A Scottish Fan Made A 10,000-Mile Round Trip To See Saint Johnstone’s Europa League Qualifier

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

Scottish football has been dominated by the Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers almost since its inception, and no club besides those two has won a title since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge of Aberdeen during the Reagan administration. So when other Scottish teams have a modicum of success, it’s kind of a big deal. Enough that one dedicated Saint Johnstone fan crossed most of the globe to see a Europa League qualifier.

Tom Simpson is a 26-year-old executive manager for the British chamber of commerce living in Guangzhou, but when his beloved Saint Johnstone entered Europa League qualification, he couldn’t stay away.

He went from his home in Guangzhou to Hong Kong and then on to Turkey to see his team play Eskisehirspor.

The distance as the crow flies from my home in Guangzhou to Istanbul is 4903 miles but as I’ll be going via Hong Kong border, you can add on an extra couple of hundred.

I’ll be taking the train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, heading by car from Shenzhen over the border to Hong Kong airport for a seven-hour flight to Istanbul.

I’m meeting my dad, Tom, in Istanbul before catching a bus to Eskisehir, arriving on Wednesday.

The whole trip will take the best part of 24 hours via a mix of cars, taxis, trains, buses and planes.

I regularly make the trip to Hong Kong but it’s rare that I’ll find myself jumping on a plane to Istanbul with my Saints scarf.

Unfortunately for Tom, St. Johnstone lost the first leg 2-0.

Full Story: Daily Record

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