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It's 'Come on you Royals'

PUBLISHED: 06:00 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 05 July 2010

A wintry Walmer Road is the perfect backdrop for The KP Royals' new name.

A wintry Walmer Road is the perfect backdrop for The KP Royals' new name.

THE wintry weather may have caused havoc on the weekend's local sporting scene - but the snow on the playing surface at Walmer Road set the scene perfectly for the unveiling of a new nickname.

THE wintry weather may have caused havoc on the weekend's local sporting scene - but the snow on the playing surface at Walmer Road set the scene perfectly for the unveiling of a new nickname.

Ever since Kirkley and Pakefield FC teamed up with The Journal to launch an appeal with a difference in September, there has been a deluge of calls to come up with a new terrace name for the Ridgeons League Premier Division outfit.

And today, the marvellous moniker that fans can shout out from the stands at Walmer Road in forthcoming weeks has been revealed as. . . The Royals.

After the search had attracted more than 30 possible new names, club officials whittled the entries down to a “magnificent seven” shortlist.

And after more than 100 votes were received in a ballot of players, officials, management, sponsors, supporters and everyone connected with the club, The KP Royals have been given a prestigious seal of approval.

David Woodruff, the club's commercial manager, told The Journal: “The name was originally mooted by a Scottish fan, who regularly stands to the left of our home dugout at matches. “He said that it was a one syllable word and reflected one of our colours - royal blue and claret - and was easy to shout from the sidelines.”

Given the club's history, which has seen Kirkley flourish since their amalgamation with Pakefield, the successful partnership now boasts about 50 boys, girls, men's and women's teams that regularly play across East Anglia.

“Other members, myself included, are proud that our local population were 'Royalists' in the English Civil War of 1642, when Cromwell was rampaging our countryside,” Woodruff said. “We understand that our loyalty was not to the King but simply that Great Yarmouth were Cromwell supporters!

“That said, the name was chosen democratically by ballot box, and is primarily aimed at our younger fans and players,” he added.

The Journal can today reveal that plans are already afoot to introduce a “Young KP Royals Club” for youngsters aged up to 16 years old for next season.

“We will include membership ID cards, discounts on goods carrying a club logo on home matches and club activities, and a monthly club magazine featuring not only our adult sides but our youth teams as well - with profiles on leading players, also young supporters' off-the-field activities and much more,” Woodruff said.

“Finally, for media purposes we wish to be known as The KP Royals but 'C'mon you Royals' is the shout from the terraces!”

On the field, after a blank week of inactivity, Nick Shorten's men have two tough away league matches in the next four days. Tomorrow they travel to Ely City, before a quick rematch with Wroxham on Tuesday night.

Lowestoft Town were one of only a handful of sides to have completed a match last Saturday. Despite playing into a blizzard, and suffering from an injury crises, The Blues returned to town with a point from a tough trip to Woodbridge.

Tomorrow Micky Chapman's men entertain Whitton United at Crown Meadow before they have a seven-day break ahead of their crucial third round FA Vase home clash against Harefield United.

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