KHARKIV’S not the easier place to get to – especially if you don’t travel by air.
But Glenn Wallace made it to the Metalist Stadium for last night’s Europa League Round of 32 tie.
The only problem now is getting back to Tyneside from eastern Ukraine in time for Sunday’s home game against Southampton, which, unhelpfully for Wallace, kicks off early.
His epic 1,600-mile journey home – by coach and train – started at late last night.
And if everything goes to plan, Wallace – who has followed the club all over Europe without taking a single flight – will arrive in
Newcastle less than an hour before the team takes to the field at St James’s Park.
You just hope United’s players never lose sight of the sacrifices some supporters make to follow them.
WHO says footballers don’t read?
Certainly, Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini likes a book.
And not necessarily light reading, either.
Coloccini took a biography of Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara with him to the Ukraine to while away the hours in Kharkiv before last night’s Europa League tie.
Coloccini, of course, was facing his own struggles last night – against some of his Argentinian countrymen who lined up for Metalist.