As Crawley Town prepare for their dream match against Premier League leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford, spare a thought for Sergio Torres, Crawley’s Argentinian midfielder.
While other players may have had to bus their family to Manchester, or search for an extra ticket or two, Torres has had to go the extra mile, quite literally.
Coming from Mar del Plata the 27 year old moved to England back in 2004, leaving his family in Argentina. Now, sensing that this may be the only time that he plays on the legendary turf of Old Trafford, Torres has flown his father in from Buenos Aires to see the match.
The journeyman midfielder, who moved to Crawley at the start of this season having previously played for Lincoln, Peterborough, Wycombe, and Basingstoke, paid for his father’s flight to Britain with his match winning bonuses from his previous victories in this season’s FA Cup. In the third round Torres scored the winner against Championship Derby County, before his side overcame Torquay United in the fourth round to set up the tie with Sir Alex’s United.
Torres confirmed he has not yet seen his father due to his match preparations and the scheduling of his father’s flight, but he confirmed “I’m looking forward to seeing him after. Hopefully he will be the proudest dad there.”