DEVOTED fan Elliott Troop was determined not to miss Town’s showdown with Peterborough tomorrow – despite living on a remote island in the North Sea.
Teenager Elliott, from Highburton, moved to the tiny isle of Sanday in the Orkney Islands four years ago with his mum and sister.
But Elliott has followed Town’s progress via radio and TV.
Yesterday he set out on his mammoth solo journey from the Orkneys to Manchester. Two days after leaving Sanday, population 500, he will bepassionately cheering the Terriers.
Elliott’s trip started on the deserted B9070 main road leading to Loth ferry terminal on Sanday. There he caught the boat for the one-and-a-half hour voyage to mainland Orkney.
From Kirkwall he made the seven-hour overnight ferry trip to Aberdeen.
This morning Elliott was scheduled to catch two trains and 10 hours later he was due to arrive in Huddersfield at 5pm today.
He will then sleep at his father’s house at Highburton before heading off to the match with him and some friends.
Elliott, 17, said: “My dad is a Leeds fan, but I have managed to convert him – temporarily!
“This is a once in a lifetime chance for me and I didn’t want to miss it.”
Mum Julie added: “Elliott has never forgotten his roots and is very proud of his home town.”
Elliott’s favourite players are Benik Afobe and Peter Clarke and he is predicting a 2-1 win for Town.
LIFELONG Terriers follower Tim Ellis has made a 4,000-mile transatlantic trip to see Town .
The former Royal Navy officer, 50, emigrated to Chicago in 2002 to marry his American fiancee, Amy.
Dalton-born Tim’s support for his club has never waned and the medical centre manager has followed Town on the internet since he left the UK.
But when his team made the League One play-off final, he snapped up two tickets – one for a flight and another for the game.
Now Tim, who will be staying with his family in Golcar, will watch Town at Old Trafford with relatives.
Tim, who studied at Dalton Junior School and Huddersfield New College, said: “I’ve always been a Town fan. My first game was in 1966.
“Whenever I get the chance to see them I do, whether it’s a four-mile or a 4,000-mile trip. You can feel the tension throughout the town but everyone is elated we’ve got this far.
“They’re going to win on Sunday – 2-1, I think. I’m not going to contemplate anything else!”
And yesterday Tim dropped in unannounced on his sister, Sue Shepherd, to wish her a happy 60th birthday.
Dad-of-two Tim said: “I went to see her at the hairdresser’s and she was a right picture. It was worth all the money just for that moment.”
Apart from Town what does Tim miss about Huddersfield?
“Friends and family,’’ he said. “With modern technology you can share a lot but I miss face-to-face contact with them. And I miss Yorkshire grub.
TOWN fans Stuart and Lynne Sykes have flown in from Sydney for Town’s big game .
Stuart coordinates the Australia and New Zealand Huddersfield Town Supporters’ Club and missing the game was not an option.
Stuart, a fan of 48 years, said: “When I explained to my Aussie friends how little we have had to cheer in my lifetime, two or three promotions within the lower leagues, two years in Division One in 1970-2, and one Wembley win, versus Bristol Rovers, they universally agree that for Town fans it has been a long time between drinks.
“We will be giving a big shout for Dean Hoyle, the lads on the field, but also for all the Town fans dotted around the world, and especially in Australia, who can’t get back for the game but will be glued to their TV sets, radios or internet connections.
“It has been so hard for Town to get out of this tough division, let’s just hope we can do it this time.”
He and Lynne watched the play off against Bournemouth on cable TV at 4.45am Sydney time. They booked flights within 24 hours of the win.
TOWN life president Ken Davy has sent a message of ‘good luck’ from everyone at the Giants.
At the helm when Town won their 2004 play-off final at Cardiff, Mr Davy is hoping the club maintain their record of never having lost a promotion knockout final.
“On behalf of everyone at the Huddersfield Giants I would like to wish Town every success when they take on Peterborough at Old Trafford,” said Giants chairman Mr Davy.
“I think everyone knows how much I want to see both Town and the Giants do well for the benefit of all the fans.”