We are proud of you

PUBLISHED: 10:37 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:23 05 July 2010

THE players, coaches, back room staff and fans of Lowestoft Town Football Club still have the fond memories of a famous day out at Wembley Stadium fresh in their minds this week.

THE players, coaches, back room staff and fans of Lowestoft Town Football Club still have the fond memories of a famous day out at Wembley Stadium fresh in their minds this week.

And they have a chance to celebrate the Trawler Boys' achievements on Sunday at a special parade through the town.

They may have lost the nail biting FA Vase in cruel circumstances, with an injury time winner from Kirkham & Wesham, but yesterday it was revealed they had pocketed £80,000 from the final.

And now plans are being made to build a player development centre at their Crown Meadow ground, upgrade the site, clear the club's overdraft, and invest in new equipment, improved facilities and players for a Ridgeons League title push next season.

Chairman Geoff Price said: “I'm extremely proud of the players, of Mick and Ady, the committee and of everybody that turned up at Wembley. There were a lot of tears shed and the boys were really down as they came up the steps.

“The players believe they have let everyone down, but they have not. So I ask those people who were at Wembley to turn out again this Sunday to show just how much they've achieved - the players and management have given us hope for the future.”

The Blues secretary and Journal correspondent Terry Lynes summed up the feeling of many in the town.

He said: “It wasn't the result, but the fact that every single player and manager as they shook hands with me after receiving their medals apologised for spoiling the day - but they had just given me, my colleagues on the committee and 15,000 supporters the greatest day in our footballing life.

“They will all go down as the side to have made the greatest achievement in the history of this club and are a credit to themselves, the club and the town as a whole - we are proud of every single one of them and can not thank them enough for giving us all a weekend to remember.”

Waveney District Council, which is organising the celebration parade, is calling on everyone to converge on the centre of Lowestoft to give the squad the recognition they so richly deserve.

The event starts at 10.45am culminating with a reception at the Town Hall.

“We reached the final this season under financial constraints and much turmoil in the club,” Mr Price said. “So if we can strengthen the team - and we have a shopping list - there is no reason why we can't return to Wembley next season.

“Mick and Ady are shrewd managers. They know who they're looking for.

“My ultimate goal is to get up to the Ryman League, and the ground upgrading that should be completed by the end of June will give us clearance to apply. I want us to go out there next season, get the points on the board and prove we're back as a force - and go out and win the league.”

But for all the highlights of an historic day, there was a major low for some 50 supporters who were left stranded in Essex and didn't arrive at the national stadium until about 3.40pm on Sunday.

A EuroSun coach , which left Lowestoft shortly after 8am on Sunday, broke down at Chelmsford at around 10.40am. And despite efforts to get it started, passengers had to wait for a replacement, which left at around 1.30pm, only for it to break down in central London.

Another coach was sent from Wembley to pick them up and transport them to the stadium, eventually arriving 10 minutes before the end of the first half.

“We had a 14 hour day on coaches for 90 minutes in the stadium,” Doreen Fisher, from Lowestoft, said. “I think they should recompense us for the fare, if not the ticket as well, as our day was turned into a nightmare. It was the journey from hell - absolutely horrible.”

A spokesman for EuroSun said: “The people we took to Wembley all got there and their contract is with Lowestoft Town who are dealing with the situation.”

Yesterday, a police spokesperson confirmed complaints had been submitted to them.

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