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Amber Army on way to Wembley ahead of Newport County's bid for promotion

Thousands of Newport County supporters are travelling to Wembley to watch their side face Tranmere Rovers in a winner takes all bid for promotion.

A win today would see the Exiles playing in League One next season.

Twelve thousand County supporters are expected at Wembley for the 3pm kick off Credit: ITV Wales News

Thirty eight coaches left Newport this morning at 8am.

The mood was positive with many fans believing their side has what it takes to win at Wembley.

It's estimated that up to 12,000 supporters will be at the home of English football to cheer on Michael Flynn's men in what has been dubbed "one of the biggest occasions in the history of Newport County AFC".

A victory for County will see them competing in the third-tier of English football for the first time since the 1986-87 season.

The whole city is getting behind Michael Flynn and his men Credit: ITV Wales News

Newport won the chance to play for a place in League One after beating Mansfield on penalties earlier this month in the semi-finals of the League Two play-offs.

Despite playing their football week in, week out in division two Wembley has become a familiar stomping ground for Newport County.

This in fact will be the side's fourth appearance at the London ground in recent years.

Earlier this season the Amber Army were at Wembley to take on Premier League giants Tottenham in the FA Cup.

The opposition today might be better matched but having made the play-off final for a third consecutive season they are perhaps more akin to the pressure the two sides face today.

However if past form counts then County are sure to be bolstered by the fact they are unbeaten in four Football League meetings with Tranmere with their last defeat against Rovers coming in April 1988.

Supporters were in a positive mood as they left Spytty Park this morning Credit: ITV Wales News

For those unable to travel to Wembley the play off final will be shown live on a big screen at Rodney Parade from 2pm.