Brewers fan, 10, in tears as she gets stuck on M6
YOUNG SOPHIE DISTRAUGHT AT MISSING BIG MATCH
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.