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There are few more dedicated Coleraine supporters than the Martin family.

Stephen, wife Helen, son Isaac and daughter Ellie, now live in Indonesia. But that doesn’t stop them following their beloved Bannsiders.

The family were up in the wee small hours in their new home to watch Coleraine’s clash with MK Maribor.

Stephen first watched Coleraine back in 1987 when they played Dundee United.
But it wasn’t until 2017 that he became hooked.

“My best friend Jimmy Stewart took me along to some games and that was that!” he told Causeway Coast Community.

“It then became a family affair and we made Saturday’s a day out.

“Helen and the kids love it too.”

The Martin’s upped sticks and moved to Indonesia last year to study the language and culture.

They moved the day after Isaac and Ellie were mascots for a victory over Cliftonville… an emotional occasion.

A couple of matches stand out in particular for Stephen.

“Yeah, the 3-3 draw with Crusaders in 2017/18 after we were 3-0 behind.

“The fight and desire from the players that day was amazing.

And the 3 0 League Cup semi final win over Linfield last season.

“The noise of the fans was incredible.”

For now the Martin’s must be content with following the Bannsiders from afar.

And that meant another early morning start to watch last night’s game.

Kitted out in club colours, there was no way they were for missing out.

“Our washing line resembles the club shop,” jokes Stephen.

“The guys gave 100% effort. That’s all we ask.

“We miss it but it’s great we can still follow developments on social media and now Causeway Coast Community has regular news.”

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Coleraine man, married to Tracy. Former Chronicle Sports Editor and writer for the old Saturday Night sports paper and Belfast Telegraph/Sunday Life. Has travelled and reported on Coleraine FC on several of their European ties over the years.
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