Grundisburgh bid for the treble

CHELSEA may have their sights set on a quadruple and Manchester United have the chance of a treble.But locally it is Grundisburgh who are chasing multiple success.

By Elvin King

CHELSEA may have their sights set on a quadruple and Manchester United have the chance of a treble.

But locally it is Grundisburgh who are chasing multiple success.

The side managed jointly by Micky Squirrell and Kevin Cunningham are top of the Senior Division of the Metaltec SIL, in the final of the Touchline Sports Suffolk Senior Cup and in the semi-finals of the SIL Omnico Cup.


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They play Ridgeons League Stowmarket Town in the Senior Cup final at Portman Road on Tuesday looking to achieve the first leg of what they hope will be a treble.

If they do manage this outstanding feat it will not be the first time they have had three coveted trophies sitting in their clubhouse.

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In 1997/98 they won the SIL and the Omnico Cup and beat Stonham Aspal 2-1 in the final of the Senior Cup. They are the only club to have done this.

Will there be a repeat?

“We are in three competitions, so yes we have a chance,” said Cunningham. “But we will take one at a time.

“At the start of the season we would have taken one trophy, and this has not changed.

“The league is our main priority, and if we win this anything else will be a bonus.

“Cup finals are for the players, and it is a dream of every local footballer to play at Portman Road.

“We have got there the hard way with games against Haverhill, away to Capel Plough and then Debenham Leisure Centre in the semi-final.

“We will start as underdogs again with Stowmarket being in the Ridgeons League.”

A club from the SIL has not won the Senior Cup since Grundisburgh beat Needham Market in 2000.

Grundisburgh will be without midfielder Andy Reid on Tuesday because he is cup tied with Westerfield, and Matty Broom is undergoing intensive treatment on a knee problem.

Glen Driver will be in the squad along with other proven strikers Julian Beaumont and Lee Grimwood.

Former Leiston player manager Driver has been linked with the Diss manager's job, but is set to stay with Grundisburgh until the end of the season.

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