GOSPORT Borough’s incredible win which catapulted them to their highest division ever has delighted fans – as far away as Australia.
It was a nail-biting time for supporters yesterday during the dramatic penalty shootout at Hemel Hempstead which Borough managed to clinch by five goals to four.
It means Gosport will be playing in the sixth tier of English football next season – the highest level in their 69-year history – and will also have a derby with the Hawks
Dan Allen tweeted from Australia that he was nervously listening to the match on the radio.
He tweeted: ‘It’s gone 3am and I have work at 8am tomorrow but sod it! We are going up!’
He was one of dozens of fans who posted victorious messages.
David Martin tweeted: ‘Only just found out Gosport Boro promoted again! Incredible two consecutive promotions via play-offs.’
Daniel Cutts tweeted: ‘Well done to my home town team Gosport Borough for promotion to the Conference South, which is just too crazy to think about.’
Matt Winkle wrote: ‘Today is all about the mighty Gosport Borough earning promotion to the Conference South.’
Matt Chalmers tweeted: ‘Won’t be long till Pompey and Gosport Borough are in the same league soon. Only the conference between them now. How the times change!’
There were celebrations last night at Privett Park at the club’s bar.
Mark Hook, chairman of the football club and also Gosport’s council leader, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted for the players, the back room staff, and the people that work tirelessly on behalf of the club.
‘I am really pleased for everyone linked with the club and I thank them for the work they have done.
‘It’s been a hard season.
‘We did it the hard way, finishing with a play-off, two away games and a final win with penalties.
‘Four years ago there were eight divisions between us and Pompey. Now there are only two between them.
‘That’s mainly down to the managers, players and people behind the scenes who have worked so hard.’
He added: ‘Sport brings people together. Whether you support a team in football, cricket, or rugby, when they do well it brings a smile to people’s faces.
‘It’s important these days that people know that their clubs in Gosport are doing well. There will be a lot of celebrating. The players deserve to celebrate.’