The fans of Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finalists Southend United and Crewe Alexandra have been gripped by Wembley fever as the countdown to the Final reaches a crescendo.
Fans of both clubs flocked to the two-day Trophy Tours held in the respective towns to mark the fact that Southend and Crewe will head to Wembley on Sunday.
Click here to watch the Southend video as fans joined in the fun.
The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy team first headed to Southend with the coveted trophy for an appearance at the Victoria Shopping Centre in which United players Ben Reeves and Matthew Lund both attended.
An hour-long appearance at Southend Radio followed the next day before a train-naming ceremony involving National Express train operator c2c.
Southend Mayor, Cllr Sally Carr, club chief executive Steve Kavanagh, goalkeeper Paul Smith and midfielder Ryan Leonard joined c2c managing director Julian Drury and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Southend Central station for the train naming ceremony, which attracted widespread media attention.
Barry Corr and Ryan Creswell were then the star attractions as the fun in Southend came to a conclusion at the Johnstone’s Decorating Centre on Bentalls Close.
The Trophy Tour then headed north for two days in Crewe.
“We had a fantastic week on the road with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy,” said Ben Wilde, Brand Sponsorship Manager for Johnstone’s Paint.
“The response from supporters at every event we attended was fantastic and it was clear that everybody was excited about the prospect of watching their team at Wembley.
“We would also like to thank the players, management and officials at Crewe and Southend for their efforts in helping making the Trophy Tours such memorable occasions.”