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Belles' super-fan Alan is guest of honour

19 August 2019

Belles' super-fan Alan Walker was rewarded for his superb support for the club during the opening day fixture against Leafield Athletic on Sunday.

Alan, who lives in Ayr, Scotland, bought a season ticket ahead of the 2019/20 FAWNL Division One Midlands campaign, and was personally invited by chief executive Russ Green to be guest of honour at Oxford Street.

Alan makes the 500-mile round trip to Rossington regularly to come and watch his beloved Belles, and he spoke of his commitment to the cause and just how much the day meant to him.

"I was amazed to receive a personal invite from Russ, I really was chuffed to bits, it’s very nice to know that my support of the Belles really means that much and it was very kind to receive an invite to become guest of honour, I really couldn’t believe it and it was very special to me," he said.

"The fans were a big reason for me choosing the Belles as my team, I’d gotten to know a few of them shortly after I started following women’s football, I’ve gotten on really well with them and they’re a lovely bunch of supporters.

"My journey starts on the Saturday morning, I’ll tend to get the train around midday and then get in to Doncaster around six o’clock, then come down to the ground and enjoy the game the following day before heading back in the evening.

"Obviously I receive a DNA Card as part of my season ticket for this year as well and that will help me to save quite a lot of money over the course of the season, which will hopefully mean I can make a few away games as well which would be great."

As part of the thank you, Alan was invited to meet head coach Zoey Shaw and the Belles' squad ahead of kick-off, as well as presenting skipper Lauren Breen with her player of the match award post-game.

Belles chief executive Green even helped Alan out on his return journey back to Scotland by driving him back to Doncaster station after the match, and he felt that was just a small way of showing the club's appreciaton for Alan's efforts.

"Fans like Alan just go to prove how strong the passion is for women's football, and it proves just how big a name in the game Doncaster Rovers Belles is," he said.

"As soon as I heard Alan's story, I made sure that we got in contact with him straight away to invite him down as guest of honour for the first game, it really was the least that we could do as a personal thank you to him.

"The players and the staff all made sure he felt very welcome, and they all really appreciate the support and commitment that he has shown to them, and we all wanted to make sure that we gave back to him by making him feel extra special."


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