CHINESE super-fan Huang Wenbin completed a 12,000-mile round trip to beloved club Runcorn FC after starring as their boss on Championship Manager 01/02.
Signing the likes of David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Steven Gerrard and Roy Keane, the now 37-year-old took the minnows from the conference to Premier League glory.
And he underwent the ultimate pilgrimage for any football supporter, as he travelled from his hometown to Cheshire with his family to visit the non-league side.
With his wife Lin Xiaoru, and children, Yandao and Geshu accompanying him, Wenbin embarked on a mission to visit the club he had so much success with.
However, now playing under the name of Runcorn Linnets following the demise of Runcorn FC in 2006, Wenbin revealed how a trip to Liverpool inspired him to come back to England in search of the club.
He told the Mirror: “The first time I made the decision to find Runcorn FC was in 2015.
“I went to Liverpool by train to watch Steven Gerrard’s last match at Anfield.
“When the train was parking, I saw a sign for Runcorn. I told my friend I will be there again to find my club.”
And after contacting the ninth-tier side on Twitter, he was greeted by club officials on Sunday, though it wasn’t without difficulties trying to find the Millbank Linnets Stadium.
He said: “We all breathed a sigh of relief when we saw that someone was waiting for us in front of the stadium. We spent over 24 hours to arrive in Liverpool from Xiamen in China.
“We missed the bus station and got lost on the road in the countryside near Runcorn Linnets.
“We spent three hours trying to find the club. It must be my false for my poor English-speaking and listening.”
And Wenbin spoke of his delight that club chairman Mark Buckley personally gave him a tour around the ground, as well as letting his son have a kick around on the pitch.
He added: “Mark is such an easy-going person and he introduced the Runcorn Linnets club to us.
“He brought us a box of club souvenirs, such as a badge which my son wore on his clothes immediately.
“My son wanted to kick a ball on the pitch. Mark was so kind to let him do that and my son enjoyed himself to the full.”
Buckley was left lost for words at Wenbin’s visit, and was left humbled by his love for the club, he said: “I don’t think he realised that he was quite big news. He seemed quite astonished that we were happy to see him.
“We have a Swedish fans group and a Norwegian fans group, but China is a little bit special.
“It’s such a different culture and it is so far away. I don’t think he realised that we were as glad to see him as he was glad to see us.
“It was quite humbling, because he was such an honest and polite man. I really, really enjoyed it personally. It was a fabulous few hours.
“He has already emailed me umpteen photos and his thoughts from the day, so I think I’ve found myself a pen pal for life, which is brilliant and I’m looking forward to keeping in touch. He’s a thoroughly decent bloke.”
Wenbin was not in attendance to watch the Linnets in action against away to Burscough on the weekend, but did watch Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United, as well as Manchester City’s Champions League win over Napoli.