In 1990 Wigan born Garry Lucas emigrated from the UK to Australia, switching his position in the Royal Navy to the Australian Navy who he still serves with now, meaning the chances of watching his beloved Wigan Athletic have been limited.
Last week though, he arrived back in England armed with a dream of seeing Latics play at Wembley and a ticket for the FA Cup semi final, with a total journey cost of over £1600.
His distance traveled when he returns home to Sydney will be over 34,000 kilometres.
“I managed to get some leave from the Australian Navy to be able to come over for the semi final and for some more games until I go back at the end of May.
“A dream of mine was always to see Latics play in the final of the FA Cup and to be one step away from that happening is unbelievable.
“It’s cost me nothing in accommodation because some friends of mine in Portsmouth who I used to serve with in the Royal Navy have let me stay with them.
“The ticket and train fare are also on top of the price of flights which was £1600 so it’s cost me a lot of money but I don’t care because it’s well worth it.”
Garry recalled the first game he went to as a Latics supporter in the 1960s and explains that his support for the team has been somewhat disrupted but has never prevented his passion for the club.
“The first game I went to was in the late 60s at Springfield Park against Macclesfield Town in the Northern Premier League, I can’t remember everything because I was only about eight or nine.
“I joined the Royal Navy in 1976 so that put a stop to me going to games for a while, but every time I came home for the weekend or I was on leave I’d go and watch the team.
“Every time I go to see Latics live when I get back to England the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, it’s hard to explain the feeling especially when you haven’t seen them play for a long time.
“The last match I saw at the DW Stadium was about three years ago so for my first game since then to be this Saturday at Wembley is going to be incredible.”
When Latics won at Wembley Stadium in the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1999 there was one very happy Wigan Athletic fans in doing is duty in South East Asia.
“When we beat Millwall in 1999 I was overseas serving in a war in East Timor so I missed that one and I didn’t even see the highlights of that.
“All I could do at that time was wait for any news of the score on the radio and it was always a great feeling when we had won a game.”
Garry is one of many supporters traveling down to the game on Saturday and we’re looking to get you involved with the build-up on Twitter, so send your pre-Wembley photos to us with #wafcwembley for a chance to be retweeted.