Sunday League team celebrate winning the league with open top bus parade

duckpond fc
🌟 Bet £5 & Get £30 in Bonuses 🌟
New Customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 Sports/Virtual Sports Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a £10 Casino Bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the Casino Bonus 35x to withdraw winnings. Payment Cards only. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly
Claim Bonus

Genius

Sunday League football is absolutely class, isn't it? You turn up either still pissed from the night before or severely hungover and it blows the cobwebs well and truly away, setting up a day of content to be spent watching two Premier League games back-to-back in the afternoon alongside a roast dinner and plenty of water.

The characters you find in the Sunday League version of the beautiful game are all sitcom-worthy. It is more than acceptable for lads of the larger variety, shall we say, to squeeze into a kit and lace up the boots on a public playing field on the lord's day; you would rarely see this on a Saturday.

The standard is mostly laughable, but the enjoyment levels are indisputable amongst the widespread Sunday League community; it is stories like this that completely solidify that point.

Duckpond FC, named after Cox's Pond in Harwich, won the Colchester and District Sunday League last season but instead of celebrating with a free bar down the local boozer, they hired an open top bus to parade the team around the town on Saturday afternoon.

Player-manager Michael Hammond - who also founded the club in 2011 - spent £4,000 hiring a double decker bus after his team won 15 of their 16 matches last term.

They rounded off their impressive campaign with a 3-0 win over Harts FC last month in the final of the Fowler Memorial Cup, in turn securing a domestic double.

"We want the world to know we won," said Hammond.

"We've won all the divisions now - we're officially the best Sunday League team in Essex.

"Grassroots football is dying, so many teams are folding or have quit.

"But it's on days like this you realise it's not the level of football but the passion and commitment," added the 29-year-old.

Due to their impressive exploits last season, Duckpond FC have now reached the highest possible level of Sunday League football in the county and are now rightfully calling themselves "champions of Essex".

A personalised banner, which draped down the front of the open top bus during Saturday's parade, read: "We conquered all of Essex, we're never gonna stop... ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ" - a take on Liverpool's famous Champions League winning chant.

Great work from all involved, we wish Duckpond FC the very best of luck for the future.


⚡️ Bet £10 Get £50 in FREE ACCAS! ⚡️
Min stake £10, min odds 2.0. Only deposits made using Credit/Debit Cards or ApplePay will qualify. Free bets are awarded after the qualifying bet has settled, valid for 30 days, must be used on multiples with 3+ legs. Max £50 in free bets. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔴 Bet £5 & Get £20 FREE BETS! 🔴
FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. 2 X £10 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS. FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG
Claim Bonus
🏆 £20 Risk Free First Bet - Money Back in CASH 🏆
New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your first bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £/€20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
⚡️Get up to £100 in Bet Credits⚡️
New Customers only. Up to £100* in Bet Credits. Sign up, deposit £5* or more to your account and bet365 will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply.
Claim Bonus
😍 Get up to £50 in Free Bets 😍
T&Cs: New users only. Min deposit £20. Place qualifying bets of £20 to £50 in first 7 days after deposit to unlock free bets. Free bet rewarded as 4 free bets that total the first deposit amount. Min odds 1/1 3+ legs & expire in 7 days. Winnings credited in cash. Full T&Cs apply
Claim Bonus
🏆 BET £20 & GET YOUR STAKE BACK AS CASH IF YOU LOSE! 🏆
New customers only. Minimum odds 1/5 (1.2). If you place a multiple at least one selection must meet the min odds requirement. Max £20 refund. Only deposits made using Cards or Applepay qualify. Qualifying bet must be placed and settled within 30 days of account opening. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🌟 Bet £5 & Get £30 in Bonuses 🌟
New Customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 Sports/Virtual Sports Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a £10 Casino Bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the Casino Bonus 35x to withdraw winnings. Payment Cards only. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply. Please Gamble Responsibly
Claim Bonus
100% Matched Free Bet up to £10!
New UK customers only. £10 Min Deposit. 100% matched free bet on your first deposit of £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bets. Debit Card & Paypal deposits only. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. Full Terms apply.
Claim Bonus
When The Fun Stops. Stop.