Monday, 18 April 2011

The dumbest football fan ever?

This Bolton fan must be crying into his club scarf right now after quitting his $77,000-a-year job in Australia so he could fly back to England to watch his beloved team take on Stoke in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Ian Wagstaff was told by his boss that he would not be given the time off to travel across the globe to join the legions of Bolton fans heading to London for the massive clash.

But the 50-year-old would not take 'no' for an answer and informed his employers that there was no chance he would be missing Bolton’s first trip to the new Wembley.

And after spending $2,000 on flights and tickets, the British ex-pat had not been to see Bolton play since 1994, said he had no regrets.

"I've been a Wanderer all my life," Wagstaff told ESPN Soccernet.

"I told my boss I wanted to go, but he said we were too busy. I told him I was going anyway. It's not every day you get the chance to watch Wanderers at Wembley."

Bolton's last appearance at Wembley was in the FA Cup semi-final of 2000, which they lost to Aston Villa on penalties and the Trotters last won the FA Cup in 1958.

But unfortunately Sunday's game didn't quite go to plan for Bolton, who were soundly beaten 5-0 by a rampant Stoke City.

Stoke will now face Manchester City in their first ever FA Cup final.

There has yet been no word on whether Mr Wagstaff is still has no regrets about his decision.

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