Prestigious honour for loyal fan

Homer named fans' champion

DEVOTED Albion supporter John Homer will be the fans’ champion at tomorrow’s game as he celebrates 50 years following the Baggies.

The Official Supporters’ Club chairman, who is also a member of the Albion Assembly, will have the prestigious honour of presenting the Premier League matchball to its plinth just minutes before kick-off at The Hawthorns.

John has been a dedicated to the Baggies for many years, coming to his first game here 50 years ago next Saturday, February 11, and holding a season ticket in the Halfords Lane stand since 1976.

He travels to every away match, helps organise and stewards the Baggies Travel coaches and has taken on the responsibility of making sure that Dr Rimmer, the retired club doctor, gets to and from the various boardrooms where he receives VIP treatment each game.

John’s knowledge of the club is second to none and as well as taking fans on tours of The Hawthorns, he’s a regular speaker on all things Albion on local TV and radio and is a true Black Country devotee - he even works as a guide at the Black Country Museum! John is also a regular columnist in Albion News.

Perhaps most importantly, John runs and delivers the Dementia Group which meets in the club’s media suite for six weekly blocks on a Thursday afternoon. The Dementia Football Memories Group is one of the first of its kind in the country and helps fans to recall old matches and goals they have seen in years gone by.