A savvy Sunderland fan has found a cheaper way to travel to London to cheer on his side after being shocked by ‘ridiculously priced’ train tickets.
James Jelly, 33, will also enjoy a bonus evening in the Spanish sun as he travels to Wembley to watch the Black Cats’ League One play-off final. And he will have to pay less than a third of what he would pay to fly direct to London.
James paid a total of £51 for airfare and an overnight stay in Menorca before the club’s big game, after discovering a direct flight from Newcastle to the capital would have cost him £161.99.
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The air journey from Newcastle International Airport cost him just £12.50, with a return fare to Stansted just £10.50.
The avid Black Cats fan, from Sunderland, said: “It’s cheaper than taking the train.
“There are some that are ridiculously priced. I looked up flights from Newcastle to Heathrow and it was £161.99 return and I thought ‘I’m not paying that’.
“I looked further down the page and there was a £23 return flight to Menorca with Ryanair, so I thought why not.
“My friends were saying they paid £200-300 for their trip. The coach was £40.
“My fights were half the price and I have a nice little morning in Spain. It’s the perfect weekend.”
Purchasing manager James will board a flight from Newcastle to Menorca at 4pm on Thursday and land in the nation’s capital at 6pm the following day for the full price of £23.
On top of that he will pay £28 for his hostel room and treated himself to a lift from London Standsted Airport to another fan’s Trafalgar Square, as well as a ride home after the game.
The football fan’s ticket to the highly anticipated game, where his team will face Wycombe in the final, was just £55, meaning the whole weekend cost him less than £100.
He added: “I’m really excited for it. They have a good chance to win, the feeling this time is we’re going to go up.
“Sunderland have been given more tickets so we’ll have the biggest support by far and we’re favourites. But it won’t be a wasted trip even if we lose, I’ll have a day in Spain anyway.”