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‘It’s been fantastic’: Wanderers salute ‘magnificent’ fans for last home match vs Pacific

Following a golden summer of soccer with a series of sold out, fan frenzied matches at the Wanderers Grounds, the players are hoping to give everything one more time for Halifax.

The match against Pacific will be the last home game for the Wanderers in this first ever CPL season and Stephen Hart’s squad are hoping to put on something special for the fans.

“It’s been fantastic, we could not ask for anymore from the fans. We want to have a good finish and give back to the them and light the kitchen up for the last time,” said midfielder Elliot Simmons.

When injured, Elliot Simmons sat with the Wanderers fans in The Kitchen. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
When injured, Elliot Simmons sat with the Wanderers fans in The Kitchen. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

It’s our season finale and fan appreciation night at the Wanderers Grounds.

Our fans will be leading the singing of the national anthem, in addition to being on hand for the coin toss.

The first 2,000 supporters to arrive at the stadium will score a free poster. After the match there will be an autograph session on the pitch, where the fans will be able to meet the players, and get those posters signed.

Our partners will be at the Grounds as well with giveaways of their own so show up early if you can and soak up as much of the pre-match build up as you can. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Coach Stephen Hart said he’s talked to the players about bringing their best for the Wanderers faithful.

“I’d like to thank them for all their support, we desperately want to give them a win, I really want to see a positive response,” said Hart. “For next season we know what the product should look like and the standards set by the best teams in the league and we’re going to do everything in our power to build a team along those lines.”

The March to the Match has been a unique part of the Wanderers experience in Halifax. Photo :Trevor MacMillan.
The March to the Match has been a unique part of the Wanderers experience in Halifax. Photo :Trevor MacMillan.

The raucous home atmosphere at the downtown Wanderers Grounds stadium — where almost every seat is on top of the action — has helped the team build a strong home record.

CPL finalists Cavalry are the only team to leave Halifax with a win in the league.

It’s been on the road where the team has found points hard to come by.

“It has not always been the best on the road but the fans have always been behind us, they’ve been magnificent throughout the season,” said captain Elton John. “That’s been a very special thing for all the players.”

The blue smoke after a goal has been a special part of the Wanderers home games this CPL season. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
The blue smoke after goals has been a fun part of the Wanderers home games this CPL season. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Goalkeeper Christian Oxner says the team knows where it needs to improve next season but considering it’s the first year of a new league, he’s thrilled with how Halifax has shown its potential.

“It’s crazy how far the city has come and how far I’ve come personally, it’s been an unreal ride and I think it will hit me once I look back after the season is fully over and I realize that was our last home game,” Oxner said.

Halifax-born Oxner has forced his way into the team’s starting line up in his first pro season and put in some outstanding performances, recording five clean sheets in the process and making two penalty kick saves.

Christian Oxner says the Wanderers will be better next year. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.
Christian Oxner says Halifax has come a long way in the first CPL season of professional soccer. Photo: Trevor MacMillan.

Tickets are still available for our last home game at this link.

In another salute to the fans we are making our $5 drink deal special last for the whole game and yes it’s on every drink in the stadium!

Join us as we take on Pacific FC.

Wear blue, cheer loud and get behind our team one last time this season for an extra special Wanderers Grounds experience.

Kick off is 7 p.m. so if you’re able, get down to one of our partner pubs prior to kick-off as well to get in the mood.

We’ll see you at the Grounds.

Come on you Wanderers!