Ken Narita

Japanese fan’s Premier League hat-trick boosts supporters’ foodbanks.

Ken Narita’s whistle-stop tour of the UK saw him travel almost 6,000 miles to attend Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester United matches just so he could help supporters’ groups stock foodbanks.

The Premier League is one of the UK’s biggest exports and fans from all over the globe are a common sight at elite football grounds in England.

Ken Narita followed the well-worn path, travelling almost 6,000 miles from his home in rural Okayama, Japan, to attend three Premier League matches this week. But he wasn’t there to catch a glimpse of football stars – he was headed to stadiums to help out at football supporters’ foodbanks instead.

Former Northumbria University student Ken first travelled to Newcastle last Saturday as the Toon Army defeated Chelsea 1-0. While he did watch the match from the stands at St James’ Park, he was really in town to help out with Big Issue Changemaker NUFC Fans’ Foodbank.

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