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Fallen giants clash in Pink Un League Cup

PUBLISHED: 13:20 31 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:17 02 July 2010

Milton Lindsay

A Norwich Busmen against Poringland Wanderers clash 20 years ago would have been the top Sunday League game on any given weekend as the two clubs battled for supremacy year in year out in the early nineties.

A Norwich Busmen against Poringland Wanderers clash 20 years ago would have been the top Sunday League game on any given weekend as the two clubs battled for supremacy year in year out in the early nineties.

Both clubs have gone through lean times recently, but the chance of silverware is back on the agenda as they meet in the quarter final of the Pink Un Sunday League Cup this weekend. Jeff Causton and John Farrow, stalwarts of Poringland halcyon days, are now in charge of the side and Causton, a two time treble winner, recalls: “There were some great games between the sides, but that is all in the past.

“We have struggled with inconsistency this season, but we are a young side who, when they do put it together are a match for anyone in the league. Shaun Cann who played alongside the management duo still performs week in week out, keeping an eye on the next generation of Caustons, Caseys and Farrows, who now play for the side.”

Known and respected throughout local football as “Mr Busmen” chairman Steve Rushbrooke remembers beating Poringland at Carrow Road in 1991, “but not too much else as it was a long time ago,” he said. Rushbrooke has been associated with his club since before most of his players were born and is now hopeful that this current crop of players will get them back into the Premier Division. “We have built a completely new side over the past two years, and have addressed our goal-scoring problem, with the likes of Louie Allen, Nick May and Shaun Swatman.”

Rushbrooke admits to not having seen Sunday's opponents recently but is expecting a good even game as the sides bid for a semi-final spot. League games to watch out for this weekend are Costessey Sports against Earlham Utd in 1B and Earlham Utd Res face Heartsease FC in 4B.

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