Where is East Angular?

PUBLISHED: 15:15 26 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:26 10 September 2010

Like many exiles I keep in touch with events at Carra Rud via the Interweb. EDP24 is usually a good source of information with regulars like Paddy Davitt and Chris Lakey reporting on the footballing world of East Anglia.

By BRUCE BOND

Like many exiles I keep in touch with events at Carra Rud via the Interweb. EDP24 is usually a good source of information with regulars like Paddy Davitt and Chris Lakey reporting on the footballing world of East Anglia.

I am getting concerned about their knowledge of the region and fear that they may well be confusing it with another country called East Angular.

Paddy Davitt (are we sure that is not an anagram?) reported in the EDP last September that Aidy Boothroyd had been installed as Colchester's new boss alongside fellow 38-year-old Roy Keane at Ipswich and Norwich's 40-year-old 'senior citizen' Paul Lambert. He went on to report that East Anglia is rapidly becoming a managerial melting pot for the next generation of touchline talent.

More recently, at the end of May, the EDP gave a list of “East Anglian clubs” and their managers as follows:

Steve Tilson (Southend); Roy Keane (Ipswich); Paul Lambert (Norwich); Ian Sampson (Northampton); Gary Johnson (Peterborough); Karl Robinson (MK Dons); Colchester - managerless

I have to thank Google for reminding me that the EDP was founded in 1870 as a broadsheet called the Eastern Counties Daily Press, it changed its name to the Eastern Daily Press in 1872. Apparently, it is commonly referred to as the EDP and is a regional newspaper covering Norfolk, and northern parts of Suffolk and eastern Cambridgeshire, and is published daily in Norwich.

Having been born and raised in Beccles I was taught that East Anglia is the traditional name for a region of eastern England, named after an ancient kingdom, the Kingdom of the East Angles. The Angles took their name from their homeland Angeln, in northern Germany. East Anglia initially consisted of Norfolk and Suffolk, but upon the marriage of the East Anglian princess Etheldreda, the Isle of Ely also became part of the kingdom. The current boundary is subject to differing interpretations but is generally held to include the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk with Cambridgeshire including the city of Peterborough unitary authority area.

It has come as something of a shock to discover that, according to the EDP, East Angular now covers Colchester and Southend (Essex - home of the East Saxons), Northampton (Northamptonshire) and Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire).

Are Essex, Northampton and Buckinghamshire really in East Angular? Yeah, but No, but Yeah, but No but YEAH but No Whatevver. Innit or summffing. Shuddup.

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