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Eastbourne Borough fans celebrate - August Bank Holiday Monday 2003                                Photograph by Sam Hicks

AFC Sudbury

King's Marsh Stadium, Brundon Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk
Telephone: 01787 376213
Isthmian League

Note   As most Non League afficionados are well aware AFC Sudbury was formed as recently as 1999 from an amalgamation of Sudbury Town and Sudbury Wanderers. The new club plays at Wanderers’ old ground at Brundon Lane, which has been substantially developed. The flip side of this was the demise of Town’s Priory Stadium home, and its picturesque wooden main stand, and large covered terrace. The stand had already been moved twice, but could not survive again - a real tragedy (see Colin Peel’s pic below, taken in August 2002).

The new club has dominated the Eastern Counties League since its inception - finishing 3rd in the first season, but winning it five times in succession at the time of writing. That success has led to accusations of lack of ambition, wishing to remain a big fish in a small pond etc. Certainly there is little doubt that the club would hold its own at a higher level, but for all its domestic success has had to suffer an astonishing three successive FA Vase defeats.

King’s Marsh Stadium has a lovely setting: surrounded by foliage and is a very neat, well-kept modern venue if nothing to get overly excited about. The two ends are covered, and there are two almost identical covered areas on opposite side of the pitch: one with seats, and the other (‘The Shed’) with terracing. DB