Landlord stays with his roots for final clash

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THOUSANDS of Gosport residents are off to Wembley this weekend to support Borough, but one local will be sat in the opposite stand hoping they lose.

Andy Roberts, known as Robby, is the landlord of The Village Home pub but the 50-year-old is originally from Cambridge.

FAN Andy 'Robby' Roberts, landlord of The Village Home Pub in Gosport, who is a Cambridge United fan. Picture: Paul Jacobs (14766-4)

FAN Andy 'Robby' Roberts, landlord of The Village Home Pub in Gosport, who is a Cambridge United fan. Picture: Paul Jacobs (14766-4)

He took over the pub, on Village Road, in Alverstoke, Gosport, in 1983 and has settled down there with his family ever since.

But Robby has always remained a Cambridge United fan and is heading to Wembley Stadium for the FA Trophy final against Gosport on Sunday to show his support.

He said: ‘I am a Cambridge United fan because I grew up in Cambridge and only came down to Gosport in the 1980s. But I do like to go watch Gosport Borough play and I try to watch them as much as I can at home.

‘But now it’s come down to it, I have to back my home team and I would like Cambridge to win.

‘For me, the perfect draw would have been Gosport away to Cambridge in the semi-finals because I could have gone to see my family who all still live in Cambridge. My brother owns a pub up there so it would have been nice to go up there and see him.

‘Then, I would have been able to invite them down here to come and watch the second leg of the semi-final tie. So even though the derby between Gosport and Hawks was good, I would have liked to see Gosport face Cambridge in the semi-finals.

‘But that’s the luck of the draw and I am looking forward to going to Wembley.’

Robby hasn’t been hiding his feelings to his regulars and there has been a lot of rivalry. But he said it is all friendly banter.

‘I never tried to hide the fact that I am a Cambridge fan,’ added Robby. But it is all friendly banter between myself and the Gosport fans who come in here to drink.

‘We have got a few bets going on between us so it’s just fun and games.’

And Robby won’t be the only Cambridge United fan travelling up to Wembley Stadium from Gosport. He and nine other fans will be getting a coach to London.

He said: ‘We really are a mixed bag at the pub. The 10 of us are travelling up together and we will be sat with the other Cambridge fans in the Cambridge end.’