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Ex-Championship player drops down four divisions in surprise non league move

Ex-Championship player Ed Upson drops down four divisions in a surprise non league move to Stowmarket Town after being let go by Stevenage.

Upson has returned back to his roots having previously played for them in his youth days after he agreed to join the Isthmian League North Division outfit earlier this week.

The midfielder Upson went on to play for the likes of Ipswich, Stevenage, Barnet, Yeovil, Millwall, MK Dons, Bristol Rovers and Newport while was also capped for England at under-17 and under-19 level.

He became become a free agent after the 2021/22 season, with the 32-year-old now linking up Paul Musgrove’s Stowmarket.

The Stowmarket boss 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.”

Musgrove also says that the rest of his squad can only benefit from having a player with the experience he has while expects him 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.”

Stowmarket ended last season in fourth place in the Isthmian North, claiming a playoff place, but unfortunately for them failed to secure promotion to Isthmian Premier Division. So there is a lot of hope riding on the next campaign to go one better.

Upson’s senior career
2007–2010 – Ipswich Town
2008 → Stevenage Borough (loan) – 1 game (0 goals)
2010 → Barnet (loan) – 9 games (1 goal)
2010–2014 – Yeovil Town – 129 games (9 goals)
2014–2016 – Millwall – 68 games (2 goals)
2016–2018 – Milton Keynes Dons – 79 games (6 goals)
2018–2021 – Bristol Rovers – 94 games (4 goals)
2021–2022 – Newport County – 16 games (0 goals)
2022 – Stevenage – 31 games (0 goals)

National team
2005–2006 – England U17 2 games (0 goals)
2007–2008 – England U19 2 games (0 goals)


Ipswich Town
FA Youth Cup: 2004–05

Yeovil Town
Football League One play-offs: 2012–13

Fans reacted as the ex-Championship player drops down four divisions in a surprise non league move…

@SteadyEddie99: Uppa stow 💛🖤

@hicksydan: Bloody hell what a signing

@clivemaskell: What a signing….. welcome Ed! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

@HammerGriff: Welcome home Ed!

@connorellis5: 🔥 🔥🔥 what a signing. Midfield is gonna be ace this season

@Walsh_451_: Wow what a steal, could have found a team in league 2 or the national league if he wanted.

@DerekDirkse: Great player and a great man.

@HarryCoffey12: What a signing 💛🖤

@William455061: Asif we’ve lost out on Ed Upson to a pub team 😩

@brfcollie: ed upson and kyle bennett were on a combined wage of about £312k a year less than 2 years ago and now neither can even attract a 6th tier contract

@JL28i: Yeovil have lost out on a signing to Stowmarket Town. Suffolk football, huge.

@MOGoalkeeping: Crikey that’s some signing 😳

@Rob4481587: Brought in to help keep us up then drops 4 leagues 🤒

@switfc: Christ, mental signing that. Was literally playing L2 last season

@ChappsRyan2000: Fuck this man.. Seriously fuck this.. Never change YTFC never change. #YTFC

@Govey24: Great signing for the level, but he looked so out of his depth with us last season.

@tjd01_: So we thought he was ending up at either us or Yeovil and he ends up at Stowmarket

@squeezefootball: Reggie Lambe & Ed Upson, this is a side that should be competing for promotion again.

@ReeceDSport: That is someone Paul Tisdale thought was acceptable to bring in to a League Two scrap

@NoakesyKLTFC_F1: Gone from Yeovil fans thinking they’d get him to going to Stowmarket. Absolutely bloody mental

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