By Ken Gaunt
Belfast-born manager Dave Anderson will enjoy some home comforts when he leads out his Chertsey Town team at Wembley on Sunday in the FA Vase final.
Anderson, 57, is a full paid-up member of the London Northern Ireland Supporters Club, having played for his country at schoolboy, youth and B level.
And his fellow members will be out in force to cheer on the former Glentoran, Banger and Larne goalkeeper when his Combined Counties League Champions face Cray Valley (PM).
Anderson is hoping to complete a remarkable turnaround in Chertsey’s fortunes after coming out of self-imposed retirement 14 months ago.
Neal Anderson of the London NISC said: “Dave has been a member for a good few years now. We first met him while he was manager of AFC Wimbledon.
“The club went to watch the Dons along with our honorary club president and Wimbledon legend Lawrie Sanchez.
“We got chatting with Dave then and it turned out some of his old mates who also now live in London area were members too. So he’ll be getting some good Norn Iron support at Wembley.
“Dave’s highly knowledgeable and deeply passionate about football, especially at a grassroots level.
“So for him to be leading a team out at Wembley is a richly deserved reward for all the hard work he’s put in down the years.
“All the London NISC hope Chertsey Town do the business on Sunday and we can say we’ve a Wembley final winning manager in our ranks!”