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Swindon Town fan Lee gets his team on Oz telly again
Swindon Town fan Lee Bizley (pictured in white top) with his mates in Australia have been wearing Paolo Di Canio masks for every game
AUSTRALIA’S best-known Swindon Town fan has scored again – by persuading a major broadcaster to screen the side’s clash with Crawley.
Life-long supporter Lee Bizley has persuaded a friend at the Fox Sports/Setanta Sport network to screen the game in every state.
The 33-year-old featured in the Adver in 2010 when he persuaded Fox to show a game against Exeter City.
He has scored again with the request to show the away game on February 2.
Lee said: “My mate Gary from Fox has come up with the goods again.
“This means all the Swindon fans in Melbourne will be around my house until 5am with Paolo Di Canio masks on again.”
Lee says the buzz surrounding Town has spread so far that many Australians are more clued up about the side than he is.
He has set up what is probably the side’s farthest-flung supporters’ club in Melbourne – and it will be back to the Bizleys for the Crawley game.
The superfan’s house is kitted out with a giant St George’s cross on the patio floor and a sign welcoming people to ‘Bizley’s garden’.
Lee has called in the favour from fellow British ex-pat Gary Green, who works as a programme manager at Fox, after asking his friend in an email: “What’s the chance of Town being on on the 2nd Feb?”
Gary got in touch with a colleague and replied to Lee to tell him he had been given the go-ahead.
Gary grew up in Barnet but moved to Australia 20 years ago.
Premier League games are broadcast on the network, but free slots are sometimes filled with lower-league games.
Lee, a mobile technician, has followed Town since the age of six when his dad took him to his first game.
He watched the Robins for 21 years before moving to Carrum Downs, near Melbourne, in 2007, with wife Charlotte and son Ciaran.