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Bradford City fan’s 12,000-mile trip for ‘once in a lifetime’ cup final
He’s been an avid Bradford City fan for a quarter of a century, so with his team about to play at Wembley football mad Nick Allan is refusing to let half a world stand in his way.
Nick, who lives in New Zealand, is jetting almost 12,000 miles across 13 time zones to support City on Sunday.
And after just a weekend in England he is flying all the way back again.
The epic journey will cost £1500, but that level of dedication is not totally out of the ordinary for Nick who once took a year out of university to follow his team.
Nick, 34, who spent his early years in Australia, got his love for City from his dad Geoffrey, who is from Shipley. He was able to follow his club properly after moving to Pool in Wharfedale when he was nine.
Now living in Wellington, he is planning to team up with his dad to cheer them on in the Capital One cup final at Wembley.
Nick has already shown his dedication to the team by taking a year out from university in South Wales during City’s first season in the Premier League.
Dad Geoffrey said: “In 1999 City won promotion to the premier league. Nick was at University in South Wales and the only way he could guarantee he could get to the games was to come and live back here.”
After a year out he went back to his studies and continued to follow his team despite settling in Cardiff – going to away games in the South.
But now he is taking his dedication to a whole new level, travelling from New Zealand where he has been living since June. He will set off from Wellingon on Friday afternoon, arriving on Saturday morning and will leave Heathrow again on Monday night.
Geoffrey said: “He can’t afford any more time off work so he is just coming over to London and we will just spend the weekend together and then he will go back.”
But despite the fast turnaround he fully backs Nick’s trip.
Geoffrey said: “I think it’s terrific and I’m really thrilled. I think he is doing the right thing because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is the first time ever a club as lowly as City have got to the cup final.”