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Football club has no equal

PUBLISHED: 10:22 21 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:12 05 July 2010

ON Saturday I was fortunate enough to be invited to Lowestoft Town's game against Soham by the match sponsor.

The Crown Meadow is certainly "on fire" with the prospect of Lowestoft and their supporters at Wembley.

ON Saturday I was fortunate enough to be invited to Lowestoft Town's game against Soham by the match sponsor.

The Crown Meadow is certainly "on fire" with the prospect of Lowestoft and their supporters at Wembley.

Seeing committee stalwarts like Rex Butcher, Percy Kent and Jack Ellison so proud of the achievement and getting their due reward for 50 years plus supporting the club forced me into reflection on those who would not be there.

The list is endless but those who supported and made the club so strong from the 1960s will be smiling from above and would never have believed their endless work and foundation building would end up with their team, Lowestoft, at Wembley.

I recall George Herring, Sam Hook, Donny Colebrook, Harry Cook, Kenny Gorrod, Jimmy O'Dwyer, Roy Harper, Roy Wade and many more volunteers who gave everything for the club. I am sure their families can enjoy a little reflected glory.

Equally the committees, current and of recent years have performed miracles to keep the club afloat and create this huge regeneration.

Discussions abounded about the great teams and coaches from the past and how they compare with the current personnel.

Coaches like Noel Kinsey, Phil Kelly, Jimmy Moran, Jim Oliver and Colin Metcalf from the 1960s.

Who were the best strikers? Tooley and Cassidy, Grimmer and Cunningham, or Barrett and Cheek? What about Jimmy Landamore? Was Dann better than Kennon? Was Ellis better than Munnings? and so on …

Then the block of successful managers in the 1980s Mal Lucas, Evan Sutherland and Paul Chick.

Well in any sport, across generations, you can only be judged on achievement and to reach the final of a national competition and play at Wembley will never be bettered in any of our lifetimes.

For that the people of the town and supporters of the club should bask in the glory.

What Micky Chapman, his management team and the players have achieved for May 11 will go down in the history of this town. You can argue forever who may be the best, but for achievement they have no equal.

MARTYN SPORE

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