A dedicated Wolverhampton Wanderers fan, has spent a whopping £25,000 on attending football matches, and followed his team through Europe, attending every match they played in the 2019 Europa League.

Billy Hewitt, 27, from the Cannock area, says, “I’ve had a season ticket since I was 5, but being born into a Wolves family, I’d say I’ve supported them from day one!”

He spoke exclusively with the travel booking website, Omio, in the midst of the 2023 UEFA Champions League to share more about his love of football and the travel opportunities being a dedicated fan has presented him. 

Billy said he was “always a bit of a ‘Statto’ when I was a kid, so I’d keep a log [of how many games I attended] and as I got older I found an app that can track your games, so as of now I’ve been to 631 Wolves games; 430 at home and 201 away.”

He added, “My mom and my grandad would take me to the games when I was little and I think I just fell in love straight away. The noise and the size of the ground at such a young age like that feels like you’re in a colosseum.”

Football games don’t come cheap, something Billy has become more than accustomed too, “I think all in all through my life, I’d estimate that it’s cost upwards of £25,000 in tickets and travel etc. to do all of the games I’ve done.”, he continues, “in terms of the international games, with the cost of the trips and tickets, it was around £4,000 to do all the away games in Europe.”

“European journeys aren’t a common thing in the life of a Wolves fan, but when we qualified for the Europa League in 2019 I had to make sure I did every one. With the exception of the qualifier in Armenia due to work, in just 6 months I was able to watch us play in Belfast, Turin, Istanbul, Bratislava, Porto and Barcelona, before covid prevented us going to any more. I’ve been to a few pre-season games in places like Spain before too.”

During Billy’s time travelling both the UK and Europe to watch the Wolves, he’s been lucky enough to come face to face with some members of the team, “I used to see our former captain Conor Coady a fair bit and I’ve met Ruben Neves a few times, who is our best ever player in my opinion. Both fantastic people with a lot of time for fans. In years gone by, I’ve also had great times with Lee Naylor and Matt Murray who played for us when I was younger.”

Billy (on the right), at his last game before he moved to the US – Wolves vs. Arsenal.

Football has positively impacted Billy’s life in numerous ways, as he says he has “met so many fantastic people over the years, both online and in person” and that he loves how “football gives a great sense of community” a part of the experience he feels is often overlooked. 

Another way in which his life has been impacted by the sport is the way in which he now travels. He tells Omio, “I’d say that it [football] certainly made me realise that I love city breaks! I’d likely not have considered going to Slovakia at that time, but, I thought Bratislava was beautiful when we played there and it made me want to see more of Eastern Europe and the cities it has to offer.”

Istanbul is so far the furthest Billy has travelled to watch a game, travelling just over 2,000 miles. It also happens to be the place in which one of his favourite football memories begins, “after scoring a dramatic last-minute winner in Istanbul via Willy Boly, we flew back to drive up to Manchester on the Sunday and got to see Adama Traore send the away end into pandemonium as we completed our first half of the double over City. That was a pretty special season.”

Having now moved to the US to pursue American Football, Billy reminisces on his love for his home stadium, Molineux, stating that it is his favourite place to watch a match, “It’s the place I fell in love with football and has one of the best atmospheres when things are going well! I miss it very much since I’ve moved to the US but it won’t be long before I’m back.”