Rallying cry to support town’s football club ahead of cup final

Stephen Went is the Bungay Town Reeve.Picture: Nick Butcher

Stephen Went is the Bungay Town Reeve.Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Bungay residents are being urged to get behind their football team as the club prepares for its biggest day for 55 years.

Bungay Town manager Richard Daniels. Picture: Nick Butcher

Bungay Town manager Richard Daniels. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The Black Dogs gained a 7-1 victory last Friday against Brantham Athletic Reserves in the Suffolk Senior Cup semi-final to book a cup final date at Ipswich Town’s stadium, Portman Road, on the evening of Friday, May 11.

And Bungay Town chairman Jon Fuller is urging the town to get behind the Black Dogs.

He said: “This will be a great day for Bungay Town FC and congratulations must go to all the players and the management team that have got the club to this point.

“There are many people in the background who have helped make this cup run a success, but Friday night it is about 11 Bungay players against 11 Woodbridge lads on the pitch and anything can happen.”

Black Dogs’ manager Richard Daniels said after Friday’s win: “We have had a long wait to play the semi-final but tonight we put a performance on, and to take Bungay Town to Portman Road is one of my biggest achievements in the game.

“We will clearly be underdogs, but we aim to go there and enjoy the day.”

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A 55-seater supporters’ coach has been booked for the game, and town reeve Stephen Went has set up a window display competition to encourage shops in the town to decorate their windows in support. There will be a prize and a framed certificate for the best dressed window which will be judged next Friday before the team leaves.

Bungay mayor Mary Matthews said: “I am sure this cup final will bring with it an enormous sense of pride and a real ‘feel-good’ factor to Bungay residents and supporters of the club alike; it will definitely put Bungay in the sporting spotlight and proves that the investment in sporting facilities and coaching is really paying off.”

A university group is also making plans to film the game, against the strong Woodbridge Town side, live on Youtube as part of their media studies course.

Bungay last won the county trophy 57 years ago with next Friday marking their sixth appearance in the final.

The coach will leave the Maltings Pavilion at 5.30pm with seats costing £12 and available to book by calling 07876614617, or at Wightman’s of Bungay.