Fans cheer on Hebburn Town as they set off for the FA Vase final at Wembley

Hebburn Town fans lined the streets of South Tyneside as the club set off for London to play in Monday’s FA Vase final.

Billed as the “biggest game in the club’s history”, Covid-19 restrictions mean that fans will not be at the home of English football to mark the historic day.

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Yet that did not stop them showing their support as they lined South Drive and Victoria Road West to see the team off.

Hebburn Town Football Club players and coaching staff ahead of the FA Vase final.

Hebburn Town’s director of football, Stephen Rutherford, told the Gazette how proud he is of the team for getting to the FA Vase final and expressed his disappointment about the lack of fans at the match.

He said: “I’m immensely proud of not just the lads but the coaching staff and everyone associated with the club, obviously it has been horrendous for everyone with the pandemic so football will hopefully bring some smiles and light to people.

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"It’s hugely disappointing that we can’t have fans but we’ll focus on the task at hand and that’s to bring the cup home. Fortunately there will be fans allowed here at Hebburn Sports Club, we’ve got 300 to 400 fans coming and it will be a bit of a party atmosphere.”

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From left: Chris Marshall, Matilda Marshall, Ruben Marshall and Helen Marshall wishing the team good luck ahead of the FA Vase final.

Speaking ahead of the team setting off for Wembley, manager Kevin Bolam acknowledged the size of the occasion for The Hornets.

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He commented: “We’ve been told all week that it’s the biggest game in the club’s history, there’s a lot of proud people, including myself, and I just want to go down there and do the club proud and hopefully if we’re fortunate enough, bring the trophy home.

"I’m looking forward to it now, just want to get down there for the final preparations in Watford today and then can’t wait for the occasion to come round.”

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Hebburn Town Football Club director of football Stephen Rutherford.
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Hebburn Town Football Club manager Kevin Bolam.
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Fans lined the streets to cheer on the club as they set off for Wembley.