Stradbroke United ShirtFor over 100 years, Football has been an important part of Stradbroke life. Stradbroke United used to play their matches at various sites in the village before establishing a permanent pitch at the Community Centre. Under the presidency of George Cooper and subsequently Don Lummis, Stradbroke United grew into a very successful football club for a village of its size. Its major achievement was winning the Saul Cup in season 2003/04 and at the same time finishing second in Division 2 (out of 6 divisions). The club has always been a friendly club and highly respected within the footballing community. A quote from a book by Graham Apperley about his life as a grass roots football referee epitomises Stradbroke United.

"Another place where I always received a warm welcome is at Stradbroke, near Diss, where I was met by Mr Ellis, provided with a cup of tea by Mrs Ellis, and looked after in a manner that made me feel comfortable. In the side would be their three sons, David, Michael, and Kevin, three lads that were all over six foot in height. One of the sons, Kevin, was a "banter boy" and would offer you advice during the game as to which way he felt the decision should go. I must admit I really enjoyed Kevin's company on and off the pitch."

The day to day running of the club for many years had been by Mike and Mary Ellis. The club now only has one team competing in Div 4 of the Ipswich & District Saturday League.

Stradbroke UnitedThe team plays on the Community Centre pitch which recently had a complete new drainage system installed making it one of the better all year playing surfaces in the area.  Mike had been involved for nearly 70 years with the club, starting as a player and ending up as Club Chairman before his unfortunate death in 2017

For further information regarding the club contact Mary Ellis