On December 12th, three very passionate Buffalo Bills fans traveled from London, UK to Buffalo to watch the Bills host the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Buffalo News has the story about these lovers of all things Bills who actually make the trip annually to Buffalo from the UK to catch a game. The three also enjoy all of the fan pagentry that goes along with a game in Buffalo “Tailgating is absolutely fantastic”.
Nick Manning along with his dad John and friend Greg Zalka of London were accompanied by another friend from Toronto to take in the cold and rainy atmosphere that accompanied a rare Bills victory. Nick proudly serves as president of the UK Bills Backers club, a group that Nick estimates to be around 300 people strong-check out their Twitter feed here. These guys truly embody the word fanatic. Nick hand stitched his custom Union Jack Bills logo flag, watches every Bills game online and even got engaged at the stadium. Nick’s 7 year old daughter won’t be able to escape her father’s love for his favorite team, “She’s definitely going to be a Bills fan, it’s compulsory now in my family”.
Like many Bills fans Nick has strong opinions about why his team has lacked success on the field in recent years. ”My big complaint with the Bills is that they didn’t make enough of a change in the front office, talent evaluation has been poor for a decade”. Nick’s rabid devotion to his team and annual trip across the pond for games are a good example of why the Bills Backer network of wordwide fans is one of the largest, proudest and well organized in pro sports today, cheers Nick.
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