ViILLA fan Kathleen Tonks is truly a ‘Loyal Supporter’ – the 93-year-old is still going strong after more than 80 years following the boys in claret and blue!
Kathleen, a resident at Accord’s Silver Birches care scheme in Tyne Close, Chelmsley Wood, began watching Villa as a young girl back in the 1920s.
Although she has not been to Villa Park for a decade, Kathleen told carers at the Accord care scheme about her passion for the beautiful game and now they have arranged to take her to watch Aston Villa against Hull on Saturday (5th).
Silver Birches Scheme assistant manager Tracey Haden said: “We knew Kathleen liked football but when we found out just how much of a fan she was, we called Villa Park to see about getting her along to a game.
“We believe that age is no barrier to helping people live the lives that they want and fulfilling their dreams, whether that is watching Premiership football or flying in a balloon. We are so excited for Kathleen.”
Kathleen said: “I am really looking forward to it. I used to go to games with my brother when I was a girl and then on my own as an adult. Although I haven’t been for a few years now, I still follow the results.”
Her daughter Marylyn Elkins, a 68-year-old West Bromwich Albion season ticket holder, said: “The family has always been into its football and with this side being Baggies fans, there’s obviously a bit of friendly rivalry!
“I am delighted that Kathleen is able to go. The ground will have changed so much since she was last there, it should be a wonderful experience for her.”
Blues fan and Silver Birches carer Joel Fowler will accompany Kathleen to the game. He said: “She’s a lovely lady and even I am going to be hoping Villa get a result on the day!”