Forget paintball, Go Karting and other bachelor favourites – a football fan’s stag do was set to be in a league of its own until King’s Lynn Town’s game was called off at the weekend.
Paul Doherty, from Sligo in Ireland, was set to celebrate his impending marriage by watching the Linnets’ top-of-the-table clash against Hungerford Town at The Walks.
But his dream of finally getting to watch the non-league side in action was curtailed by a waterlogged pitch on Saturday morning – Lynn’s first home postponement in the league for more than three years.
Mr Doherty, who ties the knot with his partner Nicola Crossan in Portugal at the end of April, said: “I was really disappointed to find out that the King’s Lynn game had been called off.
“Everyone has their own team who they support and also a romantic team who they follow and mine is King’s Lynn.
“There is no reason why I follow them, I just liked the name of the town and have been looking out for their results since I was about the age of 12.
“I used to say to my friends, King’s Lynn won today or they are pushing for promotion.
“Although I had never seen them play live, I normally go online to watch the highlights and interviews with Gary (Setchell) on You Tube.”
Mr Doherty, 37, travelled over with his two brothers Mark and Andrew and friends Carl Ryan, Keith Palmer and Darren Barlow on Friday.
After landing at Stansted, they hired a mini-bus to bring them to Norfolk before booking in at the Dukes Head on the Tuesday Market Place.
“Everyone we’ve spoken to has been really surprised and said why would you come to King’s Lynn for your stag,” admitted Mr Doherty.
“Apart from my best man, all of my friends questioned why I wanted to come here, but it was something that has always been in my heart.
“I did a lot of research on the town in the last 18 months, once I decided this is where we were going to go.
“Because it was my stag, on the Friday night we went over and had a few drinks in West Acre at a pub called ‘The Stag’
“We’ve had a fantastic time here and I think the town should do even more to market itself.”
Their visit to the town was embraced by the locals who mingled with them in the Maltings Q Club on Page Stair Lane on Saturday.
“We are known for being friendly people in Ireland, but the people in King’s Lynn have been really friendly towards us,” said Mr Doherty.
“We have been made up how welcoming they have been.”
The match at The Walks was due to attract a four-figure gate with King’s Lynn Town chasing a place in the Southern League play-offs.
“I was disappointed about the game, but on a positive note it means I will have to come back to watch them at some point,” admitted Mr Doherty.
“I’ve got to see them at some stage of my life but next time it might be with the wife.”