Fans head to Gosford for ‘Tour of Duty’


It’s an annual tradition which stems back to the National Soccer League days, but it’s an event dozens of die-hard Glory fans, refuse to give up on.

When Perth faces off against the Mariners at Gosford on Sunday, Glory will be supported by an army of more than 70 “Shed” fans who’ve made the long trek across the Nullarbor for this year’s ‘Tour of Duty’ (TOD).

The pilgrimage started more than 15 years ago, against Sydney Olympic, and has grown year after year.

Previous tours have taken the supporters to Sydney, Parramatta, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne.

“It’s our way of being an extra man on the pitch, when the boys are playing away” said Glory Shed Supporters Committee spokesperson Sharon Tyson.

“It’s a lot of fun for us, and it’s an excuse to get out of the shed, and show our support for the boys when they’re on the road” she said.

The trip will be marked with a football game amongst the group pitting the TOD Veterans (those who’ve been on every tour) against the TOD Virgins (those on their first tour).

The winning team will receive a boot, as a tribute to former Glory player Kasey Wehrman, who threw a boot into the crowd one time after a match.

Glory coach Kenny Lowe praised the fans who’ve made the long distance trip.

“It’s always good to have a bit of vocal support I’m sure the lads will appreciate that and I’m sure the guys going over there will enjoy themselves as well, it’s sure to be good”.

Next year the fans hope to go to Wellington as part of their Tour of Duty.

The match against the Mariners kicks-off at 12pm WST.

Glory returns to nib Stadium on March 28, to face off against defending Asian Champions, Western Sydney Wanderers.

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