Early start for London-based Lichties’ fans

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ONE GROUP of Arbroath fans had an earlier start than most on Saturday after travelling to see the Lichties from Rickmansworth near London.

They had to get up at 5 a.m. as they made their way to Gayfield to witness the club becoming Third Division champions.

Organiser Alex Scorgie, who is originally from Carnoustie, led the group of fans who have chosen Arbroath as their Scottish team.

He said: “There were 12 of us that travelled up and this was the third time we have come up.”

Mr Scorgie also revealed that despite going to see Arbroath play before, Saturday was the first time they’d seen the team win.

He said that they hoped to obtain a scarf so that they can hang it up in their local pub.

They also hope to receive a signed Arbroath FC shirt which they plan to raffle off with the proceeds going to the club.

During their visits they stay at the Aboukir Hotel in Carnoustie and Mr Scorgie said he already has people interested in joining them next time at Gayfield.

Many of those who want to join the group on their next Gayfield trip are supporters of Chelsea, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur.

He added: “We never seem to lose numbers, but seem to be gaining.”

l The group pictured below before setting off for Arbroath are, from left, back - Alex Scorgie, Laura Orawski, Mick Street, Kyle Gourlay and Colin Gourlay: front - Jack Scorgie, Jamie Thorogood, Richard Fake, Claire Scorgie, Andrew Scorgie and Mirieme Hill. Not pictured is Peter Riddock.