Annual Diss King of the Cup ensures it’s a Good Friday as £1,700 raised for charity

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Nearly £1,700 was raised for good causes as hundreds descended on Diss for the fifteenth annual King of the Cup competition on Good Friday.

The self-proclaimed ‘world’s greatest single goal knockout competition’ held at Rectory Meadow saw 52 take part in the Wembley singles-style event.

Town resident Reece Royds added his name to the list of winners since the cup’s rebirth in 2002, defeating last year’s champion Chris Buckmaster in the final as the wait for a champion to retain their crown goes on.

2014 winner Zak Torrance, of Roydon, finished third, and claimed the Goal of the Day award with a long-range effort.

And for the first time ever a Junior King of the Cup was crowned, with Diss resident Josh Farrell emerging victorious in the inaugural event aimed at boys and girls aged 12-years-old and under which saw 20 competitors. Phil South, 36, also of Diss, claimed the Over 30 trophy, finishing fourth.

The Diss branch of the ‘Friends of Chernobyl’s Children’ (FOCC) will benefit from £1,060 raised on the day, while £630 will go to town resident Nicola Waters who has lost her sight following a brain tumour.

The junior competition is going to lay the foundations from now on in. One day we may have a veterans competition, but the juniors are hopefully going to keep King of the Cup going

Lee Farrell

Former winner and organiser Lee Farrell, who made it to the last 12 of the competition, and uncle of Junior event winner Josh, told the Diss Express: “We are extremely pleased with how it went and how much we raised.

“The weather was in our favour, which was amazing. We had some good spectators and there were lots of kids, and everyone was having fun. It was a vintage year.

“The junior competition is going to lay the foundations from now on in. One day we may have a veterans competition, but the juniors are hopefully going to keep King of the Cup going.”

Mr Farrell placed on record his thanks to Diss Cricket Club, his wife Charley for organising the off-field element of the event, resident DJ Chizzy Rascal for providing music, and Barry and Steph Waterfield.

The date has been set for 2017’s competition, set to take place on Friday, April 14 next year. Mr Farrell said it was hoped the 16th annual event would see the introduction of the King of the Cup Hall of Fame.

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