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Stalwart Canaries fan honoured

PUBLISHED: 15:10 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 13 July 2010

Stalwart Canaries fan Vic Kersey has missed just 16 home games during 60 years of supporting his favourite team.

And last night the super-fan's loyalty was rewarded with a VIP treat as he stepped on to the hallowed turf of Carrow Road.

Stalwart Canaries fan Vic Kersey has missed just 16 home games during 60 years of supporting his favourite team.

And last night the super-fan's loyalty was rewarded with a VIP treat as he stepped on to the hallowed turf of Carrow Road.

The pensioner from north Norfolk, whose 88th birthday is on Wednesday, was given the honour of handing over the player of the month award to Ched Evans.

It was a “fix it” engineered by fellow villager Tony Bothway, one of Vic's match-day drivers who was keen to see his years of support recognised.

“I thought they would just send a card, but they were brilliant and organised this,” said Mr Bothway, a former secretary at Cromer Town Football Club, where Vic - who was actually born in Suffolk - was a centre half in his younger days.

Mr Kersey, from Thorpe Market, near Cromer, said it was one of his top Carrow Road experiences. He could not remember the opponents in his first Norwich game - but could recall it cost two shillings (10p) to get in.

“There was only one covered stand. I remember standing outside, watching games in my oilskins and wellingtons, and clinging on to a fence to get a good view,” remembered Vic, who moved to north Norfolk after meeting his wife Edith there, while serving in the RAF at the Trimingham radar base.

The retired builder also recalled standing among a 42,000-strong crowd for a big cup match, when his friend wanted to spend a penny. “He realised he would never get back if he went, so he was forced to just do it on the terraces,” he chuckled.

The good old days also saw home and away fans mingling without any bother, and the best match was the 2002 Premiership play-off final against Birmingham at Cardiff's Millennium stadium - which saw city take the lead then lose 4-2 on penalties.

He said despite his Suffolk roots he was never tempted to support Ipswich, instead choosing the better team.“My wife says I am a glutton for punishment, but what else would I do on a Saturday afternoon?” he asked.

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