Eileen’s 70-years of Magpies loyalty

EILEEN Aplin shows off her certificate and signed football, flanked by manager Craig Laird and captain Nathan Walker

EILEEN Aplin is no stranger to awards for loyalty having been presented with a special medal after 50-years of supporting Dorchester Town Football Club.

However, she has now gone one better, or to be exact, 20 better, and her remarkable 70-years dedication to the club was recognised recently when she was presented with a special certificate of recognition and a commemorative football signed by all of the first team squad.

Eileen joined the Supporters Club in 1972, being one of the first three ladies to be allowed such membership, and is now a Life Vice President of the club.

Aged 86, it is rare for her to miss a home match, and she was in sparkling form when she was presented to the crowd of more than 400 before the recent home game against Slough Town at The Avenue.

She told View Sport that she used to wash both the first and reserve kit for many years, as well as serving teas and selling raffle tickets.

Allen Knott DTFC’s Community Director said: “Eileen is a shining example. All our supporters can only aspire to be regarded with such respect and admiration.”

Although the Magpies lost, Eileen left smiling and looking forward to the next home match.