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WELCOME to my new column, which I hope you all enjoy.

Every week until the end of the season, I will talk about everything connected with football, both locally and further afield.

I will start off close to home and state how good life is at Bury Town at the moment.

I finished playing full-time last summer and, after having a break, decided there is no substitute to playing on a Saturday afternoon.

Not really knowing what to expect, the last six months have been thoroughly enjoyable — and so far successful.

The club goes from strength to strength both on and off the pitch and is on course for back-to-back promotions, which is a fantastic achievement.

The last seven days have been very productive for the club, with two victories in the league and an excellent cup win over Lowestoft, which sees an exciting Suffolk Premier Cup final at Portman Road in April, against Needham Market.

Back-to-back league wins against Horsham and Margate have seen us cement second place in the league, close behind leaders Sutton United.

A special shout goes out to Craig Nurse, who scored his first ever hat-trick against Horsham.

Craig — the second best thing to come out of Bardwell since Rocky Leggett — is one of a number of promising youngsters at the club.

The league format dictates that the winners go through automatically and the next four play off for the second spot.

However, as the season pans out, it is bound to be an exciting finish down at Ram Meadow.

Moving over to Ipswich Town, and a disappointing season has been brightened up with the arrival of Kieron Dyer.

Kieron — no stranger to Ipswich — is back for a month’s loan that will hopefully see him become a permanent fixture in the summer.

Kieron’s ability has never been in doubt — he is arguably one of the best players I have played with but, unfortunately, injuries have dominated his career over the last few seasons.

Ipswich will give him a great chance to get back to his best and, at only 32, he still has a great deal to offer.

With Marcus Evans now into his fourth year in charge, it’s a shame that once again the club finds itself with nothing to play for come the business end of the campaign.

With now over £50 million of his own money invested in the club, it really is time for Mr Evans, Paul Jewell and the club to deliver in 2011.

Hopefully, with Bullard, Dyer and some top quality signings this summer, this will be achieved.

Whatever your team, I hope you enjoy the rest of the season and I will be looking out both locally and nationally for all teams involved.

Good Luck.


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