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Broncos fan Hall hits 300 straight games

At 63 years old, he reckons Darren Lockyer's 355-game record might just be out of his reach.
Broncos fan Hall hits 300 straight games
by AAP

By Wayne Heming

BRISBANE, May 23 AAP - At 63 years old, he reckons Darren Lockyer's 355-game record might just be out of his reach.

But Sydney-based business owner and self-confessed Broncos fanatic Brian Hall, born in Cairns, will attend his 300th consecutive Brisbane game at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.

Amazingly, he hasn't missed a Broncos game since challenging himself at the end of 2001 to attend every match Brisbane played the following season.

His fanatical support has taken him to Melbourne, Auckland, Townsville, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong, Perth, the Gold Coast and even England for the World Club Challenge in 2007.

His hobby, or obsession, has cost him thousand of dollars in airfares annually, flying around the country supporting his favourite team.

A Parramatta fan until the Broncos galloped onto the scene in 1988, Hall has been to all six of the club's grand final wins.

Before his 100th game against Manly, he was a special guest at the players' official team dinner.

To mark his 200th straight game he was invited to make the bus trip to and from the ground with the players.

In recognition of his 250th game the club struck a special commemorative jumper in his honour which was presented to him by Cairns product Justin Hodges.

One of the highlights, though, was sitting alongside Wayne Bennett in the coach's box before he left the club at the end of 2008.

Despite supporting Parramatta to four grand final wins, jumping onto the Broncos' bandwagon was easy for Hall.

"Once a Queenslander, always a Queenslander," he laughs.

"I've been called a Broncos tragic. I live in Sydney but I've got two season tickets at Suncorp Stadium and I never miss a game."

So, who is his favourite Bronco?

"Anyone who pulls on a Broncos jumper is a champion to me," he says, loath to split Gorden Tallis, Alfie Langer, Shane Webcke, Michael Hancock or the club's current football manager Andrew Gee.

Hall will have dinner with the team in Sydney on Thursday night and will sit on the bench with the players on game night to mark his 300th match.

"Just tell Gee Gee (Andrew Gee) I won't be running the water, I'm too old for that," he said.

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