German football fans make 750-mile trip to cheer on Shoreham FC

Stuart Slaney and Hertha fan Alex. Picture by Action Photographs, actionphotographs.co.uk

German football fans make 750-mile trip to cheer on Shoreham FC

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A band of German football fans said “auf wiedersehen” to their Olympic Stadium and “ja, bitte” – yes please – to a wet afternoon at Shoreham FC.

Ten supporters of the German football club Hertha Berlin travelled 750 miles to watch their newly-adopted English team after finding out about a connection between the two clubs.

They are more used to watching their home city club flying high in their top division – the Bundesliga – in their 77,000 capacity stadium.

But they decided to forego Hertha’s match for the joys of a trip to the non-league minnows after finding out they share the same playing colours and the same year of formation, 1892.

And the generous continental fans left £60 lighter after agreeing to pay midfielder Lawrence Edwards’ fine, after he was sent-off late on in the club’s 1-1 draw with Rye United in the Sussex County League on Saturday.

Bonds between the clubs were then strengthened after the game as they all headed to the Crown and Anchor in Shoreham’s High Street to watch Hertha’s match against Eintracht Frankfurt live on TV.

Club officials now hope to return the visit to the German capital later in the season to further forge links between the two teams.

Shoreham FC president Stuart Slaney said the club had been contacted by Hertha fans earlier this month after they realised the two clubs had the two items in common.

He said: “They wanted to see a bit of UK football and fortunately instead of a Premiership or Championship team, they chose a grassroots club.

“One of our players got sent-off in the 90th minute and the Hertha supporters thought it was because they were shouting him encouragement to go into tackles, so they paid for his fine.

“They were shouting for Shoreham and it was one of the best atmospheres we have had in quite a while.

“It’s a shame that these supporters travelled 750 miles, but we can’t get local supporters to come 500 yards to see us.

“We are hoping to return the favour nearer the end of the season and maybe try and get a friendly with the supporters club.”

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9:24am Tue 28 Jan 14

All 9 of me says...

At last, something nice to read.. which has also been well composed, inclusive of detail ... are you feeling OK Neil ? ;)
At last, something nice to read.. which has also been well composed, inclusive of detail ... are you feeling OK Neil ? ;) All 9 of me
  • Score: 4

9:32am Tue 28 Jan 14

tykemison says...

Agree entirely, a feel good article and seems our German friend's are being spontaneous and thinking outside the box;-) I hope more people see this and decided to act in a similar manner! Pull yourself away from facebook and meet REAL people! Hat's off to all involved.
Agree entirely, a feel good article and seems our German friend's are being spontaneous and thinking outside the box;-) I hope more people see this and decided to act in a similar manner! Pull yourself away from facebook and meet REAL people! Hat's off to all involved. tykemison
  • Score: 7

2:51pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Warren C says...

Shoreham are a great little club and were really welcoming to their new supporters. Bit of a sore head the next day after joining the Germans and Shoreham chairman and officials in the pub, but well worth it. More people should get down to Middle Road and support non league football.
Shoreham are a great little club and were really welcoming to their new supporters. Bit of a sore head the next day after joining the Germans and Shoreham chairman and officials in the pub, but well worth it. More people should get down to Middle Road and support non league football. Warren C
  • Score: 1

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