Thurlow Nunn Competition Time!

Competition time!

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Thurlow Nunn Cup Round Up for 2016-17 Season

The last Final was played on Friday 19 May so now is the time to round up all that has finalised the Cup matches this season.  First to play was the Chell Trophy Final on the 31 March and was between Stanway Rovers Reserves and Walsham Le Willows Reserves, played at Diss Town under floodlights in front of 166 spectators.  It was Stanway who came out the eventual winners with a single goal scored by James Clark which saw them lift the Chell Trophy as well as win the Reserve League.

Next up it was the Challenge Cup in which Mildenhall Town faced Newmarket Town on the  Bank Holiday Monday of the 1 May with an afternoon kick off in front of 393 spectators.  Mildenhall scorers were Luke Butcher and Stephen Spriggs and for Newmarket it was Mark Webster and therefore it was Mildenhall Town that completed the double, winning the League and the Challenge Cup!

Quick on the tail of that game we had the Division 1 KO Cup this time held at Dereham Town on Friday 5 May under the floodlights where Kings Lynn Town Reserves v Wisbech St Mary both travelled down the A47 to compete.  Spectators numbered 219 for this match and saw Kyran Stannard’s superb free kick for Kings Lynn Town Reserves which took the team through to win.

That concluded the Senior Cups so now it was the Youth teams turn to compete for their Finals.  First up was the Youth Cup itself where AFC Sudbury U18s played Dereham Town U18s back at Diss Town on the 12 May in front of 150 spectators in a 7:30 kick off which went all the way to 90 minutes without a goal.  With no extra time in these Cup competitions it was down to the dreaded penalty shoot out to decide the match and it was AFC Sudbury scoring all 5 which saw them lift the Youth Cup.

AFC Sudbury U18s were back at Diss Town on the 19 May this time to face Swaffham Town U18s in the Youth Championship.  AFC Sudbury had won the South division and Swaffham Town had won the North division and both teams had played other division finalists to reach this stage; East was won by Kirkley and Pakefield U18s, Cambridge was won by St Neots Town U18s, Central by Woodbridge Town U18s and West by St Ives Town U18s so congratulations are due to all those teams who put themselves in the position to play in the Championship matches.  This time the result came within the 90 minutes and it was AFC Sudbury winning 4-0 that lifted the Championship Trophy for this season.

The League would like to thank the all hosting club’s volunteers at Diss Town and Dereham Town for putting on superb finals with great support and atmosphere.  Thanks also to the match officials for all the games who do not receive a fee for these matches.  Thanks must also go to all the League Committee who organised and presented the trophies and ensured the smooth running at the various events. Last but not least thanks must go especially to all the teams, players and management, who competed in the games and to all the supporters who made for the atmosphere at the events. Congratulations to all the winners!


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.