Framlingham: Ed Sheeran’s heart will always be with Framlingham Town FC

Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran

Andrew Hirst andrew.hirst@archant.co.uk
Monday, December 30, 2013
4:22 PM

He’s sold millions of records, headlined sell-out tours and picked up a number of top industry awards along the way.

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But if Ed Sheeran ever tires of the music business, there’s always a place for him back on the bench at Framlingham Town FC.

Team manager Mel Aldis made the offer yesterday after welcoming the star’s show of support for the club when Ed tweeted to his 8,500,000 followers about his life-long allegiance to his home team.

“My heart will always be with Framlingham Town FC,” he tweeted, after being spotted at a Chelsea match with his father John who supports the West London team. The A Team singer was also sat next to Dancing on Ice presenter Christine Bleakley for the team’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday.

Despite confessing that his father had finally converted him to become a Chelsea fan, after 22 years of trying, Ed’s follow up tweet and the devotion it showed to his home team was welcomed by Mr Aldis.

“It’s brilliant,” he said “From our point of view it gives us a lot of publicity, we can only wish we had as many followers as him.”

Many of the club’s current squad went to Thomas Mills High School with Ed and the singer also played for the youth team - though he stayed mainly on the sub’s bench.

Although Mr Aldis agrees that the Ivor Novello Award winner probably made the right move when he hung up his boots in favour of a career in the music industry, he also said there would always be a place for Ed at the club if he wanted to return.

“We sometimes give him a tongue in cheek offer to sign on, and he’d be more than welcome to come back,” he said. “We’re hoping he might turn up at a game soon.”

“Every time he comes back he always supports the local pubs and restaurants so it’s nice to see his heart is still with us in Framlingham. I know everyone in the town is very proud of him, it’s good to see a Framlingham school boy go on to do so well.”

With only one loss in the last 13 games, Framlingham Town is also doing well for itself, after a slow start to the season.

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