Gran Sheila King finally gets to see first Norwich City match - aged 82

Norwich City's disappointing FA Cup defeat to Leicester will not be a memory most Canaries fans will treasure, but 82-year-old Sheila King will certainly cherish the game for a long time.

That is because Mrs King made her first ever trip to Carrow Road to watch her beloved team on Saturday, despite living in Norwich for most of her life.

Along with her daughter, Meg Staff, son-in-law Geoff and grandson Dan, Mrs King watched her first live match from the comfort of the Barclay Stand upper tier on Saturday afternoon.

Mrs King spent most of her adult life in Norwich, living on Orchard Close, Heartsease, for 20 years before her move to Bury St Edmunds three years ago to be with her family.

There are two Canaries in particular that Mrs King has a particular affection for though; manager Paul Lambert and striker Grant Holt.


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She said: 'Lambert's magic isn't he? I just hope he stays here, that's all.

'And Holt is smashing as well. People were talking about if he was going to be a Premier League player and he has proved that he is.'

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Most of the time Mrs King has to rely on the local press and BBC's Match of the Day to keep up with her team's fortunes.

'I've always supported Norwich because I lived here,' Mrs King continued, 'But I've only really been taking an interest since we moved three years ago.'

Like many football fans, the fortunes of her team can often drive her to distraction, as her daughter explained further.

Mrs Staff said: 'She's just got really passionate about it in the last few years. Every time Grant Holt scores a goal she'll say 'that's my boy' and we said to her, 'Have you ever actually been to a live match?'

'She said that was one of the things on her sort of bucket list, things she wants to do, so we said 'Do you want us to take you?''

Unfortunately, Mrs King didn't get to see Holt in action during Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Leicester, as he was rested for City's clash with Premier League champions Manchester United this Sunday, along with a few other regular first-team players.

The experience of a big-match atmosphere will live long with Mrs King however, as her daughter added: 'I still don't think she can quite believe it; she's a bit shocked by it all.'

Have you got a quirky Norwich City story? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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