As a football fan there’s nothing worse than a long trip home after a devastating away defeat.
The sun certainly wasn’t shining on the 36 Barnet fans who took the supporters’ coach up to Accrington on Saturday.
Already contemplating a 3-2 defeat and potential relegation on the 215 mile journey home, to make matters worse their coach broke down on the M6.
Yet the brave Barnet supporters were saved by an unlikely hero – their player-manager Edgar Davids.
For when the Barnet team coach passed the stranded fans shivering on the hard shoulder for a replacement, Davids ordered the driver to stop at the next service station and told his players to disembark.
The former Champions League winner, who had earlier been dismissed after two bookings, then sent the team coach back up the M6 to collect the Barnet supporters and bring them to the service station where he bought them coffee while they waited.
“I saw the coach on the side of the high way with some of the supporters standing outside in the cold,” Davids told The Telegraph. “It was the least I could do for my team, to send the coach back to pick them up so they don't stand in the cold.
“Shortly after the coach had arrived it started to rain, I was glad I did it. No man left behind!”
One supporter posted on the Barnet fans’ forum: “The coach is warm and very, very plush. It takes us to the services where the players have been treating their bodies like temples at Burger King and sampling the other limited delights of a northern service station.
“To a man they are friendly, talk to the fans, pose for photos and wish us all the best. Then they get back on their bus. Our replacement bus arrives and 11.15pm were back in Barnet.
“You can follow the plastic Premiership as much as you like – but a day like that only happens at Barnet.”
Despite a long playing career which involved many a long journey across Europe, this is the first time Davids has participated in such a rescue mission.
But another user added that Ray Clemence performed a similar act of philanthropy while managing Barnet, sending the team bus to pick up stranded fans on the way to an away clash with Plymouth.
“Also goes to show that both Edgar Davids and Ray Clemence who won everything as players are still decent enough men to respect all football fans,” the user wrote. “Well done to both of them.”
Whether Davids can save Barnet from the drop however remains to be seen.
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