On Saturday, League Two side Barnet suffered a 3-2 loss at Accrington Stanley in which player-manager Edgar Davids was sent off after a second booking. Following the match, the day got even worse for 36 Barnet fans when their bus broke down on the long trip from Lancashire to London. For an hour they waited on the side of the highway and even watched as their club's first-team bus rolled by. But they probably didn't expect what happened next.
Barnet's official website relays the story from there:
Noticing the familiar black and amber shirts and scarves on the side of the M6, the first-team bus hooted as it passed. But to the away fans’ delight, just ten minutes later the same bus returned to collect the stranded supporters on the orders of Head Coach Edgar Davids.
The coach driver explained that Davids had asked to drop all the players off at the next services before going back to collect the fans where they could wait in the warmth of the service station. A gloomy day for Bees fans was given a silver lining as the players gladly chatted to supporters and posed for photos until a replacement coach arrived to transport the fans home.
Dumping the team off at a service station so their cushy bus could go back and pick up the traveling supporters might sound like a good way to punish the players after a loss. But for Davids, who recently celebrated his 40th birthday, it was more of a way to show appreciation for the fans. From the Telegraph:
“I saw the coach on the side of the high way with some of the supporters standing outside in the cold,” Davids told The Telegraph. “It was the least I could do for my team, to send the coach back to pick them up so they don't stand in the cold.
“Shortly after the coach had arrived it started to rain, I was glad I did it. No man left behind!”
Champions League winner with Ajax, three-time Serie A winner with Juventus and now roadside savior to 36 Barnet supporters. There aren't many people who can say they've done all of those things.
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