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Posh away day for honeymoon couple
September 6, 2010, 3:10 pm
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A FOOTY mad couple will swap romance for Row Z when they spend the last day of their honeymoon watching a Peterborough United away game.

Richard Smith (49) and Anne Valentine (49) have never done holidays the conventional way – they signed up for a trip to Trinidad and Tobago together the day they met.

However, their honeymoon will 
include a visit to the slightly less glamorous setting of Exeter City’s 9,000 capacity St James’ Park 
stadium.

And in a twist to make men everywhere green with envy, it was Anne’s idea to include the beautiful game on the couple’s honeymoon.

She said: “All our family and friends think we are mad, but 
they have learnt to go with the flow now.

“We were already going to Jersey on our honeymoon and then when I saw the fixture list I realised it would be easy to get to the game.

“We are season ticket holders and try to get to as many away games as possible, so it just made sense to pop into Exeter as we would be down south for the honeymoon.

“It sounds really sad but we both love watching the football so why not?”

The couple plan to exchange their vows at St John the Baptist church, Peterborough, on Anne’s 50th birthday on Saturday, September 11.

They will drive to Weymouth on Monday to take the ferry to Jersey, where they will spend a week before catching the ferry back and then making their way to Exeter for the League One game on Saturday before heading home to Peterborough after the final whistle.

Richard, a self-employed electrician, said even a Posh disaster would not dampen his mood on the honeymoon.

He said: “There is life after football and the most important thing in my life is Anne.

“We met in May 2003 at a house party and I told her I was going to a friend’s wedding in Trinidad 
and Tobago and asked if she wanted to come.

“To my surprise she said yes, and even though I didn’t know her surname when I phoned the travel agents she came along with me.

“We have had season tickets for the last four years – we stand on the London Road end.

“I am very lucky to have met her but Anne liking football isn’t the biggest thing in the world – but it is an added bonus.”

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