Cup exploits bring back memories

THE success of three local players in this season's Civil Service Lewis Cup has revived memories of the remarkable achievement of the Post Office Research side - based at Martlesham - back in 1980.

By Elvin King

THE success of three local players in this season's Civil Service Lewis Cup has revived memories of the remarkable achievement of the Post Office Research side - based at Martlesham - back in 1980.

Despite having only a limited number of players to select from they reached the final before losing to a Customs side selected from players based all over the country.

Bob Sadler was a vital member of that side and he recalled: “In the Lewis Cup that season over 100 teams entered, and the competition was tough.

“Perhaps our best performance was beating a very strong DHSS North East side, which contained six Blyth Spartans players, who were enjoying good FA Cup runs at the time.

“We won 2-0 despite most of our players appearing in junior football.”

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Jamie Sandilands (Stowmarket Town), Kevin Holland (Debenham Leisure Centre) and Ian Watson (Grundisburgh) currently work for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

They have all made the national Revenue and Customs team, and today were involved in the Lewis Cup semi-final against the Ministry of Defence at a neutral venue in Nottingham.

The regional Eastern Counties Revenue and Customs team won 4-1 against London North East with Sandilands scoring twice.

They now play Northern Ireland in the quarter-final on Wednesday, with the game likely to be played at Ransomes' ground in Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich.

The Suffolk Inland Revenue team has a semi-final in the regional cup at the end of the month against Suffolk Customs. Sandilands, Holland and Watson are set to be involved with this as well.

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