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Outstanding Service award for Ruth

Posted: Tue 18 Mar 2014
Author: Theo Squires

Annual award for dedicated Wanderers supporter

Long-serving Whites fan Ruth Crawshaw has become the latest winner of the George Warburton Outstanding Service award.

An accolade which was introduced in honour of George Warburton to show appreciation of those who have given remarkable service and dedication to Bolton Wanderers Football Club, previous recipients have included Nat Lofthouse, Eddie Davies CBE and Joe McGlynn.

The 71-year-old from Breightmet was presented with the award on Saturday before Bolton’s clash with Brighton & Hove Albion.

An ever-present at Wanderers matches both home and away for nearly six decades, Ruth is also a regular at reserve team and under-18 matches and has not missed a competitive Whites game since 1957.

“I was very pleased when I found out I was being given this award,” a delighted Ruth told the official club website. “It is a great honour to have been chosen and to have my name up there alongside Nat Lofthouse and Eddie Davies.”

“I’ve been attending Bolton games for 57 years. I was only 15 years old when I went to my first match, but I can remember the game.

“It was a friendly against CSKA Moscow at Burnden Park on a Monday night if I remember correctly -  I think the score was four-something and I’ve been hooked ever since.”

Everybody associated with the club would like to thank Ruth for her contributions over the years.

The award itself can be viewed in the stadium’s main reception.