Nominate a guest to Terras' games extended

CLUB STALWARTS: Jean Lucas with Ron Willsher

CLUB STALWARTS: Jean Lucas with Ron Willsher

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THE Weymouth FC Supporters Association is calling for nominations for its community guest initiative.

The WFCSA has purchased two season tickets this year and are inviting members of the local community to go along to a home game as their guests.

Association chairman Ade MacDonald said: “So far all of the people we have had along have been linked one way or another with WFC, which is absolutely fine with us but we are also looking to extend the idea to the wider community as well.

“This is a genuine, hand-on-heart attempt to help try and take the club back to the town and the community. We want to be able to give deserving people a simple, easy going afternoon watching football at their local club. There is no obligation to spend any money at the ground or anything like that.

“When our guests arrive, a WFCSA member will meet them at the front door and at the very least take them up into the stand and show them to a seat for the game.

“Normally, we will also introduce them to the chairman Nigel Biddlecombe or one of the other directors. “We have been asking people to nominate anybody that they feel deserves to be invited along. This can be done by emailing contact@uptheterras.co.uk or ade134@btinternet.com. Alternatively, they can call the club on 785558 for more details.”

Ron Willsher, 92, was the association’s special guest at last Saturday’s game against Hitchin Town.

MacDonald went on to add: “Ron and his wife Dot spent years with the supporters club and looked after the matchday tea bar. Dot sadly passed away some years ago and, as it turned out, Ron hadn't been back to the ground since.

“The Dorset Echo recently ran a feature on Ron and his farewell party at Broadwey Stores after he gave up his home in Broadwey and moved into a care home.

“Following that article, I tracked Ron down and went to see him to invite him to come and see a game with us. At first he was a bit reluctant so Barrie Merri-field spoke to Lloyd Starkey, who then managed to talk Ron round.

“At the ground Ron was instantly recognised by lots of the older faces and enjoyed catching up. He was particularly keen to catch up with Jean Lucas, who had no idea he was coming.

“I took Ron up to the boardroom where Jean was before kick-off and they were both very teary when they met up again.

“It brought a lump to many people’s throat and it was just so nice to see him back.”

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