A FOOTBALL fan facing a £389 train fare got to a game by taking two planes, two trains and a tram — costing £33.
Jack Peat, 36, wanted to see his beloved Doncaster Rovers play at Barrow on Tuesday night.
But living in London, he faced the “extortionate” price for an anytime train return to Cumbria and so found an alternative.
He got a 6.45am tram from near his Crystal Palace home in South London to East Croydon for £2.50 and from there a train to Gatwick for £5.90.
Jack then boarded a £10 Ryanair flight to Dublin at 9.30am, and enjoyed a pint of Guinness there before hoping on the airline’s Dublin to Manchester flight at 1.50pm, costing £7.80.
His 11-hour trek was completed with a final train from Manchester Airport to Barrow for £6.50 at 3.30pm.
Writer Jack’s efforts were followed on social media by team officials and he was asked to give a pre-match talk to the League 2 Donny players — although they lost 2-0.
Jack also visited Green’s Bakers in Barrow-in-Furness, which features in his book on football grub, The Great Pie Revolt.
He said: “There was no way I was paying £389. The last stretch seemed to take forever but it was worth it — I don’t follow them for the wins.”
Yesterday he took “an easier” train back from Barrow to London Euston, costing £64.20.