A CHANCE meeting in a service station resulted in a local teenager being guest of honour at Huddersfield Town's away match at Cambridge United today.
Deighton boy James Vasey, 13, is an ardent Town fan.
On a trip to watch Town play at Yeovil in October, James and his parents, Joanne and Kevin Midwood, stopped at a service station in Gloucestershire.
The family, along with many other Town fans, began chatting to Cambridge United fans, who were heading to a match at Swansea.
The two groups of supporters met again by chance on the way home, with Cambridge jubilant at a 2-0 win and Huddersfield downcast after losing 2-1.
However, James' spirits were soon lifted after a female director from Cambridge United offered him and his parents free tickets to a Cambridge game.
Although a true Terrier, James jumped at the chance, because he is a big fan of Dave Kitson, who was Cambridge's star player at the time.
Kitson has now moved to Reading.
A Cambridge fan wrote on the club's website: "One Yorkshire lad stood out because it turned out he was a big fan of our own Dave Kitson. It showed that here was a true football fan, able to appreciate a good footballer whichever shirt he sported. It was a pleasure to share his enthusiasm."
Mr Midwood said: "We got on really well. I think it was James's interest in football that impressed them. He's very keen on it.
"He really liked Dave Kitson, but he won't see him play on Saturday, which is a bit disappointing."
Cambridge United did not stop at sending tickets.
The club's supporters trust bought a commemorative gift for James, which will be presented before the match at the club's ground, The Abbey.
When Huddersfield Town heard the news, they got involved by paying for James' travel.
Town's Survival Trust is paying for the travel costs of James' parents .
Mrs Midwood said they were surprised and grateful about the trip.
She said: "We are all Town fans. We are really looking forward to it. It is my husband's 40th birthday on Saturday, so if Town win it will be a great birthday present."