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Turn out for the Trawlerboys – details of Lowestoft Town’s special promotion parade

PUBLISHED: 08:23 14 June 2014 | UPDATED: 08:23 14 June 2014

Skipper Dan Gleeson lifts the trophy aloft as Lowestoft Town FC celebrations start. Pictures; STEVEN GARDINER

Skipper Dan Gleeson lifts the trophy aloft as Lowestoft Town FC celebrations start. Pictures; STEVEN GARDINER


It’s time to turn out for the Trawlerboys.

That is the message to the people of Lowestoft – who are being urged to back the Blues tomorrow during a special promotion parade.

The historic achievements of Lowestoft Town in reaching Conference league football for the first time will be honoured with an open-top bus parade of the town – and it is hoped hundreds of fans will turn out to mark the occasion.

The celebratory parade has been organised by Waveney District Council – and it is being backed by the Eastern Daily Press and our sister paper The Journal, who have arranged for a bus to carry the jubilant players, management and directors through the town.

And with a call going out to fans of the Trawlerboys to turn out in force tomorrow and cheer the Blues on, supporters will be able to salute the players and management as the bus parades through Lowestoft town centre. The bus will leave the team’s Crown Meadow ground at 11am, and head to the Marina Theatre for a civic reception. Fans are being asked to gather on London Road North – from Station Square up to the Marina – and cheer on the newly promoted side.

The players, management and directors – totalling more than 40 – will be met at the theatre by the new Mayor of Lowestoft Roger Bellham and Waveney District Council officials, before the Blues step out onto the theatre balcony and take the plaudits of the crowd.

There will then be a civic reception inside the theatre, which has been provided by the Marina Theatre and Waveney District Council.

Lowestoft Town chairman Gary Keyzor said: “The message is for everyone to get out and support the players and management. It’s a chance to rekindle the success of last season, and a chance for everyone to get out and support the lads – they thoroughly deserve it.”

Lowestoft clinched promotion to the Conference North Division for the first time in their history after beating AFC Hornchurch 3-0 in front of 2,700 fans at Crown Meadow last month.

Victory ended three years of successive play-off heartbreak, and for Blues officials the success topped Lowestoft’s achievement of playing at Wembley in the FA Vase final.

Mr Keyzor said: “I’ve been speaking to people around the town about the parade through town in 2008 after the FA Vase final at Wembley, and as far as people at the club are concerned, the achievement at reaching the Conference league set-up is far greater. This is our future and it has always been my aim since coming on board to get this far.”

EDP publisher Archant will have vendors in the town tomorrow selling goody bags, which will feature a special promotion poster, copies of the EDP and Journal, water, crisps and an England flag – all for £1.

The pride of the town

Editor-in-chief of the Eastern Daily Press Nigel Pickover called on locals to turn out to honour the Blues tomorrow.

Mr Pickover said: “We are hoping very many people will turn out to support the Trawlerboys during this marvellous parade. They are the pride of Lowestoft. They have given a great lift to this special town after the tidal surge and events in December, and after all the doom and gloom they are now just two steps away from the Football League. You just have to look at what Fleetwood Town have achieved – and if the fans of Lowestoft truly believe, these dreams can be realised.”

Waveney District Council leader Colin Law said: “The town is absolutely brilliant at days like this. The people of Lowestoft are fantastic, warm and welcoming and I know they will come out in great numbers to cheer on the Trawlerboys.

“We had the Queen’s Baton Relay on Monday and Lowestoft played a starring role. Hopefully, we’ll get more of the same tomorrow!”

How they did it

Dreams became reality last month, as three successive years of play-off heartbreak were cast aside in stunning fashion.

Lowestoft Town secured its aim of Conference football with a comprehensive 3-0 win over AFC Hornchurch in the Ryman League Premier Division play-off final.

The victory sparked jubilant celebrations as a run of agonising defeats in the promotion play-offs were forgotten. And what made their achievement even sweeter, was the fact it had been realised against all the odds.

After being written off at the start of the year, and with an ever-growing injury list, the Blues had slipped down the table. But, from the middle of January, Lowestoft went on a magnificent run of just two defeats in 19 games that catapulted them into fourth place and secured a play-off semi final place against Bognor Regis.

A superb 2-1 away win sealed their fourth successive place in the final – and it proved to be fourth time lucky for the Trawlerboys.

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