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Susan is king of the Keighley Cougars fans!
Think you are your team’s number one fan?
Well, you would have to go a long way to better the record of hardcore Keighley Cougars supporter Susan Dodds, who has not missed a single competitive match for an incredible 34 years!
And in case you’re counting, that’s 1,123 matches in a row.
Riddlesden resident and Brad-ford Council employee Mrs Dodds has been crowned ‘Ultimate King of the Fans’ by Rugby League Championships sponsor King-stone Press.
While happy to win this recognition, the modest Keighley mum said she personally does not think she has done anything out of the ordinary to achieve her astounding feat of attendance.
“I was chuffed to get the award, but going to the matches is just something I enjoy doing,” she said. “To be rewarded for that is a bit of a bonus.
“I felt very humbled to receive the Ultimate King of the Fans award. Being welcomed onto the pitch at Championships Finals Day and standing alongside many other dedicated fans was an honour.
“I first got into rugby league when I was eight years old when my parents took me to my first Keighley game, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Now I bring my daughter to as many games as possible to keep the family tradition going.”
Susan, 53, who is recognised by Cougars fans by her trademark red, white and green beanie cap with matching glasses, has not missed a game since February 1979 home or away, even taking her daughter to a match three days after she was born!
Championships Finals Day on September 29 saw Susan crowned with her title in front of more than 6,000 fans at Leigh Sports Village.
In addition to her VIP experience at Finals Day, she will receive a year’s supply of Kingstone Press cider. She was also offered a ‘money can’t buy prize’, and has chosen to go to the Rugby League World Cup closing ceremony at Old Trafford.
Glen Friel, sales and marketing director at the Championships sponsors, said: “Our congratulations go out to Susan for winning this accolade. Her outstanding 34-year record really made her stand out.”
Cougars chairman, Gary Fawcett, said: “Susan is now an honorary member of the Cougars, and even has her own designated seat with a plaque on it.
“I think what she has done is absolutely amazing. I haven’t heard of anything like it before.”
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