South American Norwich fan travels almost 12,000km to play alongside Grant Holt in charity match

Norwich City fan from Santiago, Chile, Diego Echeverria, at the Pink Un Live Show event. Picture: DE

Norwich City fan from Santiago, Chile, Diego Echeverria, at the Pink Un Live Show event. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A South American man has travelled almost 12,000km to play alongside one of his all-time favourite Norwich City players.

Norwich City fans at the Pink Un Live Show event. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich City fans at the Pink Un Live Show event. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Diego Echeverria travelled to the Fine City from Chile on Wednesday night to take part in a charity football match at Carrow Road.

And in doing so, he had the opportunity to play with former City star Grant Holt in the Canary Legend Eleven game today.

The 33-year-old said: 'It has been an amazing experience and the club was very welcoming as I had travelled so far.

'They even put me in Grant Holt's team. I had come over for him as he was the player I used to follow the most.'


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The charity match, which was organised by the Community Sports Foundation, aimed to raise money for its disabled and disadvantaged programmes.

The annual match gives people the chance to play alongside other Canaries legends including Dean Ashton and Adam Drury.

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Mr Echeverria said he paid £300 to take part, but got his money's worth as he was able to play a full 90 minutes.

'It was quite a tiring match' the Sunday league striker said. 'I managed to get one goal, and it was probably the best goal of my life.'

He said Mr Holt's team won 6-5, with the former City striker scoring the winner.

Mr Echeverria, who lives in Santiago, has been a Norwich fan since the 1990s.

But because of the vast distance between the two cities, he has only visited once before - to watch Norwich beat Cardiff 3-2 in September last year.

'People often ask me why I support Norwich,' he said. 'And I don't really know the answer.

'I just love the passion of the supporters and I started to follow the club as it was starting to go up.'

The wine company salesman said he listens to all of the club's matches on BBC Radio Norfolk.

And during Norwich's brief stint in the Premier League, he was able to watch them on television.

Mr Echeverria also visited the EDP and Evening News offices on Thursday to listen to The Pink Un's end of season live debate.

He said he plans to stay in the city until Sunday.

'I'll definitely be coming back to watch Norwich play next season,' he added.

For more information about the Canary Legend Eleven game, visit www.canaries.co.uk

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