Long-distance fan Sam has a little further to travel after Norwich City book Wembley play-off final spot

Norwich City fan Sam Wood, who travelled from Australia for the play-off game with Ipswich Town. Pic

Norwich City fan Sam Wood, who travelled from Australia for the play-off game with Ipswich Town. Pic: Michael Bailey. - Credit: Archant

Norwich City fan Sam Wood has another few hundred miles to add to his 9,358-mile trip from Australia to watch the Canaries.

The 30-year-old flew halfway around the world to take up his seat to watch the Championship semi-final second leg play-off victory against Ipswich.

And he has a little further to travel before heading back down under, after the Canaries' victory against their East Anglian rivals secured a Wembley play-off final berth.

Pest controller Mr Wood, who lived in Norwich before moving to Australia, which is where his girlfriend is from, is due to fly back a week tomorrow – the day after his side take on Middlesbrough in north London.

Mr Wood said: 'It's all been a bit surreal. I came back to my old seat and everybody was cheering me when I sat down. My flight back is a week on Tuesday and I booked it like that just in case we made it to Wembley. I'll be there.'


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His journey, which he documented on Twitter, stirred plenty of media interest and caught the attention of a Carrow Road favourite.

Mr Wood said: 'Robert Fleck came up to me and knew all about what I'd done.

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'The very first game I went to was back in 1991 when he was playing, so it was great to meet him.'

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