AFC Sudbury’s golden memories lost as laptop is stolen
They are a club who can boast a record three consecutive FA Vase final appearances and a spot in the heart of England World Cup legend Geoff Hurst.
But now some snippets of AFC Sudbury’s history have seemingly been lost forever after a laptop belonging to the website editor was stolen from his house.
Ex-police officer Tony Simpson’s property was ransacked by burglars on the Chaucer estate in Sudbury on Friday, after they smashed their way through his French patio doors.
And while Christmas presents for his children, but not grandchildren, were also taken, it was the files stored on his Apple Mac laptop that can never be replaced.
“Everything since 1999 (when Sudbury Town and Sudbury Wanderers amalgamated) was on it,” he said. “It is still on the website but not in the same format I use to calculate my player appearances.
“A lot of stuff was irreplaceable as to work it out again would take months.”
The club, who can boast having Sir Geoff Hurst as an interested follower after his father Charlie was player/manager of Sudbury Town in 1950/51, have an archive section on their website.
However, it does not include their first season since amalgamation, where they finished third in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division.
Nor does it have a full collection of match reports from their formative years, as they went on to set a record of five straight Eastern Counties League titles before that record run of FA Vase final appearances, all of which they lost, to Brigg Town, Winchester City and Didcot Town.
England legend Hurst himself was present at his former club West Ham United in May 2003 to support the Suffolk side, though they were unable to complete an historic league and cup double at Upton Park against Didcot.
The stolen silver Apple Mac Pro, with a 13-inch screen, also held some photographs not on www.afcsudbury.com, including pictures of players who had only made a couple of appearances for them.
“I tried to put it all on a USB stick the other day but it didn’t work, so I guess it is a bit ironic,” said Simpson, who still works part-time as a police station clerk around the county.
The club’s website editor also had items of jewellery, including his late father’s wedding ring, stolen which were of high sentimental value.
Anyone with any information can call Suffolk Police on their ‘101’ service, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
n AFC Sudbury’s trip to Grays Athletic on Saturday was postponed.
The Yellows host Harlow Town on Saturday and travel to Norfolk to face Wroxham on New Year’s Day (both 3pm).
To find out how Sudbury got on against local rivals Needham Market yesterday, log on to www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk
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