London, Mar 20 (ANI): A football fan has revealed that he flew 10,000 miles from Australia to Britain to watch his favourite team play only to miss the game because of a broken down train.
Will Keegan, 26, who paid 700 pounds for flights from Melbourne and a ticket for the Blackburn Rovers Premier League match with Fulham, stayed with family in Bromley, Kent, on arrival.
And on the morning of the game he set off by train to make what should have been a three-hour trip.
But his journey came to a halt near Rugby, Warwickshire, due to an earlier train having torn down power lines, and he finally arrived in Manchester eight hours after the final whistle and found that Blackburn had won 2-0.
"The entire trip had been dedicated to seeing my beloved Rovers. The night before the match I think I'd only managed two hours' sleep," the Telegraph quoted Keegan, who is originally from Oldham, as saying.
"On the day itself I excitedly set off on the train, expecting it to be the best day of my life. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.
"I had been on the train for about an hour when it halted and the lights went out inside the carriage. We were stuck in the middle of the countryside and it was pouring down with rain.
"After about half-an-hour of sitting in the dark, it was finally announced that the train ahead had torn down power lines and we had no form of power.
"I was devastated. After coming halfway round the world to see Blackburn play, here I was stranded near Rugby with no way off getting to the football.
"I finally got to Manchester eight hours after kick-off and had to wait until I got to my uncle's house to find out we'd won.
"I flew back to Australia a couple of days later and had not had the chance to see Rovers play," he added. (ANI)