When Brian Judson went to his first-ever football match, more than 60 years ago, he had no idea what lay ahead of him.
But it was the start of a love affair that has seen him support Tottenham Hotspur through thick and thin, while his passion for the club has been a key part of his life.
And despite being completely deaf since his 20s, and now being bedbound at his home at Kilfillan House Nursing Home in Berkhamsted, Brian is still a well-known figure among Spurs fans.
Brian’s friend Greg Tanner said: “Brian has been completely deaf since he was in his 20s and he now suffers from a wide range of health problems that make it impossible for him to leave the home.
“He became a Spurs fan in 1957, aged 15 or 16, and was a season ticket holder from 1970 until 1998 when he collapsed and so began the acceleration of his health issues.
“For many years he managed to keep fairly mobile, wheeling a small oxygen bottle with him on a trolley.
“He continued to do this for some time until he became too challenged by his illness, swapping visiting Tottenham for Berkhamsted Town, his local club, to still see live football.”
In recognition of his support for the club Brian last week met former Spurs captain Ledley King at Kilfillan House.
Greg added: “Brian inspired others to become Spurs fans and to start Spurs websites.
“He wrote the match previews and reports, drawing on his rich memories of past games against the opponents to provide colourful and insightful scene-setters for the game to come.”