FANS of Whitley Bay FC descended into the capital by plane, trains and cars on Sunday to see their team’s historic FA Vase win over Coalville Town at Wembley.
And not only did they get to see the mighty Seahorses lift the FA Vase for a third game in a row, they were treated to an enthralling game which was, in typical Whitley Bay style, nail biting.
Fans donned their blue and white scarves, jester hats, t-shirts and face paint, and waved club flags during the 90 minutes, cheering on their heroes to the third FA Vase final victory in as many years.
For some, it was the first time they had been to the home of English football, while for others it was another chance to see their team take the steps up to the Royal Box and collect their winners medals.
Fan Ian Davison travelled on a supporters bus put on by the club.
He said: “I thought it was a good, entertaining game and very evenly matched, maybe even the other team had more of the possession, but with some great saves by the keeper and Whitley Bay’s good finishing it was a great win and a good day out for all of the supporters.”
And it wasn’t just Whitley Bay supporters who made the trip down south.
Dave Anderson is a Bedlington Terriers fan but was happy to support a fellow Northern League team in their quest to make history.
He said: “The game exceeded all expectations, their achievement is incredible and I got even more satisfaction in that ex-Terriers Paul Robinson and Craig McFarlane had roles in two of the goals and that our former keeper Terry Burke won man of the match.
“It was a fantastic day for everyone involved.”
Fan Andy Ashwell travelled to Wembley with his wife and two children, and said the achievement was something for the whole town to be proud of.
He said: “We all had a brilliant day out. I was there to see them lift it the first time, missed out last year bit was able to go this year.
“It is such a brilliant achievement, absolutely fantastic considering the resources that they have.
“It is something the whole area should be proud of.”
News Guardian photographer GEMMA MARRINER was at Wembley to capture the occasion. Click on the link on the right under Multimedia Tasks to see pictures of the Whitley Bay fans at Wembley.