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Cockfield United win a full set of new kit after national competition triumph

Cockfield United were crowned winners of the online competition organised by Sporty Bits, who produce custom sports wear and accessories, writes Nick Garnham.

Supporters of clubs voted via Twitter for clubs’ chosen kits, with the winner of each match being the club which polled the highest percentage of votes.

Cockfield defeated Sutton & District Sunday League side AFC Beeches in the final to claim the first prize from the 32 entrants.

Cockfield United (37557594)
Cockfield United (37557594)

Joe Brinkley, who is secretary of the club whose first team play in Division Two of the Macron SIL, said when they entered the competition they never expected to win.

He said: “Tom O’Leary, our first team manager, was looking through Twitter and saw the competition advertised so entered us into it.

“We had to design three kits from scratch and then get our club members to vote on which one we should enter into the competition.

“We had around 40 members vote and they chose a maroon shirt, white shorts and maroon and white socks.

“To begin with it was just a bit of fun, but as we got closer to the final we began to get more excited about the possibility of winning, not that we expected a club in the middle of nowhere to win a national competition!

“We were asking other Suffolk clubs via Twitter to support us and they really got behind us as the number of votes increased with each round of the competition.”

Cockfield, who run a Reserve side in Intermediate A of the SIL and a Veterans’ side in Division Three South of the Norfolk & Suffolk Veterans’ League, will also be joining the Bury & District Sunday League, after being voted in at the league’s AGM.

“As we are starting up a new Sunday side it is very timely to have won a new kit,” Joe added.

Cockfield defeated fellow Suffolk side ETC Lowestoft Veterans, Maidstone Jaguars of the Rochester & District League, Oxfordshire opponents Goring United Good Old Boys 53-47 and New Dales Vale of the Cheltenham League to progress to Sunday’s final.

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