HE'S CHUFF CHUFFED

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Swin­don Town sup­porter Derek El­ston was cel­e­brated re­cently and pre­sented with a spe­cial shirt to com­mem­o­rate his 2000th con­sec­u­tive game. The last time Derek El­ston missed a Swin­don Town match was De­cem­ber 5, 1981. Since then, he has made six trips to Wem­b­ley, seen six pro­mo­tions and seven rel­e­ga­tions and taken a wa­ter bus to en­sure he didn’t miss a game. What makes this even more re­mark­able is that Derek does not or has ever lived in, or near, Swin­don. He grew up in Wat­ford and then moved to Northamp­ton, both about an hour and half away from Swin­don, a 140-mile round trip just for a home game. How did the love af­fair be­gin? It be­gan thanks to his love for trains, as Swin­don was the main works on the Great West­ern Rail­way.

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