The second of our new feature “Dons Fans Overseas” and once again from Down Under, so many thanks to Charlie for taking part.
NAME – Charlie Hosking
AGE – 14
LOCATION – Brisbane, Australia (Pictured)
PREVIOUS UK LOCATION – Leighton Buzzard
Can you tell us how you first became a Dons fan, and can you recall your first ever game watching the Dons?
I first became a Dons fan because one of my Lower School friends would invite me quite often and I loved it. The following season my Dad and I got a season ticket, and I didn’t look back.
Can you remember your last game following the Dons?
Yes, it was home game against Southend which ended 2-2, the atmosphere was great.
How do you keep up with all the latest Dons news?
Through Instagram, Google searches, highlights, and friends.
We imagine it’s difficult to watch games given the time difference, how do you manage, for day and night games?
It’s very frustrating, I normally just watch highlights when I wake up.
Do you have any plans to return to SMK this year or in the near future?
We are going to try to get over this year but with COVID, we just don’t know, so we are going to try to get over as soon as we can.
Which Dons player has impressed you the most this season?
Cameron Jerome has looked quality every time I watch a game.
What’s your opinion on Russell Martin and the style of play he has introduced?
I think he tries to play nice passing football, which is good to watch and when he gets the right players, we will see success.
Who is a good tip for League 1 promotion and relegation, and where do you think the Dons will finish up this season?
I haven’t seen much of the other teams but it’s looking like Hull City and Lincoln and hopefully the Dons can push for a mid-table finish.
Did you ever take in an away game following the Dons, if so, which is your favourite ground visited?
Yes, went to a few but my favourite was definitely Loftus Road, the atmosphere was the best I’d heard from Dons fans and it was a great day.
White shirt, red shirt, or black shirt?
Home or away games?
Since you have moved, have you been to watch a game in your adopted country?
Yes, we went to watch the mighty Brisbane Roar. The quality surprised me, and the atmosphere is good in a smaller stadium.
Can you tell us how Covid 19 has impacted on football in your adopted country?
It’s affected my own junior football because they cancelled the Grand Finals and it made for a shorter season, it also delayed the A-League season last year.