From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs, they really must have seen it all in their years as Blues: introducing sisters Vera Cohen, 102, and Olga Halon, 97, Manchester City’s longest serving fans.
This Saturday the long-time supporters were greeted with applaud all around from the stands as they led the team onto the pitch before the match against Fulham, a role usually taken on by younger fans, in a much-deserved gesture from the team following more than 85 years of support. Yep, you read that correctly, 85 years! These ladies have been season-ticket holders since the 1930s, a decade in which City consistently reached FA cup finals, winning in 1934, as well as suffering the extreme drop from Champions of the First Division in 1937 to relegation in 1938. A real rollercoaster, something that must have resonated for these sisters throughout the years as they have seen their team go through the motions, eventually growing to be where they are today.
Vera spoke about how different everything was when she first went to see her beloved Blues at their previous stadium, Maine Road, yet also stated how much of a fan she is of Pep Guardiola. And all of this was topped of with a 3 – 0 winfrom Manchester City, one of many amongst the throes of wins, losses, and all the rest that Vera and Olga must have seen in all these years.
It just goes to show that no matter how things change, the support of a loyal fan will always remain the same, and we think it’s fantastic that Vera and her sister have been with the City since the beginning. Seeing them at the Etihad today must have been an incredible experience for everyone there, and we hope to see many more following in their footsteps in the years to come – who knows there they might be in 2103!?
Images: Manchester City, Eurosport, Manchester Evening News.