Cockfield has been represented by a football team since pre World War 2, according to local historians the site for the home ground had been moved around the village, with one site being on ‘Clarence’s’ meadow at the junction of Howe Lane and Colchester Green Lane, before settling on Great Green. For many years we were members of Bury and District Football League until 1999 when we took a step up into the Suffolk and Ipswich League. This move was a good one and rapid progression saw us move through the leagues, even enjoying a brief stint in the Senior Division. During this time we were also successful in the Suffolk Cups coming out as Suffolk Junior Cup Winners in the 2002/03 season and making it to the Semi Final of the Senior Cup in 04/05. We have also had two stints of being represented by a Sunday side in the Bury and District League, again both stints were very fruitful in terms of silverware including the Suffolk Sunday Trophy in 2011/12. We have also recently started a Veterans side in the Norfolk and Suffolk League with many familiar local faces coming back to play for the club.
Back into the present and the 2019/20 season, a season that has been dominated more by events off the pitch than on it. For us the season started very positively with the news that we had been awarded Charter Standard Status by the FA (this is an accreditation to show a good standard of club administration and standards).
On the pitch the First Team in Division 2 were having a solid season sitting in 7th place, but with several games in hand on those ahead of them before the season was curtailed. The Reserves had been promoted into Intermediate A, the highest reserve league at this level, and ultimate found it a struggle to adapt to the higher level of football, although by the time season was curtailed we were starting to pick up results. The Veterans, although not playing many games, had a good season and had made it to two cup semi finals when the season was halted.
Looking forward to next season we will be running four teams for the First time in our history when the Sunday side restart, so if there is anyone interested in joining the club, in either a playing or other capacity please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can reach us either through social media Twitter – @CockfieldU or Facebook – Cockfield Fc, or by contacting the club Secretary at email@example.com.
Football is back!
As some of you may have seen the FA released its new guidance in July allowing football to restart, initially training and pre season games in August, then leagues can start again in September. With that we are delighted that we will begin our Saturday season on the 12th and Sundays get going on the 6th.
Winners before we begin!
For those of you that follow us on social media you may have seen that we have won a new kit for the upcoming season via an online voting knockout style competition. We saw off several clubs from around the country to claim the prize which will come in very handy with our new Sunday side and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that voted to help us claim the prize.
The search is over!
Since last season was cut short we have been on the look out for a new Reserve team manager and the search had left us frustrated at not being able to find a candidate suitable for the club. That was until a training session back at the end of July where a new local resident out on a run stopped by to ask about the club. From there we spoke to him and it was clear he would be a perfect fit for the club, so we would like to welcome Jeremy Gardner to the club. Jeremy brings with him a wealth of experience having been a PE teacher in Norfolk and most recently up in the Highlands of Scotland. Jeremy has recently moved back to the village and it is great to have local people involved in the club.
Fixtures – September 2020
Now that the early season fixtures have been released I will post the monthly fixtures here if anyone would like to come up and watch or join us for a drink.
- 12th vs Woolverstone (A) 2.30pm KO
- 19th vs Saxmundham Sports (H) 2.30pm KO
- 26th vs Kirton Athletic (A) 2.30pm KO
- 12th vs Achilles Res (H) 2.30pm KO
- 19th vs Haughley Res (A) 2.30pm KO
- 26th vs AFC Kesgrave Res (H) 2.30pm KO
- 6th vs West Suffolk Wolves (A) 10.30am KO
- 6th vs Stowupland Falcons Vets (H) 2.30pm KO
- 13th vs Westbourne Warriors (A) 2.30 KO (Cup Semi Final)
- 27th vs FC Railway Vets (A) 2.30pm KO