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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Football rivals walk stadium to stadium for charity

It’s not often Manchester United and Liverpool FC fans share the same common goal, but best friends Scott Baron and Craig Holland enjoyed a winning result together – raising hundreds of pounds for two causes close to their hearts.

Scott, 31, from Grapenhall in Warrington, has started his charitable quest by putting football rivalries aside to walk from Anfield to Old Trafford, accompanied by his childhood friend and Liverpool FC supporter Craig, 32, from Great Sankey.

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The men completed the 34 mile walk from Anfield to Old Trafford, kicking off a year of charity fundraising © Scott Baron

The former British Army soldier has devised ‘Scott’s Dirty Dozen’, a series of 12 challenges, such as cycling around Anglesey; a 10km army obstacle course, and completing the Three Peaks mountain adventure challenge to support the ‘Blue Apple Heroes’ war veterans’ charity and ‘Beating Bowel Cancer’.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to do something for charity and I’m not one to do things by half. So, this year I’m going to push myself and lots of different friends to their limits.

“Walking from Anfield to Old Trafford is just the start.”

The Warrington duo set off from Anfield at 6am and reached their destination of Old Trafford 11 hours later, raising £340 for their chosen charities.

The father-of-two said: “This challenge goes to show that Manchester United and Liverpool fans can come together in a very powerful and productive way.”

To support Scott in his charitable quest, visit https://scottsdirtydozen.wordpress.com/.