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Home / Latest News / ‘What will I do in the summer? Some housework or something’: Meet the Cardiff City fans who’ve been to every game this season

‘What will I do in the summer? Some housework or something’: Meet the Cardiff City fans who’ve been to every game this season

They’ve clocked up more than 8,000 miles and watched more than 4,000 minutes of football.

And for this dedicated group of Cardiff City supporters, tomorrow’s match at Hull City will bring up a new milestone.

By the time the referee blows for full-time at the KC Stadium, this Bluebirds-mad bunch will have watched every second of every game of City’s historic 46-game season.

Supporters have waited 53 years to see the club back in the top flight.

And come Saturday afternoon, this lot will have spent 4,140 minutes – plus 237 minutes stoppage time – watching Malky Mackay’s men fire the club back to the big time.

They have followed the side up and down the British road and rail network to the likes of Middlesbrough, Ipswich and a soaking wet Barnsley.

The hardy lot have made Tuesday evening round-trips to Millwall, Brighton, Derby and Charlton – described as the “lowlight” of the season when fans saw City lose 5-4.

But it was all worth it in the end, with promotion meaning next season promises a host of new trips to the likes of Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and Anfield.

Travelling from the Cardiff City Stadium in Leckwith to each away game and back this season, fans would have clocked up 8,249 miles by now.

Those setting off in the early hours of Saturday for Hull will add another 506 miles and eight-hour round trip to their season-long journey – but they don’t regret a minute of it.

Jayne Powell, 51, a Sainsbury’s worker from Pontypool, said: “We have good weekends and bad weekends but you have got to keep going haven’t you?

“I haven’t worked out the time or the money – I haven’t really thought about it.

“I enjoy it and can’t wait for the weekend.

“I will be up at three o’clock on Saturday morning ready to go. I don’t know what I’m going to do over the summer, I will probably have to do some housework or something.”

Ian Allaway, 56, from Caerphilly, who works for the NHS, said he hadn’t missed a game, unless in exceptional circumstances, for more than a decade.

“I haven’t actually sat at home and not gone to a game or gone anywhere in this country for well over 10 years,” he said.

“It is only when I have been abroad a couple of times over Christmas and once when there was a death in the family.

“Other than that I go to every game.”

He said the season had surpassed all expectations and fans were now desperate to travel to some of the biggest grounds in European football.

Mr Allaway said: “I plan to go to every game next season. There’s only two I haven’t been to and they are the two Manchester grounds.

“It’s been great this year because there’s a family feeling about the club as well. It’s not an us and them kind of thing.

“Since we have had the new manager, he’s got everyone involved and it is like one big family.”

A coach ticket for City’s last away game at Burnley was £28 for adults, while a match ticket was £27.

Adding £10 for a programme, drink and food and spreading that average out across the season would mean watching City away would have cost just shy of £1,500.

Martyn Thomas, 52, a courier from Port Talbot, said: “It’s quite a few hundred hours and quite a few thousand pounds I would have thought.

“It’s not too bad. I have got a very supportive supervisor in work. When I ask they give me the time off or I go in on a half day.”

Daniel Clarke, 26, from Ely, Cardiff, said the highlight was the 4-1 victory away at Blackburn in December – which happened to be his 500th consecutive occasion not missing a match.

He said: “That was on a Friday night and a long distance and that was great in terms of the result.

“I don’t tend to get too despondent with anything. Otherwise I would have given up watching football a long time ago but Charlton was probably the low point because we maybe thought it was a case of ‘here we go again’.

“The last time I missed a game was in August 2003.

“I do it because I can do it and want to – to get the prize at the end of it has got to be a good thing hasn’t it?

Vince Alm, of the Cardiff City Supporters Club, who lays on coaches for supporters to away games and goes to all the games himself, added: “I do it on a regular basis. I have always done it and some of my kids have done it over the years.”

He said the expense didn’t matter, though it did mean he had to make sacrifices in other areas.

“My house is the only one in Fairwater that hasn’t got uPVC windows through the house – I have only had half of it done!” he said.

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