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PUBLISHED: 17:33 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:42 23 August 2010

29.04.08
Gravesend
Gravesend Grammar School Milton Road
Head teacher Geoff Wybar supports Torquay United and head boy Kayne Sheppard supports Ebbsfleet 
Torquay vs. Ebbsfleet Wembley Final. 
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29.04.08 Gravesend Gravesend Grammar School Milton Road Head teacher Geoff Wybar supports Torquay United and head boy Kayne Sheppard supports Ebbsfleet Torquay vs. Ebbsfleet Wembley Final. Picture: Jamie Gray Mobile:07834 965462 Email: jamie@jamiegray.com

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A GRAMMAR school headteacher will cheer on his favourite team when they play in the Wembley final this month – Torquay United. Geoff Wybar, 48, who takes charge of hundreds of Fleet fans every day at Gravesend Grammar School, supports Ebbsfleet United s

A GRAMMAR school headteacher will cheer on his favourite team when they play in the Wembley final this month - Torquay United.

Geoff Wybar, 48, who takes charge of hundreds of Fleet fans every day at Gravesend Grammar School, supports Ebbsfleet United's FA Trophy rivals.

He is amongst 10,840 fans who will cheer on Torquay when they travel to the eagerly awaited final at Wembley on May 10 with 10 friends.

Having grown up there he has consistently followed the team for about 12 years and cannot believe they will battle it out for the silverware.

Mr Wybar said: "I just knew we would end up playing Ebbsfleet in the final.

"It really is sods law. I have a whole school full of Ebbsfleet United fans!

"I went to watch them play Ebbsfleet at Stonebridge Road earlier this season and we lost 2-1, I just hope it isn't an indicator of what might happen in the final.

"A few of the pupils know I'm a Torquay fan. It has been a bit difficult."

Torquay United were relegated from the football league into the Blue Square Premier.

They finished third in the table on Saturday and will now play Exeter United, their arch rivals, in the first round of the play-offs.

Mr Wybar added: "Of course the trip to Wembley will be a great occasion, and wonderful for Torquay United but I hope it won't be our only trip there this season.

"As much as it's great to get to the final of the FA Trophy, we finished third in the league, after being second for most of the season and we are in the play-offs. If we reach the final we'll be back there again, it would be great to get back into the league."

Mr Wybar, who now lives in Tonbridge Wells, is confident the Gulls will get a result against the Fleet.

He said "Will we win? Yes!

"We have been scoring pretty freely lately, but I know it will be a tight game, I am predicting a 1-0 win, I would be happy with that."

Ebbsfleet United have sold 21,500 tickets so far, the limit of their current allocation and double their opponents attendance.

n In a bid to paint Wembley red, Reporter columnist Ed Miller is urging Fleet fans to wear a red top to the final at Wembley.

It doesn't matter what shirt or top it is but supporters should show their support by wearing the colour of the Fleet home shirt.

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