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'My daughter won't forget seeing Wolves in China'

20 Jul 2019

We spoke to one of many thousands of PL fans visiting Nanjing and Shanghai to watch their teams in the Premier League Asia Trophy

This week, football fans from across China and beyond have travelled to Nanjing and Shanghai to watch their favourite teams in action in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Before Wolverhampton Wanderers' 4-0 victory against Newcastle United on Wednesday, which set up a final meeting with Manchester City on Saturday, we spoke to one passionate Wolves fan named Yang.

"I came to the UK as a university student for the first time in the year 2000," said Yang.

"Wolverhampton was the city where I used to live, for more than three years, and Wolverhampton is in my blood. 

"I always remember when we first got in the Premier League in 2003. I was in Cardiff to watch them beat Sheffield United 3-0 [in the Championship playoff final].

"That's always in my memory. I will never ever forget that for the rest of my life, so I'm very excited to be here with my family.

"My kid will watch Wolves play live for the first time in her life and she will never, ever forget it."

It is not every day that Premier League teams visit China, and thousands of fans are grasping the opportunity with both hands.

Yang and his family will be travelling on from Nanjing to Shanghai for the encounter against Manchester City, too, demonstrating their true commitment to the Wolves cause.

"You know I came here just to watch this game," he said. "I'm not local. Today is the first destination, and three days later I will be in Shanghai. Come on Wolves!"

Premier League Asia Trophy matches

Wednesday 17 July, Nanjing Olympic Sports Center 
Newcastle 0-4 Wolves
Man City 4-1 West Ham

Saturday 20 July, Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai 
Newcastle v West Ham, third/fourth place playoff, kick-off 17:00 (10:00 BST)
Wolves v Man City, final, kick-off 19:30 (12:30 BST)

Secure your seat

Tickets are still available to see the stars of Man City, Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves in action in Shanghai.

See: Purchase tickets for Shanghai on 20 July

See: Prices for each ticket category

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