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All-Stars & Player’s Cards

9th January 2024

Who knew that Lowestoft Ladies Football Team, nicknamed the Waves, won the WFA Cup in 1982/3?

Or that footballing legend Terry Butcher wore out dozens of pairs of boots, playing on sandy South Beach in Lowestoft?

With the help of the Archive All-Stars, the teams begin to learn a little about Lowestoft’s rich footballing history.

They also talk about their special skills—and the nicknames they would choose for themselves, as Extra Time players on the field.

Introducing the teams: –

Hildesley High Flyers

No Whistle Trish
In-it-to-Win-it Peggy
Saintly Doreen
Playful Peter
Steady Eddie
Dot the Spot
Doreen Ajar
Instant Ina
Speedy Gonzales Shirley
Stitch on the Pitch, Joan

Pakefield Pitch Invaders

Everywhere Keane
Space Defender Yvie
Potato Purtarter Sophia
Black Eye Bella
Back of the Net Elliot
All the Time Toast (Chloe)
Hero of the Hour Henry
Fast and Sharp (Naomi)
Shine On Shona
Invincible Isabella
Wings (Mrs Starling)

Extra Time Football Fact: None of the Pakefield Pitch Invaders team has ever visited the Lowestoft Archives and 8 of the 10 Hildesley High Flyers have never visited the Archives, either.

Team Goals: The residents want to show the children that ‘old’ people aren’t fuddy-duddies. The children want to learn about football, do more art and meet the residents.

A sepia photograph of a football player wearing a diagonally striped top and long dark shorts

Name: Kirkley Football Club

Formed: 1886, then again in 1890 and 1919

Early Success: Semi-finals FA Amateur Cup 1897

Honours: Suffolk Senior Cup, Suffolk Junior Cup, East Anglian League Championships 1923, North Suffolk League Champions



A photograph of Terry Butcher, displaying football skills


Name: Terry Butcher

Early Practice Grounds: Lowestoft South Beach

First Competative Match: Fen Park Primary School

Early Disappointments: At Lowestoft Grammar School they only played rugby in the winter — although he reckons playing fly-half toughened him up.



A picture of Jackie Slack, captain of Lowestoft Women's Football team, holding the WFA Cup they won in 1982/83 season

Name: Women’s Football Association Cup


History: In 1921, following a hugely successful match between Dick, Kerr Ladies and St Helen’s Ladies at Goodison Park, the FA banned women’s football, saying that ‘the game of football is quite unsuitable for females and should not be encouraged.’


A cartoon of the Eastern Coach Works Football Club 1951

Name: Eastern Coach Works Football Club

Special Skills: Building buses

Cartoon: Published in The Hooter, October 1951

History: Founded in July 1936, Eastern Coach Works Ltd became the largest full-time employer in the town, with around 1,200 employees at it’s peak. The works closed in 1987 and the site was demolished to make way for North Quay Retail Park.


Continue to 16th January 2024: Pen Dancing & Pitch Marking

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