Tag: Needham Market

This Is Enfield: The Towners Resume Their Upward Trajectory

The end of season play-offs are both exhilarating and exhausting. For the clubs that finish in places just below the automatic promotion places, everything comes down those two or three matches at the end of the season and they come so quickly after the end of the normal league season that the work that has gone into securing a place just above that dotted line can feel as if it has come and gone all too quickly. This season, the Ryman League – long since shorn of its original, ancient Greek-inspired name, the Isthmian League – has run into difficulties with its end of season matches, with the weather upsetting the end of the domestic season, and nowhere was this more evident than in Division One North of this league. With two matches of the season, it had seemed as if the title race in the Ryman League Division One North was more or less over. Second placed Enfield Town were at home against Leiston, the league leaders, and the match was petering out to the goalless draw that would be enough to crown Leiston as the champions. A penalty kick two minutes into injury time for Enfield postponed that coronation until the last match of the season, but the weather threw a spanner into the works with torrential rain leading to the cancellation of Leiston’s final match of...

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Successful Marketing At Needham: Andy Ollerenshaw Meets Needham Market FC

As this season winds towards its end, one small town in Suffolk’s football club is continuing its upward trajectory. Needham Market FC are in the play-off places in the Ryman League Division One North, only sixteen years after they were still competing in the amateur Suffolk & Ipswich League. Andy Ollerenshaw went to see what they’re getting so right there at the moment. As the 2011-12 season reaches its climax, news of football clubs battling for continued existence still grab the headlines. From Glasgow Rangers to Northwich Victoria, Portsmouth to Port Vale, there’s a sad acceptance that there will always be a ‘club in crisis’ story loitering just around the next corner. Many clubs, who fail to heed the blindingly obvious lessons learned through witnessing bedfellows wither and die, plough on regardless. It is therefore refreshing, every now and then, to stumble across a club quietly going about its business the right way, with its collective feet firmly planted in a huge bucket of realism. Needham Market is an old wool combing town in the heart of Suffolk and has a quintessential rural feel to it. The town’s football club play at Bloomfields, a ground bordered by farmland, allotments and houses that mark the western limits of the town. Needham Market Football Club was formed in 1919 and as recently as 1996 were playing county football in the Suffolk...

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