Korean fan goes the distance for Taggart


If there was any indication needed of the impact Adam Taggart has had in South Korea it was evident in the stands of Chinese Taipei's Kaohsiung National Stadium.

Tuesday night's FIFA World Cup qualifier may have only drawn a tiny crowd of 3,251 to the 55,000 capacity venue but one section was an homage to Taggart.

A diehard fan of his K League 1 club Suwon Bluewings had made the journey across the East China Sea to watch Taggart in action for the Socceroos.

This was despite his nation's own historic qualifier against North Korea being played at the same time.

The fan also donned a Socceroos jersey and draped a banner with Taggart's face across the stands.

It was the same banner Taggart had signed that morning during Australia's team walk.

"For a guy to fly over here and show the support and get behind me and the Aussie national team when his own national team is playing as well, it's something that I really appreciate especially as you get older in your career a little bit," Taggart said.

"The respect I have for the fans there is through the roof and it's something that makes you realise there's more important things than football and they're the ones that show that."

The superfan's efforts were rewarded with Taggart bagging a first-half double in Australia's 7-1 victory.

It's a continuation of the form which has led to him being the joint-top scorer in the K League 1 this season with 16 goals since joining the Bluewings from A-League side Brisbane Roar in February.

The backing of the fans has been a key part in Taggart adapting to life in Korea, an aspect he's only too keenly aware of.

"The fans there are fantastic and I've always said it in all of my interviews," he said.

"It's a club that I really appreciate. They're fantastic to play in front of every week."

Source AAP