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Towners boss hails ‘phenomenal support’ of over 200 fans who travelled to Denmark

Enfield Town FC played their first-ever overseas game on Tuesday as part of the invitational Fenix Trophy tournament, reports Andrew Warshaw

Enfield Town FC v BK Skjold (credit Phil Davison)
Sam Youngs scores for Enfield Town against BK Skjold (credit Phil Davison)

The rain lashed down relentlessly and it was bone chillingly cold.

But that didn’t dampen the spirits of more than 200 Enfield Town fans who made the long trip to Copenhagen on Tuesday to see their team secure a resounding 4-1 win over Fenix Trophy holders BK Skjold and take a giant step towards the tournament’s final four in May.

Following the 3-1 victory in the reverse fixture in November, it was expected to a much tougher challenge, with Skjold playing a far stronger side. But Town never gave them a sniff, racing into a three-goal lead by halftime and running out comfortable winners, eliminating the Danes in the process.

Despite the atrocious conditions, the travelling Town faithful were in full voice, belting out song after song before finally taking refuge afterwards in the Skjold clubhouse where the ear-splitting celebrations went on long into the evening.

With maximum points from two games, one win from their final two group fixtures — both against Lllantwit Major of Wales — should in all likelihood seal an historic trip to Lake Garda in Italy for the semi-finals and final, played over the same weekend.

Such was the interest ahead of Tuesday’s game that the club were featured in the Evening Standard while manager Gavin Macpherson was interviewed after the match on TalkSport.

Enfield Town fans enjoy their 'European tour' (credit Andrew Warshaw)
Enfield Town players and staff enjoy their ‘European tour’ (credit Andrew Warshaw)

“When the tournament was first introduced to me I didn’t quite get the magnitude of it for this club,” Gavin told the Enfield Town website.

“For a club at our level, step three of non-league football, I defy any other club to do what we have tonight in terms of the phenomenal support.

“You can only look at this and say it’s probably unique given the publicity. It’s a milestone for a club that has come a long way in a short space of time. If we can get to the last four, we’ve a hell of a chance.”


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