IPSWICH Town FC will stage an unprecedented six Suffolk FA County Cup Finals at Portman Road this season.
The most the club has previously accommodated in one season is four finals, which was the same number as were hosted last season.
In addition to the Premier Cup, CNet Training Senior Cup, Junior Cup and Primary Cup finals held last season, Portman Road will host the HomeStore Self Storage Women’s Cup and Under-18 Midweek Cup Finals.
Super Sunday, which has been held at AFC Sudbury and has featured three finals on the same day in each of the last two seasons, will this season take place at Needham Market FC.
The Sunday Cup will join the Sunday Shield, Sunday Trophy and Veterans’ Cup in being staged on the main and adjoining 3G pitch.
Suffolk FA Chief Executive Richard Neal said: “We’re delighted to announce the details of the Suffolk County Cup Finals for this season. We know the hosting clubs will help us to provide a fitting finale to another fantastic season of adult football in the county.
“Hosting finals with two of the flagship local football clubs, both having significantly invested in their facilities over the past 12 months, will provide fitting stages before we head to Portman Road.
“Whilst we may not be able to hold this number of finals with Ipswich Town FC every season, having the opportunity to give so many clubs the experience of playing their finals in such a prestigious setting in Suffolk is fantastic.
“Although AFC Sudbury will not be hosting Super Sunday this season, we continue to explore other schemes and initiatives with this fantastically progressive football club.
“And I place on record my appreciation to Colchester United FC for hosting Suffolk County Cup Finals in previous seasons and wish them all the best in their quest for promotion this season.
“Good luck to all teams in the coming rounds of their respective county cups, and we look forward to seeing supporters of all teams turn out in force to provide fantastic atmospheres at all finals.”
Ipswich Town Secretary Stuart Hayton said: “After the success of hosting four well-supported county cup finals last season, we are delighted to be able to increase that number to six for 2019.
“To give Suffolk’s leading amateur players, both male and female, the opportunity to play at Portman Road is fantastic. It is also rewarding and beneficial for Suffolk-based referees to get the opportunity to officiate at the stadium.
“We look forward to some great entertainment and hope that as many of our supporters as possible can come along and enjoy the games in May.”
The full schedule of cup final dates and venues is as follows:
Tuesday, April 23rd – Days Sports Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup at Leiston FC, 7.30pm
Sunday, April 28th – Super Sunday – Suffolk Sunday Cup, Suffolk Sunday Shield, Suffolk Sunday Trophy & Suffolk Veterans’ Cup at Needham Market FC, kick-offs tbc
Tuesday, May 7th – HomeStore Self Storage Women’s Cup at Portman Road, 7.30pm
Wednesday, May 8th – Suffolk Premier Cup at Portman Road, 7.30pm
Thursday, May 9th – Suffolk Under-18 Midweek Cup at Portman Road, 7.30pm
Friday, May 10th – CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup at Portman Road, 7.30pm
Monday, May 13th – Suffolk Primary Cup at Portman Road, 7.30pm
Tuesday, May 14th – Suffolk Junior Cup at Portman Road, 7.30pm
The draws for this season’s semi-finals will all be announced on BBC Radio Suffolk for the first time.
The Premier Cup and CNet Training Senior Cup draws will be announced on the Final Whistle programme on Saturday, February 16th, but all the other adult cup draws will be made on the station’s Thursday Night Sports Social, starting on February 7th.
BBC Radio Suffolk Sports Presenter Graeme Mac said: “We’re delighted to bring a live draw element to the non-league hour of our Thursday Night Sports Social in the coming weeks.
“The Suffolk FA is rightly proud of all these competitions, and for the clubs that remain, this is a very exciting time that we’ll hopefully capture on the radio.”
The full schedule is as follows:
Thursday, February 7th – Sunday Cup
Thursday, February 14th – Junior Cup & Sunday Shield
Saturday, February 16th – Premier Cup & Senior Cup
Thursday, February 21st – Senior Reserve Cup, Primary Cup & Women’s Cup
Thursday, February 28th – Sunday Trophy & Under-18 Midweek
Thursday, March 7th – Veterans’ Cup
The venues for this season’s Crown Imperial Youth Cup Semi-Finals on Sunday, March 24th and Finals on Sunday, May 12th will be announced in due course.
The draws will all be announced via the Suffolk FA Twitter feed, with the Boys’ Cup draws taking place on Wednesday, February 6th from 12.30pm and the Girls’ draws a week later on Wednesday, February 13th from 12.30pm.
Players from Bures United (blue shirts) and AFC YourShirts (red & black shirts) are pictured above during the Respect handshake prior to last season’s Suffolk Primary Cup Final at Portman Road.