AFC Sudbury Ladies manager Clive Golding believes their Suffolk Women’s Cup final has taken on more significance despite the venue being changed from Ipswich Town’s Portman Road to Bury Town’s Ram Meadow.
Sudbury were due to play Brandon Town Ladies at the Tractor Boys’ home venue, but with Town’s possible involvement in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, the decision has been taken to confirm Bury Town as the host of the May 1 encounter.
But despite conceding his disappointment, Golding feels the new venue will prove more poignant as it is the home town of former player Emma Holloway, who died in a car crash in 2010.
“We were looking forward to our day out at Portman Road, but this will be more special as Bury was the birthplace of Emma,” he said. “She was a smashing kid and was a real sad loss for everyone.
“A lot of the players still wear black arm bands in memory of Emma and that tells you how important she was to the club.
“That is the why this game has now taken on even more significance, we will be playing the final for her and in her memory.”