Gosport’s fans prepare for their biggest game

Gosport Borough fans (l-r) Lewis Godwin, Phillip Thorley, Alex Clements-Fox, Sam Hannah, Gordon Thorley, Glen Godwin and Jeremy Fox.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14260-7614)
Gosport Borough fans (l-r) Lewis Godwin, Phillip Thorley, Alex Clements-Fox, Sam Hannah, Gordon Thorley, Glen Godwin and Jeremy Fox.''Picture: Sarah Standing (14260-7614)
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IT’S the biggest game in their club’s history.

Now, Gosport’s fans are preparing for a 520-mile round trip to cheer on their team in a vital cup match.

Gosport Borough Football Club face an away trip at North Ferriby United – near Hull – which is expected to take almost five hours.

But fans aren’t letting the long journey put them off as more than 100 of them prepare to cheer their team to victory when they travel up tomorrow for the FA Trophy quarter-final tie.

If they make it to the final, they will play on the hallowed turf at Wembley Stadium.

Phil Thorley, 33, is one of the fans making the long journey.

He said: ‘I’m a bit apprehensive. We’ve got this far and we are definitely the underdogs of the competition.

‘But it’s a game of football and anyone can win. It’s going to be a brilliant day.’

And Phil said he thinks it’s inspiring that so many fans are making the long trip.

‘That’s the nature of football. It’s the sign of a true fan that we are prepared to travel that distance to watch Gosport.

‘It’s quite impressive that we are taking that many people with us.

‘It should make the atmosphere second to none.

‘Most of us have never been to this ground before so we don’t know what to expect.

‘Hopefully the northern hospitality will make it an enjoyable day for us.’

Dan Godfrey, 17, added: ‘It’s a really great occasion.

‘We have got some really committed supporters. This means a lot to them.’

Mark Hook is the chairman of the club, and will be amongst those making the journey tomorrow.

He said: ‘It’s the biggest game in the club’s history. This is the furthest we have ever been in a national competition.

‘We have got a supporters’ coach which is full and we are aware of quite a few cars going up on the day.

‘Gosport will be well supported. It’s appreciated by the players. When you are travelling so far from home it’s nice to have that support.

‘The players are looking forward to it. They know they are a couple of games from Wembley. It should be a great day out.’