Group shot of the Truro City supporters club
Back row: Ron Ratchford, Barry ‘Baz’ Milligan, Andrew Nelson, Arthur Parsons, Matt Hall, Cameron Weldon and Callum Sobey
Front row: Josh Miller, Alan ‘Tiger Al’ Wilton, Chris Green and Adam Carpenter
Callum and fellow supporters celebrate away to Hemel Hempstead, 13th April 2019.
Exterior of Plainmoor, home of Torquay United in Devon as the Truro City supporters club arrive ahead of their Third Qualifying Round tie in the FA Trophy against Greenwich Borough. 24th November 2018.
Portrait of Cameron Weldon at Plainmoor.
“Travelling across the country to follow Truro City is something I love and that I’ll always continue to love doing. For me it’s a day out and a chance to just enjoy myself. Yeah some people will think I’m crazy doing all this travelling, and they’re probably right but it’s something I do as I love football and I love this club.
I’ve met some incredible people and made some friends for life, people who without football I would never have met. This club has been, and always will be a huge part of my life, and through watching them over the years I think I’ve changed as a person for the better. I’ve been given some incredible opportunities and met some great people because of it.
I love the club, and that’ll never change.”
Truro City and Eastbourne Borough emerge from the changing rooms onto the pitch ahead of their match in the Vanarama National League South on the 2nd February 2019.
Supporters Cameron Weldon and Callum Sobey in conversation at the back of the supporters club minibus ahead of arriving at Twerton Park, home of Bath City in the Vanarama National League South on the 2nd March 2019.
Portrait of Barry Milligan at Plainmoor ahead of the match in in which Truro City are playing home and away against Torquay United on new Years Day.
“I think this club means more to me than most because I’m retired, and I’ve got nothing else on a Saturday. My life is Truro City Football Club, and if I didn’t have this club to come to and support each week or worry about, I really don’t know what I’d do with myself. I’d probably start knitting or something.
The small bus that we travel on home and away has over the months transformed into a small family. We’re just a really close-knit family. We’ve got a spectrum of ages, from 16 up to 80 and even beyond sometimes. And every single person gets on so well with one another, which is just fantastic. Win, lose or draw in that van there is always laughter, on the way home from the away games we have a laugh and a half, and it’s a great place to reflect on the game if we have lost. It’s just a great atmosphere to share our thoughts, where we listen to one another and discuss this club.
We all just love this club. The atmosphere in that van is almost worth going for on its own.”
Regular chips with sauce on the condiments table during Truro City's match against East Thurrock United in the Vanarama National League South on the 9th March 2019.
Tiger Al points to one of his pieces of memorabilia in his home with his cat Baily.
Supporters Alex James and Steve Baker react as Truro City come close to breaking the deadlock away to St Albans City at Clarence Park on the 23rd February 2019.
The supporters club pile into the 17 seater minibus after enjoying a break at Taunton Deane services during their 356 mile round-trip to Bath City in the Vanarama National League South on the 2nd February 2019.
Portrait of Callum Sobey at Plainmoor home away against Torquay United on New Years Day.
“I travel home and away in support of Truro City because there’s a real family feel about the club. On that supporters bus to the games each weekend it’s like being with another family. We can help each other out and tell each other anything and everything. It really is just a great little community.
I’ve found myself at this level of football, if you know what I mean. This is the level of football for me, that I can appreciate. I find it’s good for me mentally, good for my wellbeing and generally it just keeps me happy.
I just love the club, I guess.”
General view of the match between Bath City and Truro City in the Vanarama National League South on the 2nd March 2019.
Barry Milligan enjoys a McDonald's at Taunton Deane services during the supporters club 356 mile round-trip to Bath City in the Vanarama National League South on the 2nd February 2019.
Portrait of volunteer groundsman and driver of the supporters club minibus Arthur Parsons.
“It’s not crazy, I enjoy driving the distances we have to go to for away games. I used to do it for a living, I’ve driven all the way from Newquay to Malaga before so compared to this it’s nothing.
I’ve been ill quite a bit, and I was told because of my diabetes I had to lose weight, and I’ve lost over a stone doing this, mowing the grass and everything. I didn’t think I was the type of bloke (to get cancer), and I knew I was going to have a heart attack. But I don’t feel ill when I’m here and doing all this. I’m 71 but of course I can still manage a job, and I’m absolutely sure that all this work I do for the club helps me.
I’ve found a new way of life since being a part of this club.”
Truro City supporters stand to watch the match against Oxford City at Treyew Road on the 16th February 2019.
Cameron Weldon and Callum Sobey at Vauxhall Road, Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club on the 13th April 2019.
The supporters club outside Treyew Road at 07:00 am ahead of boarding the minibus and making the 586 mile round-trip to St Albans in Hertfordshire in the Vanarama National League South on the 23rd February 2019.
