Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Superfan Dave Makes a Stand at City Stadium ; Supporter's Boss Organises Tribute Match-Day Honour after Weeks of Illness

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Superfan Dave Makes a Stand at City Stadium ; Supporter's Boss Organises Tribute Match-Day Honour after Weeks of Illness

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IT is an honour usually reserved for club legends. But lifelong City fan Dave Crompton joined his heroes at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when he had a stand named after him.

The 54-year-old operations manager, from Moston, has spent weeks in hospital and missed the Blues dramatic Premier League title success in May.

To cheer him up, Dave Roy, his boss at Draf Engineering, decided to bestow the unique honour on his employee after winning at the club's community trust end of season auction.

As a result, for 24 hours only, the Colin Bell stand became the Dave Crompton stand for City's season opener against Southampton.

'When saw prize thought of And on the big day operations manager Dave, who has supported the Blues for 40 years, came faceto-face with the man whose stand he stole.

He explained: "It was a bit strange. I got to the ground and Colin was waiting for me underneath a sign that said The Dave Crompton Stand.

"I didn't really know what to say because I had taken his stand for the day. …

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