Thursday, January 31, 2013
Carrow Road last night paid tribute to a young father and Norwich City fan who was killed in a terror raid in Algeria.
Twenty-six-year-old Sebastian John was honoured with a scoreboard message, public announcement and programme mention at last night’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur.
A group of more than 10 members of Mr John’s family attended the match, including his wife Nicola, seven-month-old son Ralph, mum Hazel and dad Anthony, to hear the tributes to the BP engineer, who was killed when terrorists overran the In Amenas gas plant.
He had been at the Canaries’ FA Cup victory over Peterborough United just days before he flew to Algeria for a training course, and had high hopes of his son one day pulling on the famous shirt.
David Pugh, Mr John’s step-father and a season-ticket holder, said he had treasured memories of the two of them watching Norwich City together.
“Seb was a huge fan, a Norwich City fan through-and-through,” he said.
“He came to as many games as I could get him tickets to go to. The last game he saw, two or three days before he flew out, was at Peterborough. We were in the away end there.
“I remember being at Man City together as well last season, doing the Poznan and singing ‘we score when we want’, even though we only got one that day.”
Even when he was away, Mr Pugh said his days would be filled with text messages from his step-son asking for match updates.
“He texted from Algeria to say that he’d managed to see the Norwich match over there, on Al-Jazeera.
“Seb absolutely loved Norwich.
“His main aim in life was to get his seven-month-old son playing for Norwich.
“He was already kicking a ball and heading things – he would have loved to see him become the new Grant Holt one day.”
Mr Pugh thanked the club for having made arrangements for the three forms of tribute.
“The important thing is the immediate family are able to be there to experience what Seb used to love.”
A spokesman for Norwich City said the club was happy to offer the gesture to Mr John’s family.