Clubs gripped by cup fever

PUBLISHED: 11:13 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:10 05 July 2010

THE town's top two football team's both have a free Saturday tomorrow - but there will be a real East Anglia feel to proceedings, as Kirkley and Pakefield descend on Portman Road and Lowestoft venture over to Carrow Road.

THE town's top two football team's both have a free Saturday tomorrow - but there will be a real East Anglia feel to proceedings, as Kirkley and Pakefield descend on Portman Road and Lowestoft venture over to Carrow Road.

With K&P in action tonight away at The Walks to face King's Lynn Reserves tonight (Friday), Nick Shorten's men will be looking to bounce back from a derby defeat at Leiston last Saturday.

But attentions after the game will turn to the FA County Youth Cup final between Suffolk U18 and Cambridgeshire at the home of Ipswich Town, - 3pm KO - as K&P's Scott Manning and Chris Henderson and Lowestoft's Dale Smith represent their county.

They will be willed on all the way to glory by K&P players and management as they travel down the A12 - while over the bascule bridge FA Vase finalists Lowestoft will be travelling along the A146 to be special guests of the Carrow Road club at the Norwich versus West Brom sell-out match.

“18 players and management will be going to Carrow Road as the guests of Norwich on Saturday, thanks to Andrew Cullen and the team,” chairman Geoff Price said.

“The players will be walking around the pitch at half time with the banner - we are off to Wembley, come on The Trawlerboys.”

Equally delighted, joint Blues boss Micky Chapman admitted everyone was looking forward to the trip to Norwich.

“We'll be in the hospitality suite as guests of Norwich for the day, and at half time we can go onto the pitch, walk round the pitch in front of a full house - and this is a fantastic gesture from the club, as its fantastic for the boys,” Chapman said.

There was more good news for the Blues this week, as a sponsor was found to pay for all the tailoring of club suits for their special day at Wembley Stadium next month.

Suited and booted, all 30 players and management at the Crown Meadow club have been given £2,000 in sponsorship by former Lowestoft player Martyn Spore - who now runs Premier Racing Services (the former Churchill Bookmakers) on the Burnt Hill estate.

Spore, who as a player had four seasons at The Meadow between 1970 and 1974, had a first team record of 82 appearances scoring ten goals. He later went onto manage Bury Town in the Southern League.

“We took over the business in March, and by sponsoring the Lowestoft players and management, it gives us an opportunity to showcase our new business,” Spore said. “As a former player I fully support the club, and even though I moved away I've always kept in touch with football in the town.”

After moving back to Lowestoft in 1997, he has remained in touch with the club - and he hailed the “fantastic achievement” of getting to Wembley for a national final.

“The final will be something that the town has never seen before - and we're delighted to be part of it,” Spore said.

And delighted with the sponsorship backing, Blues chairman Geoff Price said: “We're delighted Martyn has come on board and hopefully he will be a sponsor for years to come - as this money will allow us to tailor all the players and management in fantastic suits that will make the town really proud of them.”

On the field for the Wembley final on May 11, Lowestoft will be wearing all blue, as they clash with a Kirkham & Wesham side that will wear all white. The match referee has also been announced - with Premiership referee Andy D'Urso set to take charge of proceedings.

The Lowestoft Town club shop will be selling more FA Vase merchandise tomorrow, as they open their doors during the Town reserves home clash at Crown Meadow. The shop will also open on Tuesday evening, during the Blues home game against Wisbech.

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