Mourners asked to wear football shirts at funeral of Norwich City superfan
PUBLISHED: 15:17 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 15 February 2018
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People attending the funeral of a Norwich City superfan are being asked to wear football shirts.
Michelle Dack, 52, died last month after a battle with a rare form of cancer.
The grandmother had been to 908 consecutive games to watch her beloved team and was a well known face around Carrow Road for decades.
The funeral is being held on Monday February 19, the day after the match against Ipswich Town, as funeral director Shayne Stork said “we could not possibly let her have her funeral before the biggest match of the season.”
The service will start at Norwich City Football Club at approximately 12.15pm where the hearse will be driven around the stadium followed by a Sanders Coaches bus full of her football friends.
“Her last match was an away match and she always would have travelled to away games with Sanders which is why the coach will be there,” said Mr Stork.
The funeral procession will then pass Mrs Dack’s home address before arriving at St Thomas Church on Earlham Road for the service at 1pm.
As Mrs Dack is carried into the church, mourners are asked to sing ‘On The Ball City’.
After the church service there will be a private cremation service before all mourners gather for the wake at Top Of The Terrace at Carrow Road.
All those attending the funeral and wake are asked to wear football shirts.
At Norwich City’s last home match supporters paid a powerful tribute to Mrs Dack in the 52nd minute of the Canaries one goal victory over Middlesbrough.
All four sides of Carrow Road were on their feet as applause rang out for the avid supporter. A rousing rendition of ‘On The Ball City’ followed and those in the Norwich City dugout also stood up in applause.
Afterwards, Mrs Dack’s partner, Ian Mitten, tweeted: “Just composed myself. A wonderful tribute. Thank you Carrow Road.”
Before kick off, a picture of Mrs Dack was displayed on the screen at Carrow Road and the stadium announcer prefaced a chorus of ‘On The Ball City’, by saying ‘this one is for Michelle’.
Mourners who want to contribute at Monday’s funeral are asked to make donations to the Big C and Sarcoma Research.