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Football club celebrates 90th anniversary with special match

90th Birthday celebrations for Bungay Town Football Club.  Former players from over the years gather to watch the 1st team play Poringland Wanderers , their first ever opponents 90 years ago.
Youth teams, former players and current 1st team with Poringland Wanderers.

90th Birthday celebrations for Bungay Town Football Club. Former players from over the years gather to watch the 1st team play Poringland Wanderers , their first ever opponents 90 years ago. Youth teams, former players and current 1st team with Poringland Wanderers.

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When the teams first met George V was on the throne, the British Empire touched every corner of the world and the first ever television images were transmitted in London.

90th Birthday celebrations for Bungay Town Football Club.  Former players from over the years gather to watch the 1st team play Poringland Wanderers , their first ever opponents 90 years ago.
Current player Aiden Lowe, 21, with former player Reg Brinded, 91.90th Birthday celebrations for Bungay Town Football Club. Former players from over the years gather to watch the 1st team play Poringland Wanderers , their first ever opponents 90 years ago. Current player Aiden Lowe, 21, with former player Reg Brinded, 91.

And now Bungay Town FC has celebrated its 90th anniversary by replaying its first ever fixture against Poringland Wanderers.

The teams met in 1925 at the Wanderers’ ground, resulting in a 3-0 home victory for the south Norwich side.

With history on their side, Poringland visited their Anglian Combination Division One rivals at Bungay’s ground to settle the old score.

However, the match ended with a sweet victory for the home side, who beat Poringland 2-0.

Shaun Cole, Bungay Town chairman, arranged for players from the club’s past to come back for the game.

“It is good to put faces to the names from the past,” he said. “I like to think we’ll have some of our youngest players here today at our 150th anniversary.”

Reg Brinded, 91, who lives in Ditchingham, spent one season with Bungay FC after he came out of the Royal Navy in 1945.

“It’s marvellous to be here at Bungay’s 90th anniversary,” he said. “I hope they win every Saturday, not just today.”

Malcolm Bedingfield, 91, who lives on Fairfield Road in Bungay, first played for the Black Dogs in 1946.

He said: “Football was part of your life, in those days people had very little else. They really didn’t have much.”

Michael “Taffy” Raven, 80, who lives in Bungay, played in what is described as Bungay’s greatest ever win against Kingstonian in 1958.

“We’d score and then keep hitting more in,” he said. “It was a great feeling.

“I’ve lived here all my life and I grew up with my old team mates.”

Mr Cole said he was also contacted by the granddaughter of 95-year-old Frederick Boon, who played for the team from 1946 to 1951, making 132 appearances and scoring 111 goals, making him probably the oldest surviving player. Helen Jamieson said Mr Boon played for Bungay Town in 1947 as a centre forward.

She said he has several medals and cups won during his time with the club. His older brother Ted also played for Bungay Town during this era, making 46 first team appearances but passed away earlier this year aged 99.

Thomas Taylor, manager of Poringland Wanderers, said: “We would like to congratulate Bungay on reaching 90 years and hope they are around for a long time to come. Playing in the game myself it was great being involved in such a good day of celebration.

“Unfortunately the result didn’t go our way. The Bungay team were that little bit hungrier and had a bit more desire and determination to win the game for the club.”

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