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Fan travels 10,000 miles to see football team (and they lost!)

PUBLISHED: 15:24 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 09:43 12 August 2010

LOYAL: (left to right) Mike Head, Wayne Jones, Richard Simpson, traveller Nick Evans, Graham Jones, Ben Salmon, Lloyd Chambers.

LOYAL: (left to right) Mike Head, Wayne Jones, Richard Simpson, traveller Nick Evans, Graham Jones, Ben Salmon, Lloyd Chambers.

A DEDICATED ex-pat fan made a 10,000 mile round trip to watch just 90 minutes of football as his team went head to head in the FA Cup. Nick Evans, who has lived in San Francisco since 2000, made the snap decision and hopped on a plane last Friday to wat

A DEDICATED ex-pat fan made a 10,000 mile round trip to watch just 90 minutes of football as his team went head to head in the FA Cup.

Nick Evans, who has lived in San Francisco since 2000, made the snap decision and hopped on a plane last Friday to watch his beloved Bromley Football Club's sell-out clincher against Colchester at home in Hayes Lane the next day.

Unfortunately the Lillywhites were trounced 4-1 by the visitors but are still in with a chance of taking the trophy.

Mr Evans, who usually only returns to the UK every three years or so, returned home to America on Sunday evening after the match, having paid £400 for his plane ticket saying it was worth every penny.

Speaking in the pub before the game surrounded by his oldest friends who are also Bromley fans, he said: "This is the biggest game in 60 years. I've supported them since I was about 10. All my friends go there. It's a great atmosphere. I've made so many friends from going to matches. I met my best mate Mike there when I was about 16 or 17."

Asked if he was Bromley's most dedicated fan, he shook his head and said: "No.

Looking around at his friends he said: "Everyone here is dedicated. These boys are, they go all the time. The club has very loyal supporters."

Mr Evans, who grew up in Rollo Road, Hexstable, added: "I'm just happy to be here. It will be awesome to see the ground full and see how the club has grown. Owner Jerry Dolke has made it a 100 times better than when I lived here."

His good friend Lloys Chambers, 40, who he used to live with in Homesdale Road, Bromley, 15 years ago, said: "It's great to see Nick. When we were young we used to see each other all the time but now we all have commitments, we're married and have children.

"Today is special because we're altogether. It's a really big day for us and the club."

Bromley FC Chairman Jerry Dolke said: "Nick came over to me at the end of the game and thanked me for everything we've done at the club. I said that really meant a lot to me and that I looked forward to seeing him next week and he started laughing and said 'I don't think so I've come from San Francisco.' We all started laughing. It's a bit of a shock when you meet someone who lives miles away but still has that level of affection for the club."

kate.nelson@archant.co.uk

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