Dereham boss wants cup support all weeks

IAN CLARKE Thanks for your amazing support - but please come to cheer us on every week. That was the plea from Dereham's manager, chairman and players to the 1200-plus fans from the town who helped roar the team on to Norfolk Senior Cup glory at Carrow Road.

IAN CLARKE

Thanks for your amazing support - but please come to cheer us on every week.

That was the plea from Dereham's manager, chairman and players to the 1200-plus fans from the town who helped roar the team on to Norfolk Senior Cup glory at Carrow Road.

The vocal Magpies followers - aided by air horns and drums - made up the vast majority of the 1564 attendance on Wednesday night as a Graham Barrett goal overcame plucky Norwich United resistance and ensured the cup went to Aldiss Park.


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Many people at the game thought the actual crowd was much higher, especially as large sections of the 4273-capacity City Stand were packed.

As celebrations continued after the club's first ever senior cup triumph, the message from the club was that higher regular gates were needed to help Dereham progress further - and particularly to challenge the Ridgeons League's top sides.

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Keeper Nathan Pauling - who surely set a competition record by playing in his fourth consecutive senior cup final - added: “It was magic support and we want it all the time.”

Dereham boss Robert Taylor also appealed for the fans who turned out for the final to become regular Magpies supporters.

“We would love them to come and watch us every Saturday. There were 1200 from Dereham on Wednesday but we only get 150-200 on Saturdays. The more people we get in the more money there will be for the football club.”

The Magpies are currently 11th in the table and have three home games to complete their programme and aim to push up further.

They are against Ipswich Wanderers (tomorrow), Leiston (Monday) and finally against Newmarket on Saturday week, when the cup is set to be paraded.

Taylor was obviously delighted with the victory but he admitted he was disappointed with the performance, which he described as the worst in the 21 games since Boxing Day when the team's fine run started.

“I wanted us to play well but if we can play badly and win it is the sign of a good team.”

Taylor claimed Norwich United “came to spoil the game” with their

4-5-1 formation but still made it clear he had criticised his players for not combating the tactics.

However, he added: “The result is the main thing and we have won it. Our name is on the cup for the first time and no-one can change that. It's been a long season for a young side.”

Taylor hopes to keep his team together and add some extra faces to strengthen the squad.

Dereham chairman George Hayes said: “Obviously we're delighted with the victory which means so much for the players, the manager the club and very importantly for the whole town.

“The support we had on the night was fantastic and certainly helped us through a very tense game, particularly the last ten minutes.

“It wasn't the best football we've played this season, but at the end of the day it's the old cliche - goals win games not chances.

“With this squad, great management and the support we've got there's no reason why we can't achieve a top three finish in the league next year.”

Skipper Barrett said: “The support at Carrow Road was unbelievable.”

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