Footballs fans across Norfolk and Suffolk urged to cheer on Lowestoft’s Trawlerboys in play-off final
PUBLISHED: 06:30 03 May 2014 | UPDATED: 07:56 04 May 2014
They are known as the Trawlerboys, and Lowestoft Town are casting their net wide to gather support ahead of what has been billed as the most important game in the club’s history.
The Trawlerboys date back to 1887 and joined the Norfolk and Suffolk League as founder members a decade later - winning six of the first seven championships.
They reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup in 1900 and became founder members of the Eastern Counties League in 1935. After winning numerous trophies over the years, the club turned semi-professional in 1962 and dominated the league during the 1960s.
They reached the first round of the FA Cup in 1966–67, losing 2–1 at home to Orient, and again the following season, when they lost 1–0 at home to Watford – which was watched by a record crowd of 5,000 supporters at Crown Meadow. The team got to Wembley in 2008 for FA Vase final.
Football fans across the region are being urged to get behind the team for Monday’s Ryman League Premier Division play-off final at the town’s Crown Meadow ground. Victory will see the team reach the Football League Conference.
The team has reached the same stage in each of the last four seasons. But on the last three occasions, it has ended the day in defeat.
Standing in their way on Monday will be the Urchins of AFC Hornchurch, from east London, who were relegated from the Conference South last season. They are expected to bring about 300 fans with them, but with Lowestoft holding the home advantage, club officials are hoping that a capacity 2,850 fans - with supporters from Lowestoft and beyond - can see the Blues avoid adding to the hatrick of heartbreak.
Lowestoft Town chairman Gary Keyzor said: “It will be nice to see football fans from across Norfolk here. This club needs to be in the conference – so my message would be a rallying call to everyone, turn up and cheer these lads on as you can be the 12th man.”
Monday’s play-off final will not be an all ticket match, but pre-sale tickets will be on sale at Lowestoft Town social club today between 11am and 2pm.
Fans are being urged to arrive early for the final, with gates, bars and all catering facilities open at noon on Monday, with the game kicking off at 3pm.
Waveney MP Peter Aldous, said: “Best of luck to them on Monday. Having laid down solid foundations over the past few years I think promotion would be richly deserved. You find that when a town’s football team is successful there are positive knock-on effects for the town – it generates a tremendous feeling,” Mr Aldous added. “If they win it will help put Lowestoft on the map.”
■ If you cannot make it to the game, you can keep up to date with all the action live from Crown Meadow via www.edp24.co.uk/sport