Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Club Focus - Whitton United


On Saturday Ely should play host to Whitton United.

Whitton United's official birthday is 1926, although there is evidence of a club existing before the start of the 20th Century. In 1927 they made it to the miinor cup final of the Suffolk and Ipswich league, where they lost to Bungay.

In their early days they played their football in fields behind a couple of pubs and at one time they shared a field with a few cows, who were moved for the football. They finally settled at King George V Playing fields where they play up until the presnt day, although there are plans to move to a more modern facility.

A lot of their history from this period has been lost in time and the next record of major note was a game infront of 8000 at Ipswich's Portman Road in the Suffolk Cup Final in 1948. Unfortunately, they went on to lose 2-0 to Lowestoft Town. They went on to win the cup 2 years on the trot in 1959 and 60 by beating Bungay and Long Melford.

Up until the late 1980s the club played in a variety of minor leagues in the area. They won the Suffolk and Ipswich league title in 1993 and 1995. In 1995/6 season they joined the Eastern Counties League where they are still playing today.

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