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I will back my beloved Blues

PUBLISHED: 15:54 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:14 05 July 2010

FAR-FLUNG FOLLOWER: Former Lowestoft Town player Jon Holmes in China.

FAR-FLUNG FOLLOWER: Former Lowestoft Town player Jon Holmes in China.

THOUSANDS of fans will be flocking to Wembley next month as fervent football followers and supporters of the Trawlerboys back the Blues.

And one former player - who is now based in Trinidad and Tobago - is hoping to return home in time for the FA Vase final between Lowestoft Town and Kirkham & Wesham on May 11.

THOUSANDS of fans will be flocking to Wembley next month as fervent football followers and supporters of the Trawlerboys back the Blues.

And one former player - who is now based in Trinidad and Tobago - is hoping to return home in time for the FA Vase final between Lowestoft Town and Kirkham & Wesham on May 11.

Laying claim to being one of the furthest followers of The Trawlerboys, Jon Holmes is prepared to back his beloved Blues all the way for their historic first-ever appearance at the national stadium.

“Being in the oil and gas industry, I had, through the 1970's and 1980's, begun work in the North Sea on various oil and gas offshore installations and progressed further afield to such far flung places as Indonesia, Greece, Egypt and Singapore,” he said, speaking from his base in the West Indies.

“During any time I had at home I played football for Lowestoft Town and The Alderman in the Lowestoft Sunday league.”

After moving away from Lowestoft in 1993, and travelling abroad to live and work in Norway, Venezuela, Canada, USA, South Korea, he eventually settled in Perth, Australia.

“Recently I spent two years working in Tanggu, China, and continued to play football with Bohai Bay FC,” he said. “I retired from playing two years ago at the age of 50.”

Still having family in Lowestoft, Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire, Mr Holmes occasionally returns home to the UK, and keeps up to speed with local events through The Journal's website.

“I always look weekly to see how Lowestoft Town and other local teams are fairing, as I currently work in Trinidad for British Gas where we are constructing and installing a new gas platform in the North Coast Marine Area,” he said.

And after seeing how well his former side were doing, he has been in touch with Lowestoft officials and will be returning home next month for a quick visit.

“I'll be flying in on Saturday, May 10, with British Airways from Trinidad and returning on Monday morning, May 12,” he said. “It's a long way and costly, but frankly I would not miss it and I hope the population of Lowestoft kick off the dust of football obscurity and complaining about the weather and jump on any transport available to Wembley.

“I hope every school in the town is represented by enthusiastic children with tickets and transport supplied by the council - come on Town Hall, forget the parking tickets and dustbins, dip your hands in your pockets for the school children.

“Let's face it even Arsenal didn't get to Wembley this season … get behind the Blues for a great day out,” he said.

Club secretary Terry Lynes yesterday confirmed that there were three generations of Jon Holmes to have played for Lowestoft.

“I believe Jon played for us between 1972 and 1981, primarily in the Reserves, but he made 15 first team appearances scoring five goals,” he said.

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