Thursday 20 October 2016

Irish football fan: 'I blagged my way into every Premier League ground - for free'

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 07/12/2015 | 21:20

Everton supporter Peter Farrell
Everton supporter Peter Farrell

A Dublin football fan has managed to gain free admission to games at every Premier League ground.

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Everton supporter Peter Farrell set out on his mission to sweet talk the biggest football clubs and gatecrash their top-level games as a protest against "rip-off" prices for tickets and replica kit.

He recounts his adventures in a self-published book, Give The Fans Sweet FA, available on Amazon and Kindle.

"It's surprising how much success I had simply by dressing up as a member of the coaching staff or pretending to be a journalist," said Peter (55).

"Sometimes I would walk in alongside politicians or famous people."

He said he felt justified because of the "constant disrespect" big clubs have for football fans with their "ever-increasing ticket prices" and constant pressure on parents to keep buying new kit that clubs change far so often. There were exceptions, he said, such as former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.

His job as a welder on oil rigs in the North Sea gave him plenty of free time to indulge his "terrifying challenges" to get into games without paying.

He spent the first five years of his life on Faughart Road in Crumlin before his family moved to Liverpool where he grew up and lives.

He later obtained a signed football from every Premier League club that he managed to blag his way into, then auctioned them in aid of the Children in Need appeal.

He hopes a movie of his exploits will be made one day.


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