December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 18, 2013
Super fan Peter Abbott had gone 37 years without missing a single home game for his beloved football club Wolves.
Despite living in London, the North West and, for the last nine years, in the Pinewood area of Ipswich, his devotion to the Midlands club has never wavered.
He makes the 300-mile round trip at least 23 times a year. He has clocked close to 350,000 miles.
In fact, he has only ever missed one game home or away since March 11, 1976. His train broke down en route to a game at Blackburn in 1985.
But his run of home games spanning four decades remained in tact.
However, that golden streak of 1,912 consecutive matches will end tomorrow when he sheds a tear for more than one reason when his step-daughter Sarah Butler ties the knot with Jonno Liddle in Stowmarket.
The 56-year-old admitted it would have been foolish to miss the landmark occasion, but conceded it was a tough decision to make.
“My head will be over the place,” he said. “I’ll be thinking ‘I should have been at Molineux cheering on Wolves like I have been for the past 37 years’, but I couldn’t turn the wedding down.
“I’m really happy for Sarah and Jonno and it will be their day tomorrow.
“But I might keep up to date with the game. I expect a lot of my friends will be texting me with goal updates.
“But it is their day and I am glad I chose to go.”
The auditor, who works in the North West, grew up in east London and though the majority of his friends soon became West Ham United fans he said he fell for Wolves via the television and magazines.
Wolves entertain Coventry at home tomorrow – a game which Mr Abbott said he hoped, in vain, would be switched to television coverage, and thus allowing him to watch the clash.
“Unless there is something dramatic and the game is postponed, I am going to miss my first home game for the first time in 37 years which is hard to get my head around,” he added.
“But I have accepted it and will be back there cheering on the team on Tuesday night.”