How far would you go to support Sydney FC?
During the week he’s a typical country bloke living, and working in the Central Tablelands town of Mudgee, but when the weekend rolls around something unusual happens to Craig Mitchell.
During the week he-s a typical country bloke living, and working in the Central Tablelands town of Mudgee, but when the weekend rolls around something happens to Craig Mitchell and he transforms into arguably Sydney FC-s most dedicated fan.
Travelling three hours to watch the Sky Blues fight it out on the pitch, Mitchell admits he loves nothing more than soaking up the cove's atmosphere alongside fellow FC diehards.
“It is a surreal feeling being at the matches,” said Mitchell. “The games have an unbelievable atmosphere and ninety minutes never goes so quick.”
Attending his first match whilst on holiday in Sydney during the inaugural Hyundai A-League season, Craig admits it didn-t take long for his obsession with Sydney FC to grow out of control.
“By the end of ninety minutes I just couldn't get away from it,” the Mudgee Wolves first grade captain said. “I was hooked, I wanted to be there as much as I could.”
It doesn-t look like Mitchell's Sydney addiction is set to ease either, as he plans to follow FC interstate to Adelaide and Melbourne, as the side chases it-s second title.
“I think the boys will go brilliantly this season,” he said. “We made some great signings in the off-season, so whoever was involved in them needs to be commended.”
It might be a long drive but if Mitchell has his way the country contingent at this-season-s games will only grow.
He and his Mugdee mates will be right amongst the action in the stands, hopefully as part of a huge crowd, when Sydney FC chases its third win of the season this Saturday against Adelaide.