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All-Stars & Player’s Cards

Some of the Archive All-Stars cards, used to introduce participants to football stories uncovered at Suffolk Archives in Lowestoft.

Extra Time Archive All-Stars

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.


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.’

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 children began to learn a little about Lowestoft’s rich footballing history.

They also began to make their own Player’s Cards, thinking about the skills they would bring to the team, the positions they would play—and what their goals were.

Roman Hill Football Club team skills include: –

• Making people laugh

• listening

• being helpful and kind

• communicating

• not being a sore loser

• making cupcakes for the team.

Pupils holding up their player cards

The Extra Time Roman Hill Football Club players, with their cards listing positions, skills and goals

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