Blofield ready for more titles

PUBLISHED: 11:43 10 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:19 10 September 2010

The celebrations had hardly begun at Blofield to mark their Anglian Combination triple when club stalwart Paddy Murphy promised they would be trying just as hard to win honours next season.

The celebrations had hardly begun at Blofield to mark their Anglian Combination triple when club stalwart Paddy Murphy promised they would be trying just as hard to win honours next season.

At Saturday's club dinner-dance and presentation night, Blofield will be marking a record sixth Sterry Cup win for being league champions, victory in the Mummery Cup and their reserves winning Division Four - on the same night that the first team secured the Premier Division title.

A thumping 8-2 win over Wroxham Reserves on Friday night, as previously reported, put Blofield in an unassailable position as they overhauled Cromer Town.

Murphy, connected with the club for 27 years and now general manager, was clearly delighted and honoured to have been back in the dug out for the final run-in as the team added to the five titles won under his managership.

"I really wanted to win the league for a sixth time. This is the first time it's been done in the 110-year history of the Sterry Cup. CNSOBU and the old Wroxham first team each won it five times."

Murphy said: "For a village club like Blofield this is a hell of an achievement. There are many good people at the club, on and off the field. We have never paid anyone a penny, and we never will."

He explained that Paul Warman, who had been with him at Blofield for seven or eight years, said he would like to take over the manager's post. "He worked with me for a couple of seasons, then taking over with Paul Nash as his assistant. But because Paul (Warman) has played more than expected, he asked me into the dug-out for the run-in."

Blofield had a lot of games to pack in during the final weeks. "We have won about nine games on the trot, including the cup final. We were very disappointed to be league runners-up last season and I said that if we won all our remaining games in the run-in, we could win the league: and we won them all. We always believed we could win the league."

Murphy admitted: "This time we were fairly lucky. We had a strong squad and no injuries in the run-in. As the season progressed we got stronger. In the last few games we knew we were going to win."

Then came the warning that Blofield will not be sitting back on their laurels" "We will certainly try to win the league next season!"

Blofield fans can hail their champions tomorrow night when they round off their league programme with a home match against Beccles (6.30pm).

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