A lifelong fan who followed her beloved local club “through thick and thin” for more than six decades has died.
Vera Owen was described as the “most loyal and dedicated supporter” in the history of Bangor City FC and breakaway club CPD Bangor 1876.
As well as following the clubs home and away – even across Europe – she also helped prepare matchday teas, coffees and food for players, staff and officials. Vera even tidied up the team bus after away trips.
North Wales Live reported that she died on Christmas Eve at the age of 82.
The following day, many of the clubs’ past and present team mates raised a glass to Vera in memory of the influence she had on their careers.
According to Bangor 1876 captain Michael Johnston, she was the person who “kept a smile on everyone’s faces”.
He admitted tears had been shed at the club following news of her death.
“I have shared the best footballing moments of my career with this fantastic lady,” he said.
“No matter what, she has followed us home and away.”
Her standing was such that, in November 2019, she was elected to the board of breakaway club Bangor 1876 FC shortly after it was formed.
Club spokesman Jonathan Ervine said it was telling that among the many social media tributes to Vera were several from referees, sports writers, and even some from opposing teams such as Prestatyn Town FC and Cefn Druids AFC.
“It shows how well known she was across North Wales, and the high esteem in which she was held by so many people,” he said.
“Vera was not just proud of the town’s football, she was proud to be from Bangor.”
A graduate of Bangor Grammar School, Vera worked at the city’s university and continued supporting Bangor FC after being widowed.
Club manager Mel Jones said she was “an unbelievable woman” who always took an interest in the players and non-playing staff at Farrah Road, Nantporth, and, latterly, at Treborth.
“She loved to chat to players after the game and would always look after the away teams as well as the home team,” he said.
Supporters club Bangor Comrades said Vera was a “true character” who had been a lifelong supporter of football in the Bangor area.