PLAYING in the Suffolk Champions Charity Shield will be ‘extra special’ for Bramford United.
That’s the view of Bramford United Manager James Fulker, whose side lifted the McDonald’s Suffolk Primary Cup last month thanks to a 7-2 victory over Laxfield in the final. Bramford's Danny Tatum (left) and Dean Quinton (right) are pictured above celebrating Quinton's second goal. Photograph: Paul Voller
They will face Stowupland Falcons, the current holders of the Total Football Suffolk Junior Cup, after they won the trophy for the first time at the end of May, defeating Mutford & Wrentham 2-1 in the final at The New Croft in Haverhill.
The two sides meet on Friday night at Bloomfields, home of Needham Market FC, in the inaugural Suffolk Champions Charity Shield, kick-off 7.30pm.
Both sides were asked to select a charity to support, with Bramford United choosing Suffolk Mind.
Fulker said: “It means a lot for the club to be involved in any FA affiliated competitions, however, this feels extra special for us, given the opportunity to raise support and awareness for a great charity like Suffolk Mind.
“It only feels like a couple of weeks ago that we played in the Primary Cup final, but this has given us a great occasion to look forward to as part of pre-season.
“Mental Health seems to have become a lot more prevalent during these uncertain times and has often been referred to as the ‘silent pandemic’.
“It has affected the lives and well-being of many people close to the club and we want to reinforce how important it is to take care of your mental health by seeking information and support.
“Football is often seen as a great form of escapism from anxious feelings or intrusive thoughts, so we are grateful to use this occasion as a platform to provide support for Suffolk Mind.”
Stowupland Falcons Manager Mark Dye said: “On the back of winning the Junior Cup, which we are still buzzing about, we have another fantastic occasion to look forward to!
“To play at Needham with their fantastic facilities again means so much to our players management and committee members, especially to the ones who missed the final.”
Stowupland Falcons have chosen Stowmarket Foodbank as their charity to support.
Dye continued: “This will be still treated in the same way as a normal cup game but knowing we are there to support our charity makes it more special.
“With many worthwhile charities we decided we wanted to support someone local due to the devastating effect the pandemic has had on people and families throughout our area which we will know this will be vital to them.
“We all feel this is a fantastic idea and a brilliant way of giving something back to the ones who need it.”
The purchase price of tickets will go directly to each club's chosen charity.
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