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Two families helping Occold with their Touchline Suffolk & Ipswich League Division Four promotion push



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With a squad which now includes two dads and three sons, it is a real family affair at promotion-chasing Occold.

Player manager James Plummer is joined by son Isaac, while new signing David Green has linked up with his two sons George and Harry, who were already at the Touchline Suffolk & Ipswich League (SIL) Division Four club.

Plummer, who turned 52 last weekend, is currently on the sidelines with a back injury, but is hopeful of having all five of them on the pitch at the same time before the season is out.

Two 51 year old fathers, one the manager with their sons who play for Occold FC pictured from left James and Isaac Plummer with Harry, George and Dave Green..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6622491)
Two 51 year old fathers, one the manager with their sons who play for Occold FC pictured from left James and Isaac Plummer with Harry, George and Dave Green..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (6622491)

“I suppose it’s unusual for the other team when you hear someone call ‘dad’ on the pitch, but we’re used to it now,” the Occold boss said.

“It’s brilliant to be on the pitch with my son, and now we have a new signing, whose two lads are playing here as well.”

Seeing the Plummers on the same pitch together is new to Occold’s Saturday side, who only formed this season, but the pair have spent the last few years playing for Stonham Aspal A on Saturdays, and then for Occold’s Sunday side the following day.

Due to an administrative error, Occold started their first campaign in the SIL on -6 points, but it has not stopped them from flying up the table.

Last weekend’s 7-1 win over Woolverstone United Reserves moved Plummer’s men up to fourth in the table and on track for promotion.

“It’s our first season at Occold and our main aim is to get out of Division Four,” he said. “We’ve played some of the teams that are in Division Three in the cups and in friendlies and we’ve predominantly done OK against them.

“I think we’re good enough for Division Three. Three quarters of our team are in their early 20s, so we’re a young team as well.”

Occold’s squad was given an injection of experience with the signing of David Green, 51, who plays up front, and is the third player from the Green family at the club, joining sons George, 20, and Harry, 17.

Plummer senior also turns out for Framlingham-based side FC Railway Veterans, in the Norfolk & Suffolk Veterans League on Sundays, and is fairly laid back on when he plans to hang up the boots.

“I’ll play until I become too embarassing to my son!” he joked. “I think for me, playing on Saturdays I’m getting near to the end.

“I’ll step in as a goalkeeper or come on if needed, but I’ve got two slipped discs in my back which I need to get fixed.”

The Occold manager’s favourite moment playing football with Issac?

“It was playing for our Sunday team three years ago and we got to the final of the Floodlit Cup, which was played at Ram Meadow (Bury Town’s ground),” he said.

“I came on in extra time and it went to penalties and I took one of the penalties. We won and I’ve got a picture of me and him holding up the trophy.”

With a quarter-final in the Club Colours Cup at Thurston to come tomorrow (1.30pm), more pictures could follow.



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