A FOOTBALL superfan from Oakenshaw was granted the chance to watch her favourite team Birmingham City, cling onto Championship survival from the luxury directors’ box, thanks to a wish from one of the club’s partners.
52-year-old teacher Lynda Court, a huge Blues fan, was granted VIP seats to watched her beloved team manage to seize a 2-2 draw, in an away match to Bolton Wanderers on the last day of the football season.
The draw ensured the team avoided relegation, coming back from 0-2 down, with the equalizing goal scored in the 93rd minute of play.
Mrs Court, who is secretary for the Redditch Supporters’ Club, got to sit among the Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers directors and officials to watch the drama unfold, after she was nominated for an EZE Wish provided by Birmingham City FC diamond partner EZE Group.
She said: “It was the most emotional football day I’ve ever experienced. The tears were flowing when we were two-nil down, but we went crazy when the equaliser went in. Being in the box and seeing Blues directors react the same way showed it means as much to them as it does to us fans.
“Emotionally it beats everything, and that includes winning the Carling Cup.”
Mrs Court spends her time with the Redditch Supporters’ Club organising meetings, and travelling to every home and away game, including all the pre-season tours and friendlies. She also coordinates all the ticket requests and coach travel to away games from the rest of the group, which is part of the reason she was nominated for the wish by Birmingham City FC customer service manager Sarah Gould.
Ms Gould said: “The work she does makes my job so much easier when allocating match day tickets. Lynda goes over and above the standard fan, and she should be rewarded for her efforts for our great club.”
EZE Group CEO Dominic O’Reilly added: “I’m not sure there could have been a more dramatic or important match for Lynda to attend. She thoroughly deserved her VIP treatment, and I’m delighted she saw her beloved Blues stay in the Championship.”