Burton Albion's visit to Bournemouth in the FA Cup Third Round was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, with the scoreboard at Dean Court making light of mother nature's triumph over the beautiful game.
The match was only postponed one hour before kick-off, which meant the 200 travelling Brewers fans had already made a worthless 300-mile round trip.
However, in a display of goodwill that is virtually unheard of between rivals sides, Bournemouth fans have raised almost £3,000 to cover the travel costs for the rescheduled match on January 14th. The Guardian reports:
The fundraiser's target was originally £800 to cover the cost of coaches for those who had made the wasted 300-mile round trip; however the amount pledged has now reached almost £3,000.
"We've been overwhelmed by the response," continued [Bournemouth fan and the initiative's organiser] David Whitehead, "which has come from supporters of clubs all over the country, and even some from abroad.
The compassionate gesture stems back to April 2010, when Bournemouth clinched promotion from League One at Burton's Pirelli Stadium. The Brewers were extremely hospitable on that day, with Bournemouth Chairman Jeff Mostyn noting that club staff made the unusual decision to allow travelling fans to invade the pitch to celebrate at the final whistle.
“On that day when we were promoted, after years of grief and struggling, for Ben (Robinson, Burton chairman) and all of his staff, the groundsmen and the stewards, to let us have the run of the ground was something that was incredible," Mostyn said.
Clearly, Cherries supporters have not forgotten the decency they were once shown.
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