'United are the real club of Felixstowe'

FELIXSTOWE United's unbeaten start to the season continued last weekend with the first team thumping Stowupland Falcons 8-1 and the reserves drawing 1-1 against the same opposition.

Elvin King

FELIXSTOWE United's unbeaten start to the season continued last weekend with the first team thumping Stowupland Falcons 8-1 and the reserves drawing 1-1 against the same opposition.

Stuart Robinson has taken over as chairman and he says that the club is the 'real' Felixstowe team.

“With respect to Felixstowe and Walton United we have more of a Felixstowe feel,” said Robinson, a former chairman of fellow Kingsley Healthcare SIL club Claydon.


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“A number of our players work at the dock including myself and we were formed out of the former Customs club.

“Our home games are played at the former Dock social club, and with six players missing last weekend we did well to remain unbeaten throughout the club.”

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Robinson has brought in Graham Bickers, the former Ipswich Wanderers manager, as director of football.

He is working with joint managers Karl Baldwin and Ian Watson - with the former assistant to Larry Ellison last term and Watson then concentrating on playing.

“All three are bouncing ideas off each other and Graham has come in to oversee things,” added Robinson.

“Larry resigned at the end of last season and so did chairman Roger Hall, so it has been a new start for us.

“I am a season ticket holder at Portman Road, but see as many Felixstowe games as I can.

“With some new players coming in we have made a good start, and we intend to keep this going.”

While chairman at Claydon, Robinson expanded the village club from two sides to 14 in his 10 years in the post.

He is now looking to bring success to Felixstowe United, but says that additional funds need to be found.

“I couldn't believe when I took over that the club had no main sponsor,” said Robinson.

“We are struggling financially in a division where money does count, and I am looking into ways of bringing in some much-needed cash.”

Robinson's mobile number is 07796 785961 and he will be pleased to hear from any company interested in supporting his cause to make Felixstowe United a consistent success and not just an early season 2009/10 flash in the pan.

Bickers was involved in a number of roles at Wanderers and once when away from the area arranged for a cardboard cut-out of himself to be positioned in the dug-out during a game.

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