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The bijou cottage next to Long Melford Garden Centre was once the home of Nellie Campion who was mother ( or grandmother?) to Dick Campion who in the 1950s won a silver medal for swimming at the Olympics.

Following on from that for a number of years in the late 1970s and early 80s Long Melford Football Club had the services of defender Barry Tyler who was also a teacher at Uplands School Sudbury. 

He must have been proud of his mother Dorothy Tyler (pictured), who was a very accomplished athlete. She was the first British woman to win an individual Olympic medal in athletics and she once had the world record for the high jump. She met Hitler, was awarded an MBE and in 2012 started the London marathon. 

You can read more about Dorothy Tyler's distinguished career on the BBC Sport website (click here).

Long Melford Football Club founded in 1868, listed as the tenth oldest football club in the UK, have a rich vein of history. 

One of the earliest players was capped for England, William Neville Cobbold and played for England between 1883 and 1888. He was related to the Cobbold family from the Ipswich area and his nickname as centre forward was “Nuts” said to be for his ability to get stuck into tackles. He was a pupil at Eton and it was said the black and white strip that Melford have today that the colours were taken from Cobbold's House Colours at Eton.

At the other end of history the man with the hardest shot it was claimed in the English First Division, Ted Phillips legend of Ipswich Town ended his playing days at Long Melford Football Club. Also a very good cricketer, Ted ended up following his friend Barry Ball (ex Ipswich and Colchester Utd FC) to veteran cricket matches including at Long Melford CC. It was often the case at these games Ted would put the numbers up on the scoreboard, one has to wonder how many Premier League players would do that?

With thanks to Richard Kemp (and Keith Slater) for this contribution to the website.

We also have an update on yesterday's news item about the walking football matches played at Long Melford FC in 1925.

Thank you to Walking Football Limited for bringing to our attention that this is the earliest recorded walking football match (the previous earliest was 1932 when Derby Railway Veterans and Crewe Railway Veterans played at the Baseball Ground).

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