Legendary Argyle wheelchair crowdsurfing fan Roger dies
A legendary Plymouth Argyle fan who crowdsurfed in his wheelchair after the club’s promotion against Newport County in 2017 has died.
Roger Abbott ( left) was one of the first people to invade the pitch after Argyle’s landslide 6-1 League Two victory over Newport on April 17 last year, and as the crowd swelled they lifted him up in celebration.
Roger’s family confirmed that he died during the early hours of Friday, and paid their thanks to staff at the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease eight years ago, but that did not stop him from attending every game he could.
Roger’s son, Richard, said: “Thanks to all the people at the Motor Neurone Disease Association who cared for him. Up the greens.” Roger, who was in his late 70s, had been following the club for more than 50 years, and had been dubbed one of the club’s most loyal fans.
The loyal fan made national newspapers as “Britain’s oldest pitch invader” after he stormed the ground to celebrate Peter Hartley’s 91stminute goal, which won them the play-off spot in May, 2016.
Thanks to all at the motor neurone disease association’