A 79-year-old grandmother has won a VisitBritain competition to find China’s biggest Premier League fan and bring them on a dream football trip to the UK.
Hong Wen Liu, known as ‘Granny Liu’, was chosen out of more than 600 entries in the competition, run with the Premier League and Chinese broadcaster SuperSports.
To enter, people had to submit videos explaining why they are China’s biggest Premier League fan, with the winner decided by a public online vote in China.
Having received more than a quarter of the 32,800 votes, Granny Liu won a football-themed trip including VIP seats to the Arsenal-Manchester City match and a post-match meet-and-greet with players – as well as VIP tours of Arsenal Stadium in London and the Arsenal training ground in Hertfordshire.
Clare Mullin, VisitBritain marketing director, said: “The Premier League has a global fan base of billions and lifelong fan Granny Liu personifies the passion and loyalty that the beautiful game inspires.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Granny Liu to Britain, the home of football, to experience the amazing moments that can only be had here.”
The competition was part of VisitBritain’s non-commercial partnership with the Premier League, promoted with the tagline #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Fans’.
More than 800,000 international visitors attended a Premier League football match during their trip to Britain in 2014, and they spent match £684 million.