Welling fans flying high
PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 May 2013
Welling United fans give their views on a season to remember.
Malcolm Stroudly, 61, has lived in Welling all his life and goes to all the games.
“I supported the old Bexleyheath and Welling since the old 1960s and changed to Welling United when the club was formed in 1963.
“This year has been a dream and all the fans deserve this, the players will be the first to recognise that. “A lot of fans contributed to help keep the club afloat so it’s been a great turnaround.”
Mark Fenton, 50, lives in Basingstoke but follows Welling home and away - it will mean a lighter wallet but it’s something he’s relishing.
“It’s fantastic, I can’t keep the grin off my face. We know all the players and have a great relationship, especially the ones who go to all the away games.
“I started going to Welling when I was a teenager and it’s great to see a league title after 27 years.
“We’re going to enjoy the moment.”
Welling born and bred Andrew Morton, 50, is a member of the supporters’ association, and chipped in to help the club out in 2010.
“In 2010 we could have gone bust, and almost did. But now we’re a community club and a benchmark for other clubs of a similar level.
“For it to happen in the club’s 50th year is even better. If it hadn’t been for the supporters the club might have died.
“Welling is like one big family. I use football to travel around the country with some great people, and next season the supporters’ association will be looking to put on more coaches because of the greater distances.”
Bill Fazakerley, 76, has flown over from Spain to watch his son Loui pick up his first league title.
“This is the first time I’ve been over this season, there’s no way I’d miss this.
“I use the forums to keep in touch with other fans and I don’t think I’m the only person to come from abroad to watch this. I’m so proud of Loui.”
Ex-soldier Tony King, 41, was born and brought up in Lee but now lives in Ulster. He came over with his daughters, 11-year-old Zara and Katie, 10.
“I don’t come over often but this is a once-in-a-lifetime for me, I don’t remember the first league title!
“I’m looking forward to seeing Welling compete at a higher level. It would have been nice to see a win but it’s all about seeing captain Lee Clarke pick up the trophy.”