FAN TRAVELS MORE THAN 20,000 MILES FOR ONE DAY TRIP TO WATCH TEAM LOSE

FAN TRAVELS MORE THAN 20,000 MILES FOR ONE DAY TRIP TO WATCH TEAM LOSE

A football fanatic travelled from Australia to watch his team LOSE at Wembley – before returning the same day.

Plymouth Argyle fan Liam Westlake, 24, splashed out £800 in air fares for the around the world journey to watch his team against AFC Wimbledon in the League Two play-off final on Bank Holiday Monday.

But just 24 hours after he had landed, Liam was back in the air to return Down Under – nursing the wounds of a 2-0 defeat.

Liam, who was born in Plymouth, Devon has been travelling around Australia since August.

He said: “It’s just something I can’t miss. Players and fans live for days like this.

“It was 20 years ago since we were last at Wembley and it could be another 20 years after this.

“Football is part of my life and I know if I didn’t go I would regret it and hate myself, even though it costs a bit. It’s worth it.”

Liam’s long road to Wembley began with a three-hour twenty-minute flight from Cairns to Melbourne.

Then it was Melbourne to London, with a stop-over at Dubai on the way just in time to enjoy the big pre-match build-up.

Straight after the game, Liam returned to Heathrow for a 9.30pm departure to Sydney.

He touched down at 5.30am today (Wed) after a round trip of more than 20,000 miles.

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    • After originally starting her journalism career at local paper the Leicester Mercury, Laura moved to Bristol to become a senior reporter at SWNS. She now runs the ‘Sell Us Your Story’ website, gathering different stories and undertaking general reporting and copywriting duties.

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