Dutch amateur side Quick Boys were joined by their loyal supporters at a training session in the early hours today.
Covid-19 restrictions implemented in the Netherlands mean that amateur football teams cannot train between the hours of 5pm and 5am.
However, that did not affect the third-tier side’s passionate fans. They turned up in considerable numbers to surprise their beloved team with an impressive firework display when the team was able to take part in a training session.
The showing will have undoubtedly spurred on the players, most of whom would have been training before going on to their day jobs.
Who are Quick Boys?
The Dutch side have played at the pinnacle of the amateur game since the club’s founding in 1920. They won 9 titles in the sixth-tier Eerste Klasse before transitioning to the Hoofdklasse in 1996.
In this division, Quick Boys won a further four championships – the latest of which secured their promotion to the fourth-tier Derde Divisie. They have since reached the further heights of the Tweede Divisie, which is the highest amateur division in Dutch football. For amateur clubs to be eligible for promotion from the league, they must announce their intentions mid-season.
Former Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt started and ended his professional career with Quick Boys, playing in 1998 and 2018. The Anfield legend adored the club and couldn’t resist returning to his former side to put the finishing touches on his incredible legacy.
Where do the Dutch side go from here?
The Katwijk side currently sit in 10th place in their domestic league. However, only two wins separate them from the third-placed team, so the season isn’t over yet. With incredible support like theirs, you sense anything is possible.
Football fans do everything within their power to try and secure their team the victory. They travel home and away, through wind and rain, for hours on end to will their club on to win. It means everything to them.
The squad at Quick Boys will, without a shadow of a doubt, have more desire to fulfil the hopes and dreams of their supporters than they ever have before.
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