Lowestoft Town chief glad Micky Chapman can finally get the send-off he deserves in Norwich City friendly

Micky Chapman's testimonial against Norwich City will take place on Saturday, July 8. Picture: James

Micky Chapman's testimonial against Norwich City will take place on Saturday, July 8. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Lowestoft Town chairman Gary Keyzor has promised an occasion to savour after Norwich City confirmed they will return to Crown Meadow this summer for their first pre-season friendly.

The match was supposed to take place last summer until torrential downpours rendered the Crown Meadow surface unplayable.

However, the Canaries have honoured their promise to return to the east coast on Saturday, July 8 for a friendly, which will also act as a testimonial for Trawlerboys legend Micky Chapman.

Keyzor estimated that last year's postponement cost the club around £25,000 but the Blues chief is grateful that fans will finally get their chance to see the Canaries in town.

'It's great news for everyone at the club – the fact it's on a Saturday will also be helpful and we would hope for a big gate,' said Keyzor.

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'Norwich have said all the way through that they would come back and we're grateful that they have stuck to that.

'It will be the head coach's first game in charge so I think we can expect a really great occasion for the town.'

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Chapman gave the Trawlerboys 33 years' service at Crown Meadow and Keyzor hopes the Blues legend can finally say a proper goodbye to supporters.

'It's great for Chappo - he deserves this send-off really for what he did for the club,' said Keyzor.

'Norwich City and Lowestoft Town are his two big footballing loves so it will be great for him.'

Keyzor looks back on last year's postponement as the start of a trying 12 months for everyone at Lowestoft.

Shortly after they lost their academy players to Danny Crow's Road2Pro scholarship programme and the 2016/17 season proved a turbulent one both on and off the field.

But Keyzor is looking towards a brighter future and believes the club is in a position to start looking forwards.

'We've got to forget about the past - learn our lessons and move on,' he said.

'It was the start of a really bad 12 months to forget for Lowestoft Town but we move on.

'Our new scholarship programme is coming along well and I think we will be in a much more stable position next season.'

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