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Great sporting memories to be rekindled

Posted: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:13

Great sporting memories to be rekindled

GREAT sporting memories across the county will be rekindled during the Suffolk FA Love Football, Live Football Week sponsored by MH Goals Ltd.

Suffolk FA, Sporting Memories Suffolk and Suffolk Archives are joining forces to stage the event on Thursday, October 19th.

It will take place at Suffolk FA headquarters at Bill Steward House, The Buntings in Kestrel Drive, Stowmarket from 11am-3pm.

Richard Hunt of Sporting Memories Suffolk Network approached Suffolk FA about putting on an event to share some of the county's sporting history.

He said: "As part of Love Football Live Football Week, we will be celebrating and rekindling the great sporting memories across Suffolk, and inviting clubs and individuals to bring in their footballing or wider sporting memorabilia and share their stories with Suffolk Archives on the day, who will record some of the great stories we uncover.

"We will also use this opportunity to build interest and promote the opportunity for Suffolk's club members and supporters to participate in or volunteer to help Sporting Memories groups set up in their areas/clubs and particularly join up with Suffolk FA walking football sessions as they grow across Suffolk."

Suffolk FA Flexible Football Officer Darren Scoulding said: "From my conversations with some of our local Walking Football community and indeed the wider Suffolk Football workforce, there are some fascinating individuals with great stories to share.

"Some of those stories we may have some awareness of but I am sure there are others that we have no idea about. I am really excited to be part of the drop-in sessions and to spend time with this important part of our Footballing community."

The event will start with an open session from 11am-12.30pm for anyone to drop in with memorabilia and stories, and chat with Suffolk FA, Sporting Memories and Suffolk Archives, who may record digitally stories for Suffolk Archives HLF project and make available to partners.

From 12.30pm-1.15pm there will be a Sporting Memories facilitated session, starting with a focus on England's historic World Cup 1966 triumph.

From 1.15pm-3pm there will be an open session for anyone to drop in with memorabilia and stories.

Richard added: "It's a chance to for members of the public to dig out their special pieces of sporting history in Suffolk, and share the stories.

"And if that football or sporting memorabilia isn't on your mantelpiece, maybe after telling us the story it will take pride of place!"

Suffolk Sport's sporting memories:

Chad le Clos' father Bert's ecstatic reaction after watching his son beat Michael Phelps to gold in the 200m butterfly at London 2012. (Susannah)

FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Germany 1 England 5, 1st September 2001. (James)

Steve Redgrave getting his 5th consecutive Olympic Gold at Sydney in 2000 – the sheer effort at his age after so much previous success, was plain to see and very emotional. (Tracy)

fond memories of watching Wimbledon in 1996 when rain stopped play and it was before the slick broadcasting we have nowadays – so everyone used to just watch the rain pour down over the tented pitch and have a boring wait for it to stop. Cliff Richard was in the audience and was put on the spot, being asked to sing a song to entertain the crowd. He ended up keeping the crowd entertained for quite some time without any music etc but with a group of the top female tennis players of the day helping him out as backing singers! (Tracy)

Being in the Olympic stadium and cheering on Mo Farah on his way to winning 10000m and shouting 'come on Mo' continuously for the last 5 laps! Such an atmosphere! (Janet)

Tags: Live Football, Love Football, Love Football Live Football week, Suffolk FA

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