Lowestoft take it to the next level
Paddy DavittLowestoft chairman Gary Keyzor insists the newly-crowned Ryman Division One North champions can become a force in the non-league game. The Trawler Boys crushed Cheshunt 5-1 in front of 1,139 fans at Crown Meadow to clinch consecutive promotions with four league matches to spare.Paddy Davitt
Lowestoft chairman Gary Keyzor insists the newly-crowned Ryman Division One North champions can become a force in the non-league game.
The Trawler Boys crushed Cheshunt 5-1 in front of 1,139 fans at Crown Meadow to clinch consecutive promotions with four league matches to spare.
Lowestoft's best league gate of the year was also the biggest in the entire Ryman League over the weekend - and now Keyzor wants to build on the growing feelgood factor.
'There is a big buzz about the place,' he said. 'I might have the title of chairman but that's all it is, a title in name only, they mean nothing to me. We are all in this together, all working together for the good of Lowestoft Town Football Club - whether it's picking the team or pulling pints behind the bar. That is what is getting through. We do things together and that is the key to a lot of our success.
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'People have turned out in huge numbers and that is certainly the reason why I am here and why I got involved. The community deserves a club playing at a big level and I want to play my part in making that come true.
'We've gone through two levels and now we have to sit down and start to work our way and plan to get through the next one.'
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Keyzor is targeting an assault on the Ryman Premier Division next season for the first time in the club's history.
'As far as I'm concerned it will be the Ryman but obviously that is a decision the FA must make in the summer,' he said. 'There have been letters back and forth and I think there will be a lot of alterations potentially at level four in the non-league game but let's hope not too many at level three.
'With there only being three leagues at that level, let's hope it is Ryman Premier. It'll be a bit more travelling again down to London and further afield - but that is what we are aiming at. This one is done so we'll enjoy the next few games and then we'll take it on. We'll try and back the management all the way in terms of players.
'We've a strong bond - the management, players and myself - and if they come to me and say they want to bring in players then we always sit down and discuss it and see what we can do.'
Keyzor admitted Lowestoft's management trio of Ady Gallagher, Micky Chapman and Craig Fleming had exceeded expectations this season after last year's Ridgeons Premier Division success.
'To lose only four league games is a mark of what we have achieved,' he said. 'I think we set our stall out when we got into this league, even though we knew it was going to be different and something totally new with a lot more travelling. We went out and brought in new players to add to our existing squad and that all takes time.
'We would have been happy with a mid-table position at the start of the season but as the time has gone on and you are sitting at the top for such a long time, then of course you look higher.'
Lowestoft needed a point to mathematically clinch their latest success but turned on the style in a virtuso first half against Cheshunt.
'It was a championship performance,' said Keyzor. 'Fair play to Cheshunt because they stuck in right until the end but the form of our players has been unbelievable. They put in a good day's work and they knew they had to.
'It was one point to make sure and even though you have five games left you are never certain - but they did it in style. It's been hard work to achieve back to back promotions. This is a team effort on and off the pitch. When I came in I said that I was ambitious but to win two promotions as we have done is a bit extreme. Days like this make it all worthwhile.'