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


Congratulations to Ely City on reaching the last 16 of the FA Vase after their 3-0 victory against Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday. The tie was watched by 386 spectators, the highest ever attendance for a competitive fixture at The Unwin Ground.

Ely’s reward is another home tie against Midland League opposition in the next round. Sporting Khalsa from Willenhall will be the visitors on January 28th.