Ex-Canary flies to Suffolk

IT has to be one of the strangest football transfers ever.A Suffolk pub has pulled off a transfer coup by signing former Canary Robert Fleck to play for their Sunday side.

IT has to be one of the strangest football transfers ever.

A Suffolk pub has pulled off a transfer coup by signing former Canary Robert Fleck to play for their Sunday side.

While some hardened Ipswich Town supporters at the Suffolk Punch Pub may admit to being slightly punch drunk at the latest signing, Fleck's transfer could lead to a clutch of ex-Canaries flying the nest and teaming up with their former team-mate – as they play for a pub that's associated with their arch-rivals.

Jeremy Goss and Darren Eadie have already been mentioned as the City connection.

And it is believed that the former Norwich, Rangers and Scotland striker could make his debut this weekend in a crunch Division Three Lowestoft Sunday League match against rivals Harrod UK.

The pub, in Westwood Avenue, Lowestoft, which has Ipswich Town FC's symbol emblazoned on their sign, signed Fleck – the current Diss Town manager – after Punch striker and Diss Reserves manager Richard Daniels tipped him off about the side.

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Landlord and Sunday team manager Tony Richardson, 46, was understandably delighted.

"I just think it's very special for the Lowestoft Sunday League," he beamed.

"When I saw his signature on the League form and photocopied it for posterity I was just over the moon - not just for us but for everyone.

"The actual buzz that the players in the Sunday League should get from playing against him is great.

"The youngsters who play for us and the lads that play against us will all benefit," he said.

Richardson, who is in his fifth year of running the Suffolk Punch pub, formed a Saturday side this season with Darren Chambers and Tony Harper managing the side.

While Fleck's signing could prove to be a catalyst to the return to top-flight Sunday football for the pub team, manager Richardson remains cautious after a win and draw already this season.

"Nobody is thinking we are going to conquer the world," he said. "I am just hoping he will turn out for us."

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