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Heacham celebrate being crowned Anglian Combination Premier Division champions



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Heacham celebrated their coronation as Anglian Combination Premier Division champions and their seventh successive promotion with victory over Beccles Town on an afternoon of elation at Station Road.

The Magpies lifted the trophy in front of their jubilant supporters on the final whistle as they concluded a memorable campaign by going unbeaten on home soil.

This 3-0 victory over Beccles Town was simply another demonstration of the power, commitment and quality that has brought them the title – but this was more than just a football match, on an afternoon of high emotion.

The champagne flows as Heacham Football Club lift the Anglian Combination Premier Division trophy. Picture: Ian Burt (56241759)
The champagne flows as Heacham Football Club lift the Anglian Combination Premier Division trophy. Picture: Ian Burt (56241759)

Tearful club chairman David Page said: "It means everything to me and hopefully it will feed through to our Minors and give them hope of how they can progress and where they can go.

"I just can't believe it, it still hasn't sunk in. It's such a special day for everyone as it is just one big family.

"Seven years ago we were just a pub team to be honest until we advertised for a manager. Griggsy (David Griggs) came on board with Mel Barr and it has just gone on from there.

“Thanks go to everybody involved with this great club; the coaching staff, players, supporters and committee members who give so much.

Heacham Football Club's management team of Sean McQuaid, David Griggs and Ross McNeil. Picture: Ian Burt (56241763)
Heacham Football Club's management team of Sean McQuaid, David Griggs and Ross McNeil. Picture: Ian Burt (56241763)

"I never thought we'd ever find ourselves in this position and we'll give it another good go next season."

Heacham hope their Station Road base – which has already undergone major improvements in recent months – will now pass the necessary grading inspection for elevation to the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League over the summer.

Club secretary Darren Bailey added: “We have had a ground inspection and they liked the work we have completed.

"We are awaiting confirmation on a grant for the rest of it and planning permission and floodlight design for the next stage."

Captain Fantastic Ed Tann, who made his 150th appearance for the club, with his children. Picture: Ian Burt (56241761)
Captain Fantastic Ed Tann, who made his 150th appearance for the club, with his children. Picture: Ian Burt (56241761)

The Magpies had to be patient before clinching the latest three points in front of their home faithful who turned out in their droves to be part of the club's big day.

Home goalkeeper Jack Johnson made sure the score remained goalless going into the break with a brilliant penalty save down to his right.

Heacham, who created and missed a catalogue of chances in the opening 25 minutes, took the lead through Captain Fantastic Ed Tann who headed home a Nathan Daws corner.

Ross McNeil with his family. Picture: Ian Burt. (56241834)
Ross McNeil with his family. Picture: Ian Burt. (56241834)

Ten minutes later the Magpies doubled their advantage courtesy of a fantastic volley from substitute Ben Dear.

Championees - Heacham are just champion. Picture: Ian Burt. (56241828)
Championees - Heacham are just champion. Picture: Ian Burt. (56241828)

Fellow substitute Connor Young wrapped up the three points six minutes later and, although Nathan Davies saw a late penalty saved by Beccles Town goalkeeper, it failed to take the gloss off what has been another incredible season for the tiny village side.

Players and club officials sock up the moment. Picture: Ian Burt. (56241830)
Players and club officials sock up the moment. Picture: Ian Burt. (56241830)
Celebration time for the Magpies. Picture: Ian Burt. (56241832)
Celebration time for the Magpies. Picture: Ian Burt. (56241832)


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