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DONCASTER'S BLUE AND YELLOW ARMY!

 # AN ARMY of fans is expected to make the short trip to Sheffield

It is the first time in six years the Belles have made it to the final, and will be hoping to lift the silverware by beating southern rivals Croydon.Enthusiasm for the match has taken off in the town, with sales of club merchandise on the up as fans deck themselves out in the famous blue and yellow.Many schools and other clubs across the town are taking parties to the match to add to the four coaches being taken by the club itself.And the players have done their bit by becoming the first women's football club to record a song for the final - entitled Northern Pride - in a bid to give them the edge over Croydon, who are also their rivals for the league honours.Club commercial manager Mick Abrahams said: "It's a really good song, and not at all cheesy like some football songs in the past."Our entertainments officer Mark Morris came up with the words and lyrics, and he arranged to have it recorded at a studio in Bolton-on-Dearne. People have been amazed by how professional it is."Another first for the Belles is their new mascot, Donny Bear, who will be parading the ground on Monday meeting fans and cheering the club on.It is the 12th time the Belles have appeared in the final - a record in women's football - with six proving victorious.Manager Julie Chipchase has a full-strength squad to pick from, with the only concern being over Karen Walker, who took a knock and didn't train on Tuesday, but she will play in the big match.Chipchase received an extra boost this week when she was named National Manager of the Year, and the club has also received a letter of support from Cherie Booth, wife of Prime Minister Tony Blair, wishing them luck for the final.Kick off is at 3pm with a 3 entrance fee for adults, while juniors and OAPs can get in free. Merchandise including huge Belles flags, scarves and replica shirts can be bought on the day, or from Mick Abrahams on (01302) 874128.

 
 
 

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