Online plea jets Glory fan to final
Online plea jets Glory fan to final

It was 8am on another cold Brighton Saturday morning when a victorious scream reverberated around the English seaside town.

More than 16,000km from where Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns slotted home a penalty to confirm his team's place in Sunday's A-League grand final, Blayne Treadgold celebrated - waking up his roommates in the process.

Founder of Glory Fans United - Perth Glory's fan group - Mr Treadgold had watched every game of the A-league season on a "dodgy" internet stream since moving to Britain 12 months ago.

The 29-year-old thought he would once again be watching on his laptop this weekend.

Working in a pub, Mr Treadgold did not have enough money to fly back to Australia to watch his beloved Glory take on Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium this Sunday.

But after a quick whip-round, the fan group managed to secure a multitude of $50 and $100 donations to pay for "Captain Treadgold" to make it to the grand final.

"I was blown away really," he told _The West Australian _from his flat in Brighton.

"I put a cheeky message on Facebook asking who was going to pay for my flight home after the game, obviously not expecting the guys to actually do what they did."

After begging and pleading with his boss to get a few days off work, Mr Treadgold will fly to Brisbane on Saturday morning and leave on Monday morning - no doubt with a hangover if the Glory takes home the trophy.

He will be joined by an estimated 1000 Perth Glory fans making the trip to Brisbane for the match - the club's first taste of a grand final since 2004's National Soccer League triumph.

Glory chief executive Paul Kelly said places on a 140-seat flight chartered by the club sold quickly, while hundreds of other fans have scrambled to make their own travel arrangements in a clear demonstration of the Glory fans' appetite for the big occasion.

Mr Kelly said despite being outnumbered, he expected the travelling Perth fans to make a big impact.

"There are about 900 people in the shed (at nib Stadium) and they make a hell of a lot of noise, so 1000 Glory fans in Brisbane will definitely be heard," he said.

'I put a cheeky message on Facebook asking who was going to pay for my flight home after the game.' "Glory Fans United founder *Blayne Treadgold * <div class="endnote">


The West Australian

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