CONFUSION still reigns over the venues of the two John Banks Suffolk Premier Cup semi-finals – just a week before they are to be played.

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Both Ipswich Town and Lowestoft Town, who are due to meet in one semi-final, announced on their websites that their tie was to be held at Lowestoft’s Crown Meadow ground next Wednesday, March 7.

The news was released following discussions with organisers Suffolk FA, but both Bury Town and Leiston, who are scheduled to meet in the other semi-final, complained as under the rules of the competition ties are due to be staged at neutral venues.

The draw for the county’s ten senior cup competition semi-finals took place on February 7 – nearly three weeks ago – when Suffolk FA said neutral venues would be confirmed in due course.

Suffolk FA chief executive Laura Smith said yesterday it was “looking likely” that the match involving Ipswich Town and Lowestoft Town would now be switched to a neutral venue.

Smith, who took up her post in early December, added: “We will be looking at our internal processes ahead of next season’s competition to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

For the full story see today’s EADT and Ipswich Star.

7 comments

  • The venue for this Semi Final should be at FXS and Walton after they were robbed by FA officials for giving out false information to club over a player. This way the would receive the gate receipts that they deserve.

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    fence sitter

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • This just about sums the Suffolk FA up regarding their own competitions. First they badly advise a club & to save face remove that club, now they can't even organise venues ! Last week one of the senior cup wasn't arranged until 3 or 4 days before the match was played. Remember these people who runorganiseare paid employees. If I couldn't organise my job I would be on my way, perhaps one or two of these officials should be thinking about their futures as they obviously are unable to carry out their duties to a very high standard.

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    norman nomates

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Moderator, is there a reason why my posts are not on here.

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    Steve

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

  • Why are ITFC even still in this. We were beaten and only an administrative error by Suffolk FA allowed us back. We should have done the bigger thing and scratched. Any victory now is hollow and worthless

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    Onefineday

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Mr Fairbrother, what makes you think Leiston put themselves out of the running for the semi. Leiston had made their pitch available before the draw was even made. Plus leiston is exactly half way between lowestoft and Ipswich. The SFA have made a complete hash up of the draws, and not not just the prem cup. Those in charge are completely out of there depth.

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    Steve

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

  • Perhaps the FA, when they've time available after apologising, will hold the semi-final at Felixstowe.....they owe them that at least, after the loss of getting slung out! There are plenty of grounds available....Framlingham Town, Woodbridge....not Leiston....they've already put themselves out at short notice. I expect the FA will dither about yet again.....can you imagine any other counties hunting around for a ground ess than a week before???!!!!!

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    PHILIIP FAIRBROTHER

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Expel Felixstowe & Walton for 'Breaking the Rules' Tell Lowestoft Town and Ipswich Town it's ok to 'Break the Rules'. The Suffolk FA show their true colours!

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    Phil Griffiths

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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