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PUBLISHED: 10:54 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:17 05 July 2010

JUST CHAMPION: THe successful Kirkley High School girls football team.

JUST CHAMPION: THe successful Kirkley High School girls football team.

ONE down and two to go!

That was the message being sounded loud and clear this week as Lowestoft sought to establish itself well and truly on the sporting map.

ONE down and two to go!

That was the message being sounded loud and clear this week as Lowestoft sought to establish itself well and truly on the sporting map.

On Monday, girls from Kirkley High School lifted a national footballing trophy. And now hopes are high that another side from the town and a talented teenager can emulate their success.

At the City of Manchester Stadium, the proud Kirkley school team won the English Schools' Football Association U16 National Schools Cup.

Victory came as excited townsfolk continued the countdown to the Trawler Boys' FA Vase final appearance at Wembley on Sunday week.

Just days after that, on May 16, boxer Anthony Ogogo is hoping to win the national senior ABA final at York Hall in London.

The clamour for tickets for Lowestoft Town's FA Vase cliffhanger clash against Kirkham and Wesham continues to gather pace, with up to 12,000 having been snapped up.

This week, Blues chairman Geoff Price told The Journal: “This is fantastic, but the message is for people to come and pick your tickets up now.”

The Crown Meadow clubhouse will be open between 7-9pm tonight , from noon to 5pm tomorrow and from 7-9pm on Tuesday for ticket collection.

And this week there was more good news for The Blues. For they will be backed all the way at Wembley by two prominent locals - while on May 18, a special parade and civic reception will be held in Lowestoft to honour the team's achievements.

Lowestoft rocker and former guitarist from The Darkness, Dan Hawkins, has accepted an invite from the club to be a guest at the final, while Pleasurewood Hills' Woody Bear could be treading onto the Wembley turf as he leads The Blues out.

Officials met on Wednesday to put the plans in place for the parade.

It will take place on Sunday, May 18, and will start at 10.45am with the players, coaching staff and officials boarding an open-top bus from Crown Meadow. The team will then take a route through Rotterdam Road and Denmark Road to arrive at Bevan Street for 11am.

They will then be led by the 469 (Lowestoft) Squadron Air Training Corps marching band through the town centre.

With the council encouraging people to line the route the team will address the crowds at the Britten Centre. The parade will then carry on through the town to Milton Road East before going to the Town Hall for a civic reception.

Darren Newman, Waveney District Council's service manager for tourism, said: “This event is a great opportunity for the town to join together and celebrate the football club's achievement.”

Meanwhile, on Monday more than 250 fans supported the Kirkley girls as the side made history to become the first female team from Lowestoft to lift the top prize after beating Shropshire-based Bridgnorth Endowed School 3-2.

Two goals from skipper Paige Shorten and one from Louise Sturman sealed the win. And as well as lifting the trophy, Paige - the daughter of Kirkley and Pakefield manager Nick Shorten - collected the player of the match trophy as well.

“We all know that Lowestoft Town are in the final of the FA Vase at Wembley on May 11 - but you have already won your equivalent of that trophy,” Waveney MP Bob Blizzard told the girls.

“I'm delighted you've made Lowestoft a winner. You've shown that the girls can be the best as well,” the MP added.

Geoff Price, the chairman of Lowestoft Town, also spoke of his delight.

“Congratulations go to everyone - we hope the boys of Lowestoft can emulate what the girls of Lowestoft have achieved.”

A special assembly was organised on Tuesday at the school in Kirkley Run and Mayor Sally Spore - on her last official engagement - praised the youngsters.

“On my last day as mayor of Lowestoft, I have got a team that has won a national trophy - so very well done girls,” she said.

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