Blues serve up a lifelong memory

PUBLISHED: 11:46 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:24 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town Club Notes by Terry Lynes

AN experience of a lifetime - that sums up the events last weekend which saw the Blues walk out on the hallowed Wembley turf.

Lowestoft Town Club Notes by Terry Lynes

AN experience of a lifetime - that sums up the events last weekend which saw the Blues walk out on the hallowed Wembley turf. The contrasting sight at both ends of the ground will stick in my mind forever. At the west end of the stadium the massed ranks of blue roared their support as the teams came out. At the other end just a mass of empty red seats.

Only then did the real extent of the superb job done by Jenny Gillett and her helpers on sorting and distributing tickets, Steve Underdown on obtaining and selling merchandise and Simon Reeve on organising coach travel really sink in.

Numbers on paper did not really mean much but to see those numbers transformed into reality was mind boggling and gave us all a real sense of achievement. All that hard work dealing with 14,000 tickets was carried out long into the evenings and weekends whilst continuing day jobs. In contrast Kirkham & Wesham reputedly employed a handful of full time staff for a month to deal with less than 4,000 applicants.

The club was able to take a full squad of 25 players to Wembley and even the young youth team players just breaking into the first team squad like Danny Mitchell, Danny Scriven, Dale Smith and Gary Williams were given the opportunity to run on to the Wembley pitch for the pre match warm up.

As the players lined up for the pre match presentations and national anthem there was a real feeling of pride in our players, managers and the town as a whole who had come out in such great numbers to support them.

The players ran themselves into the ground in an attempt to win the trophy with the only down side of the whole weekend being the last five minutes or so of the game which saw the FA Carlsberg Vase cruelly snatched from their hands.

The team did us all proud and even in defeat received plaudits from the assorted media representatives for the dignified way they conducted themselves in post match interviews. There was no bemoaning of decisions going against them, lambasting of match officials or the like so common in the professional game. As Brenner Woolley of Radio Suffolk commented the following morning on air they showed their professional counterparts the correct way to conduct themselves.

The final whistle had seen many tears shed on the pitch and there were just as many shed amongst club officials in the Royal Box. What brought a tear to my eyes though was not the defeat but the fact that every single player and manager as they shook hands with me after receiving their medals apologised for spoiling the day!!

They had just given me, my colleagues on the committee and 15,000 supporters the greatest day in our footballing life. You will all go down as the side to have made the greatest achievement in the history of this club and are a credit to yourself, the club and the town as a whole.

We are proud of every single one of you and can not thank you enough for giving us all a weekend to remember.

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