Leg­endary Ar­gyle wheel­chair crowd­surf­ing fan Roger dies

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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’

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