A great day, but don't mention the score

Rob Burnell (right) with Laurence Campbell at the FA Cup final at Wembley stadium in London yesterday. PHOTO: FACEBOOK
Rob Burnell (right) with Laurence Campbell at the FA Cup final at Wembley stadium in London yesterday. PHOTO: FACEBOOK
A journey of 19,000km ends with a 6-0 drubbing.

Spare a thought for Watford football fanatic Rob Burnell.

The Brit, who lives in Queenstown, travelled to the other side of the world to watch his team play Manchester City in the FA Cup final in London's Wembley stadium yesterday morning.

It didn't end well.

Watford was demolished 6-0 by Manchester City.

Mr Burnell tweeted about his 33-hour, $2500 trip, via his @NZYellow Twitter account and was retweeted by his beloved Watford FC and venerated BBC highlights programme Match of the Day.

Originally from London, he has supported Watford for 40 years, but has lived in Queenstown since 2004.

He told The Sportsman.com: "One of the hardest things to leave behind when I emigrated was following Watford and everything that entailed."

Mr Burnell, contacted by the Otago Daily Times last night, said watching his team get "thrashed" was "disappointing but not really surprising".

"Regardless, it was a sensational day. The Watford supporters were outstanding - singing and waving our flags right until the end. It's been an amazing trip and would do it again."

Earlier, Mr Burnell posted a picture on social media of him and fellow supporter Laurence Campbell at the game.

The caption came complete with a crying emoji and a bee emoji (Watford's nickname is The Hornets).

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