Sunday, December 21, 2008

Club focus - Lowestoft Town

The most easterly club in England and known as the Trawler Boys were founded in 1884 under the name East Suffolk. In 1887 they merged with Kirkley and became known as Lowestoft before adding Town to their name in 1890.

From 1897 they played in the Norfolk and Suffolk League and won the league in 6 of the first 7 seasons. The season they didn't win it was in 1899 -00 when they reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup, where they lost to Bishop Aukland.

In 1904 Lowestoft along with Norwich City were accused of proffesionalism. Norwich went on to become proffesional, but Lowestoft paid a fine of 2 guineas to remain amateur. Whereas Norwich went on to become if not a dominant a well respected team in the league Lowestoft continued to play in the Norfolk and Suffolk League, where they found it hard to sustain the same level of success they had enjoyed before.

In 1935 Lowestoft became one of the founding members of the Eastern Counties League and again merged with Kirkley. This saw instant fruition as they shared the first league title with Harwich and Parkeston and went on to win it outright 2 years later.

Despite labelling themselves as 'Sleeping giants' the Trawler Boys spent most of the post war period up until the new millennium in a coma. They, along with Great Yarmouth are the only club to have played every year in the Eastern Counties League, but they didn't really do that much until the start of the 21 st Century. In 2006 they won the league and look like they could repeat that effort this season and have won the League Cup twice and the Suffolk Premier Cup 3 times. This year they also reached the FA Vase Final and were cheered on by 14,000 Trawler boys and girsl who made the trip to Wembley, unfortunately they lost to Kirkham and Wesham, but again they are also looking good in this competition.

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