In a Sydney harbourside hotel four people from Perth, originally from England, board a lift to head out and explore the harbourside. Not long after another couple enter the lift and by talking to each other give away their accent.
After a quick exchange between all parties its discovered they are all Mancunians, Manchester City fans, currently living in Perth, and holidaying in Sydney.
Why? The Australian M.C.F.C Supporters Weekend.
I met with a few of these intrepid lions-come-sandgroppers last night for a quiet ale and I can say with no uncertainty that this weekend is going to be magic.
Whilst people may not fully understand the concept of flying across Australia to watch a game of football on TV, its nights like last night that make you realise you are part of something special. Put together a couple of beers, a few stories, laughs, tips on the best cafes and shops, a bit of Sydney v Perth banter and a generally great evening was had by all.
Of course we discussed all things football and talked about results, players, history and the future, and I believe by the end of the weekend we will have covered every person to ever pull on the sky blue!
Dave, one of the Perth MCFC fans said it best: "if it wasn't for Man City, we wouldn't all be sitting here." He's right. One of the things I've always loved about City is the way it brings you together with people you may have never met before. People from all walks of life, from all corners of the country and beyond.
So as the weekend approaches, if you were umming and ahhing about coming along I can say this.
Don't miss out.
At the end of the day if City lose, then City lose. The best part will surely be the friends you make and the adventures we share. For many people this is a holiday to see Sydney, and for Sydneysiders its a great chance to see your city from a different angle and perhaps do some things you wouldn't normaly do in your own backyard!
See you all in Darling Harbour tomorrow night with your fashionable bowling shoes ready! If you're in earlier or want to meet up get in touch with Matt or Brendan and they'll point you in the right direction!
See you tomorrow night!