Norfolk County FA Veterans’ League: Growing success may bring format change for league

The Norfolk County FA Veterans' League is set for an expansion boost which could lead to a three division set-up next season.

Currently the teams are arranged in a Premiership and Championship format but a League One could be added next term.

The idea is set to be discussed at the league's annual meeting at Norfolk County FA HQ on Thursday, June 14 (6.30pm).

So far three new teams have applied to join the league.

They are Dereham Town, Harts, from Diss, and a yet-to-be-named side from Mundford near Thetford.

Further teams are welcome to apply for entry by the Friday, June 1 deadline.

The 2011-12 season has been another success for the Barnham Broom Hotel sponsored league.

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The league expanded by 33 per cent at the start of the season going from 12 clubs to 16 for the start of the campaign.

The season saw two new names on each of the respective league trophies with Sprowston Wanderers, who were Championship winners and Norfolk Veterans Cup runners-up in 2010-11, lifting the Premiership trophy. They secured the title by a three-point margin over Cringleford.

Costessey Harte, who were last season's Premiership champions, had to settle for the third place this season.

The Championship trophy was lifted by one of the league's newcomers, Hellesdon.

They had been left to eagerly await the result of St Faiths against Costessey Sports. If Costessey had won they would have become champions.

St Faiths ran out 4-0 winners, not only preventing Costessey from becoming champions, but taking the second place from them on goal difference by just three goals, which meant that Hellesdon were crowned champions.

Sprowston Wanderers recorded the league's largest-ever victory with a 13-0 win over Watton United.

Clive Privett defeated his own record by becoming the league's oldest player when he featured for Wymondham College Roseberians in their match against Bayer Eagles aged 65 years, three months and 18 days.

Carl Shaw (Costessey Sports) was top scorer in the Championship with 14 goals and Aaron Donnelly (Sprowston Wanderers) led the way in the Premiership with 15 goals.

Norwich Trafford won the Norfolk County FA Veterans' Cup by beating the Griffin to win the trophy for the third time.

No other team has had their hands on the trophy since it was inaugurated in 2009-10.

In the Norfolk and Suffolk Veterans' League Premier Division Bungay Town finished runners-up to champions Woodbridge Town.

Yarmouth side Kings Arms Crusaders were clear winners of Division One (North) with city side The Griffin runners-up.

In Division Three (North) Harleston Old Boys finished champions ahead of Thetford Sports & Social Club.

Long Stratton, in their first season, won Division Four (North) with city outfit Unthank Arms taking the runners-up spot.

Bungay Town won the League Shield beating Thetford Sports & Social Club in the final.

The league's annual meeting is on Friday, June 8 at Diss Town FC (7.30pm).