A Shouldham-born footballing legend has become a “SOKA” star one hundred years after he was born.
Alf Kirchen, who played for Norwich, Arsenal and England, is being remembered at a fun run on Sunday in aid of the Save Our King’s Arms (SOKA) campaign.
Campaigners aim to raise £300,000 to buy the village’s only remaining pub and reopen it as a community-owned enterprise.
The fundraising 8km jog, starting at the village playing field at 11am, will also commemorate the centenary of the village’s local hero.
Alf Kirchen played for Shouldham as a youth before signing for Norwich City in 1934 and being bought by Arsenal for £6,000 in 1935. He won three England caps in a 1937 tour of Scandinavia. He retired due to injury in 1945 and died in 1999.
SOKA is also organising a 5km walk which will start 30 minutes before the fun run. Entrance fees are £5 walkers, £7 joggers and £10 families.
Sunday is also the final day of SOKA’s Beer and Music Festival, on the Green from 10am to 2pm with more than 20 real ales and ciders.