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 By Chris Wright

Watford pay stranded fans' taxi fare to Newcastle

Watford shelled out £2,000 to pay for taxis that rescued a group of supporters who found themselves stranded while making the long trip to Newcastle for Saturday's Premier League meeting between the two sides.

Around 30 fans got stuck at the motorway services in Leicestershire when one of the official supporters' coaches broke down on the hard shoulder, roughly 100 miles into their 270-mile voyage to St James' Park.

However, the Hornets responded by laying on emergency minibus taxis for the group, who eventually made it to the stadium in plenty of time to watch their side rack up an impressive 3-0 win.

Simon Alexander was one of the travelling Watford fans who found themselves stranded in the Midlands, along with his 14-year-old son.

"About two hours into the journey the coach started juddering and it just died on the hard shoulder," he told BBC Sport.

"The club got us all in lovely eight-seater mini vans and we got up to Newcastle at about 1.30pm. It was absolutely perfect.

"I don't think any other club would have done that. My cab alone was £347. We were all so grateful."

Nice to see a club looking after their own. Lovely stuff.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.


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