Thousands of Warriors hit rainy Wembley

Warriors fans on Wembley Way
Warriors fans on Wembley Way

IT may be wet but Wembley certainly isn’t miserable today.

Wigan Warriors estimate 30,000 fans have made the trip to the capital for the Challenge Cup final against Hull FC.

It’s Wigan’s second time at Wembley in three years and they will be hoping to repeat the result of 2011, where the cup came home after a 28-18 victory over Leeds Rhinos.

The Warriors supporters are determined not to let the rain dampen their spirits though as they mix and enjoy the pre-match atmosphere outside the ground and in the many bars and pubs near by.

As usual, it isn’t fans of the two finalists who will be attending the game, with supporters from clubs across the country such as Leigh Centurions, Bradford, Huddersfield, Salford and St Helens, who haven’t been at Wembley since 2008.

Wigan fans are confident their side will replicate the victory from arguably the most famous ever final against Hull back in 1985.

Speaking from Wembley Way, David Keegan, from Hawkley Hall, said: “It’s a shame about the weather, I think it’s the first time it’s rained in the 30 years I’ve been coming here!

“I’m confident enough, I have £10 on us to win by 20 to 25 points and I’m going to go for Sean O’Loughlin to get man of the match.”

Andrew McCarrick has been to Wembley 13 times but for six-year-old daughter Courtney Simms, it is her first visit.

He said: “She’s so excited for it and so am I!

“I’m not so sure how we’ll do after last week in France but I’ll plump for a 22-12 win if I’m pushed.

“I came to every single one of our wins in the 80s and 90s, it’s be great to go home with that cup!”

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