Surprise Visitor At 90th Birthday Party

A FORMER Suffolk FA Council Member had a surprise visitor attend his 90th birthday party.

More than 30 family and friends joined Cyril Garnham to celebrate his birthday at Alice Grange residential care home at Kesgrave, near Ipswich.

But in addition to those who had been invited was one he was not expecting – the Suffolk FA Senior Cup!

Mr Garnham has been involved with Ipswich side Achilles since 1948 and has held various roles since his playing days, including chairman, president and general secretary. He is now a senior vice-president.

Achilles had never previously lifted the Suffolk Senior Cup until they won the trophy by beating Crane Sports 2-1 in the final at Portman Road in April.

“It was a lovely surprise,” said Mr Garnham, who has four sons and is a lifelong Ipswich Town supporter.

Among those attending Sunday’s celebrations were two of Mr Garnham’s former Achilles team-mates – current chairman Dave Morgan and Geoff Titlow.

Pictured above (back row, left to right) are Richard and Paul Garnham, Dave Morgan, Nick and John Garnham. Front row: Geoff Titlow and Cyril Garnham

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