I hope we made their experience at St. Andrew’s one that they’ll never forget.
Marjorie Thomas, Bob Markall and Allan Slade BEM are now unable to regularly attend St. Andrew’s and all three guests with their families received VIP treatment in a complimentary box at the Rotherham fixture.
They were all also given gifts from the Club, including a ball signed by the squad and a visit from Mitch Hancox, Shane Lowry and man of the match Paul Caddis.
Marjorie has been supporting the Club for many decades and at the age of 93 has recently endured health problems.
She explained in a letter to her daughter's colleague:
‘I have decided to give up my season ticket at Birmingham City. I shall keep my interest in them and follow their progress avidly, but I feel I have to inconvenience a lot of people to drive me there, fetch me back and then bother any kind gentleman who is available to help me up the steps.
‘So after about 40 years of supporting them I feel it’s time to hang up my boots.’
Bob attended his first game in 1960 and would regularly stand on the Kop. He and his future wife started to travel home and away from 1969 and in 1976 they were lucky enough to use the Club’s Chairman Clifford Coombs’ Rolls Royce for their wedding day.
Bob’s daughter was awarded youngest fan at six months old in 1978, but after four decades as a season ticket holder he has been unable to attend due to a stroke.
Alan received his British Empire Medal for his work to first aid and colliery safety teams at Littleton Colliery, Cannock. He is a lifelong supporter who forced his son to games to watch the likes of Bob Latchford and Keith Bertshin in the 1970s and 1980s.
However in the past few years, his supporting role for the Blues has been in an arm chair, due to recently reaching 80 with a 60th wedding anniversary to look forward to next year.
Customer Services Manager and Support Liaison Officer David Boston was delighted to see the Club recognise supporters who have followed the team for many years.
“It was excellent to see the Club recognise Marjorie, Bob and Alan, who have spent many years following the teams fortunes,” said Boston.
“We believe that it’s just as important to recognise our long-serving supporters, whilst also encouraging new fans.
“All three guests and their families were a delight and I hope we made their experience at St. Andrew’s one that they’ll never forget.”