FW Jay Bothroyd (39), who will leave Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo of the Meiji Yasuda Life J1 League for this season, left for his home country England from New Chitose Airport on the morning of the 28th. The gentlemanly behavior that Jay showed to the many supporters who came to see him off at the airport is receiving a lot of attention.
When he joined Jubilo Iwata in 2015, he scored 20 goals in his first year in Japan and won the title of J2 League top scorer. After leaving Jubilo Iwata after the end of the 2016 season, he joined Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in July 2017 after an independent period of about half a year. He scored a double-digit goal only in the second half of the season, leading the team to stay in J1.
And even after the 2018 season when Mihailo Petrovic took office, he has been active as an indispensable force, such as participating in more than 20 league games every year and scoring 5 goals or more. He has played 23 games in the J1 league so far this season, but due to family circumstances, he will be leaving the team only this season. In addition to standing on the pitch from the middle of the second half of the J1 League Round 37 match against Kashiwa Reysol on the 27th of this month, he sent a thank-you message to the supporters at the ceremony after the match.
After the match against Kashiwa Reysol, Jay revealed his boarding flight on SNS, and on the morning of the 28th, many supporters rushed to New Chitose Airport to see the player’s final appearance. In addition, Hiroki Tomiyama, president of Sapporo Drug Store Co., Ltd. (Satsudora), a club partner of Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, added the appearance of Jay, who provides fan service to supporters, and said, “When you come to the airport, there will be a crowd of supporters. When I thought about something, it was Jay’s last see-off. Each person signed and smiled at the photo. Thank you very much for Jay! “
Furthermore, on SNS, when Jay heads to the security checkpoint, the scene where Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo supporters sing chants enthusiastically spreads. Many comments were received on the player, such as “Thank you for coming to Japan!” And “Goodbye.”
Jay, who was enrolled in Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo for about four and a half years, has received a lot of love from his supporters and is on his way home.