A FOOTBALL club in Hook hosted a dedicated groundhopper who travelled all the way from Lowestoft in Suffolk to experience a game.

John Stancombe, who is a passionate grassroots football enthusiast who travels the country, and sometimes even the world, to experience as many different venues as possible, visited Hook Football Club for their game against Denmead in the Hampshire Football League Senior Division.

What sets John apart is that he is completely blind.

Despite his visual impairment, the 52-year-old has visited more than 1,800 different football grounds.

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John's journey to Hook FC began with an email to the club's chairman, Tom Davies, confirming the fixture's status.

With a positive response in hand, John made his travel arrangements, relying on public transportation to reach the match at Hook's King George V playing fields.

Upon arrival, Tom personally escorted John to the venue, ensuring his safety and comfort.

Before kick-off, John shared his extensive knowledge of grassroots football in the UK, highlighting the intricate regulations that govern clubs at different levels of the football pyramid.

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Throughout the current season, John has ventured as far as Newcastle in the northeast and Brecon in South Wales, often staying overnight to attend Sunday morning fixtures as well.

During the match, John experienced the action through a detailed commentary provided by Hook's Humphrey Sims, with assistance from Tom.

Despite Hook FC facing adversity early on, including a red card and a missed penalty, they secured a commendable 2-0 victory over Denmead.