Osborne backing Westerfield to bounce back up
IPSWICH Town FA Cup hero Roger Osborne believes his beloved Westerfield United can bounce straight back up this season.
The Swans suffered the heartache of relegation from the Senior Division of the Kingsley Healthcare SIL last season, but Osborne is confident they can win promotion at the first attempt.
Osborne, who scored the winning goal for Town when they won the FA Cup at Wembley in 1978, is still involved with the club where he played with his brothers before being picked up by Ipswich.
He said: “We have struggled in the Senior Division for a number of years, and we are now looking to rebuild and go straight back up.
“Bernie Fenn and Mick Bak have taken over as joint managers from Jamie Sandilands, but both Jamie and his brother Karl have decided to stay loyal to the club which has been a big boost for us.”
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The Swans have certainly made a decent start to the new campaign and sit third in Division One with four points from two matches following last Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of Saxmundham Sports.
Westerfield staged a successful five-a-side tournament at their Rushmere Sports Centre ground in July in memory of Terry Stollery, a stalwart supporter of the club who passed away in April 2009.
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A total of 28 teams entered the tournament which was won by Melton St Audry’s, and it was fitting that Terry’s son Stephen Stollery, who is a staunch supporter of the Swans, should present the trophy.
Westerfield are entering the third year of a sponsorship deal with the Hot Sausage Company, and Osborne added: “Their sponsorship provides a lifeline for a club like Westerfield because running a football club is becoming more expensive each year.”