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YEOVIL Town’s old­est sea­son ticket holder has barely missed a game at Huish Park since 1998, but has never been able to see the team play.

Au­drey Dyson, 91, is blind, but she has sat in the stands through­out the club’s rise from Non-League to the Cham­pi­onship – and the sea­sons fol­low­ing – hav­ing been a sea­son ticket holder for 17 years.

Her re­mark­able com­mit­ment is set to be­come the sub­ject of a crowd funded doc­u­men­tary, fol­low­ing the Yeovil sup­porter and her fam­ily.


Hav­ing been in­tro­duced to the Glovers by her son Nigel af­ter the pass­ing of her hus­band, her love for the Glovers has not wa­vered since and she still doesn’t like to miss out on match days.

“Last year I didn’t miss a home match,” she says. “Nigel did but I didn’t. I just got other peo­ple to take me.”

Au­drey still re­mem­bers her first game fondly and re­calls how she took in the at­mos­phere.

She said: “I had never been to a match or any­thing like that and so I said ‘yes, al­right’ and that was a friendly against Steve­nage. I went along and I sort of lis­tened to it – I didn’t take a ra­dio or any­thing – I just lis­tened to what was go­ing on and what peo­ple were say­ing. Sud­denly, there was this great ‘YES!’

“Ev­ery­body was jump­ing up in ex­cite­ment be­cause Yeovil had scored a goal. The feel­ing seemed to go right down tick­ling me all the way in­side – it was ever so ex­cit­ing. I went to a lot of games that sea­son and then Nigel asked if I wanted a sea­son ticket. We’ve sat in the same seats ever since.”

Au­drey has a set match day rou­tine be­fore she heads to Huish Park with her son and grand­daugh­ter Ge­or­giana – who at two years old is the club’s youngest sea­son ticket holder.


She said: “I al­ways wear the same clothes; I wear the same suit and every­thing. I just get up, get ready, then Nigel and Lucy come and have lunch. We all go to the match to­gether, leav­ing at 1pm.”

Film grad­u­ate and di­rec­tor Zak Camp­bell is hop­ing to raise £2,200 to fund the doc­u­men­tary.

He told The FLP: “I had this idea when I was at univer­sity and now I re­ally want it to go ahead prop­erly. We’ve or­gan­ised dates to start film­ing and the crew are ready to go. She is a lovely woman and so down to earth. She just en­joys the feel­ing of go­ing to the foot­ball.

“This is a non-profit film. We want to show how sport can bring fam­i­lies to­gether and how it is more about go­ing to a match to­gether then the re­sult.”

PIC­TURE: Pat Cus­tard

FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: Au­drey Dyson, right, with her fam­ily at Yeovil

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