Club directors reiterate ‘rallying cry’ to football community
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Directors at a cash-strapped Non-League side have reiterated calls to businesses and the community to help 'save our club.'
With 11 matches remaining this season – including five games at home – officials at Lowestoft Town issued a 'massive rallying cry to the town' to get behind the Trawlerboys as they battle a 'near critical' financial situation.
Falling attendances and matchday revenue, long term player contracts and managing 'large outstanding' supplier invoices have beset the Bostik League Premier Division side.
However the club's directors are hopeful that they can recover from the financial crisis – provided the 'community gets behind us.'
A decade ago the town took 15,000 fans to Wembley as The Trawlerboys reached the final of the FA Vase in May 2008.
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Club director, and sales and marketing executive, Sam Hossack, said: 'It is a rallying cry to the town to save our club.
'It's about getting the community behind us, the businesses in town and the fans to support us.
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'We welcome them all over the next five home games – they are massive. We need people to rally behind us – football fans, families, people young and old across the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk.'
With staff and players having not been paid since December, club officials – including director and former chairman Gary Keyzor – have been putting in their own money to pay bills and cover costs. Club director Terry Beamish said that the players and management 'have been brilliant.'
Mr Hossack added: 'For the past few months we've been working hard, getting to grips with the situation. We've tried to get new sponsors, and also been getting our existing sponsors to pay now rather than next season - like Lord Russell Baker at Amber Dew Events. The sponsors have been paying early where they have been able to – and that is fantastic.'
With businesses being urged to back the Blues, directors said that a range of sponsorship packages were available. Mr Hossack added: 'We will carry on and run the club to the end of season and longer term we've got an open door policy in terms of people, individuals and businesses who hopefully will come in to support and invest in the club.'
Lowestoft's scheduled home match against Hendon FC on Tuesday night (March 6) was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Mr Hosssack said: 'Sure it is disappointing, but it's only seven days away until the next opportunity to support the club at home.'
Lowestoft are next in action at home at the Amber Dew Events Stadium on Tuesday, March 13.