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Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Tom Huggins’ three-year master-plan comes to fruition as Sudbury win title

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 September 2017

Sudbury's first-team squad celebrate clinching the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League title. Picture: RMG PHOTOGRAPHY

Sudbury's first-team squad celebrate clinching the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League title. Picture: RMG PHOTOGRAPHY

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Three years ago, Tom Huggins predicted that Sudbury Cricket Club would win the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League title, for the first time in their history.

At the time, Sudbury were not even in the EAPL – they were stuck in Division One of the Two Counties Championship – and Huggins had only just made the move from Bury St Edmunds to Friars Street.

It looked an almost impossible task but, over a wet last weekend, Sudbury achieved just that by clinching the EAPL crown for the first time in the club’s 230-year history.

The Suffolk side won an amazing 16 of their 22 league fixtures, with just four defeats all summer, and were in pole position from the first weekend through to the very last.

Defending champions Swardeston, the only side who could catch them, were the visitors to Friars Street on Saturday in a title-decider, although in truth Sudbury only needed four bonus points to be assured of top spot.

In the end, the match was a washout without a ball being bowled, so guaranteeing Sudbury the title by a healthy 21 points.

“Bizarrely, the plan I put forward three years ago was to win the EAPL title in 2017,” revealed Huggins.

“But I’m not sure whether I even believed it would happen, let alone any of the other players!

“When I first joined the club, three years ago, we sat down and discussed what we wanted to achieve over the next three years. At the time, we were only in Division One, and most of the team said that it would be nice to finish in the top half of the EAPL in three years.

“I replied that we might as well aim even higher, and really challenge ourselves to go out and try and win the title.

“And it’s fantastic that we have managed to achieve this. I might get a few knocks for saying this, but I don’t think we have necessarily been the team with the best players in the league.

“However, I do think that we are the best team, collectively. Everyone has chipped in, and we have had a group of players who have all known their roles.

“We have all fought for each other, and every week someone has stood up and been counted. And it hasn’t been the same person every week. It’s been an incredible summer and I think we have deserved, it,” added former Suffolk skipper Huggins.

Sudbury’s success brings an end to Swardeston’s run of five straight titles.

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

Paul Lambert will continue to ‘protect’ talented midfielder Teddy Bishop as the youngster strives for fitness following a long injury lay-off.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says he won’t sanction any player departures until he has signed the players he wants in January.

Former Ipswich Town striker Marcus Stewart has asked to leave Bristol Rovers following the departure of Darrell Clarke this morning.

Signing strikers will be a top priority for Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert in January. ANDY WARREN looks at names who could fit the bill for the Blues.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features a goal from Tony Mowbray in a European triumph, plus a victory over Leeds United.

Paul Lambert spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s visit of Wigan Athletic.

Midfielder Cole Skuse believes he is ahead of schedule after undergoing a minor operation on the knee injury which is expected to keep him out for eight weeks.

Freddie Sears knows Ipswich Town must add goals to their team, with the January transfer window just around the corner.

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