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Non-league 'superfan' who spent entire match chanting on his own becomes online sensation

James Beardwell backed his team for the full 90 minutes. Credit: James Beardwell/Twitter

A non-league football fan has become an internet sensation after a video emerged of him singing and chanting alone in the stands.

Witham Town FC superfan James Beardwell, who has autism, was the only away supporter to make the trip to Grays Athletic for the Bostik North clash last Saturday.

However, that didn't stop him getting behind his team for the entire 90 minutes - despite Witham going on to lose 4-1.

James was the only away fan to make the trip. Credit: Andrea Smith

His chants included a rendition of 'Beardwell's on Fire' - an adaptation of the song made famous by Wigan Athletic supporters in recognition of their striker Will Grigg.

In fact, his support was so good that the Witham players all came over to him at the end of the game to thank him personally.

The video has been seen more than 600,000 times and has attracted praise from people like former footballer Chris Karama and Eastenders actor Jake Wood.

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"The Witham Town players love my support. Win, lose or draw - I always keep up my support," James told ITV News Anglia.

"The support (to the video) has been absolutely unbelievable. I'd like to thank you all for your amazing support for me, because I've shown a love for my team Witham Town.

"I go home and away with Witham Town and I've shown a lot of support for the football club."