Samuel the football fan packed his bag and said goodbye to the Arsenal. Off he went with a spring in his step, March, March, March

ARSENAL fan Samuel Poole can’t wait to visit his grandparents in Fenland again - after falling in love with little March Town United.

Samuel, 12, swapped the Premier League for the Ridgeons League when he came to visit grandparents Dick and Margie Poole, of Shaftesbury Avenue, March, in December.

He was so enchanted by surroundings at the Hares’ quaint GER ground during March’s 2-0 victory over Thetford Town that he returned on Boxing Day.

The football fanatic watched March win again, this time against Downham Town, and was presented with a replica shirt by captain Luke Pepper, courtesy of the club’s board.

Dick said: “The whole family is football mad and I’ve been promising to take him to a football game when he’s visited us but have never got around to it.

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“Peterborough United were away so we decided to go and see March. Samuel was so fascinated by it all - he just loved the place.

“He particularly liked the little old stand and that so many people came to talk to him. The people are lovely - it’s such a friendly club - and I was surprised by the standard, which was very good.”

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The 12-year-old, of West Malling, near Maidstone, in Kent, told club officials that his ambition was to play for March one day.

Dick and Margie, both Gunners’ season-ticket holders for about 40 years, and Samuel’s father Richard also made their first visits to the GER in December.

Margie said: “Dick and I have been converted too and March are our second team now - we plan on getting over to Fakenham for Monday’s game.

“Samuel wants to go again as soon as possible and we’ll try and coincide his next visit to see us with a March game.”

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