Suffolk under-18s are East Anglian champions
Suffolk FA Under-18s are celebrating being officially confirmed as East Anglian Counties champions.
It is the first time that Suffolk have won the Len Cordell Trophy since the 2007-08 campaign.
The county have had to wait several weeks for confirmation that they have won the trophy, after their outstanding game against Bedfordshire FA was not replayed.
Bedfordshire had cancelled the fixture scheduled for April 7 at Haverhill Rovers FC the day before, and Suffolk were left awaiting a ruling on whether the game was to be replayed.
The match has now been awarded as a home win to Suffolk, who won three and drew one (against Essex FA) of their other four fixtures.
The ruling means Suffolk finished as champions on 13 points – three ahead of runners-up Essex – and winning the East Anglian Counties Championship is a fitting end to Andy Reynolds’ reign as manager.
Reynolds, who recently announced he was standing down from the role, said: “I am really delighted for the boys as it is a while since Suffolk FA have won the league.
“The level of football across the region is very strong, so it is good for Suffolk tobe champions again.
“We felt this season’s group were very strong and would be competitive in all games.
“Obviously we have proved that at league level, although we didn’t achieve what we had hoped to in the FA County Youth Cup.
“The fact that we have a trophy gives us something as a reward for this season, and I am really pleased this has not been done with a group of second years as some of the lads will be able to use their experience gained in next season’s competition.
“It is pleasing for me to finish with a trophy, but more importantly for me is the relationships and rapport I have managed to have with the players over the years and to finish with a great group, so I am delighted to look back on something we have won.”
Since the Len Cordell Trophy was first presented in the 1999-2000 season, Suffolk have been crowned champions three times.
The county won the competition in the 2004-05, 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
Suffolk also won the FA County Youth Cup in both the 2004-05 and 2007-08 seasons.
Former Lowestoft Town goalkeeper Reynolds, who took over as manager of the Suffolk U18 and U16 sides in October 2012, was a member of the double winning side in 2004-05.