The road to Cambridge will be turned blue and white as an army of FC Halifax Town fans prepare to travel south for their team’s play-off semi-final second-leg at Cambridge on Sunday.
Town are potentially just 90 minutes from a play-off final appearance at Wembley and hundreds of supporters are expected to make their way to the Abbey Stadium in the university city to cheer on the Shaymen in the return game.
If Town avoid defeat, the club will make history by appearing at the national stadium fof the first time - with the prize for Neil Aspin’s team a return to the Football League for the first time since 2002.
The Shay was packed with its biggest crowd of the season on Wednesday night as 3,668 supporters crammed in to see Halifax grab a 1-0 lead in the tie.
Top-scorer Lee Gregory scored his 32nd goal of the season with a penalty seven minutes from the end.
Town fans are expected to be clamouring for tickets for Sunday’s game at the Abbey Stadium.
Peter Chafer, who has taken the role of mascot Freddy the Fox for the last few years, said: “The whole thing was just a dream.
“I’ve been waiting 60 years for this.
“It was a wonderful atmosphere. The lads in the South Stand kept it rocking all night, they never stopped singing.”
Supporter Jonathan Stoddart, from Ovenden, Halifax, said: “The atmosphere was amazing.
“I’ve not been in an atmosphere as good as that at the Shay.
“It’s exciting to be so close to Wembley - it’s quite surreal.
“They’ll definitely do it though.
“I’m going on Sunday, I’ll be begging he money off my mum!”
Jamie Sykes, a sports coach with Shay Community Football, said: “It wasn’t as lively as everyone expected in the first-half, but I thought Halifax played well.
“The crowd kept singing right until the end.
“It’d be great to get to Wembley. It’d be a real achievement.”