'Just mind blowing' - Partner of Norwich City fan praises support from fellow fans since her death
PUBLISHED: 06:30 01 February 2018 | UPDATED: 07:48 01 February 2018
"A Norwich legend."
That was just one of hundreds of tributes from the football community to a Norwich City superfan who has died.
Michelle Dack, an avid supporter of the Canaries for decades, died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.
By the time of her last match at Portman Road in October, the 52-year-old grandmother from Norwich had been to 908 consecutive games.
Her partner of 17 years, Ian Mitton, wrote on Twitter that she was “my rock, my love, my best friend.”
This tweet has since been liked more than 24,000 times and has seen hundreds of people offer their condolences including Bryan Gunn, James Maddison, Simon Thomas and Norwich City Football Club.
Mr Mitton, a Norwich City season ticket holder, said the response to his message has been unbelievable.
“I posted the message on Twitter just to let Norwich fans know but the response has been overwhelming,” he said. ”I’ve had messages from football fans all over the country and I wasn’t expecting the James Maddison one at all, that was just mind blowing.”
The Norwich City midfielder wrote: “So sorry to see this Ian. If there’s anything I can do let me know.”
And television presenter Simon Thomas, who recently lost his wife to cancer, replied to the message with “this is beyond heartbreaking and a pain of loss that right now you can’t even begin to comprehend.”
Mrs Dack, whose favourite player was Cameron Jerome, was well known around Carrow Road thanks to her work as a golden goal ticket seller.
Mr Mitton said they shared many memories together but some of the most memorable were at the football.
“The lasting memory I will have of her in terms of football is the fact that she just went to support her football team,” he said. “She didn’t care if they were brilliant or if they lost, she just wanted to watch them play.
“I remember looking over at her at a match once and just seeing the pure enjoyment on her face.”
On Saturday’s match against Middlesbrough, a photograph of Mrs Dack will be shown on the big screen before the match.
Michelle Dack’s popularity among football fans was apparent by the number of tributes which flooded in.
Hundreds of people shared messages of condolences. Below are just a few:
• Bryan Gunn: Such terrible news, my thoughts are with you, family & friends at this very sad time!! #OTBC.”
• @GaryKioussis: “Sorry to hear of your loss - stay strong , there are no colours in Football at a time like this , best wishes I am sure from all #itfc fans.”
• @PeterRogers73: “Michelle was loyal member of matchday staff for many years and a one of @NorwichCityFC’s most dedicated supporters.”
• Pete Free: “She was such a happy smiley lady at Aviva, she will be sadly missed. Terribly sad news Ian, my condolences.”
• Jeff Stanfield: “At a lose for words, but I know that all Southampton supporters send their sincere condolences to you at this sad time.
• @TamMurf: “I hope your memories give you comfort.”