FANS HOPING WEMBLEY FINAL FLEET DREAMS COME TRUE
PUBLISHED: 11:26 08 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 23 August 2010
THOUSANDS will cheer on the Fleet as they play in a final at Wembley for the first time in their 62 year history. With just two days to go until the match against Torquay United the club is on course to sell an expected 25,000 tickets. Pubs, clubs and sho
THOUSANDS will cheer on the Fleet as they play in a final at Wembley for the first time in their 62 year history.
With just two days to go until the match against Torquay United the club is on course to sell an expected 25,000 tickets.
Pubs, clubs and shops are closing for the day as some 100 coaches transport Fleet fans to the ground where they will turn the whole lower tier of the famous stadium into a sea of red and white.
Jessica McQueen, the chair of the Ebbsfleet United Supporters Trust said: "We have beaten them at home, we have had a couple of weeks rest, and they have just come out of a playoff defeat against Exeter, we have a good chance.
"We need to be confident, we need to go into the game thinking we can win, and we absolutely can.
"It will be sensational to come away with a win, and will top off what has been a difficult 12 months for the club."
Torquay United, who finished third in the Blue Square Premier this season, were defeated against Exeter in the play offs last Saturday.
Before the weekend, 11,000 fans had bought tickets for Wembley, but that number is set to increase as they have now ruled out a trip to Wembley in the play off final.
Ebbsfleet United manager Liam Daish is confident his team can win the clash. He said: "There is a real togetherness among the lads and we really believe we can win this.
"I sat in the stand last year as a spectator watching the Stevenage Borough-Kidderminster Harriers game and hoped that, one day, I could bring a team to a Wembley final.
"To get there this season is fantastic. I couldn't have wished for any better."
Alan Parker, a life long Fleet fan said: "I never thought I would live to see my team play at Wembley. What an occasion it will be.
"Could we win? I think its 50/50, its down to how we play, but with the support we have got going to the game, who knows. It will be a fantastic day out."
Spencer Dolman, of Marriners Way, Northfleet, is a board member of MyFootballClub said that MyFC members have hired a nearby hall where hundreds of them are expected to meet before the game.
He said: "It will be a great day, I have never known anything like it. It comes in the middle of my stag do, so I'll be coming down from York for the game.
"We might have the advantage over them now, they might be down after that defeat to Exeter.
"The whole of the lower tier of Wembley will be smothered in red, it will be a great occasion and one to remember."
Ebbsfleet United have opened the club shop everyday this week for fans to buy last minute hats, scarves and shirts.
It has also been announced that the box office at Wembley stadium will be selling tickets on the day from 9am until kick off at 2.30pm.