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Blues' greatest ever season

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:49 06 July 2010

Lowestoft Town club notes by Terry Lynes

THE season just finished has proved to be the most momentous in the history of Lowestoft Town.

The news that they had been accepted into the Ryman League meant that Lowestoft have tasted promotion for the first time in their history.

Lowestoft Town club notes by Terry Lynes

THE season just finished has proved to be the most momentous in the history of Lowestoft Town.

The news that they had been accepted into the Ryman League meant that Lowestoft have tasted promotion for the first time in their history.

Despite being crowned champions of the various leagues they have played in on 27 occasions, this year has been the first to have actually brought the club promotion.

Confirmation has also been received from the Football Association that the Blues have been moved from the FA Vase to the FA Trophy.

Amongst the other 11 clubs to be switched between the two competitions are Lowestoft's recent adversaries AFC Fylde (formerly Kirkham & Wesham) and Hungerford who have both also been promoted to Step Four.

The last season saw the Blues record a remarkable record of 44 victories in the 58 competitive games played, with just eight defeats, scoring 151 goals in the process.

Nobody played in all 58 games with Richard Woodrow the leading appearance maker with 55 appearances followed by Jamie Godbold on 52, Reece Hunn on 51 and Russell Stock on 50.

Six different players reached double figures in goals. Jamie Godbold finished top of the list with 22 goals followed by Gary McGee (20), Russell Stock (18), Darren Cockrill (15), Richard Woodrow (14) and Reece Hunn (12).

Kevin Gook's Reserve Team's record was even more impressive with just one defeat in their 37 games, 31 of them finishing in victories, and scoring 141 goals in the process.

No one played in all 37 games with Henry Wyndham making 36 appearances followed by Adam Boggis on 35, Jake Armes 32 and Jon Lovelock 30.

Five players reached double figures with Danny Mitchell leading the way with 30, followed by Christy Finch on 21, Gary Williams 16, Craig Lewis 13 and Jake Armes 11.

The Youth team was the youngest squad the club have ever used and after taking a while to find their feet finished with a run of 10 consecutive victories to finish second in the table.

Their final record of 20 victories from their 28 competitive games is an indication of the progress made by the squad over the season.

Shane Risby was the only ever present in the side followed by Sam Raven on 26 appearances, Christy Finch, 25, and Matty Gauci and Roy Rodger on 24. Christy Finch was the leading scorer with 26 followed by Joe Marsden on nine.

In their inaugural season, the under 17s won 11 of their 13 games scoring an incredible 113 goals in the process.

There were three ever presents in the side - Harley Peek, Sam Raven and Shane Risby - with Louis Michalski and Ryan Stephenson missing just one game each.

Christy Finch was the leading scorer 46 goals followed by Robert Kane on 15, Andy Stacey, 11, and Daniel Bathgate on 10.

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