IT WILL be a huge day when Gosport Borough FC travel nearly 100 miles to play at Wembley next month.
And one determined fan will meet them there when he makes an almost 300-mile journey – from South Shields.
Tom Gibson, 20, used to live in Rowner, Gosport, and watched as many home matches at Privett Park as he could.
He said: ‘I lived there for three years and it’s nice to see a club get to Wembley.
‘To see a small club like that, they haven’t got the biggest fan base but everyone supports their local team so you’re going to get a load of people going to Wembley.
‘It’s either Aldershot or Gosport I keep an eye on.’
Tom, who lived in Rowner between 2005 and 2008, is yet to buy his ticket.
He added: ‘I’ll definitely go, I’ve got a load of friends down there.
‘I’m going to book it – just in case I make that trip and I can’t get one on the door.’
And when Tom gets his ticket he will join hundreds of Gosport fans who already have one.
Jeremy Fox, head of media at the club, said the FA told them Borough fans have bought 900 tickets, while supporters of their opposition Cambridge have bought 700.
He said: ‘The good news is that we’ve got the England dressing room. We’ve won the rights to wear our home strip so we’ll be in yellow and blue, which is fantastic.
We’re outselling Cambridge on ticket sales through the FA.’
He added the club’s allocation of 4,000 tickets for the match on March 23 will be on sale from Monday.
‘I do believe we will sell all of our allocation,’ Jeremy added.
A delegation from the club including manager Alex Pike was at Wembley yesterday, where they won the toss to wear their home strip and use the home dressing room.
n Tickets are £30 for adults and £15 for children under 16 and OAPs. See ticketing.thefa.com