Revived football fixture raises hundreds for Beccles Hospital

Chris Brown, cup lunch organiser and the Beccles Town first team present the cheque to Dr Anthony Bu

Chris Brown, cup lunch organiser and the Beccles Town first team present the cheque to Dr Anthony Bubb, chairman of the Friends of Beccles Hospital. Picture: Mark Allen. - Credit: Archant

Funds raised following the resurrection of the Beccles Hospital Cup, renamed in honour of club stalwart the late John Humby, have been presented to the hospital friends group.

The football fixture was revived on August 7 after a four-year break, with Beccles Town Football Club and Bungay Town Football Club both battling for the cup.

And it was Beccles who won the honour, with a 2-0 win.

The match was held in memory of football legend Mr Humby, dubbed 'Mr Beccles FC,' who died in December 2014. He dedicated 47 years of service to his beloved Beccles Town, serving as both manager and secretary.

And as well as continuing years of sporting rivalry between the two clubs, the match also raised funds for Beccles Hospital, with proceeds from a pre-match dinner and raffle, gate receipts, donations and sponsorship.

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The cheque for £919.35 has now been presented to Dr Anthony Bubb, chairman the Friends Of Beccles Hospital.

Beccles Town committe member Mark Allen said: 'It was fantastic to be able to support Beccles Hospital and our thanks go to all of those that turned out to support their teams be it home or away, attended the lunch or supported the raffle. Our thanks extend to Bungay Town FC for contesting the match with us in such great spirit and helping to make the day such a great success.'

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The Hospital Cup was first contested in 1920 for the old town hospital in Fair Close.

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