MORE THAN 400 football fans are expected to make the long journey south this weekend as Skelmersdale United prepare for one of their biggest matches in years.
The non-league minnows will take on Luton Town in the last 16 of the FA trophy on Saturday, with chairman Paul Griffiths hoping the club can take one more lucrative step on the road to Wembley.
United's five wins in the competition so far this season have already pocketed them £20,800, with the potential of £7,000 on offer for the winners of the tie, which matches Skem with the former Football League club who play three leagues above them in the Conference National.
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Mr Griffiths said: “We have three official coaches going down to the game and they are full up but I have heard that about five unofficial coaches have been booked along with those fans who are driving or going by train.”
Skelmersdale, who play in the Evo-Stick First Division North, average fewer than 200 for their home matches and Mr Griffiths urged the town to get behind their local side.
He said: “This is a proud day and the culmination of a lot of hard work to get here. It would be great if those who travel to this game could start supporting us every week.”