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Fan donates Blues memorabilia

PUBLISHED: 10:16 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 05 July 2010

RETURNING to the scene of fond memories from his youth, a Manchester man swapped time watching the Reds of his beloved United for a day out mingling with the Blues, of Lowestoft Town.

RETURNING to the scene of fond memories from his youth, a Manchester man swapped time watching the Reds of his beloved United for a day out mingling with the Blues, of Lowestoft Town.

And recalling halcyon days of the past, it was a memorable return to his home town for Richie Farman.

The 46-year-old football follower, who is a Manchester United FC season-ticket holder, returned to Crown Meadow to rekindle family ties with the club.

Prior to the recent home game at Lowestoft, Mr Farman approached a club committee member and subsequently donated two old Lowestoft Town programmes to the club.

Despite his fondness for the Red Devils, he has always maintained an affinity to the Blues - and this was most apparent earlier this year.

“As a Manchester United season- ticket holder I gave up my Wigan away ticket last season (2007-8) - the day United were presented with the Premier League trophy - just to be at Wembley with the Trawler Boys in the FA Vase final,” he revealed.

Having been born in Lowestoft, Mr Farman left his home town behind in the mid 1970s when he had to move to Shropshire.

“Then came 24 years' service in the Royal Navy where I always looked for Lowestoft Town's results when the ships were away, before I left the navy and settled in Manchester,” he said.

But still holding poignant programmes from the past, his association with Lowestoft and the Blues brought back keen memories - so much so that he felt he had to return to town again.

“The two programmes have been in my possession from the early 1970s and I thought it was about time these important pieces of our glorious history should be returned to their rightful home to be enjoyed by present and future players and supporters,” he said.

The programmes had been handed down to Mr Farman by his late grandfather Bill Garrod, who used to take an ever-keen Richie to the Crown Meadow from a very early age.

With a programme from the 1930s and another from the 1950s among his possessions, he revealed that they were steeped in history.

“I'm not too sure of the history of the 1930-31 season programme, apart from my granddad went to the game,” he said.

“My mother Pat Buckell (nee Garrod) used to be a programme seller at the Crown Meadow in the 1950s when she was a teenager and she obtained the signed 1950-51 season programme. Her reward for selling programmes was free admission, a seat in the stand with a cushion and a brew at half time,” he added.

On his return to the Meadow, Mr Farman presented two items of important memorabilia from the Blues past to local historian and Lowestoft Town secretary Terry Lynes and to joint Blues bosses Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher so they could be displayed and remain for posterity in the Crown Meadow corridors.

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