Are there any 'sleeping giants'
THERE were a few significant results just recently which beg me to ask a question or two.One was in the Suffolk Senior Cup and two were in the Norfolk Senior Cup, but both raise the question that I'm sure many of you have strong opinions on.
THERE were a few significant results just recently which beg me to ask a question or two.
One was in the Suffolk Senior Cup and two were in the Norfolk Senior Cup, but both raise the question that I'm sure many of you have strong opinions on.
And that is, how big is the gap between junior and senior football?
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The results in question were; Coplestonians 6 Stowmarket Town 1, Diss Town 1 Mattishall 2 and Spixworth 2 King's Lynn Reserves 0.
In all three instances the junior club beat the senior one, so how much of a gap is there between say the Ridgeons First Division and the Anglian Combination or Suffolk and Ipswich League?
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I would suggest from those scorelines, and others in subsequent seasons, not much.
The likes of Leiston, Walsham-le-Willows and Kirkley & Pakefield, to name just three, have made that step up to senior football and all have done extremely well.
So are there any other 'sleeping giants' in the lower leagues who would make good senior clubs?
I say that, as I was a Framlingham on Saturday watching my youngest play a youth team game, and I'm always impressed by the set-up at Badingham Road.
The club has got senior football written all over it, the main pitch looks resplendent with the floodlights and dug-outs all looking in fine shape.
It's proximity to Ipswich, Woodbridge and Leiston suggests to me Framlingham is a club who would not only grace the Ridgeons League, but enhance it greatly.
Of course it begs the question who else could, and perhaps should, make the step up to the Ridgeons League?
One or two teams in the Ridgeons First Division are going a bit stale I think, so come on some of you junior clubs, I know you have to finish, I think it's in the top three, to apply for promotion up.
But start planning for the future and do it.
(N) WHO would you like to see make the step up from junior to senior football? Are any clubs locally capable of making that step? Is the Ridgeons First Division as strong as, say, the Anglian Combination or Suffolk and Ipswich League?
Let me know; firstname.lastname@example.org or write to me: Mike Bacon, Love non-League, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN.