One Gloucester City fan won’t be making it to Whaddon Road for the big FA Cup First Round tie against Leyton Orient on Sunday.\r\n\r\nBut Pete Nowakowski will still be following all the action minute by minute from his home in Australia, thanks to the live broadcast by Fox Soccer Plus which is beaming the game to homes across the globe.\r\n\r\n

Pete Nowakowski | Gloucester City fan from Australia

Australian fan Pete Nowakowski

\r\n\r\nPete explained how he came to follow Gloucester and why he will be cheering the club on on Sunday.\r\n

Having been a football fan for as long as I’ve been breathing, the round ball game has always fascinated me with it’s ability to bring all kinds of people together, create divisions between friends and family whilst also giving you goosebumps the moment you hear the crowd start chanting.\r\n

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Proudly Australian born and bred, the round ball game has always been seen as something alien and unusual in comparison to the cliché rugby, aussie rules, cricket and even league. With the creation of the A-League though and the influx of European players trying to make a name of themselves down under, it was the grassroots history of players which has always caught my attention and so with the likes of Brisbane Roar’s Matt Smith and NSW Premier League Manly United’s Marc Richards having a strong link with Gloucester City, it seemed inevitable that I would quickly fall in love with the Tigers.

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With the news that the FA Cup fixture against the mighty O’s will be broadcast on Fox Sports, my house is being covered in yellow and black in preparation for what should be nothing short of a brilliant match of football. There is no doubt that I will be keeping a close eye on the youngsters Mitch Harding and Jordan Goddard who have the ability to change the game in the blink of an eye.

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If Gloucester City manage to win this FA Cup game, the first thing on my Christmas wish list for this year will be a club jersey so I can proudly wear it around town in Sydney, Australia.

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