Ten-year-old football fan will travel 13,000 miles to watch club


A ten-year-old soccer fan will rack up more than 13,000 miles this season travelling to watch his beloved football club.

Devoted Blackpool fan Hal Rowley and his father Nick are making the 700-mile round trip to the north-west from St Austell, Cornwell every time Blackpool play at home.

Over the course of the season, the committed duo will make 19 trips to the club’s Bloomfield Road ground, totalling a staggering 13,300 miles – or NINE-AND-A-HALF full days of driving.

The fanatical youngster told the Blackpool Gazette: “I think it’s great that dad takes us whenever there is a home game, especially seeing as we are in the Premier League now.

“I love being a fan of Blackpool. I followed them all last season and went to Wembley too and being able to go to every home game is great.”

Blackpool are in their first spell in the Premier League following victory in last season’s Championship Playoff final.

Under the management of fans’ favourite Ian Holloway, the minnows are currently flying high in fourth place following victories against Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United – and sit one place below Premiership giants Man United.

In a recent poll, it emerged Blackpool fans are the Premier League’s most loyal supporters – travelling up to 171 miles to watch an average of 5.6 away games.

However, Hal and his dad’s commitment takes supporting their club to the next level.

A Blackpool spokesperson said: “Our supporters continue to go the extra mile to see the team in action – and in Hal’s case it’s 700!

“The dedication of both him and his father is highly commendable and I’m sure every club would love to have support like that.”

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