A FOOTBALL fan from the Moorlands has received a special letter of thanks from his favourite team. George Allcock, who lives in Cheadle, has been a Stoke City Football Club fan since he was aged 13. The 83-year-old said: “It was just one of those things to do – be a football supporter.
“I started to go and watch games and got really interested in the game.
“I also used to play football myself in school teams, and used to play for the a Silverdale team.
“I have also, in the past, been a referee in the Potteries.”
George, who is a retired policeman, said: “I used to go to every Stoke City home match.
“I had the same seat for a good many of years and so I made a lot of friends watching the games over the years.
“I was a season ticket holder for a while.
“Recently, I wrote to them, after receiving a renewal letter, to say that, now that I am in my twilight years, I was going to watch their games on the television instead.”
Asked if he has perhaps decided against renewing his season due to the team no longer being in the Premier League, he said: “No not at all. That’s just part and parcel of football.
“I would love to see them back in the premier league.
“I will still follow them even though I am not going to attend the actual matches.”
After writing to the club about not renewing his season ticket, George then received a letter from the club thanking him for his 70 years of supporting the team.
In the letter, a representative of Stoke City Football Club said: “The chairman, staff and players of Stoke City Football Club want to thank you for your proud support.
“We are incredibly grateful for your letter and fully understand your decision to follow the team’s fortunes from the comfort of your home from next season.
“However, we want you to know that your 70 years of loyal backing will always be appreciated and never underestimated.
“Longstanding ‘Stokies’ like you are the lifeblood of our club.
“Here’s to may more years of health and happiness. As our anthem goes “We’ll be with you, every step along the way.”
George, who used to be based in Cheadle as a police officer and was a ‘bobby on the beat’ in the village of Tean, said: “I felt a bit surprised to get the letter but also chuffed to get it.”
George will now add his special letter to the other Stoke City memorabilia he has collected over the years which includes: shirts, calendars, a coat, a hat, and a little mascot in his car.
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