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Current Newmarket Town chairman and former Jockeys manager Kevin Grainger picks out his top three games




After a nine-year stint at the managerial helm, Kevin Grainger opted to step down as Newmarket Town boss in January 2018.

There were a number of highlights during the now-chairman’s tenure, and below he has picked out the top three games.

They all come from league cup ties, dispelling the myth about the competition being not loved, and include a 10-goal thriller against a professional outfit and a cup final win at Diss Town FC.

Newmarket Journal - November 2011..Newmarket Town manager, Kevin Grainger. (32728991)
Newmarket Journal - November 2011..Newmarket Town manager, Kevin Grainger. (32728991)

No3

Date: 2013

Result: Newmarket Town 6-4 Cambridge United Reserves

Why memorable: It was a Tuesday night, pouring with rain and we weren’t expected to win this league cup tie.

At half-time – with water on the pitch – we were losing 4-1.

Pre seasonfriendly Newmarket Town VCambridge United.Matt Hayden Newmarket.Picture Mark Westley. (32852801)
Pre seasonfriendly Newmarket Town VCambridge United.Matt Hayden Newmarket.Picture Mark Westley. (32852801)

I went into the changing room and instead of having a pop at the lads, I simply said ‘go out and win the second half’ – and that’s what we did.

We did it in some style as well, winning 6-4 after extra-time with four quality goals.

No2

Date: 2017

Result: Gorleston 0-3 Newmarket Town

Why memorable: This was a league cup semi-final away from home on a Tuesday night.

I had lads working in London, but they all made an effort to get there, with two arriving after kick-off.

Mark Westley Photography.FOOTBALL.Newmarket Town v Gorleston. Steven Holder and Ollie Snaith. (32852837)
Mark Westley Photography.FOOTBALL.Newmarket Town v Gorleston. Steven Holder and Ollie Snaith. (32852837)

Gorleston were flying at the time but we outplayed them on their own patch. We won 3-0 with all of the goals coming in the first half.

It was a fantastic effort from the lads and showed the spirit that we had.

No1

Date: May 2014

Result: Gorleston 0-3 Newmarket Town

Why memorable: Again we were underdogs against a very good Felixstowe team in this final of the Red Insure League Challenge Cup.

We went behind in the first half, but managed to get back into the game after half-time.

Mark Westley Photography.Newmarket Town v Felixstowe and Walton United.Red Insure Cup Final Newmarket win 2-1. (32852547)
Mark Westley Photography.Newmarket Town v Felixstowe and Walton United.Red Insure Cup Final Newmarket win 2-1. (32852547)

With 10 minutes remaining we produced a move from one end of the pitch to other, which ended with Lee Clift’s cross being superbly put away by Ross Patterson.

That was such a proud moment for all involved with the club that day.

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