Glory faithful continue Tour of Duty tradition


Around 100 Perth fans are expected to travel to the Hunter Valley to support the boys against Newcastle Jets this weekend.

The annual trip to support Glory for an away game is an event that’s been happening for decades.

Perth’s Equipment Manager Brett Lambert will have his own family among the Purple Army, revealing his wife, daughter and mother are all making their inaugural trip this weekend for the crucial clash against Newcastle.

“They’re really excited, they go to every home game, they go down and get involved in The Shed as much as possible,” Lambert said.

“They’ve got their first Tour of Duty badge, they’ve got their shirts ready and obviously they’re hounding me for a kit to wear, so I have to be on my toes,” he joked.

Lambert's mother Veronica, and his daughter Brontie on the Tour of Duty bus to Newcastle.

The Tour of Duty is more than simply going on holiday, it’s a way of boosting morale for the players

“As soon as they’re there, the players can hear they aren’t at these stadiums alone. They even say it amongst themselves that the support really helps,” Lambert added.

There’s always plenty of engagement between the fans and players on these tours Lambert said, with the Tour of Duty team staying just “one kilometre” from the squad.

“Since Newcastle is a relatively small city, they’ll definitely bump into each other.”

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“We’ve organised with the hotel that we’re staying at that they’ll be allowed in and that’s an opportunity for players to sign shirts and have a chat one-on-one,” he added.

The Newcastle trip involves a flight to Sydney then a three hour bus trip to the harbour city, which just goes to show the commitment and passion these fans have for the club.

The Sunday match-up against the Jets kicks-off at 2:00PM (AWST).

Glory return to nib on the 21st of January when it hosts second-placed Melbourne Victory.

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