True Blues fans are in a league of their own
Mark Boggis They are regularly hailed as among the best supporters at non-league level in the whole of the UK - and new figures highlight just how fantastic the fans at Lowestoft Town FC are.
They are regularly hailed as among the best supporters at non-league level in the whole of the UK - and new figures highlight just how fantastic the fans at Lowestoft Town FC are.
The Blues' fanatical following has well and truly put the rest of their league to shame as the Trawler Boys are by far the best supported side in the division.
In comparison with all other Ryman League Division One North clubs, 5,500 more supporters have gone through the gates at Crown Meadow this season.
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The latest league figures show that in the current Division One North campaign, a total of 7,867 fans have watched the 12 matches at Crown Meadow.
This equates to an average of 656 at every home match for the Blues, with their lowest attendance of 492 still better than the highest turnout of every other side in the league by around 250.
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Lowestoft's highest league attendance of the season has been 782 fans, which is almost 530 more than the next best figure.
But it is the overall package that illustrates just how significant this backing has been.
Lowestoft's total of 7,867 supporters is well clear of Enfield Town, in second-place in the supporters stakes.
And this week, on the back of more than 100 Lowestoft fans travelling to support The Blues at Heybridge Swifts last Saturday, joint boss Micky Chapman praised the fantastic fans.
“To have 100 fans travelling down there and seeing all the blue and white in the crowd was fantastic - some teams don't even get that for home games,” Chapman said.
“They have been absolutely different class and it is testament to the supporters and the club as a whole as it shows what we are about. It gives the boys a big lift when they come out and see all the blue and white in the crowds as it spurs them on.”
Tomorrow the Blues continue their title bid against Ware at Crown Meadow.
t Ryman League Division One North 2009/10
Team P Low High Avg Total
Lowestoft Tn12492782656 7,867
Enfield Tn 11138 255 209 2,300
Harlow Tn 12 102 230 159 1,908
Cheshunt 10 125 218 153 1,530
Northwood 11 88 196 140 1,544
Heybridge 14 77 257 134 1,880
East Thurrock 1382 176 125 1,630
Ware 12 78 202 125 1,502
Concord 7 85 179 120 839
Gt Wakering 14 82 216 111 1,555
VCD Athletic 11 67 212 109 1,202
Romford 1266 154 103 1,236
Brentwood 11 69 122 89 983
Maldon Tn 13 38 230 89 1,160
Wingate & F 1347 128 78 1,010
Potters Bar 9 41 138 76 680
Tilbury 12 56 102 72 863
Ilford 10 43 98 64 642
Thamesmead 14 48 108 64 896
Redbridge 9 31 127 61 549
Leyton 1233 130 59 707
Waltham F 10 33 146 57 573