FA Cup - Bolton fan quits job to watch Cup semi

Fri, 15 Apr 16:59:00 2011

A Bolton Wanderers fan has quit his £38,500-a-year job just so he can watch the FA Cup semi-final tie with Stoke.

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Ian Wagstaff was a sheet metal worker in Australia and was told he could not have time off work to travel to the England to watch the game.

Therefore, the 52-year-old, who has been based in Brisbane for 23 years, decided to work out his notice in his Aus$60,000 job and travel 10,000 miles to watch the match.

"I've been a Wanderer all my life," Wagstaff – or Waggy to his friends – told the Bolton News.

"I told my boss I wanted to go, but he said we were too busy. I told him I was going anyway. It’s not every day you get the chance to watch Wanderers at Wembley."

Wagstaff is paying more that £1,000 for his flights and ticket and will stay with his friend Chris Taylor in Bury.

“Waggy is Wanderers mad," said Taylor.

“He follows Wanderers in Australia and he knows more about the team than I do. We went for a pint when he got back over here and he was even telling me about how the reserves were getting on.

“But even so, I was shocked when he told me he’d quit his job to come to the match."

It will be the first time Wagstaff will get to watch Bolton in the flesh since 1994.

He plans to stay in the UK for two months after the game, meaning he will still be around if Bolton reach the final, before returning to Australia.


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