The Wealdstone Raider tells Colchester United fans everything they need to know ahead of FA Cup clash
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With Colchester United set to head to Wealdstone in the FA Cup on Saturday, who better to introduce the National League South club than its most famous fan, the Wealdstone Raider?
The Raider, real name Gordon Hill, shot to fame last winter after a video of him watching his side play at Whitehawk went viral, sparking hundreds of videos, memes and impressions online as he took the internet by storm.
Since then he’s released a charity single and raised thousands for Great Ormond Hospital, but remains as committed as ever to his beloved football team.
We caught up with Gordon ahead of Saturday’s game to get his thoughts ahead of the visit of Tony Humes’ Colchester.
Q: Are you excited about the game?
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Raider: I can’t wait, I wish it was tomorrow, I’m really looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be a big day out for both Colchester and Wealdstone and I hope all the fans enjoy it.
Q: What do you think the Colchester fans will make of your home ground?
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Raider: I’ve never been to Colchester’s ground but it will be a bit of a shock to them I’m sure because it isn’t the best ground in the world, but it’s our ground and we love it.
Q: Who are the players to watch out for in the Wealdstone team?
Raider: Scotty Davies, look at his goal against Brockenhurst the other week, brilliant. Then we’ve got the man machine himself, he’s had more clubs than Jack Nicholas, Jefferson Louis. We’ve got Matthew Ball on the wing as well, so there’s a few good players who will surprise you.
Q: How’s Scott McGleish getting on?
Raider: He’s more part of the coaching staff now but he’s still a sub and still an impact player. He’s done some good things for Wealdstone.
Q: Will Gavin Massey and Marvin Sordell get good receptions? They used to play for Wealdstone.
Raider: They’ll have a good day, we still miss them and we’ll give them a good reception for sure.
Q: Is manager Gordon Bartlett popular?
Raider: He’s the longest serving manager in non-league football I think (20 years), maybe in all of English football, and we love him. He’s doing well and he’s turned us round, we’re 13 games undefeated and hopefully that will be 14 on Saturday.
Q: What do you know about Colchester United?
Raider: Nothing, I know Colchester is an army base but nothing about the team.
Q: What’s the score going to be?
Raider: My heart says Wealdstone, 2-1, but my brain says because they’re a few divisions above us they’ll knick it. We’ll give them a good game, though.
Q: Finally, do you have a message for the Colchester fans?
Raider: Colchester, you’ve got no fans! Come and see us on Saturday and I hope you have a great day out even though you’re going to get beaten. We’re going to deal with ya!