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CUP DRAW  (April 26)

Long Melford Reserves are drawn away to Beccles Town in the quarter final of the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup.

This tie is scheduled for Saturday 8th May.

RESERVES WIN  (April 25)

Long Melford Reserves progressed to the quarter finals of the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup yesterday.

In the behind closed doors second round tie at Stoneylands, Melford ran out 5-0 winners against Bildeston Rangers Reserves.

The Villagers' goals were scored by Jack Delaune (hat-trick) Ben Judge (2).

COUNTY CUP TIE  (April 24)

Good luck to our Reserves for today's Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup tie against Bildeston Rangers.

Unfortunately this match is behind closed doors without spectators, but we will let everyone know how the team get on.

NEW SPONSOR  (April 19)

Thank you to new sponsor East of England Co-op. We really appreciate your support. To visit their website click here

IN-HOUSE FRIENDLY  (April 10)

A minute’s silence as a mark of respect to Prince Philip was observed before today’s intra-club friendly (played behind closed doors).

Team Hennessey took the bragging rights over Team Chisholm, in what was a good game involving players from the club's first, reserve and under 18 teams.

PITCH UPDATE  (Mar 07)

Stoneylands was looking resplendent in the Sun today. Great work as always by club groundsman Ivan Whitehart. It won't be too long before we can finally get back out there!

SEASON CURTAILED  (Feb 25)

It will probably not be a huge surprise to hear the 2020/21 Thurlow Nunn League season has been brought to a premature conclusion. For the full statement from the FA please click here.

OUR CONDOLENCES  (Jan 11)

We are sorry to report the death of a Long Melford Football Club stalwart Ray Woodgate at the age of 83. 

The whole Woodgate family had a long history of connection with LMFC. Alf Woodgate father of Ray (the man in top hat in LMFC Senior Cup photos from 1950s) as a bricklayer was involved with building of the dressing rooms at LMFC, and was also a committee member for many years. His wife May was also involved with the tea hut in the 1950s. 

A player for many years at LMFC Ray also played in the Club Darts team and was also a Committee member. His son Nigel was also a first team player for many years. He leaves a widow Phyllis, who for many years was a keen helper at LMFC and manned the tea hut for a long period of time, and his son Nigel. 

All at Long Melford Football Club offer our sincere condolences to the Woodgate family. R.I.P Ray.   

HAPPY NEW YEAR  (Dec 30)

Stoneylands is ready and waiting for when football can return, whenever that may be. In the meantime we'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.  

FOOTBALL SUSPENDED  (Dec 24)

Following the announcement that Suffolk is to move into Tier 4, all adult grassroots football (matches and training sessions) has been suspended until further notice. 


OUR CONDOLENCES   (Dec 15)

The club is saddened to hear Merlin Saddleton passed away at the weekend.

Merlin gave many years of service to the Eastern Counties League as a league official. He was a great ambassador for the League.

Our thoughts are with Merlin's family and friends.

NEW APPOINTMENT  (Dec 05)

A warm welcome to Becky Crane who has joined Long Melford Football Club as Assistant to the Secretary.

Becky will be working alongside long-serving Club Secretary Richard Powell, helping him with the many secretarial duties.  Club chairman Geoff Thomas said:

"I'm delighted to welcome Becky to our talented and committed team of volunteers and I have no doubt that she will be a valuable member of the club."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY  (Nov 21)

Happy birthday to Richard Kemp - a great servant to Long Melford FC over many years as a player, manager and now in his current role as club president.

PLAYER NEWS  (Nov 13)

Good luck to Kieran Michaels who has left the club and signed for Holland FC. Kieran had two spells at Melford and made 44 appearances, scoring 4 goals.

And just prior to the lockdown Josh Collins (98 appearances) signed for Debenham LC. All the best to Josh for the future.

LOCKDOWN LOOMS  (Nov 04)

When the lockdown starts tomorrow we will not be allowed to play any matches and training will also be banned.

We're going to miss playing football but hopefully it is only for a month and we can re-start on 2nd December. Best wishes to everyone during the lockdown.

(The weekly LMFC forecast sheet fundraiser will be suspended until the lockdown is lifted).

MATCH POSTPONED  (Oct 29)

Tuesday's first team match at Stowmarket Town has been postponed because two Stowmarket players have tested positive for Covid-19.

