Gosport’s play-off final sees support flood in

Gosport's Rory Williams
Gosport's Rory Williams
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PEOPLE across the globe will be watching Gosport Borough as they head to the play-off finals on Monday.

That might seem like an overstatement for a team in the Southern League premier.

But ahead of the away match against Hemel Hempstead on Monday, Mark Hook, the chairman of the club, has already heard of support from fans in distant lands.

After their success on Tuesday against Stourbridge, Mr Hook got a text from in Portugal.

And he heard a friend’s son living in Australia was keeping up with the team’s progress.

And it is clear why interest is growing as the club breaks new ground.

Mr Hook said: ‘We are now the most successful Gosport team in the history of the club since its formation in 1944.

‘So this really is uncharted territory for us, and not only for the football club but for the town as well.

‘Any sporting club, the higher it achieves the better it is for the town.

‘It will help establish Gosport in the footballing fraternity.

‘And who would have thought?

‘Five years ago there were eight leagues between us and Portsmouth Football Club.

‘Should we be successful on Monday, there will only be two.’

As previously reported in The News, it took a few sharp words from manager Alex Pike at half-time to cajole the team on to a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

But the club’s supporters need no words of encouragement to back their team, after plenty headed to Stourbridge.

And Mr Hook predicts there will be hundreds at the match on Monday, hoping they will push their way into the Conference South.

He said: ‘I know there will be several hundred of our supporters going up there.

‘There was a tremendous buzz going around the ground (on Tuesday).

‘It was amazing the number of people who made the three-and-a-half hour journey to go and see a Tuesday night game.’

He added that he hopes this success will drive more supporters to come to home games in future.

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