AN EX-PAT Huddersfield Town fan is jetting back to Britain to be at the League I play-off final – despite the team not being guaranteed a piece of the action.
Stephen Littlewood, 59, moved to Tenerife five years ago, but has kept the love of his Terriers side alive and is a regular follower of Monday lunchtime webchats on this website.
He is so confident of Town’s play-off glory that he has put his money where his mouth is and splashed out £2,000 on flights and accommodation at Manchester to watch the final at Old Trafford on May 29.
Steve said: “I have been a fan of Town since I was five years old when my grandad used to take me.
“I remember my first game was against Charlton. The pitch looked the brightest green I had ever seen. We won, but I can’t recall the score. It was a great game.”
Stephen continued his passion for the game despite living in Blackpool for 20 years and continued to attend regular home and away fixtures.
“I would hate to think of the money I have spent on match tickets and travel over the years, it must run into thousands.
“I just think the club you have grown up with is in your blood.
“It was a big decision to move to Spain, but I still keep up to date and if the game is on TV I go down to the local bar and watch it on Sky.
“I think we have been through the wringer as a club but its always difficult.
“I think changing managers is part of the game. Lee Clark has done well, but he needs more experience. If he had already had the season he has had with Huddersfield before coming here then he would have been better placed.
“Over the years I’ve seen some great players and some you would not let play for the Central Lads Club!
“We must get promoted this year, just for our sanity.”
Stephen, whose favourite player is Alex Smithies, is going to be keeping his fingers crossed for tomorrow when Town take on Bournemouth in the second leg of the semi-final, having drawn 1-1 on Saturday on the south coast.
He added: “I just know we can do it and it will be amazing to have Old Trafford filled with 30,000 blue and white fans like we did at the Millennium Stadium play-off final.”