SHEFFIELD Eagles will be cheered on by their biggest travelling support for years when they play Featherstone Rovers in the Championship Grand Final tomorrow.
Around 1,000 fans will make the journey to the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington - nearly the Eagles average gate for home games at Bramall Lane this season.
Getting to the final has reawakened interest in the club that has struggled to make an impact in the city since dropping out of the Super League more than a decade ago.
Coach Mark Aston has been flooded with messages of goodwill from supporters and former players.
With less than a week to sell tickets following their semi-final victory it’s been non-stop at the Eagles offices.
General manager Simon Proctor said: “It’s been hectic all week. We sold more than 600 tickets and lots of fans called in to say they will be going and paying on the day because they can’t get to the club to get tickets.
“It’s great the interest and the support we’ve been getting. You’ll know Sheffield is in a final on Sunday.”
Captain Jack Howieson has revealed his final message to the team before he leads them out. He said: “I’ll just remind the lads that they can go and win a Grand Final or remember for a long time losing. We can do it - when we have played well we have beaten everything that been put in front of us this season.”
The biggest prize for teams outside the Super League is at stake tomorrow in the Eagles’ most important game since they famously beat Wigan in the 1998 Challenge Cup final. Featherstone lost only one game as they finished top of the league and will start as favourites.
Aston says that takes the pressure off his team and they will revel in their reputation as the underdogs.
“We have nothing to fear, nobody expected us to make the final and nobody expects us to win,” he said.
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