Ready to wave the flag for Sudbury

A GIANT flag will help turn Upton Park into a sea of yellow and blue when AFC Sudbury take to the field for Saturday's FA Vase Final.The banner, which was unveiled at the King's Marsh Stadium is about to become the largest ever seen at an FA Vase Final.

A GIANT flag will help turn Upton Park into a sea of yellow and blue when AFC Sudbury take to the field for Saturday's FA Vase Final.

The banner, which was unveiled at the King's Marsh Stadium is about to become the largest ever seen at an FA Vase Final.

AFC's reserve team manager Bob Fletcher commissioned local firm Guildford Europe to make the 60ft by 30ft flag to honour the first team's achievements this season.

But in support of the team, bosses at the factory in Bures Road, Great Cornard, decided to make the banner free of charge. Workers at the factory, which makes fabrics for car interiors, recently won the contract for the new Volkswagen Golf and spent around 10 days making the flag.


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The materials for the banner were produced at the Suffolk plant before it was sent to its sister site in Derbyshire where it was dyed yellow.

Site manager Nigel Booth said: "A lot of people who work at the factory support the team and many of them are excited about the final. We decided we would make the banner and we are very happy to get behind the team and we hope it spurs them on to win in the final."

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Retired local sign writer Eric Hazel added the giant blue AFC Sudbury letters to complete the banner, which is now ready to make its entrance at Upton Park.

Reserve team players will run out onto West Ham terraces carrying the flag on the day of the final.

Mr Fletcher said: "The flag is really the reserve team's tribute to the first team. I got the idea from England games where you always see large banners. They always create a good atmosphere and I thought it would do the same for AFC Sudbury. After the final we will donate the flag to the club so it can be used on all the big occasions in the future.

"We have fantastic supporters and the banner can only add to the occasion and we hope it will inspire the team to victory."

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