Blackpool man says arrivederci to gadgets!

Stuart Clayton, left, with Mike Crowther from Empowerment, which will be keeping hold of the England fans electrics
Stuart Clayton, left, with Mike Crowther from Empowerment, which will be keeping hold of the England fans electrics
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He would have been just nine at the time – but one Three Lions fan is turning the clock back to Italia ‘90 for the duration of England’s stay in this summer’s World Cup.

And footie fan Stuart Clayton is saying ‘pasta la vista’ to the high-tech gadgets he’s collected over the last 29 years to raise cash for charity.

England celebrate David Platt's goal near the end of extra time (Gary Lineker is facing the camera)

England celebrate David Platt's goal near the end of extra time (Gary Lineker is facing the camera)

The 37-year-old, from Bispham, has locked them in a bank vault, and won’t be using any of his social media accounts either – and will only be watching TV on four terrestrial channels.

And he will remain that way, pretty much off the grid, until the young squad – who kick off their Russian campaign against Tunisia on Monday, are back on the plane home.

The betting shop manager said: “Instead of using the internet and Google, I’ll go to the library instead, and I can only use a landline.”

He also explained why he decided on the year 1990, saying: “It was the last time most of us thought that England might actually win a World Cup (inset).

“By transporting myself back there, I may rediscover the belief that we can do it again.”

The Rethink Mental Illness charity is something close to Stuart’s heart as his partner, Rachael Graham, has a long term mental illness, and he helps look after her.

Rachael describes Stuart as ‘special’ and said he is ‘very selfess’ for his fundraising efforts.

Stuart is also a co-ordinator for the Fylde Family Support Group, which works with Rethink Mental Illness by promoting mental health awareness across the Fylde.

England will play at least three games – but will be elimated if they finish third or fourth in their group.

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