Hebburn Town fans ecstatic as Hornets seal FA Vase victory at Wembley
Hundreds of Hebburn Town fans celebrated the club’s historic Wembley victory at the club’s South Tyneside home.
Hebburn Sports and Social Club staged a beam-back of the FA Vase final with a big screen on the pitch.
Social-distancing and the torrential rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of supporters as the team twice came from behind to secure 3-2 victory over North East rivals Consett.
Local lad Olly Martin scored the winner less than ten minutes from the final whistle and chants of ‘Olly Martin, he’s one of our own’ echoed round the ground.
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"I can’t put into words how I feel,” said mum Lynn.
"What he has spent his whole life dreaming about has come true. His granda Bob Plummer is 87 and never thought he would see him do this.
"He will be dedicating the goal to his granda and his brother Johnny.”
Girlfriend Sarah Furlong said she had never been in doubt Olly would score: “He was so excited, so nervous but we knew what he was going to do – we knew from the start,” she said.
Sarah was over the moon with the reaction from the fans: “Everyone here loves him,” she said.
Mum Nina Harkness was at the ground with daughters Lily, 13, and nine-year-old Evie.
Nina, 42, and Lily go to all the teams’ games, home and away: “It is incredible,” said Nina.
"Everything has been building up to this moment.”
Pals Tony Morrison and Paul Farell were in the party mood. Tony was especially pleased for Hornets manager Kevin Bolam: “I had Kevin’s son in my team and I’m delighted he has done so well,” he said.
"What a game – it was amazing. Consett had their chances but it’s all about the final third.”
Paul had been impressed with how the team turned things around: “I think they were lacking in the first half but in the second half they got their act together and it just seemed they really wanted it and went for it.
"It’s absolutely fantastic, not only for the football club but for the town – everybody has come out to support them.”
It was a busy day for bar manager Joanne Telford and her team: “It has been absolutely amazing,” she said.
"The atmosphere has been incredible."