10:37 Thursday 12 December 2013

Lifelong fan, Norah, is Brewers' guest of honour

Written byHELEN KREFT

AN 80-year-old birthday girl is also celebrating her diamond wedding anniversary as a guest of honour with her beloved football club’s chairman on Saturday.

Norah Styne, who recently turned 80 on the same day she celebrated 60 years of wedding bliss with husband, Leonard, has been invited as a guest of Ben Robinson, who describes her as a ‘true fan’, to watch Burton Albion’s home clash against York City.

The Mail got in touch with Mr Robinson after learning of Norah’s lifelong love of the club following an article on her special wedding anniversary.

Mr Robinson said: “Norah is coming with her husband and her son-in-law for lunch with me and my guests, and we will watch the team play.

“She has been a great supporter all her life and with her Diamond wedding anniversary and her birthday, it is a great reason to celebrate.

“I think she was amazed that I had personally phoned her. She was delighted.

“It is amazing and I am really pleased that she has supported the club since day one. Throughout the highs and lows, our fans stick with us. That is the sign of a real true fan who is with the club through thick and thin.”

Great-grandparents, Norah and Leonard, of Ordish Street, Burton, attended Burton Albion’s very first match, and Norah still tries not to miss attending any home matches.

The mother-of-three also attended the Brewers’ famous clash against Manchester United in the FA Cup third round, where they drew with the Premier League giants – earning them a replay at Old Trafford, which Norah also travelled to.

She said at the time: “I was so proud when I saw them draw. It wasn’t so bad until half time then they brought the big guns out.”

The couple met while Leonard was on leave from the airforce and went on a bread and cake round with his old workmate.

He spotted the back of an attractive girl walking down Derby Street.

Two years later the now 82-year-old proposed to his sweetheart on top of a bus.

They married at St Chad’s on December 5, 1953, on Norah’s 20th birthday, and went on to have three children – Kay, Glyn and Tracey. They also have eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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