Mary prepares for Hereford United's long trip to Gateshead in the Skrill Premier (From Hereford Times)
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Mary prepares for Hereford United's long trip to Gateshead in the Skrill Premier
MARY Morris is used to making long journeys to watch her beloved Hereford United, so it is no surprise that she will be making the mammoth trek to Gateshead on Saturday.
The long-serving supporter from Ledbury says that she has only missed around 20 games in about 40 years, so there was no way that she was going to miss out on the 530-mile round trip.
“I’ve never been to Gateshead, so I’ve got to go,” said Mary, who travels to away matches with her friend Heather Davies on the official supporters’ coach.
“Heather will pick me up and then we will go on the bus together,” added superfan Mary.
“We always go on the same bus and it’s always the same people who go.
“I can’t drive at the moment because I had a diabetic coma in January, which results in an automatic 12-month ban.
“I have put myself down to go to Nuneaton, though, on September 17, but it depends if I can get back to Ledbury.”
Mary, who celebrates her 74th birthday on Monday, first got the football buzz when she watched Hereford play Cardiff back in the 1970s.
“My brother-in-law asked me if I wanted to go,” she said.
“I didn’t know anything about football, but my sister was born in Cardiff, so I went.
“There were 13,000 people there and the atmosphere was brilliant. I haven’t stopped going since.
“It is like a family day out and I’ve made a lot of friends along the way.
“Some people take tea and cakes with them - it’s brilliant.”
Mary, who funds her passion through doing various cleaning jobs, said that the only games she missed were through no fault of her own.
This included being involved in a car crash in 1995 and having a blood clot on her lung a couple of years ago.
“It was horrible being in hospital - I had to listen to the games on radio, which I can’t do because I can’t keep still,” said Mary. “Gareth Davies and a few of the other players did come and visit me, though, when I had my car crash, which was nice.”
• Meanwhile a young Hereford United fan got her colouring pencils out to give an artistic impression of the Bulls’ game against Welling on Saturday.
Tamzin Alexander, aged six, from Ruardean, Gloucestershire, has been following the Edgar Street team for two years and sits in the family stand along with her sister Isabelle, eight, and father Dave.
And, her drawing even got the thumbs up from Chris Sharp, who opened the scoring for the Bulls in the 2-1 win.
“I tweeted it to him and he replied, saying that it was better than the Match of the Day graphics,” said Dave, who is a community support officer in Ledbury.
He added: “We are season-ticket holders and wanted to support our local team after moving to the area from Hertfordshire four years ago.
“It is a good, family club and we have been made welcome by other fans.”
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