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Football club looks to future as financial situation is revealed to fans

PUBLISHED: 09:07 03 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 03 June 2018

Lowestoft Town FC's home ground. Picture: Nick Butcher

Lowestoft Town FC's home ground. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A new day is dawning for a non-league football club as it looks to leave its financial troubles behind and engage with fans more than ever.

Lowestoft Town FC's  board of directors address the fans. Photo: James Carr.Lowestoft Town FC's board of directors address the fans. Photo: James Carr.

On Saturday, Lowestoft Town FC held a supporters’ meeting to make its current financial position and future plans clear to its loyal fanbase.

During the meeting at club headquarters, Lowestoft’s directors revealed the Trawlerboys are currently in more than £100,000 worth of debt.

And they used the meeting as a call to arms for supporters to get back behind the club as it moves towards next season.

Gary Keyzor, one of the directors at the club, said: “June 1 was a new start for this football club, both on and off the pitch.

Fans packed out the clubhouse to hear abouth the team's future. photo: James Carr.Fans packed out the clubhouse to hear abouth the team's future. photo: James Carr.

“We are a new football club, under new management for a new start. “We are aware of the debts we have got and how they need to be managed.

“You want to see the club back to where it was and back to winning and so do we.”

He added: “The club has learnt a lot from this. It is great to have all these people in here who want to help the club and help it progress.”

Sam Hossack, the club’s sales and marketing executive, outlined some of the ways the club would be securing vital injections of cash in the near future.

Lifelong Lowestoft Town FC fan Eric Meades. Photo: James Carr.Lifelong Lowestoft Town FC fan Eric Meades. Photo: James Carr.

These included a new shirt sponsor and various game packages available to supporters. While news of the financial woes was met with audible shock from the packed clubhouse, fans were glad to finally be informed of the true situation.

The recent appointment of former players, Lowestoft Town legends Jamie Godbold and Andy Reynolds as manger and assistant manager respectively, garnered much optimism among fans.

Mr Reynolds’ vow to “give this club back to the town” was met with a wave of cheers and applause.

Eric Meades, 71, has been following the club since he was four-years-old.

He said: “The appointment of the management will give the fans a lift.

“I’m very happy they are being far more transparent now.

“I follow the club home and away and I just felt for the last couple of years we have been kept out of the loop a little bit and I am very pleased now that we are going to be included more.

“I feel very positive looking forwards to the new season and hope that it goes well.”

Fellow fan Trevor Shepherd added: “We can’t change the past but what we can do is plan for the future - that is the most important part.”

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