Morpeth Town FC set off to Wembley in style earlier today thanks to a North East housebuilder.
More than 20 players and management staff climbed aboard a luxury coach at The Sun Inn.
The team will be playing in the FA Vase Final against Hereford on Sunday in a match which is the biggest in the club’s history.
Story Homes, which is launching a new development later this year on land south of The Dell in Fulbeck, supported the club by covering the transport costs of getting the players to London and back.
Ken Beattie, chairman of Morpeth Town FC, said: “We really appreciate the support provided by Story Homes to help our players get to the stadium.
“It’s the start of a new relationship with the housebuilder as it comes to Morpeth and we look forward to working together on a number of projects in the future, particularly with our junior teams.”
Tomorrow morning, the team will train at Watford FC’s training complex before having the afternoon off, at which time most of them will travel by rail into central London in order to mix with supporters at the Morpeth Arms pub near Westminster before heading back to Watford for a quiet night.
The following morning, they will set off for Wembley at 9.40am in order to arrive into the stadium at approximately 10.15am.
Steve Errington, CEO of Story Homes, said: “The atmosphere this morning was fantastic. There is a real buzz in the town.
“We are committed to supporting the communities around our developments, so to kick-off with supporting Morpeth Town FC has been fantastic.
We wish them the best of luck in the final!”
Story Homes’ mascot Builder Bear was on hand to wave off the players and management staff and also managed to squeeze in a last-minute training session before they boarded the coach.