Scunthorpe United acquired six Belgian fans following last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Charlton at the Valley.
Ludovic Peeters, Felix Fox and their friends had made the trip to London from Belgium to watch Manchester City all but claim the Premier League title against Spurs at Wembley, but their route to the national stadium took an unlikely detour via the Valley, having spent the morning drinking with Scunthorpe fans in Borough Market.
“We came as six friends. We are basketball players and we love football, especially in England”, Ludovic told Iron Bru.
“We were in London to see the game at Wembley between Manchester City and Spurs on Saturday night and were looking forward to watching Kevin De Bruyne play for City.
“We arrived from Belgium on Friday and left on Sunday so we really wanted to take advantage of our visit to the capital!
“On Saturday morning we went to Borough Market and had a few drinks before the City game. Whilst we were there, fans of Scunthorpe United came to us to see if we were Belgian.”
The group of Iron fans convinced Ludovic and his pals, who are fans of Royal Excel Mouscron, to attend the crucial play off six-pointer with Charlton – having told them all about fans favourite Funso Ojo.
“They told us that their team played in Charlton that afternoon and that a Belgian called Funso Ojo played there.”
Felix added: “I knew Funso Ojo, because I play Football manager!”
“We wanted to see a lower division match, so we accepted their invitation to watch the game with them”, Ludovic continued
“Our afternoon was excellent. We had a great time. The fans are nice, they sing, they encourage, they push their club.
“Even though Wembley was impressive to see, we really loved the trip to Charlton!
Ludovic also said they plan to attend another Scunthorpe game in the future.
“It is possible that in the future we will come to see an Iron match, but it will be necessary to plan to visit when Scunthorpe are close to London because the trip is easier”
And when asked who was their new favourite Scunthorpe player, the answer was simple.
“Funso Ojo”, he said.
You’d be hard pressed to find an Iron fan who would argue with that.