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Area fans follow beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers to London

Kelly Green, left, and Denice Green, from Brandon, cheer with Janet Drewry, center, from Palm Harbor during the NFL tailgate party outside Wembley Stadium.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Kelly Green, left, and Denice Green, from Brandon, cheer with Janet Drewry, center, from Palm Harbor during the NFL tailgate party outside Wembley Stadium.

LONDON — There are huge pockets of Patriots fans here for today's game pitting the Bucs and Patriots at Wembley Stadium.

But a smaller — and equally-devoted — contingent of Buccaneers faithful have descended on Britain as well.

Among them is Troy Drewry of Palm Harbor, who made the trip with his wife, Janet, and four friends. The Drewrys and their party made a vacation out of it, spending a week in their favorite European destination — Barcelona — before making their way to London late last week.

They secured tickets through Wembley even before they went on sale, just after plans for the game were announced last year. At the time, no one could have known the Bucs would be 0-6 and facing a long, dreadful remainder of the season.

Still, Drewry would do it again.

"No regrets," he said. "I've been to games where the team was wearing orange," a reference to the Bucs' creamsicle uniforms of yesteryear, worn when the team was mostly wretched.

"You have to support your team through the good and bad," added Drewry, a computer engineer. "If the team is going to come this far, we're going to support them."

A season ticket holder for 12 years, Drewry saw this as the chance of a lifetime.

"After the announcement of the game, we immediately called Wembley and got tickets through club ticket sales," he said. "I wouldn't miss it."

Area fans follow beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers to London 10/25/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 26, 2009 7:38am]
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