Seats at Vauxhall Road, home of Hemel Hempstead Town FC on the 13th April 2019.
Tom Gluyas and fellow Truro supporters in full voice away to Dartford on the 30th March 2019.
Supporter and volunteer steward Raymond Venton poses for a portrait inside Treyew Road ahead of their match against East Thurrock United in the Vanarama National League South on the 9th March 2019.
“Because I support Truro City and I go where they go”
52 'home' fans during the match between Truro City and Torquay united at Plainmoor on New Years Day. Truro City agreed a groundshare deal with Torquay United and are technically the away side but are playing at home in the Vanarama National League South, with an staggering 2,760 away fans represented by Torquay.
Arthur Parsons at the wheel of the supporters club minibus on the M25 as they approach Billericay Town, completing the first leg of the 600 mile round trip.
Ben Rowthorn, Niall Thompson and Dan Rooney celebrate as Tyler Harvey scored his 20th of the season from the penalty spot to put his side one up in the match away to St Albans City at Clarence Park on the 23rd February 2019.
Sean Travers hold his head in his hands away to Hemel Hempstead on the 13th April 2019.
Tiger Al poses for a portrait at Champion Hill, home of Dulwich Hamlet.
“Following this team home and away means everything to me. I’ve been a Tottenham supporter since at least the 70’s but I love my local football, at this level you’re a lot closer to the players, most of them know you by name which is what I love about it.
We do have to travel quite far for the away matches, and most the time you don’t get home until midnight or 1-2 o’clock, but I love following Truro City. And you quickly forget the hours you’ve spent travelling up when you watching the match. And it’s always worth it even when we lose, which has happened quite a lot this season.
This club is so important to me, it’s come to be my life following Truro City.”
Supporters Josh Miller and Barry Milligan smiling in conversation at Fleet services during the first leg of the 586 mile round-trip to St Albans in Hertfordshire in the Vanarama National League South on the 23rd February 2019.
Portrait of volunteer groundsman Ron Ratchford at Treyew Road.
“I go home and away with Truro because I follow my football club, basically. I’ve been interested in football since about 6 or 7. I only recently stopped playing, I packed up playing my Friday night games and I’m 75!
There’s definitely a common interest on the bus, of the small number of us that travel the distance each week and that’s our love for this football club, and if that is all that binds us then that’s good enough for me. At the end of the day, all any of us want is for this football club to succeed. The only thing that matters are the supporters. Owners come and go, players come and go but at the end of the day the only thing that will continue to exist are the supporters.
To me, supporting this club is an interest both off the field and on through the work I do with Adam and Arthur as groundsmen at the club, repairing the pitch and making sure it’s up to scratch each week. It’s more than that, it’s a lifelong interest and fortunately I’ve always been able to do it, and I’m not going to just suddenly stop now. I just like football, it’s a game I’ve always been involved with. Once you start supporting you find it becomes really important to you, and this is the team I’ve found that’s important to me.
This club is an important part of who I am”
Josh Miller reads one of his match day programmes next to his memorabilia collection at his home.
Cameron Weldon fast asleep on the supporters club minibus during the 586 mile round-trip to St Albans in Hertfordshire in the Vanarama National League South on the 23rd February 2019.
The supporters club boarding the minibus outside Treyew Road at 07:00, ahead of the 586 mile round-trip to St Albans in Hertfordshire in the Vanarama National League South on the 23rd February 2019.
Volunteer groundsman and ball boy Adam Carpenter poses for a portrait at Treyew Road.
“I follow Truro home and away because I’m mad about football.”
Barry Milligan at Treyew Road ahead of the match against Greenwich Borough at Plainmoor on the 24th November 2018.
Portrait of Josh Miller at Treyew Road.
“It means everything to me to support Truro City Football Club. I couldn’t imagine not liking football. Without it, what would I have to look forward to on a Saturday afternoon?
Being the most travelled side in the top seven tiers of English football, it’s meant some very long and tiresome journey’s this season. But that’s what’s great about it. Waking up on a Saturday and sharing that experience with fellow supporters who are just as passionate and committed as you are, is what it’s all about.
Regardless of the result, it’s always great to see those familiar faces and enjoy some camaraderie with them on the journey, especially those who live in the South East and those that can only attend a handful of games each season.
It’s been a poor campaign this year in terms of results, but the friends I’ve met and the memories I’ve made will last a lifetime. From Jared’s last minute equaliser against Welling to Louis’ 90th minute winner against St Albans, there’s been some great moments to treasure this season. Regardless of what league we’ll be in, I can’t wait next season to start and do it all over again.
It’s not about the result on the day, it’s about the day out. That’s what matters.”
Truro City flag erected at Plainmoor during their Third Round Qualifying match in the FA Trophy against Greenwich Borough. 24th November 2018.
Truro City supporters congratulate their side away to Hemel Hempstead after securing a draw on the 13th April 2019.