12-02-2011: Hadleigh United 2 Dereham Town 0 (Ridgeons Premier Division) The Millfield, Hadleigh, Suffolk
Hadleigh is another Suffolk town that made good from the wool and cloth trade in the 15th century and there are many fine homes from that era still remaining in the town. These are centred around the High Street, Angel Street, George Street and Benton Street, the backs of houses on the later easily visible from Hadleigh United’s Millfield Ground.
The town’s origins, however, date back well before that period, with Guthrum, King of the Danes, believed to have been buried here in the 9th century. At the time of the Doomsday Survey, twenty years after the Norman conquest in 1066, Suffolk was the most densely populated county in the realm and Hadleigh was at its centre.
Hadleigh United’s origins are considerably more recent. Founded in 1892 they spent the majority of the 20th century in the Suffolk & Ipswich League and its forerunner the Ipswich & District League. They competed in Division One of the Eastern Counties (now Ridgeons) League for the first time in 1991-92 clinching promotion to the Premier Division, as Champions, just two years later. They enjoyed three seasons in the top flight before relegation back to Division One in 1996-97.
There they settled comfortably for just over ten years until promotion back to the top flight was achieved in time for the 2008-09 campaign. Winners of the Suffolk Senior Cup on four occasions, most recently in 2004, they enjoyed their best run in national cup competitions in 1994-95 when they reached round 5 of the FA Vase.
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