‘Now that’s what a proper fan is’ – Gillingham fans receive praise on social media

Gillingham took 331 supporters to Sunderland last night, only to see their side lose 4-2.

Two late penalties ended up costing the valiant Gills, who were certainly worthy of a point on the field. Off it, their supporters deserved all three.

The journey to Sunderland was ten-hour round trip, well in excess of 600 miles. To see so many make it on a chilly February night is impressive, proving that football is alive and kicking in the lower leagues.

Real supporters, real fans. The Real EFL.

Their endeavours were highlighted on the popular Twitter account ‘The Away Fans’, which has prompted an outpouring of love for the dedicated souls. Other fans recognise the sacrifices and hardships real supporters go through to follow their side, whether top of their division or, like the Gills, 17th.

Here is a selection of responses to the post, praising those real football fans. Hats off to you lads.

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