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Malaysian Everton fan becomes overnight sensation after tweet about cancelled game

Ric Wee traveled over 11,000km to see his boyhood club in action for the first time, only for the game to be called off. But the club made sure it was not a wasted trip for him

Having been an Everton fan for over 30 years, Ric Wee thought he was finally going to fulfill his dream of watching his boyhood club in action for the first time.

But after traveling over 11,000 kilometers all the way from Malaysia to catch the Toffees going up against Crystal Palace on Thursday evening, Ric was gutted when he found out an hour before the match that the game at Goodison Park was cancelled due to weather conditions.

Prior to the game's postponement, the Malaysian tweeted: "Finally, 30 years since supporting Everton, will b watching EFC 'live' for 1st time."
However, when he found out that the match was cancelled, he followed it up with the tweet above and thought it would be the end of a wasted, long-haul trip.

Amazingly, Everton took wind of his plight after fellow supporters tweeted the club's official handle and arranged a meeting with the squad to inform them of Wee’s unfortunate circumstance.
The club's press officer Helen Mayo then tweeted that the club had tracked down both his friend and him in the stadium, before they were taken to meet players such as Leighton Baines and Kevin Mirallas, as well as manager Roberto Martinez in the Everton dressing room. Wee also received a fully guided tour by former Everton striker and club legend Graeme Sharp the following morning before returning to Malaysia.

Media such as Sky Sports, BBC World Service, 5 Live and Premier League Productions clamoured for a piece of him in the aftermath, turning him into an worldwide sensation overnight.

The Evertonian might not have fulfilled his dream of watching his club play in a Premier League match but either way, his trip has certainly been just as, if not, more memorable.

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