It's a family affair for the Cunninghams

IT has been a winning season for the Claydon-based Cunningham family.Dad Kevin won three football trophies while sons Matty and Daniel picked up one each.

Elvin King

IT has been a winning season for the Claydon-based Cunningham family.

Dad Kevin won three football trophies while sons Matty and Daniel picked up one each.

Cunningham senior is joint manager of Grundisburgh with Micky Squirrell, and the Metaltec SIL Senior Division side won the Suffolk Senior Cup and the Omnico Cup.


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They came back from two goals down in the final of both competitions - and lost out on the SIL championship by one point to Brantham Athletic.

On top of this the 46-year-old is a member of the Whitton United side that pipped Yaxley Cherry Tree for the Norfolk and Suffolk Veterans' League divisional title.

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“We beat Yaxley 2-1 in the final game to confirm the championship,” said Cunningham. “Whether you are winning your first trophy or your 50th it still brings the same excitement.”

Other members of the Whitton veteran side player managed by Glenn Wright and Paul Wade include Andy Callaghan and Shaun Curtis and the age limit is 35 or older.

Matty, 27, was a member of the Whitton United first team that won promotion to the Premier Division of the Ridgeons League while Daniel, 20, was part of the Leiston team that won the East Anglian Cup.

And it is not just the boys where the magic has rubbed off.

Thirteen-year-old Lauren, a pupil at Claydon High School, has just won three national merit awards in popular dance.

“It has been a good few weeks for the family,” added Cunningham senior. “And my eldest daughter Claire has just graduated as a teacher from the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

On top of this the 46-year-old is a member of the Whitton United side that pipped Yaxley Cherry Tree for the Norfolk and Suffolk Veterans' League divisional title.

“We beat Yaxley 2-1 in the final game to confirm the championship,” said Cunningham. “Whether you are winning your first trophy or your 50th it still brings the same excitement.”

Other members of the Whitton veteran side player managed by Glenn Wright and Paul Wade include Andy Callaghan and Shaun Curtis and the age limit is 35 or older.

Matty, 27, was a member of the Whitton United first team that won promotion to the Premier Division of the Ridgeons League while Daniel, 20, was part of the Leiston team that won the East Anglian Cup.

And it is not just the boys where the magic has rubbed off.

Thirteen-year-old Lauren, a pupil at Claydon High School, has just won three national merit awards in popular dance.

“It has been a good few weeks for the family,” added Cunningham senior.

“And my eldest daughter Claire has just graduated as a teacher from the University of East Anglia, Norwich.

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