Beccles and Bungay football teams to clash in memory of ‘Mr Beccles FC’ John Humby

Players representing Beccles Town and Bungay Town in last year's John Humby Cup. The two sides meet

Players representing Beccles Town and Bungay Town in last year's John Humby Cup. The two sides meet again on Sunday. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

It's an East Anglian Derby without a canary in sight, nor a 45 mile distance gap.

The late John Humby, dubbed 'Mr Beccles FC'.

The late John Humby, dubbed 'Mr Beccles FC'. - Credit: Nick Butcher

For fans of Beccles Town and Bungay Town though, it is just as much of a highlight as the Old Farm is for fans of Norwich City and Ipswich Town.

However, when the two sides face off this Sunday, it will be about more than just bragging rights - it will honour the memory of a man who gave almost 50 years of his life to one of the clubs.

The two sides meet in the John Humby Beccles Hospital Cup, a charity match honouring John Humby, the former Wherryman manager, nicknamed Mr Beccles FC.

The clash between Beccles and local rivals the Black Dogs will - once again - raise funds for Beccles Hospital.

First contested in the 1919/20 season, the event was resurrected last year, following a four year hiatus and was renamed after the Beccles stalwart, having previously been known as the Beccles Hospital Cup.

Last year's contest saw the Wherrymen take the spoils, with a 2-0 victory over Bungay Town.

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A spokesman from Beccles Town said: 'As well as being a great fundraising event this will be the first chance for many to see the 2017/18 squads in competitive action.

'As an additional sweetener, it will also be the only time this season you will be able to watch a Beccles-Bungay senior football derby, with both teams competing in different leagues this season.'

Richard Daniels, Bungay Town manager, said: 'Anything involving football that raises money for charity is a good thing to me.

'Being a local derby does add a bit of spice to the occasion, but to me it's about raising as much as possible for a great cause.'

Mr Humby died in December 2014, having served Beccles Town for 47 years, as manager and secretary. In September of that year he was presented with a long service award from Suffolk FA.

Kick-off is at 3pm on Sunday, with the newly-refurbished College Meadow in Beccles playing host.

Tickets are £2 for adults and 50p for under-16s, with all proceeds going to the Friends of Beccles Hospital.

Collection buckets will also be going around on the day, as both clubs look to top the £919.35 raised last year.

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