WELL DONE LADS  (Oct 24)

Whilst Saturday’s result on the pitch wasn’t what our reserve team would have wanted, off the pitch they were all heroes. 

The players and management clubbed together to donate over £200 worth of food to local causes in the #endchildpoverty campaign led by Marcus Rashford. Manager Dave Hennessey had this to say:

"I’m so proud of each and every one of today’s squad for putting their hands in their pockets to help provide for underprivileged youngsters at a time when they need it most. 

"The togetherness that this new young team is showing is really something and I’m honoured to be a part of it!"

NEWS UPDATE  (Oct 23)

Stoneylands is looking good for tomorrow's home match which sees the Reserves take on Whitton United (3pm), while the 1st Team play away to Thetford Town also 3pm.

Well done to the Under 18s who recorded their first league win of the season last night, a 2-1 victory at Cornard United with goals scored by Jacob Fenner and Jai Narayan.

CUP DRAW  (Oct 21)

In the next round of the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup, the Reserves have been drawn away to Bildeston Rangers (tie to be played Saturday 14 November).

NATHAN ROWE LEAVES (Oct 13)

After 7 years at the club, Nathan Rowe has confirmed his departure from Long Melford FC.

It's never nice when a player leaves, but it's especially tough saying goodbye when a long-serving player like Nathan moves on.

Nathan joined the club in 2013 and went on to make 236 appearances, scoring 54 goals.

Nathan was part of the First Division title winning side in 2015 and the League Cup winners in 2019.

We are sad to see Nathan leave, but would like to wish him all the best and put on record our thanks for his great commitment over the past 7 years.

MATCH POSTPONED  (Oct 10)

Today's First Team match at Brantham Athletic is off because of Covid concerns. A Brantham player and two of their club officials have tested positive for Covid. We wish everyone a speedy recovery. 

No First Team action until Wednesday, but our Reserves are at home to Halstead Town today (3pm) with Dave Hennessey's in-form side looking to maintain the excellent start to the season. We hope to see you there.

CAN YOU HELP?  (Oct 07)

Wanted: a secure 15ft to 20ft Shipping Container for Long Melford Football Club.  Preferably as a donation in exchange for advertising on the container plus website/programme ad and pitch banner etc. (if not then at a very reduced cost).

Please contact Richard Kemp 01787378149 or [email protected]  

THANK YOU  (Sep 23)

From all at LMFC our grateful thanks for the marvellous support (attendance 286) that will make last night a landmark in the long history of Long Melford Football Club. Not the giant killing act we had all hoped for, but the local boys who make up the Long Melford team did the area proud against a team of seasoned footballers, most of whom had come from the ranks of Football League Clubs. 

On the night that little bit of extra quality outshone the endeavours of our local boys, but certainly no disgrace, and the applause at the end of the game as the Melford team left the pitch signalled the appreciation of the spectators who had witnessed the game. 

We are indebted to many, the helpers, the players and to our neighbours who had to endure a busy night at Long Melford Football Club. 

Such was the kind spirit in evidence on the night that Garry Pattisson, who won the raffle, and played for Cheshunt “when he was paid £30 per game”, donated £50 of his winnings to the New Building Project at LMFC, thank you GP much appreciated.

So back to the bread and butter of league football, this Saturday September 26th, our first team travel to Swaffham Town, whilst our Reserves, who have not lost this season play at home to Stowmarket both 3pm kick offs. 

We hope that some of you will return to spectate on a regular basis to Stoneylands, maybe even make it a habit! 

Finally our very best wishes to Cheshunt on the FA Cup trail.

RICHARD KEMP Hon President LMFC

PARKING REQUEST  (Sep 04)

We want to maintain a good relationship with our neighbours, particularly whilst construction work is in progress. It would be appreciated if you could try and park as neatly as you can at the ground, avoiding any playing areas. If you have to park in an adjoining road please ensure that you do not block any driveways or restrict access in any way. Our thanks for you cooperation.

COVID UPDATE  (Aug 20)

Starting on Saturday (22nd August) we are allowed to welcome back supporters inside the ground, while maintaining social distancing.

The first match with supporters back at Stoneylands will be this Saturday's reserve team friendly against FC Clacton (3pm at Stoneylands, admission £3).

  • The club's Covid Risk Assessment can be found here (open).


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