Faithful fan Ed Hewitt is prepared to go the extra mile for his beloved Wolves – 7,000 miles to be precise.
The 28-year-old has travelled back home from Bangkok and wore his beloved club shirt all the way.
Ed took as many forms of transport as possible, except planes, on the epic seven-and-a-half month journey.
The final 150-mile leg from London to Wolverhampton lasted a week because he walked all the way arriving at the Molineux ground shortly before the team’s kick off against Coventry on Saturday.
Oxford University geography graduate Ed, from Maythorn Gardens, Tettenhall, quit his job as a commercial adviser with BP to make the trip.
He explained: “I worked in Bangkok for a few months when I was 18 and while there regularly spent time working out the best way to get home by land. I could not do it then because I had to get back to university but the dream lived on and I decided to make it come true before it was too late.”
He went through 15 different countries hitching a ride on the back of an army truck in Laos, taking a rickety boat up Vietnam’s Mekong River, crawling through Western China by train, travelling on an oil tanker across the Caspian Sea and getting a lift on a beer van across Bulgaria.
Ed, who travelled alone, said: “It was an incredible to have such fantastic, unusual experiences so densely packed together. I have always been a massive Wolves fan and found wearing the famous old gild shirt provided me with the perfect ice breaker when I arrived in far flung places.
“I was amazed by some of the places in which it was immediately recognised.
“A chap in Georgia proudly told me he supported the team and that his favourite player was George Elokobi, while a guy in the next bunk at a hostel in Kyrgyzstan revealed he had once worked as a sports scientist with Wolves. The only bad moment came in Uzbekistan when a chap spotted the shirt, declared ‘you losers’.”
Ed, whose shirt had the slogan Bankok2Birmingham emblazoned on the back, used the website Courchsurfing to find beds en route.
Ed has used the journey to raise money for the charities Guys Trust and Sport For Life. For more information about their work and to make a donation visit www.bangkok2birmingham.com