Jim clocking up the miles for Man City

30 Mar 2018

One dedicated Cityzens fan from the United States embarks on a 430-mile round trip to follow his team

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Fans of the Premier League in the United States have to show plenty of dedication to see their teams in action on TV at unsociable hours.

One supporter, from Springfield, Illinois, goes above and beyond to watch his beloved Manchester City.

Jim Shupenus regularly wakes up at between 3am-3:30am for a 430-mile, six-hour round trip to join the Chicago branch of the Man City Official Supporters Club at the AJ Hudsons pub to watch their matches together.

Jim started following football in 2009 and, despite reading a lot about Manchester United, went to the other side of the city.

"You can say City chose me as much as I chose City," he says. 

And ahead of City's match against Chelsea this month, Jim received a special surprise from club captain Vincent Kompany and head coach Pep Guardiola as a reward for his dedication, a signed shirt.

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