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Fleet fan dreams of avenging Gulls defeat

PUBLISHED: 15:30 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:38 23 August 2010

GLORY HUNTERS: Glenn Pollard, his sons Luke, 6, and Alex, 4, his wife Debbie and her daughter Laura, 23.

GLORY HUNTERS: Glenn Pollard, his sons Luke, 6, and Alex, 4, his wife Debbie and her daughter Laura, 23.

AN EBBSFLEET United fan hopes to erase the memories of his team s first round Cup defeat to Torquay United in 1979 with a victory against them at Wembley next month. The Fleet, then named Gravesend and Northfleet, were beaten 1-0 by Torquay United in the

AN EBBSFLEET United fan hopes to erase the memories of his team's first round Cup defeat to Torquay United in 1979 with a victory against them at Wembley next month.

The Fleet, then named Gravesend and Northfleet, were beaten 1-0 by Torquay United in the first round of the FA Cup at Stonebridge Road in 1979.

Thousands of Fleet fans will travel to Wembley in May to watch them take on Torquay United nearly 30 years later, but this time in the final of the FA Trophy.

Glenn Pollard, 36, of Colyer Road, Northfleet, went to the game in 1979 with his father and sister, and was pictured sitting in the stands by a Kentish Times photographer.

He said: "I was eight at the time and used to go to every game with my dad. Getting to the first round of the FA Cup was important news for the town back then.

"We all got dressed up and went along, and we were sitting in just behind the players benches.

"When we went 1-0 down I was gutted. I remember saying to my dad that I wish I could go onto the pitch and help them out. Torquay were all over us.

"I'm really hoping that this time it is a much better result. Fleet tend to play better against the good teams, and I hope that it will be a bit of justice for what happened back in 1979."

Mr Pollard will be going to the game with his wife Lynda and his two sons who are four and six years old.

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