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Borough unites to back Fleet heroes

PUBLISHED: 10:42 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 23 August 2010

Gravesend
06-05-08
Civic Centre, Gravesend
unveiling of banner for Ebbsfleet Utd
l/r, Council Leader Mike Snelling, Mayor Patricia Oakeshott, Dep. Mayor Ken Jones

Gravesend 06-05-08 Civic Centre, Gravesend unveiling of banner for Ebbsfleet Utd l/r, Council Leader Mike Snelling, Mayor Patricia Oakeshott, Dep. Mayor Ken Jones

THOUSANDS of Fleet fans are just days away from visiting Wembley stadium to watch the team play the biggest match in their history. On Tuesday, Gravesham Borough Council unveiled a banner in support of the club on the front of the Civic Centre, Windmill

THOUSANDS of Fleet fans are just days away from visiting Wembley stadium to watch the team play the biggest match in their history.

On Tuesday, Gravesham Borough Council unveiled a banner in support of the club on the front of the Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend.

The banner, which bears naval signal flags spelling out the message "Come on the Fleet", was unveiled by Mayor Pat Oakeshott.

Ebbsfleet United take on Torquay United in the final of the FA Trophy at Wembley this Saturday, with 22,000 Fleet fans travelling to the world famous stadium.

Mrs Oakeshott said: "I am really looking forward to the match to crown an excellent achievement with a win."

Gravesham Borough Council have already urged businesses to support Ebbsfleet United and continue to fly St George's flags in support - featuring the same colours as the team's red and white strip.

Council leader Mike Snelling said: "The whole borough should be very proud of its football club which has managed to reach a Wembley final for the first time in its history.

"The club has really put the borough on the map and we owe it to them to demonstrate the borough's pride in them."

Nearly 11,000 Torquay United fans will be going to Wembley this weekend, and they will be hoping to see their team restore some pride after a 4-1 defeat against bitter rivals Exeter in the second leg of a play-off match.

Torquay, who finished third in the Blue Square Premier, will now be playing non-league for another season.

Greg Bettles, commercial executive at Ebbsfleet United, said: "We are delighted and very grateful that Gravesham council is supporting the Fleet. There is a real sense of pride buzzing around the local community at the moment, everyone connected with the club cannot wait for May 10.

"It is going to be a fantastic day for the whole community. We really hope that the local public will fly their flags in support and fly them with pride."

More than 100 people have given a "sign of support" by supporting an online book of good wishes on the council's website.

The best message will win two tickets for the final. For more information visit www.gravesham.gov.uk.

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