We take a look at some of the long-haul journeys of supporters for tomorrow’s FA Cup final.
Australia, Singapore and Sao Paulo, Brazil are just a few of the departure lounges for Wigan Athletic supporters who are going that extra mile (or few thousand) to make it to the club’s first ever FA Cup final against Manchester City tomorrow.
Joining the hordes of Latics supporters travelling by coach, car and train on the day from locations all around the country are James Dallimore, Sean Johnson and Helen Devine who all got in touch to share their stories with us as they prepared for the big day.
James (pictured right) will be travelling 24,000 miles in total from Perth, Western Australia.
He left the UK late last summer after being a season ticket holder from the age of six and said the final is a chance of a life time.
“It’s an opportunity that cannot be missed.
“I’m so happy to be travelling back to England and I’ll be at the final game of the season against Aston Villa too.
“I’ve watched every game since I moved to Australia, even though that means getting up at 3am.”
Just north of James in Singapore is Sean Johnson who sets off this evening to meet his Boston, USA based Latics supporting friend in London.
Sean (pictured left) has been following Latics since the Northern Premier League days and will be meeting up with his family from Hindley Green and is hoping the team will make it a day to remember.
Sean travels back to Singapore the day after the game to his wife who will be cheering the boys on from back at their home.
Another supporter making the trip from one of the world’s exotic reaches is Helen Devine (featured image), a teacher in Sao Paulo, Brazil who has been allowed time off by her football-loving headmaster and will arrive in London at 7am tomorrow.
Helen has supported Latics since the 1980s and had a season ticket for the first two years of the Premier League era, travelling back from London to Wigan for every home game.
She also spread Latics’ gospel in Hong Kong during a spell teaching in the Far East and three generations of her family will be at Wembley to cheer on the boys.
A selection of other stories (below) were provided to us on Twitter with fans using #wafcwembley to get in touch, included are some supporters from the gaffer’s home town.
@paupri10 – A group of 10 from Balaguer with La Senyara, the Catalan flag and our Latics scarves and shirts #believe
@andy_carey55 – Parents can’t make it but they’ll be supporting from Abu Dhabi and we’ll be taking their UAE Latics flag with us
@Donnelly2009 – Travelling from Belfast for the final, Ohhh I love playing away #wafcwembley
@Islandhopper74 – Cutting my holiday short and flying in from Dublin on Saturday morning, come on Latics!
@PaulDaly4 - #believe from Hamilton
@redrobe13 – We have two relatives coming from Peterborough for the final, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada that is!
@TheRealJGW – Brother @wignall85 is flying in from Brisbane and we have friends coming from Texas too #wafcwembley