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PUBLISHED: 10:46 09 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:20 05 July 2010

13,572. That's the amazing amount of loyal fans who will be backing Lowestoft Town FC at Wembley. They're being called the Trawler Boys' 12th man … and they have an absolutely crucial part to play in Lowestoft Town Football Club's dreams of lifting the FA Vase on Sunday.

13,572

That's the amazing amount of loyal fans who will be backing Lowestoft Town FC at Wembley.

They're being called the Trawler Boys' 12th man … and they have an absolutely crucial part to play in Lowestoft Town Football Club's dreams of lifting the FA Vase on Sunday.

More than 13,500 fans, many of them from across Suffolk and Norfolk and even the other side of the world, will be cheering on the team at the showpiece final at Wembley.

The club have sold close to their allocation of tickets for the exciting occasion.

But there is still time to join the merry band of Blues fans and Trawler Boys who will be descending on the new-look stadium.

Tickets can be bought on the day from the west side ticket office of the complex.

Closer to home, there has been a mass clamour for tickets and merchandise at the Lowestoft clubhouse this week. Fans queued for hours to be part of the special occasion.

And, to celebrate what Town chairman Geoff Price billed as “the biggest thing to hit the town in decades,” The Journal today publishes a souvenir 48-page supplement as a special memento.

But that's not all. For treasured memories of what promises to be a fantastic day out, we will be publishing a special edition of the newspaper on Monday.

As Town prepared for the biggest match in their history, with a special training session at Colney - Norwich City's training ground - last night (Thursday) it emerged this week that one of those in contention to start at Wembley will be following in family footsteps.

Carl Poppy will be hoping to emulate his mum Angela and father Stuart Reynolds in lifting a national trophy for Lowestoft - 26 years after Lowestoft Ladies (captained by Poppy and managed by Reynolds) won the FA Women's Cup.

Fast forward to this Sunday, and for the two proud parents their eyes will be firmly fixed on Carl as treads on the treasured Wembley turf.

“It will be the proudest moment of my life seeing my son walk out at Wembley - and will push my goal and victory at Loftus Road (in the Women's Cup Final) into second place,” Angela Poppy said.

Admitting the players and management now “can't wait” for Sunday's game, Blues joint boss Micky Chapman yesterday said: “We want to turn this dream, this fantasy into reality. “There's thousands and thousands from the town going to watch us, and back us all the way and we'll be doing everything in our power to bring the cup back to Lowestoft.

“This is not just for the club, it's for the whole town - for everybody, the whole community,” he added.

Echoing those sentiments, Geoff Price revealed how the support and fantastic following from Lowestoft, Suffolk and the region could play an important part in lifting the prestigious prize - as around 14,000 fans outnumber their Kirkham & Wesham opponents, who are rumoured to have sold less than a third of their allocation.

“We've got our 12th man and hopefully we can now go on to win it,” Price said. “It's the feeling you get when you watch the television and see that film where the underdog bites back.

“From the fairytale of the door shutting at Lowestoft Town FC over 15 months ago, to the biggest day in the club's history - playing at Wembley in a national final - and all the opportunities that open from there.

“Lowestoft Town is going to Wembley - and we're taking the whole town with us!”

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