Davids rescues Barnet fans stranded on motorway

Posted by Chris Wright

Peter Norton/Getty ImagesBarnet player-manager Edgar Davids earned the unending devotion of supporters for his M6 rescue mission.

To TP's American brethren, a 440-mile round trip to watch a football match will probably seem fairly piffling, seeing as most Yanks will happily travel that far for good chicken wings -- we jest! But this side of the pond it is generally considered a bloody long schlep.

Barnet fans made that very journey at the weekend, travelling from their Underhill ground right up to deepest, darkest Lancashire on the supporters' coach to watch their side lose 3-2 to League Two relegation rivals Accrington Stanley.

Having already lost the game and facing a moribund 3 1/2-hour trip back to London, the 36 thoroughly tired and depressed Barnet fans on the coach were then well and truly (and figuratively) kicked in the crotch when the bus broke down on the M6 motorway, still some 200 miles from home.

Saints be praised then, that the Barnet fans stranded in the drizzle were then rescued by a knight in shining armour UV-cancelling glaucoma glasses in the unlikely guise of former Dutch World Cup player and current Bees' player-manager Edgar Davids.

When the Barnet team bus passed the fans stranded on the M6 on their way back, Davids ordered the driver to stop at the next service station and told his players to disembark and wait while the bus returned up the M6 to pick up the fans and escort them to the services.

Davids also ordered his players to order a round of warm coffees for the fans to be ready on their arrival, stumping up the cash from his own pocket. What a hero!

Davids told the Daily Telegraph:

“I saw the coach on the side of the highway with some of the supporters standing outside in the cold.

“It was the least I could do for my team, to send the coach back to pick them up so they don’t stand in the cold.

“Shortly after the coach had arrived it started to rain, I was glad I did it. No man left behind!”

One of the rescued supporters then posted on the Barnet fans’ forum:

“The coach is warm and very, very plush. It takes us to the services where the players have been treating their bodies like temples at Burger King and sampling the other limited delights of a northern service station.

“To a man they are friendly, talk to the fans, pose for photos and wish us all the best. Then they get back on their bus. Our replacement bus arrives and 11.15pm were back in Barnet.

“You can follow the plastic Premiership as much as you like -- but a day like that only happens at Barnet.”

This isn't the first time a Barnet manager has done this kind of thing either, oh no. It's said former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence performed a similar act of charity during his stint managing The Bees in the mid-1990s, stopping the team bus to pick up fans after their car had broken down following an away game against Plymouth Argyle.

In a world swamped with apathy, it's always refreshing to see a little common human decency in action.

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