TOWN fan Paul Thornton is flying high ahead of the club’s Championship challenge this weekend.
He’s flying almost 12,000 miles all the way from New Zealand to watch the match at Old Trafford against Peterborough on Sunday.
The 30-year-old watched the semi-final against Bournemouth online from his Auckland home at 6.30am.
The marketing executive even had to push a few meetings back when the game went to penalties, but once they were through to the final he booked his flight.
For Paul it’s a first return trip home since he moved to New Zealand three years ago.
But while he’s sorted his flight out, dad John Thornton back home in Salendine Nook has been tasked to get match tickets.
Paul told the Examiner: “You couldn’t get the match on the TV stations over here so I had to watch it on the internet.
“It started about 6.30am our time and I watched it all the way through.
“By the time it got to penalties I couldn’t even go into the kitchen to get a drink, I was glued to my seat.
“I was jumping all over the place when we got through.”
After groveling to his girlfriend, he booked a flight back home in time for Sunday’s match.
Paul used to be a ball boy for Huddersfield Town and was a season ticket holder for around 20 years.
He’s followed them since moving to New Zealand and is backing the team all the way to the Championship.
Paul added: “There was no way I could miss it, my girlfriend can’t get her head round it all.
“I haven’t been home since I moved out here three years ago so will have a week there for the match. The silly things we do for our football teams.”
As reported on May 11, another Town fan Ian Richardson is also making the trip from New Zealand for the final.