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BREAKING NEWS: Lee Norfolk announced as new first-team coach at Stowmarket Town

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NEW COACH: Lee Norfolk has joined Stowmarket Town
NEW COACH: Lee Norfolk has joined Stowmarket Town

Stowmarket Town have bolstered their coaching staff with the addition of Lee Norfolk as first-team coach.

The 41-year-old joins the Thurlow Nunn League First Division champions with a wealth of experience, having played and coached for several higher league clubs from around the area, including AFC Sudbury, Leiston and Needham Market.

During his playing career, Norfolk was the first New Zealander to play in the Premier League, coming through the Ipswich Town youth team to make four appearances for the Tractor Boys between 1994 and 1997.

More recently Norfolk has been involved in coaching, and currently holds a role working at the Ipswich Town Academy, which he will continue with while at the Old Gold and Blacks.

Norfolk replaces former coach Leon Moore, who announced this week he was ending his 18-month spell at the club, during which time he helped guide Stow to the First Division title and the first promotion in their 134-year history last season.

Stowmarket manager Rick Andrews said of Norfolk’s arrival: “We wanted to increase our coaching staff and Lee brings with him a wealth of experience.

“He is well-respected around the area and everyone I’ve spoken to about him have had nothing but good things to say about him.

“We share the same philosophy as to how we want the game to be played and I’m delighted to welcome him to the club.”