point so will be putting up serious resistance.

Gt Yarmouth V Hadleigh United (H)

Hadleigh United are on their travels to The Wellesley, home of Gt Yarmouth who attracted over 800 for their Christmas game against Gorleston, It’s a tough match for the visitors although the hosts have picked up just one point from a possible 12, so will be nervous going into this game against a Hadleigh side who have scored and conceded 7 goals in their last two games, winning their Boxing Day game 6-1 but losing by the same score at Newmarket on Monday.

Haverhill Rovers V Thetford Town (D)

Haverhill Rovers play host to a Thetford Town side who are enjoying a good season by their own standards in recent years and this will be a tough encounter for Rovers who had a blank Christmas in terms of points losing both home and away, they have picked up just one point from their last five games, shipping 14 goals along the way and will be hoping to turn their fortunes around starting here.

Stanway Rovers V Saffron Walden (H)

Stanway Rovers start the day in second place and might well need a win over visitors Saffron Walden to ensure they stay second with the Jockey’s just two points behind, this will be Rovers first big test under the new management structure but they won’t find this an easy passage against a Walden side that have picked up seven points from nine over the Christmas period.

Swaffham Town V Mildenhall Town (A)

League leaders Mildenhall will be looking to make sure Monday’s defeat was just a blip as their 17 match winning run came to an end at Humber Doucy Lane, they remain odds on favourites to win the league but with Gorleston winning at home it gave the Greens a glimmer of light, the ‘Hall remain 16 points ahead of their most likely challengers but have played 5 more games so don’t have too much room to maneuver. They should be too strong for their hosts here and three points would again stretch their lead at the top with Gorleston involved with the FA Vase.

Walsham Le Willows V FC Clacton (D)

Summer Road could see the match of the day in the Premier Division with hosts Walsham Le Willows in 19th place hosting an FC Clacton side five points behind them in 20th place.

The Willows lost by the odd goal in nine on Monday at Ely, who climbed above Paul Smith’s side with that win while the Essex Seasiders picked up a massive three points with a 2-0 win over Haverhill Rovers. The Willows boss knows his side are capable of beating any side in the league on their day but too often fail to produce and consistency from one week to the next.

Wivenhoe Town V Kirkley & Pakefield (D)  

Kirkley & Pakefield travel to Wivenhoe having lost just once in the league since mid-October and should be too strong for their hosts who will be looking for their first win since the beginning of October. The Dragons have taken on the mantle of draw specialists with ten from their 23 games played to date with the visitors themselves having shared the points in seven of their 23 games played.

By Seasider