Bartons dream date in Portman Road cup final
DREAMS do come true.
A team more used to playing in front of one man and his dog will tonight line-up for the biggest game in the club’s history at Portman Road which has a 30,000 capacity.
Bury St Edmunds-based Bartons FC of The Glasswells St Edmundsbury League will face Westerfield United of the Kingsley Healthcare SIL in the Suffolk Junior Cup final, kick-off 7pm.
Reaching the final is an amazing achievement in itself for the team formed 12 years ago by cousins Marco Crescitelli and Daren Curry and named in memory of their grandfather, former Bury Town player Stanley Barton.
Crescitelli is manager and secretary, while Curry is his assistant as well as club chairman.
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Proud Ipswich Town fan Crescitelli said: “The club was formed between family and friends as a bit of a laugh, and we almost folded five years ago because players were growing too old, but we picked up some under-17s and we have managed to keep the majority of them together and are now reaping the rewards.”
Bartons have already won the treble, adding the Mick McNeil Cup, competed for by sides in Division One and Two of the St Edmundsbury League, to the Division One KO Cup and Division One title this season.
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Crescitelli said: “It will be a massive occasion for us.
“We usually get one man and a dog walking past when we are playing on a Saturday!
“I must admit, it was a bit overwhelming when we got to the semi-final.
“Last season we got to the quarter-final and lost to the eventual winners, Glemsford & Cavendish, so this year we set our stall out to go try and go further.
“Reaching the final is a dream come true for me.”
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