Brew­ers fan, 10, in tears as she gets stuck on M6

YOUNG SO­PHIE DIS­TRAUGHT AT MISS­ING BIG MATCH

Burton Mail - - News - By RICHARD CAS­TLE richard.cas­[email protected]­plc.com @richard­cas­tle85

A 10-YEAR-OLD diehard Brew­ers fan was re­duced to tears after miss­ing out on the big­gest cup tie in the club’s history as she sat stranded in the M6 grid­lock for five hours.

So­phie Broad­hurst, who was kitted out in a Bur­ton Al­bion track­suit, scarf and hat, was stuck in mas­sive tail­backs just north of Stoke while her team were play­ing Manch­ester City.

The Branston young­ster de­scribed the prospect of see­ing her he­roes in a cup semi-fi­nal at the home of the Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons as a “once-ina-life­time op­por­tu­nity”.

After set­ting off at 3.30pm with aun­tie Leanne Broad­hurst and step-grand­dad Chris Pow­ell, So­phie had to lis­ten to the goals fly in on the ra­dio and fi­nally re­turned home at 11pm.

The Brew­ers lost 9-0.

And it was a tough day at Rykneld Pri­mary School the fol­low­ing day, where So­phie admitted she was so tired she strug­gled to con­cen­trate in lessons.

She said: “There was an ac­ci­dent on the A38 and we had to take a di­ver­sion, but the sat­nav still said we’d ar­rive in Manch­ester at 5.45pm.

“But as soon as we hit the traf­fic on the M6, I just knew we wouldn’t get there on time.

“My heart was sink­ing ev­ery time the ar­rival time went up 10 min­utes with ev­ery minute that passed.

“I was in tears and don’t think I’ll ever get to see us play in a cup semi­fi­nal against such a big club in my life­time.

“My mum had a Sky Go pass­word, so I thought at least we’d be able to watch the game on a phone, but we lost sig­nal after 10 min­utes.

“We had to lis­ten to it on the ra­dio un­til we got to the next junc­tion. The match had fin­ished and we turned round and came straight home.”

So­phie – who lives in White­beam Brew­ers fans were caught in long queues on the M6 on Wed­nes­day evening. Many failed to get to the Manch­ester City match.

Close with me­chanic dad Andy and mum Clare, as well as sib­lings Jess, eight, Pheobe, two, and Jack, seven months – is a sea­son ticket-holder at the Pirelli.

But aside from the foot­ball, care as­sis­tant Clare was wor­ried be­cause her daugh­ter had noth­ing to eat or drink while caught up in the grid­lock.

The 34-year-old said: “I didn’t re­ally care about the foot­ball when they got caught in such bad traf­fic.

“She was face-tim­ing me reg­u­larly to let me know she was okay.

“When she came home in one piece, I was so re­lieved, but she was still cry­ing and took a while to set­tle. It wasn’t easy get­ting her out of bed in the morn­ing ei­ther.”

The con­ges­tion saw thou­sands of Brew­ers fans stuck on the M6 when the car­riage­way was shut. It was caused by sus­pected il­le­gal mi­grants flee­ing when a truck car­ry­ing them was stopped by po­lice.

Brew­ers sea­son ticket-holder So­phie Broad­hurst was among many Bur­ton fans who did not make it to the big Manch­ester City game on Wed­nes­day night.

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