MORE than 10,000 Newport County AFC fans will be at Wembley Stadium tomorrow for the League Two play-off final against Tranmere Rovers, and while most of them will be heading to London on the M4, some fans will be travelling from all over the world to cheer the team on.

Among them is Darren Taylor, who arrived in Newport today following a 17-hour flight from Perth, Australia to the UK.

Mr Taylor's brother is also making the trip.

South Wales Argus:

(Darren Taylor)

The brothers will have less than 24 hours to celebrate, though, because their return flight to Australia is on Sunday.

I'm feeling excited and nervous," he said. "I've never been to the new Wembley before, and I can't wait to be part of the amber invasion."

Mr Taylor said Newport would always have a special place in his heart, and that Newport people were "the salt of the earth".

He will be travelling to Wembley tomorrow with his brother on supporters' coach number two, and both will be wearing their limited edition Goldie Lookin' Chain county tops.

"They only come out for special occasions, and it doesn't get more special than this," he said.

Mr Taylor predicted a 2-1 County win in 90 minutes.

"My nerves cant take another penalty shoot-out," he said.


Another fan who has just come off a long-haul flight is Gordon Grafft, who founded the Newport County AFC USA Supporters' Club.

South Wales Argus:

(Gordon Grafft)

Mr Grafft will embark on a roughly 5,000-mile trip to Wembley from his home in the United States.

He has made several trips to the UK to watch County in recent years, and was at Rodney Parade in February for the FA Cup fifth round tie against Manchester City.

Speaking to the Argus this afternoon, he said he felt "pretty optimistic" about tomorrow's match.

"The team spirit seems to be incredible right now and it really feels like everything is coming together for something special," he added. "I’m sure it will be a tight match but I’m confident the team has what it takes to win."

He is planning to meet up with the Amber Army tomorrow, and predicted a 2-1 County win "with a classic late winner".


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Dan Catton will be making a 1,500-mile journey from Moscow to London tomorrow morning, arriving in time to soak up the matchday atmosphere before kick-off.

Speaking to #iFollowExiles before leaving Russia, Mr Catton said: "I can't wait. Come on boys, one more win and we are in League One – it would be an unbelievable achievement."

South Wales Argus:

(Dan Catton)

Richard Lancaster will fly 2,000 miles with his son Nico from their home in Cyprus.

South Wales Argus:

(Richard Lancaster and Nico)

"We'll be in the UK for just 48 hours but wouldn’t miss it for the world," Nico said. "Come on the County."