STOKE CITY have been saddened by the news that one of their longest serving supporters Mabel Smith has passed away.
Chairman Peter Coates led the Club’s tributes to the 93-year-old from Bucknall who died in hospital on Thursday evening.
Her health had deteriorated after she suffered head injuries in an incident which took place five weeks ago at City’s final Barclays Premier League match of the 2012-13 season at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.
“Mabel was a truly remarkable lady who will be sadly missed by everyone associated with the Club,” said Mr Coates.
“She devoted almost all of her life to following the Club, hardly missing a match since she watched her first game in 1949.
“Her incredible loyalty and commitment was highlighted two seasons ago when she followed us all over Europe despite being in her nineties and I know one of her most memorable moments was seeing us play in Valencia.”
He added: “She was loved by everyone at the Britannia Stadium and held a special place in the hearts of our supporters.
“We send our condolences to her family, especially her children and grandchildren who have shared her love of the Club for many years.”
Mabel’s tremendous passion for following the Club was recognised in 2008 when she was named Supporter of the Year.
She had attended almost every home and away match for many of the seasons since going to her first game back in 1949.
That commitment to the Club’s cause also involved her selling lottery tickets in the car park at the ground for a number of years.