Cheltenham Town fans grab tickets for FA Cup clash with Everton
LOOK out you Toffees – we Robins are lying in wait and we aren't afraid.
That was the message from Cheltenham Town fans who rushed to get their hands on prized tickets to the FA Cup third round tie against Premier League giants Everton.
A gaggle of season ticket holders formed a queue outside the Abbey Business Stadium as tickets went on sale for the first time yesterday.
One of the first in line was Gordon James, from Tewkesbury Road, who has supported the Robins since the 1950s – and Everton since the 1960s.
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"It's a dream draw," said the 73-year-old. "I suppose the best result for me would be a draw.
"In an ideal world we'd get plenty of goals but I don't think that's likely. I'd settle for 1-1.
"It would be good to get the rematch up at Goodison Park.
"Although they are both my teams, I have supported Cheltenham for longer and it's my home town club, so of course I'll be cheering on the Robins."
Fans said the Cup tie, on January 7, would rank alongside the biggest matches in the club's history.
It will come a year to the day after Mark Yates' followers enjoyed a dream tie with Tottenham Hotspur – in the end going down 3-0 in a plucky performance at White Hart Lane.
Other marquee fixtures in recent years include a 2-0 loss to Newcastle United in 2006 and a dramatic 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in 2002.
Doug Gizzie, 78, from Wyman's Road, said there was a chance the Robins could topple five-time winners Everton.
"The way we have been playing there's no reason why we can't do it," he said.
He added that home field advantage could help the underdogs – with a mixed atmosphere expected to welcome David Moyes' men.
"No doubt we'll get lots of Cheltenham fans turning up who don't usually come – but that's ok," he said. "These big matches will attract a few fair weather fans. But I was supporting Cheltenham in the wind and the snow when I was 15 before they had stands so I'm not one of them."
The capacity for the match, which will be televised live on ESPN, is estimated to be 6,900 – with 85 per cent of the ground packed with Robins fans.
Tickets will be held for season ticket holders and priority groups until 8pm tomorrow.
Fan members, Robins Trust and 500 Club members, as well as ticket holders from the Barnet and Hereford United home matches, will be able to buy their tickets tomorrow and Thursday from 9am to 8pm.
Holders of a match ticket from last Saturday's home match against Port Vale can buy tickets on Friday from 9am to 8pm before they go on sale to the general public on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.
Tickets for the terraces cost £20 for adults, or £25 for seating. Under 16s will pay £10 or £12.