A football club volunteer has been given a prestigious award for 40 years of dedication.
Doris Ford, who has been working as a volunteer at Victoria Park, was recognised by the Football League for her 40-year service to her beloved Hartlepool United.
The award came about at the end of the season when the Football League asked every club to nominate a club hero.
It was the Hartlepool staff at The Vic who voted for Doris, due to her dedication – whether it’s selling programmes, operating a turnstile or getting stuck into some administrative duties.
She continues to work hard at Pools and is in charge of the catering operations on a match day.
Doris said she is delighted by the accolade and she still gets the same pleasure now as when she started volunteering.
She said: “I was very surprised to learn about the award, but it is great feeling to be recognised in this way.
“I’ve been doing voluntary work at the club for 40 years and I have enjoyed every minute of it – I get the same pleasure helping out now as I did when I first started all that time ago.
“Frankie Baggs always used to tell people that if they cut me open, I would bleed blue and white and that’s always been the way with me – I’ve been interested in Pools since I was three and there’s no shaking it off now, even though I’m 83!”
A club spokesman said: “Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Doris on her deserved award and thank her for all the work she has done over the last 40 years.”