Spurs fan’s 4,000 mile journey to postponed Burnley game and Harry Kane gesture in his own words

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For those Tottenham fans who made the difficult trip in tough conditions up to Burnley only to be told the game was off 45 minutes before kick-off, at least they had not travelled 4,000 miles to get there.

With trains heading up from London replaced by shuttle services due to engineering work after Preston and Manchester and snow falling heavily in and around Burnley, the trip to get to Turf Moor had already been treacherous.

Then just 45 minutes before kick-off, with Burnley having to wait for Antonio Conte’s Spurs squad’s delayed arrival for them to play their part in the decision, the game was postponed as snow kept covering the pitch.

The travelling Tottenham fans either turned around and went straight home amid the white stuff or they stopped for a while in the town hoping that it would stop.

For two Spurs fans – Ken and Brandi Saxton – the decision to call off the game marked a farcical footnote to their long trip from Dallas in the USA to the snow-covered hills of Burnley and it was left to a Tottenham striker to save the day.

Ken takes up the story of their journey from here.

“Brandi and I started our journey from Dallas around 7am Friday. We flew the three hours out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Washington DC for a layover. About an hour later we boarded our flight for Heathrow and flew another seven-and-a-half hours,” he explained to football.london.

“When we landed we made the mistake of trying to drag our luggage through the tube system to go and get our Covid tests, as per UK requirements, then to the place we are staying at.

“We dropped off our luggage, packed a small bag and took the tube from Canary Wharf to Euston to catch the rail to Burnley, but because of engineering works the train was only going to make it to Preston.

“That worked out and we were able to get all the way to Burnley at about 10.30pm on Saturday night. We walked about a mile to our hotel, checked in and when I looked at the time I realised it had been about 32 hours since we originally woke up on Friday.”

Then on Sunday, the snow began to fall as fate decided to alter their matchday plans.

“We woke up and it started snowing. We took a cab to meet some friends from Stoke who are Spurs fans and a bunch of others as well at The Star pub,” said Ken.

“Then about 30 minutes after getting to the pub we got word that the match had been postponed. Due to the weather our friends could only say for another hour but then had to leave to start driving back as they had work in the morning, so we hung out, watched matches on the TV, shared a pie and some chips and a few pints.

“We then made our way over by foot to another pub right next to Turf Moor and visited with a few of the patrons there for a couple of hours before heading back to our hotel.

“Thankfully this isn’t the end of the trip for us as we are looking forward to watching Brentford on Thursday and Norwich on Sunday barring any acts of god!”



Brandi and Ken Saxton on their way to Burnley before the game against Tottenham was postponed
Brandi and Ken Saxton on their way to Burnley before the game against Tottenham was postponed

The pair’s day did not end there though following a special twist as it drew to a close.

Ken had tweeted on their journey up, before the postponement: “Dallas to London to Burnley (almost there) 31 hours – no sleep – fuelled by coffee, cheese crackers and more coffee.

“Frigid temps and snow predicted for match day. The things we do when you love your club.”

That tweet found its way to a certain Harry Kane and just before 9pm at night, when he and the team had returned home, he replied.

“Just been sent this tweet and absolutely gutted for you!” he wrote.

“For your commitment and to make up for the match being called off I’d like to invite you to a home game as my guest when you’re next in London.”

That gesture knocked Ken and Brandi for six and brought a positive end to a disappointing day.

“It’s humbling and simply put, special,” he told football.london. “It just shows how gracious he can be as a person and as a representative of Tottenham Hotspur.

“This is even more evident given the negative comments that have been made since all of the rumour and speculation surrounding a desire to possibly move this past summer.

“When something like this happens, however, it puts football into context and allows the human element (not just a player and a fan) to be put in the spotlight.

“To be a very small part of that, again, it’s humbling and a very special moment I’ll take with me, forever.”

Source by Football London

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