Everyone at Norwich City was saddened to hear of the passing of Maurice Sills, aged 101.
Mr Sills was a member of London-based supporters group Capital Canaries. His dedication was recognised when he was invited into the directors’ box last October as Norwich beat Barnet 5-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy.
He started following City in 1975 after he and his wife Ellen bought a holiday home near Fakenham after they retired. Mr Sills had a season ticket until a couple of years ago, and followed the Club all over the country. Interviewed last year, he listed Chris Sutton, Martin Peters and Jeremy Goss as his favourite City players.
Andi Ansell, secretary of Capital Canaries, said: “Maurice travelled regularly to home and away games on the Capital Canaries trips, and he would always be wearing his Norwich scarf. He was an absolute gentleman, and he would talk to everyone. I always remember him on the way back to London from home matches galloping to get to the front of the train so he could get off quickly to get home!
“Every member of Capital Canaries loved him, and when he stopped travelling a couple of years ago he was absolutely missed. I’ve been reading and hearing so many tributes to him today, and what’s noticeable is that everyone uses the word gentleman when talking about him. He’ll be sadly missed.”
Mr Sills was born in 1915, and grew up in south London. Has a longstanding volunteer at St Paul’s Cathedral, having started there in the 1970s, and he was also a member at Lord’s cricket ground and The Oval cricket ground, both in London. After the Second World War, in which he served in the Royal Navy, Maurice made a career as a head teacher.