Exeter City supporters are once again making the trip to the Greek island of Andros on Sunday 24th May – the day after the League 2 play-off final – to spend two weeks on the island and to play football with the locals.
There are now about 250 members of the Greek Exeter City fan club on Andros and in Athens called ‘Greek Grecians Fans Connection’ (GGFC) – with more all over Greece.
Neil Le Milliere, a Trustee of Exeter City Supporters’ Trust and a London Exile, said: “We were originally invited over in 2007 to combine a holiday on an idyllic Greek island with a game of football against the locals, and a number of us went over not really knowing what to expect.
“The island itself is only reachable by ferry, so the group get a plane to Athens airport then a bus down to the port and the ferry over to the island, which makes the whole trip an adventure itself.
“The islanders welcome us with open arms, not least because the high season for them is July and August when Athenians flock to the island, so a group of visitors in May and June are very welcome. Various restaurants, bars and jewellers even put on special evenings for us.”
A welcome party is planned for with free food and drink, while the game itself will be played on Sunday. The game is set up by Dinos Papachristos who runs FC Ydrousa, the football team of Andros, which also has a ladies’ team, a boys’ youth team, as well as a first team – and they all follow Exeter.
Dinos said: “It is always a joy when the fans of the Grecians make their way to Andros we are counting the days until we see them.”
If any Exeter fans would like to go to Andros to play or support you can get in contact with Neil Le Milliere by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome; it is a great trip for any Exeter City supporter. Most supporters choose to stay at Villa Rena – you can see their website here: www.villarena.gr