William Gaudie, who won the incredible Front Row Club prize of tickets to the World Cup final as well as accommodation, talks about finding out about the good news while on a bus, what he got up to in Tokyo, and his nerves on the day of the game…
I was already in Japan and was due to come home after the semi-final which would have been a big anti-climax.
I was on a bus when my mum phoned from home to say I had won tickets to the final. I didn’t think it was a good time for her to call, as I was watching a video on the bus learning about Japanese culture and didn’t want to talk. I cut her off… but then she called again and said I had to listen!
We met Jason Leonard and Michael and Michelle Whitfield in Tokyo and had one of the most amazing nights. They were such lovely people to chat to. The company and the food were both excellent.
We also spent some time seeing the sights of Tokyo. We looked around the fish market, the temples and went 450 metres up the Skytree.
One of the most interesting things about the country was the different foods we tried – the food was completely different from over here. We tried all sorts!
I was so excited on the morning of the game. I kept getting messages from everyone at home, as they were all so jealous. I was also really quite nervous.
It took a while to get to the stadium – as the England team also found out! – but the atmosphere was electric.
We met up with Michael and Michelle at the ground and had fantastic seats for the game. It was a shame about the result but the South Africans deserved to win in the end, and their supporters were celebrating in style.
Back in Tokyo that evening there were jubilant South Africans everywhere and we had lots of fun mixing with them.
I ended up swapping shirts with a South African supporter after the match and have attached a photo of that.
Signing up for the Front Row Club was simple and costs just £10 per year. It didn’t even cross my mind that I would win a prize, but winning the tickets was amazing, and to go to that final was incredible.