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Stowmarket Town bring in former Yeovil Town, Millwall and Bristol Rovers midfielder Ed Upson



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Having played for Stowmarket Town as a youngster, Ed Upson’s footballing journey has now gone full circle after he agreed to join the Old Gold & Blacks earlier this week.

The Bury St Edmunds-born midfielder famously scored the winning goal for Ipswich Town in the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2005 while still at school.

His senior Tractor Boys career amounted to just two League Cup outings, yet it acted as a launchpad to a lengthy career in the Football League, taking in stops at Yeovil Town, Millwall, MK Dons, Bristol Rovers, Newport County and latterly, Stevenage.

Ed Upson has agreed to link up with Stowmarket Town. Picture: Ady Kerry
Ed Upson has agreed to link up with Stowmarket Town. Picture: Ady Kerry

However, having recently become a free agent, the 32-year-old has decided to drop down into the non-league game with Paul Musgrove’s Stowmarket.

A delighted Musgrove said: “Ed played for Stow in his youth many moons ago so that’s a nice part of this.

“We got speaking through a couple of contacts a few weeks ago and it just evolved from there.”

The midfielder scored the winner for Ipswich Town in the FA Youth Cup 17 years ago. Picture: Action Images / Lee Mills Livepic
The midfielder scored the winner for Ipswich Town in the FA Youth Cup 17 years ago. Picture: Action Images / Lee Mills Livepic

Musgrove also believes the rest of the squad can only benefit from having a player so well versed in the professional game with them in the dressing room.

And he expects the former Bury King Edward VI School pupil to make an impression on and off the pitch.

“He’s going to be a real leader for us, especially with all of his experience,” added Musgrove.

“His game management, his know-how and things like – it will only drive us forward.

“Ed is someone we can use as a holding midfielder but he’ll also be more than capable of playing attacking midfield, so he gives us that versatility.

“And the young lads we have can only learn from his experience and how he goes about things.”