Avid programme collector Michael Scott has splashed the cash to help inspire the next generation of Huddersfield Town fans.
Acountant Michael, who lives in Mirfield, has bought 500 Birmingham programmes and will hand them out at the game to youngsters aged 15 or under.
He will be close to the footbridge opposite the main entrance and friends will be near the St Andrews car park.
Michael, who attended his first Town game on January 24, 1966 aged 10, has always collected matchday programmes and wants the tradition to carry on.
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He has well over 5,000 programmes himself and said: “I want to encourage kids to buy the programmes, collect them and read them. It’s a way to learn all about the history of the club.”
Last season when Town switched to a newspaper-style programme Michael wasn’t impressed – he says they yellow and age over time – but this season’s traditional look is much more up his street.
Town charity the Town Foundation are giving away free tickets to youngsters on Saturday and Michael hopes many of them will pick up a free programme from him as a souvenir of the day.
“It might be the first match for a lot of them,” said Michael. “I want to make it a bit special and help them enjoy the day and get them started as collectors.”
Michael has been to more than 3,000 matches in his time and has clocked up visits to 338 different grounds.
The absence of top flight games over the Easter weekend meant he could head off into non-league and take in two more new grounds – FC United of Manchester and Shaw Lane Aquaforce in Barnsley.
Michael wants to encourage the next generation. He introduced niece Sian to Town when she was just a teenager and now eight-year-old grandson James is also following in the family footsteps.
“Kids have so many devices these days to get their information from – smart phones, iPods, iPads, tablets – but you can’t beat a traditional programme,” he said.
One of Michael’s recent finds is a 1963 Chelsea v Town programme which he bought from a car boot sale.
“It was the really bad winter when we had a lot of snow and on the cover are the Chelsea players shovelling snow from the Stamford Bridge pitch,” he said.
“Could you imagine Diego Costa doing that today?”
For the record Michael’s first game was Town v Hartlepools United – they were called Hartlepools in those days – in the FA Cup third round and Town won 3-1.
Michael hopes to make it to 500 grounds before he retires when he’s 66.
Free programmes will be available from the HTSA cabin in Stadium Way and Michael, who plans to wear red to stand out from the crowd.
Fifteen-year-olds who look older will be asked for ID.