THE biggest game in English club football history is set to kick off in Moscow tonight (Wednesday). But a Barnstaple man offered free tickets and travel to the Champions League Final between Manchester United and Chelsea will be watching the game in his l
THE biggest game in English club football history is set to kick off in Moscow tonight (Wednesday).But a Barnstaple man offered free tickets and travel to the Champions League Final between Manchester United and Chelsea will be watching the game in his local pub instead!Chelsea supporter John Clement, a first-aider for the St John Ambulance Braunton Division, is unable to go to Moscow on the three-day trip because of work commitments.John, 49, a manager at Roundswell-based industrial engineering and components supplier Eriks, has supervised at around 20 games at Stamford Bridge this season.He said he was disappointed not to be travelling out to the "dream game" with fellow volunteer, Braunton St John Ambulance superintendent Robin Mitchell, along with the club's own admin and security staff."It's a shame I'm not able to go, but I'll be cheering on the boys in the pub," he told the Gazette."I've been supporting Chelsea since I was six and have never seen them play in a cup final before."This is actually the second cup final I've had to turn down this year - I missed the Carling Cup final in March because of family commitments."It won't be the same not being there - but there'll be other years."John has been regularly travelling to London with a contingent of Braunton St John Ambulance members for four years. They are part of up to 45 first-aiders at Stamford Park dealing with incidents ranging from collapsed fans to kitchen staff burning their hands."I've been lucky to see some great games this season. I was at Jose Mourinho's last game in charge against Rosenberg and saw Chelsea beat United in the Premier League last month."Hopefully, they can do it again tonight.