Newcastle United inspired non-league outfit Hanwell Town cap off stunning season with promotion
It’s been a season to remember for Hanwell Town
Non-league club Hanwell Town has done their Newcastle United heritage proud by achieving promotion in a dramatic play-off final.
The London-based club was founded by Magpies fans living in the Big Smoke over 100 years ago.
This season Hanwell Town has enjoyed a surge in popularity after receiving waves of support from Newcastle fans, made aware of their existence through viral social media efforts.
The club has had the on-pitch performances to back up their new following too, securing promotion from The Pitching In Isthmian League last weekend.
Hanwell faced Chertsey Town on Sunday in a palpitating play-off final.
The side took an early lead in the 32nd minute and looked comfortable for the win until Chertsey replied on the stroke of full-time, sending the game into extra time.
Chertsey netted again in extra time as Hanwell saw a man sent off, becoming 2-1 down and with 10 men.
Elsa, Hanwell Town's Head of Marketing and Social Media, said: "The boys just collapsed, they were devastated.
"One of our players said it's the lowest he's ever felt in his life.
"In true Geordie style, our never say die attitude kept us going.”
The side looked down and out, but a manic 10 minutes before full time saw Hanwell score twice and haul themselves to promotion.
It's the perfect end to a wildly successful season for the outfit.
Elsa said: "Next season we want to be staying up.
"You don't go up to come straight back down.
"We're committing to staying up and looking at ways to get extra revenue and keep going."
Hanwell Town's success is down to the club, its players and supporting staff - but the support from Newcastle United fans has played a role too.
Not only has Hanwell seen followers climb in their thousands this year, but some Newcastle fans have begun frequently making the long trip to the club for their matches.
Legions of fans also visited the club before Newcastle played Brentford earlier this year and Hanwell hopes to replicate that next season.
Elsa also teases a new version of Hanwell's home kit coming soon which "is a nod to our history and people who founded us".
Speaking on how Newcastle fans can continue to support Hanwell's journey, she said: "Obviously buying the merchandise is a great help but that's not the be-all and end-all.
"Any support we get is greatly appreciated.
"We'll be travelling a lot further distances next season and any Geordies who are in those areas should keep an eye out - if you can come down and support us that would be absolutely amazing!"