Phil jets off to see his football idols in action

Les Hunter (left) and Phil Staniforth (right) at the Cristal Arena.
Les Hunter (left) and Phil Staniforth (right) at the Cristal Arena.

A FOOTBALL-MAD Chelsea fan from Alfriston enjoyed the ultimate experience when he and a pal won VIP tickets to one of his team’s games and got to fly with the players in the team’s private jet.

Phil Staniforth, 28, won the trip in a national newspaper competition,

As guest of Samsung, Official Sponsors of Chelsea FC, he and friend, Les Hunter, flew to Belgium on the Chelsea team’s private jet.

The pair went along to watch the team train on the day before the match, against KRC Genk, and then saw their heroes draw 1-1 from VIP in the Cristal Arena the following evening.

Phil, who is a barman at Seaford Golf Club, said, “It was incredible – a truly amazing trip!

“We met John Terry, Frank Lampard, most of the players, in fact, and the new manager, and got shirts signed by the whole team.

“I’d really like to thank Samsung and everyone at Chelsea for such a wonderful experience.

“It’s something I could get used to doing every week!”

Phil also won a top of the range Samsung Galaxy Tablet as part of the prize.