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  • Five-year-old has been to 115 football grounds across the country
  • Liam Priday and his dad are mad Cambridge United Fans
  • They were at Fratton Park to watch Pompey take on their team
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LITTLE Liam Priday has to be among the best-travelled five-year-old football fans in the country.

The youngster from Leigh Park, who had his birthday on Friday, has now been to 115 football grounds including 29 league grounds.

Little Liam Priday and his dad Christopher outside Fratton Park

Little Liam Priday and his dad Christopher outside Fratton Park

His latest was Fratton Park, where he and dad Christopher Priday watched their team Cambridge United take on Pompey.

Christopher, 30, said he had been taking Liam along to marches since he was just two.

He said: ‘His first game was a pre-season friendly up in Sutton.

‘I thought if he doesn’t like it, we can leave early. I wasn’t going to worry too much about the result because it was a friendly.

I like watching them scoring goals

Liam Priday

‘But he took to it so well that we kept going, and here we are today with 115 grounds under his belt and 117 matches.’

Liam said: ‘I like watching them scoring goals. Cambridge is my team. I like playing football too.’

The grounds Liam and his dad have been to include Manchester United’s Old Trafford, Nottingham Forest’s City Ground and Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium.

Christopher said: ‘He has also visited the likes of Arsenal, West Ham, West Brom, Tottenham and Chelsea.

‘When we go to league matches he usually gets a little souvenir so he has something to remember it by.’

They’ve also been to many local pitches including those in Horndean, Havant, Fareham, Gosport and Portchester.

But Christopher said Fratton Park was something special.

He said: ‘This is a fantastic place to watch football at.

‘It’s such a traditional, old-style ground. There’s always a good crowd and a really enjoyable atmosphere.’

Christopher said TV or radio coverage couldn’t compare with watching a game from the stands.

He said: ‘It’s a totally different experience. As well as the atmosphere, it’s about meeting new people and visiting new places.

‘We like to see the cities and towns that we go to, and we usually try to get Liam to a playground as well.’

*For updates about Liam and Christopher’s football adventures follow @cpriday on Twitter or visit the blog hopperandson.wordpress.com.