Wroxham's Wembley invasion
Paddy Davitt Wroxham will be backed by a 2,500 strong Norfolk contingent for their FA Vase quest against holders Whitley Bay at Wembley.
Wroxham will be backed by a 2,500 strong Norfolk contingent for their FA Vase quest against holders Whitley Bay at Wembley.
Club officials have confirmed supporters can still purchase tickets at Norwich City's final League One title celebration against Carlisle this afternoon as well as pay on the gate at the national stadium.
Both Wroxham and Whitley Bay were given an initial 6,500 allocation with the north easterners believed to have sold close to 4,000 tickets for tomorrow's high profile game. (3pm)
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“It was always going to be tough with the pricing set by the FA,” said Wroxham treasurer Kenny Cooke. “We had no control over that and Whitley Bay have found the same. They've done about 4,000 or so tickets the last I heard, whereas last year they sold in the region of 7,000 but tickets 12 months ago were �20 with concessions and now its �25 and concessions - and then we could only half price tickets after coming to an agreement with Whitley Bay. If they had been cheaper we would have sold a few more tickets but our hands were tied. It's still incredible support for Wroxham when we consider we usually get gates of a 100.
“We've got about a dozen or so coaches as well going from various destinations so I'm hoping we might just approach the 3,000 mark. You can pay on the turnstile at Wembley and if anyone is still mulling it over and gets up Sunday and wants to watch a Norfolk team at Wembley they've got that option.”
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Cooke revealed the club is now turning away fresh requests to provide extra coaches to ferry Norfolk football fans to Wembley.
“It's still hectic, still manic,” he said. “We've had people ringing up in the last day wanting to go on another coach but you can't open up another 50 seater and then it's only half full when it costs �600, �700 to put one on. Luckily the train and the tube takes you right to the stadium and there is plenty of car parking capacity.
“It's only two hours or so in terms of travelling so we hope fans from Norfolk would see it as a great day out. With Norwich being presented with the league trophy it could be some weekend for Norfolk. I know the Canaries have a civic bus tour planned next week and it would be fantastic if we could do the business and join those celebrations.”
Cooke along with the club's dedicated band of officials and volunteers can now relax as David Batch and Wroxham's players move centre stage.
“We're there, to me that is the end of the world but to win it would be something else,” said Cooke. “I am quite confident that if our lads continue in the same vein as previous rounds we have an even chance. They are beatable and it's all on the day.
“We've already put out some decent sides so the fact we've been underdogs for last four rounds makes no difference. Batchy will have them psychologically geared up. He is very, very clever in his technical approach to the game and what he does.”
Tickets to watch Wroxham at Wembley tomorrow are priced �25 and �12.50 for under 16s and supporters aged 60 and over. For a full list of outlets selling tickets along with travel information visit wroxhamfc.com or call Trafford Park direct on 01603 783538. Supporters can also pay on the gate at Wembley for the same admission price.
Watch a special video featuring behind-the-scenes Wembley footage and a touchline interview with Batch from Wroxham's recent press day at the national stadium only on edp24.co.uk/sport