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WANDERLUST; Bolton fan quits job in Oz to see Wanderers at Wembley.

Byline: PAUL BYRNE

A FOOTBALL fan has quit his job on the other side of the world - to watch his team play at Wembley.

Ian "Waggy" Wagstaff, 50, was told by bosses in Australia he couldn't have time off to see his beloved Bolton Wanderers take on Stoke City in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final.

So the British-born sheet metal worker jacked in his pounds 38,500 job in Brisbane and hopped on a plane for the 10,000-mile journey home to cheer on the Whites. He has lived in Oz for 23 years and plans a reunion with relatives after the big match.

Ian has no regrets about giving up his job. He said: "I've been a Wanderer all my life.

"I've watched them in every league apart from the Premier League. 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 the Wanderers at Wembley."

The dad of three is staying with life-long pal Chris Taylor in Bury, Greater Manchester. Chris, 52, said: "He's Wanderers mad and has never stopped following them."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 15, 2011
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