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.
great fans, seemed well behaved, created a noise, no offensive chants, 600 mile round trip on a pissy Tuesday night in February … total respect for the Gillingham fans … good luck for rest of the season.
— W skulduggery WLD ? (@RobLow_7) February 20, 2019
10 hours of travel for 90 minutes of football!! Fair effort that by the way ????
— gareth patterson (@bramleybantam) February 19, 2019
Quality guys. Fair play ???
— James Patrick (@jimmyjock69) February 19, 2019
Exactly it’s a shambles, given up a days work for that. Good luck to your lads though this year Julie. My mum is from Durham and her fam are Sunderland through and through
— Mike Copley (@copleym1982) February 19, 2019
Hats off to every single one of them.
Wouldn't it be a nice gesture for Sunderland to give them all a cuppa at half time. Won't happen of course.
— John Wilberforce (@JohnWilberforc1) February 19, 2019
Now that’s what a proper fan is, take note Top 6!
— Ree (@mariehtfc) February 19, 2019
@EFL @FA should have more consideration to the fans and fixtures.Travelling 600 miles for a midweek match is ridiculous. Why not schedule local/local-ish matches for midweek?? Leave the long distance travelling for weekends.50 miles is more reasonable to travel midweek.
— Dave Wawaw (@WawawDave) February 20, 2019