Exciting times for local football league

FOOTBALL: The Flare Recruitment sponsored Ipswich Sunday League is looking ahead to ‘exciting times’.

At the recent annual general meeting league chairman and secretary Bob Friend said: “These are exciting times for the league with 20 new teams that have moved over from the former Licensed Trades League.

“Accommodating them has been quite a challenge; getting the balance right and keeping every one happy was quite a task.”

There will be 12 divisions in the league make up – a Premier Division, Intermediate A and five RM and MB divisions.

Several rule changes were passed with some lively interchanges from the floor.

The meeting also saw the presentations of the divisional fair play awards with the overall league fair play award going to Leiston Orient.

The secretary of the year award went to Wickham Market’s Paul Blyth.

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The referee of the year was awarded to Andy Chapman with Nick Clare receiving a trophy for his services to refereeing.

Presenting the awards was founder and president of the league, Gordon Blake.