Stevenage fan column by Charlie Coleman: Why I loved FA Cup awayday in Plymouth despite crushing result

PUBLISHED: 15:52 13 November 2018

CometSport Stevenage FC columnist Charlie Coleman at Plymouth. CREDIT BROOKE MATTHEWS

CometSport Stevenage FC columnist Charlie Coleman at Plymouth. CREDIT BROOKE MATTHEWS

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Read our latest Stevenage FC fan column. This week we have the very excellent Charlie Coleman who spent Saturday following Dino Maamria’s boys all the way to Plymouth and back. Read on for why he loved his awayday, despite the crushing result.

I attended Plymouth Argyle against Stevenage in the FA Cup first round on Saturday at Home Park on Saturday.

Travelling to away games allows you to see new places, experience new stadiums while providing for conversations years later beginning ‘remember when we went there to see us lose 1-0’ and have a laugh about it.

It’s also about the thrill of being an away fan. There’s fewer numbers, you’re the underdog, you’re more up for it. You’ve got nothing to lose going into the game and you can come away proud of your team whatever the result.

Waking up at six in the morning and returning home minutes before midnight at the weekend was worth seeing Boro’s two attempts on goal.

When it’s personal to you that’s the true magic of the FA Cup. And if that means travelling 11 hours with your mates by coach to have a day out and watch Stevenage lose 1-0 in the 94th minute to League One Plymouth then sign me up.

That’s exactly how I spent my Saturday and as depressing and illogical as it may sound, I loved every minute of it.

Travelling from Herts to literally Land’s End to watch your team attempt to hold on for a 0-0 draw, only for them to concede a heartbreaking goal deep into stoppage time, is what a ‘proper’ away day is all about.

The FA Cup is the oldest knock-out competition in the world.

It’s a shame by the time most fans become interested in the tournament, a majority of it has already been played.

There’s nothing like following your team on a cup run. Just ask the 130 Boro fans who travelled to deepest Devon - who incidentally were in great voice for such a small number.

The atmosphere would’ve been even better if there were more Boro fans at Plymouth to show their support for Dino Maamria’s boys, to get behind the club and to inspire the lads to sneak a result.

Believe me, we’re lucky to have a team as high as League Two - so my message to all Stevenage fans would be: Go support the boys on the road and have yourself a memorable day out watching the Boro.

Even if that means an 18 hour day and a frustrating last minute winner against your team….

Follow Charlie on Twitter @ccoleman61

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