Watford fans given responsibility for club's wheelchair repair kit

Watford Observer: Caption (L-R) Kris Bromley, support worker at Walsingham, and Bruce Lutterloch on the way to Watford FC. Caption (L-R) Kris Bromley, support worker at Walsingham, and Bruce Lutterloch on the way to Watford FC.

Two Watford FC fans who are supported by the disability charity Walsingham have landed voluntary jobs at Vicarage Road Stadium.

Season-ticket holders Bruce Lutterloch and Tony Blakeney, who both have a learning disability, have been fans of the club for 12 years and three years respectively.

After years of cheering the team from the sidelines, the two men have been asked by Watford FC to act as the official holders of the stadium’s wheelchair repair toolkit.

Philip Nightingale, the locality manager at the service where Tony and Bruce live, explained how the opportunity arose: "One of the tyres on Tony’s wheelchair got a puncture on the way to a match. I asked one of the Watford stewards if they had a bicycle pump to inflate the tyre. He had to borrow the football pump from the kit man."

Noticing the need for a dedicated puncture repair kit in the section of the ground for wheelchair users, Mr Nightingale proposed the idea to Watford FC’s disabled supporters group, "Enables", at one of their regular meetings.

Mr Nightingale added: "As there wasn’t a suitable storage place available, the Watford FC Operations Director asked if Tony and Bruce could look after the repair kit on behalf of the club and help anyone who needed it. They were delighted to be asked and happily agreed."

Watford FC Operations Director Glyn Evans said: "The safety and comfort of our disabled supporters is of paramount importance to Watford Football Club, and we are delighted that Bruce and Tony have accepted our offer of taking on responsibility for the wheelchair repair toolkit at Vicarage Road."

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