The FA Cup not only provides thrilling football action but also offers fans and teams alike the chance to explore new territories and expand their list of visited stadiums. In this article, we take a closer look at Gorleston, an intriguing FA Cup opponent that few Tudors fans have encountered in recent years.
Gorleston currently finds themselves in a respectable 7th place in the Isthmian North Division, having participated in four league games. Their overall performance across all competitions is commendable, with six wins and only two losses to their name. Their journey in the FA Cup began on a memorable note on Saturday, 5th August, when they triumphed over Heacham with a convincing 4-1 scoreline.
Subsequent victories followed against Woodbridge Town, Heybridge Swifts, and Bedford Town.
Gorleston's stadium situation is unique, as they currently share grounds with Great Yarmouth Town FC. This distinctive venue boasts a running track, doubling as an athletics facility. One of its standout features is the main grandstand, a piece of footballing history that stands as possibly the oldest grandstand still in use, having been completed in 1892. Remarkably, this Grade II listed structure has earned recognition from Historic England as "possibly the earliest football grandstand still surviving in England."
Who to look out for?
In their recent victory over Bedford, Alby Matthews played a pivotal role, netting two crucial goals. However, it's midfielder Luke Johnson who has emerged as a standout player in the current season. Johnson's impressive six goals in just eight appearances have catapulted him to the top of the goal-scoring charts for The Greens.
Can I tune in?
For those eager to follow the action closely, the good news is that you can! Dan Finill and Reece Sullivan will be providing live commentary of the match as it unfolds. Simply visit www.mixlr.com/hemelfc from 2:45 pm to join in on the excitement.