Fan travels around world to watch non-league side

A football fan has travelled from South America, via mainland Europe, to Northumberland just to watch non-league side Blyth Spartans.

Lucas Martins, the 21-year-old Brazilian, says he started following Blyth's fortunes after managing them on the computer game Football Manager.

While travelling through Europe, Martins visited Berlin last week and while there he decided to take a 1,000 mile detour to go and watch Blyth beat Salford City 2-1 in the Evo-Stik Premier League at Croft Park.

After the game, Martins told The Mirror: "The atmosphere was incredible. I didn't know 1432 people could be so loud!

"Every other game I'd been to in my life was a big game, so I had never seen football that close and that intimate.

"I can honestly say the atmosphere was just as good as watching a sold out Copa Libertadores match."

Martins was given VIP treatment once he arrived at Croft Park. He met Blyth's chairman as well as the players.