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Boss hails an excellent 2009 for Blues

PUBLISHED: 10:20 31 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:44 06 July 2010

LOWESTOFT Town joint boss Micky Chapman says 2009 has been an 'unbelievable' year for the club.

At the start of the year, the Blues sat top of the Ridgeons League Premier Division, before going on to win it, and gain promotion to the Ryman League, while picking up the Suffolk Premier Cup and playing in the FA Vase semi-final and the FA Cup first round in the process.

LOWESTOFT Town joint boss Micky Chapman says 2009 has been an 'unbelievable' year for the club.

At the start of the year, the Blues sat top of the Ridgeons League Premier Division, before going on to win it, and gain promotion to the Ryman League, while picking up the Suffolk Premier Cup and playing in the FA Vase semi-final and the FA Cup first round in the process.

Things could not have gone better for Chapman and joint boss Ady Gallagher, third member of their management team Craig Fleming and fitness coach Dave Carolan and the playing squad.

And despite having the last two league games postponed due to bad weather, Chapman says finishing the calendar year on top of the Ryman League Division One north is a brilliant way to round off the past 12 months.

“2009 has been a huge year for Lowestoft Town football club and everyone involved with it, just unbelievable,” Chapman said.

“It's just gone on from our trip to Wembley and this year we reached the FA Vase semi-final again and won the league by so many points.

“It wasn't just winning it but winning it by an absolutely massive margin. Then winning the Premier Cup at Portman Road, getting promoted, getting to the first round proper of the FA Cup, something which hasn't been done since 1977 when Cambridge United were there. They were all massive achievements.

“And also to be top of the league come Christmas. We're not stupid, we know that you don't win leagues at Christmas and we're certainly not getting carried away but it just caps the year off.”

Crowds have been packing out Crown Meadow to watch the Trawler Boys and Chapman paid tribute to the fans who have helped Town become the best supported team in the Ridgeons League and now the Ryman League too.

“It's been massive year and the fans have been huge,” he said.

“Our crowds blow everybody out of the water, everybody. They did it in the Ridgeons League and they're now doing in the Ryman League as well.

“It's a credit to the town. They turn out in their droves all weather and like I've said, they act as 12th man for us. The atmosphere at the Meadow is electric when they're in full voice.

“Me, Ady, Flem, Dave and all the players appreciate it and a big thank you to them.”


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