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We look at who The Yeltz will be taking on in the 2023/24 season, First up is newly promoted AFC Sudbury from The Isthmian North League

Full name: AFC Sudbury

Nickname: Yellow or The Suds

Website: AFC Sudbury

Founded: 1999 (When two of the towns former teams merged (Sudbury Town and Sudbury Wanderers.

Stadium: The MEL group Stadium

Surface: 3G

Distance from the Grove: 154 Miles 

2022/23 finish: 2nd in the Isthmian League North

Manager: Currently looking for a new manager after Rick Andrews stepped down

Head to Head: The 2023/24 season will be first time that both clubs have met.

Their History

A.F.C. Sudbury was formed on 1 June 1999 by the amalgamation of the town's two previous clubs, Sudbury Town (founded 1885) and Sudbury Wanderers (founded 1958). The new club played at Wanderers' ground, and were initially managed by Wanderers' Keith Martin.

In their debut season, 1999–2000, Sudbury finished in third place in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division. The following five seasons all resulted in Sudbury winning the Premier Division title – a league record. Sudbury did not take promotion at any of these opportunities, despite being entitled to. In this period Sudbury had a series of good performances in national cup competitions. In 2000–01 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup, where they were beaten 6–1 by Darlington. They reached the semi-final of the 2001–02 FA Vase, before being knocked out by Tiptree United. The following three seasons saw Sudbury reaching the final each year (a Vase record), but being defeated every time, by Brigg Town in 2003 (after which Martin left the club and was replaced by Gary Harvey), Winchester City in 2004 and Didcot Town in 2005. However, the club did win the Suffolk Premier Cup three times, in 2001–02, 2002–03 and 2003–04

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