Rollercoaster season is about to peak
ON Sunday, May 11 - FA Vase Final day - are the real Lowestoft Town going to stand up?That will be the question on all Blues' fans lips as their heroes take part on the biggest of stages - Wembley Stadium - after a rollercoaster season.
ON Sunday, May 11 - FA Vase Final day - are the real Lowestoft Town going to stand up?
That will be the question on all Blues' fans lips as their heroes take part on the biggest of stages - Wembley Stadium - after a rollercoaster season.
Quite simply Lowestoft Town have endured the most traumatic league campaign in decades, yet stand on the verge of their greatest-ever day.
While losing league games is not unknown at Crown Meadow or on their travels, losing them by seven and six goals, is quite a rarity, even for the oldest Town fans.
Yet somehow Lowestoft have managed to combine the most erratic season in their history with possibly the most historic one ever.
And joint manager Ady Gallagher admits it has certainly been a strange one.
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“It's been hellish at times,” Gallagher said.
“There have been things going on behind the scenes that have made it unstable. Our pre-season ended in disaster with three players breaking bones in the final game.
“Myself and Mick (Chapman, fellow joint manager), decided in the end to be the league's entertainment team,” Gallagher joked.
All joking apart however, Lowestoft have indeed been entertaining, but not always in the manner they would have wished.
An opening day 5-0 thrashing of Swaffham only papered over the cracks of what has become the poorest league campaign for many years.
Wroxham won 4-1 at Crown Meadow, three days after the Swaffham win, that heralding the start of a rollercoaster season, which of course is far from finished yet.
Lowestoft thrashed Newmarket 7-0 and Ipswich Wanderers 6-0, while Wroxham doubled them with a 6-0 win at Trafford Park and Mildenhall handed out a 7-0 thrashing at Crown Meadow. Stanway, Soham and Dereham all scored five against the Blues.
“It's just been one of those fluke seasons,” Gallagher added.
“Everyone knows we have had financial problems, and it has really only settled down the past few months - at a most crucial time.
“At last our players, some of whom were wondering if they had a future here, are relaxed and enjoying their football again.”
So in a season of ups and downs, Gallagher and Chapman now have hopefully the biggest 'up' to come when they play Kirkham & Wesham at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, May 11 in the Vase final.
The Blues are to get 15,000 tickets and are confident of selling the majority of them. They should be with the club by the weekend.
Lowestoft League joys
Swaffham (A) 5-0
Woodbridge (H) 5-3
Felixstowe & Walton (H) 5-2
Swaffham (H) 5-0
Woodbridge (A) 5-0
Newmarket (H) 7-0
Lowestoft League woes
Dereham (A) 0-5
Kirkley & Pakefield (H) 0-4
Stanway (H) 2-5
Mildenhall (H) 0-7
Soham (A) 1-5
Wroxham (A) 0-6