Yvonne Seymour

I was born in Portsmouth within shouting distance of Fratton Park, and just before kick off on a Saturday afternoon, preventing my father and grandfather from attending the match – I don’t know why, I would have gone! I can’t remember my first match because I can’t remember not going to football. I think my first evening game was around 1961 and I do remember running round the pitch following Jimmy Dickinson when he retired. Having left Pompey in 1982 I was delighted when Derek Kilburn formed the Northern Blues in 1988 and like Rick and Barry I am one of the original members. I was invited to take over the Newsletter and join the committee about 20 years ago and the next issue will probably be my last! I started helping with the ticket co-ordination around the time we were promoted from the Championship and have been receiving and reminding members re payments ever since. I could be wrong about this but I tend to think of my role on the committee as being ‘the substitute’ as in the last 20 years I have stood in for the Chair, the Secretary and the Treasurer. I have three ‘children’ two of which are also Northern Blues and often with me at matches, Richard and Florence. Keith was never keen especially after, having his leg out of plaster, we made a visit to Maine Road and sat him on a barrier; Pompey scored and he went flying through the air! Now and again I am accompanied by my Crewe loving husband, Derek, who always proof reads ‘The Traveller’ for me. Holidays in our house cannot be booked until we have the fixture lists unless they are out of season. I have a good memory for names, but not so good with faces – so if you see me around please come up and say ‘hello’ and if I look blank, remind me of your name.Yvonne

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