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Scotland fan walking to Euros passes halfway mark



A Scottish football fan walking to this summer’s European Championships football tournament has passed the halfway point in his journey.

Craig Ferguson decided to make his way on foot to Munich for the opening game between Germany and Scotland on 14 June in a bid to raise money and awareness for men’s mental health charity, Brothers In Arms.

The 20-year-old from Paisley has already passed through four countries on his 1,000 mile trip, and is now in Luxembourg.

However, Craig still has one problem facing him – as he doesn’t have a ticket for the game itself yet.

He told the BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland that getting to see Steve Clarke’s men in action would be “a bonus”, as he was focused on helping his chosen good cause.

He said: “It’s been the journey of a lifetime. I’ve got a love for travel and exploring anyway, but on this journey going through so many different towns, cities and villages you meet so many amazing people.

“It really has been something so special so far.”

Since starting his journey at Hampden Park earlier in May he has passed through Scotland, England, the Netherlands and Belgium, staying in hotels to rest up at night before resuming his trip.

Next up is Luxembourg, which is his last stop before he reaches Germany.

He added: “It’s honestly amazing. You don’t realise how far you’ve come on a journey like this until you take a step back and zoom out on a map and go, ‘Oh God, I’ve come quite a distance’.”

Craig decided to embark on his challenge after chatting with a friend, who laughed off the plan as a “stupid idea”.

The idea stuck with him, and he decided that he could help out a good cause at the same time.

Craig previously said he has lost family and friends due to mental health problems, which is why he wanted to help Brothers in Arms, a charity based in Glasgow.

He said: “If I can spread a little bit of positivity and awareness of that cause throughout the challenge I’ll be dead happy with that.”

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