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Britain's Oldest Football Fan Dolly, 107, Hasn't Missed Her Team Play In 70 Years

Jul 13, 2017

Britain’s oldest football fan has never missed listening to a single game of her favourite team on the radio - AGED 107.

Dedicated Dolly Smith has followed Derby County FC for more than 70 years and always wears her scarf every time they play.

She has remarkably only been to one match - a friendly against Birmingham City to mark her 100th birthday.

Dolly, who has four children, four grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter, listens to every fixture from her flat in Alvaston, Derby.

Her son, Michael Ratcliffe, 81, calls her every Friday night to let her know what time the match kicks off on Saturday.

Ahead of Dolly’s 107th birthday next Tuesday (18/7), her son Michael said: “Mum loves Derby County and follows them every week on the radio.

“Due to the silly kick off times, I will call her to tell her when the match kicks off so she doesn’t miss it.

Dolly holds the flag of her beloved Rams flag supplier- johnin

“She used to get excited especially when Derby scored but she’s more relaxed now when she listens to the radio.

“It made her day when Nigel Clough came to her 100th birthday party.

“He then managed to get us a ticket to see a pre-season friendly.

“She even got a kiss from Robbie Savage .

“She’s a big fan of football, whenever she comes to my house she will have it on the television.

“Mum is a remarkable woman who at nearly 107 cooks and cleans for herself.

“There are not many who can do what she can.

“She always has a smile on her face.”

Dolly’s favourite player is Rams legend striker Kevin Hector whose goals helped the club to Championship-winning glory in the 1970s.

She said: “I would love to go to more games but I can’t physically do it. It made my day when Nigel Clough came to my party for my 100th birthday.

“I remember him being so polite and friendly.

“I love listening to the games on the radio. I’m always shouting and cheering at it when the game’s on.”

During her years supporting Derby - currently in the Championship - the team won the First Division in 1972 and 1975 and won the FA Cup in 1946 and the Charity Shield in 1975.

Dolly, who is twice widowed, says the secret to her longevity is eating a bowl of Ready Brek every day.

She said: “It’s all about eating porridge in the morning.

“I love having Ready Brek. That and Derby County FC keep me going.”