Supporter travels 3,000 miles for Bungay Town FC game

British diplomat Andrew Fleming has travelled 3,000 miles from Nigeria to watch Bungay Town FC play

British diplomat Andrew Fleming has travelled 3,000 miles from Nigeria to watch Bungay Town FC play on Non-League Day.A Nigerian football match. - Credit: Archant

A football fan has travelled more than 3,000 miles from Nigeria to watch Bungay Town FC play on Non-League Day tomorrow.

British diplomat Andrew Fleming has travelled 3,000 miles from Nigeria to watch Bungay Town FC play

British diplomat Andrew Fleming has travelled 3,000 miles from Nigeria to watch Bungay Town FC play on Non-League Day. - Credit: Archant

British diplomat Andrew Fleming has made the long journey specifically to see the Anglian Combination Division One team play Hindringham.

Bungay normally attracts about 50 supporters to its games but is hoping for a larger crowd tomorrow, when there is a break in professional football and fans are encouraged to turn out and support their local teams instead.

Shaun Cole, vice chairman of Bungay Town FC, said: 'Andrew is a UK diplomat based in Nigeria and he is a non-league fan.

'He has flown over specifically for this game and by the time he gets to Bungay he will have travelled 3,000 miles.


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'We will make sure we look after him on the day like anybody else.'

A Dutch man, who now lives in Kent, will also be travelling to tomorrow's match after the club reached out to supporters on Twitter.

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In previous years, Bungay Town FC has attracted national attention by offering supporters a free punnet of mushrooms and paying them 5p to attend a game.

It's hugely successful Twitter feed receives up to 84,000 views in a day and is approaching a million hits every four weeks.

Mr Cole said this year the club wanted it to be about the fans and encouraged people to turn out tomorrow.

The club is playing its second season in division one after winning promotion in 2015 and has its sights firmly set on the premier division.

The team has a new manager, Richard Daniels, as well as two new players from Lowestoft Town FC and Great Yarmouth Town FC.

Mr Cole said the match promised to be exciting as the team could go top of their division for the first time in over 30 years.

He added: 'It will be good fun. It should be a lovely sunny afternoon and we could go top of the league so it should be a good football match.

'That's the beauty of non-league football. We want to win and do take it seriously but we don't get as worked up about it as the premier leagues do.'

The match will kick-off at 2.30pm at Bungay Town FC's ground at Maltings Meadow, Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham. Entry is £2.50.

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