Runcorn Linnets superfan flies 6,000 miles from China to visit dream team

A Chinese football fan has made a staggering 6,000-mile journey to visit his favourite English football team.

Huang Wenbin, from Xiaman, was not heading to the North West for a Premier League giant – like Liverpool or Everton – but to see the Runcorn Linnets.

His love of Runcorn stems back to the Championship Manager 2001/02 computer game, where Webin took the team from non-league to Premier League victory.

In an interview with the Runcorn Weekly News, Huang said: “The first time I made the decision to find Runcorn FC was in 2015.

“I went to Liverpool by train to watch Steven Gerrard’s last match at Anfield. When the train was parking, I saw a sign for Runcorn.

“I told my friend I will be there again to find my club.”

Playing as manager of Runcorn FC in the game, Huang took the club from obscurity to Premier League victory, signing David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Steven Gerrard and Roy Keane.

The 37-year-old flew to Liverpool with his wife Lin Xiaoru and their children, Yandao and Geshu, this week to finally see the local club in person.

After spending a total of 27 hours travelling to the Cheshire town, his family were greeted by club chairman Mark Buckley and were given a tour of the infamous Millbank Stadium.

Mark said: “The Linnets have a Swedish and a Norweigan fan group, but China is a little bit special.

“I don’t think Huang realised that we were as glad to see him as he was glad to see us.”

Gallery Photos © Twitter / Huang Wenbin

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