Photo: Tudors manager Dean Brennan with our German fans.
Marcel Schidlowski, Stefan Mannebach and Alexander Siepmann have been following The Tudors on-line and picked our home game against Poole Town as being a likely good match due to both teams chasing promotion at this vital stage of the season. However, the fixture was recently rearranged and switched to an away tie at Poole. Marcel got in touch with the football club and asked if they could travel with the Tudors Supporters Club coach to Dorset; their request was immediately accepted and when word spread on the Tudors fans forum, generous Hemel fan Eddy Brimson even settled the fee for the new German branch of the Tudors fan club to travel on the supporters coach.
Marcel, Stefan and Alexander flew in to Stansted first thing in the morning and travelled by train to Hemel via London to be met by Hemel fan Marc Willmore. The first things they eagerly requested before heading to Vauxhall Road was to see the Plough (Magic) Roundabout and enjoy a full English breakfast. Then it was on to Vauxhall Road where they made a dash for the club shop for Tudors shirts, which they wore with pride for the coach journey to Poole, during which they shared some bottles of Killepitsch they brought over for Tudors fans to try (think Jagermeister with more face pulling!).
The Tudors of course won 0-2 at Poole Town, with a goal in each half from Ben Mackey. Our Visitors introduced regular fans with a couple of new chants - one of which is unprintable even in German, while the more consumer friendly "Let's Go Hemel, Let's Go" caught on and was being sung by most fans during the journey home, as well as back in the Hemel FC bar when the players returned later in the evening.
Marcel, Stefan and Alexander left the football club at 8.30pm to begin their journey home, they commented on how friendly everyone at the club was and were amazed how the Hemel FC manager, coaches and players were so keen to interact with the fans after the game - they hope to be back to take in a home game at Vauxhall Road early next season.