Honour for Bolton Wanderers super-fan Ruth

Whites fan Ruth Cranshaw with Wanderers’ owner Eddie Davies

Whites fan Ruth Cranshaw with Wanderers’ owner Eddie Davies

First published in News

LONG-serving Whites’ super-fan Ruth Cranshaw has been honoured for her dedication to the club.

She has won the George Warburton Outstanding Service award, which was introduced in honour of the former Wanderers chairman to show appreciation of those who have given remarkable service and dedication to the club.

Previous recipients have included playing legend Nat Lofthouse, and owner Eddie Davies CBE.

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

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

She said: “I was very pleased when I found out I was being given this award.

“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 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.”

The club thanked Mrs Cranshaw for her contributions over the years.

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

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