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Tributes pour in for Norwich City ‘superfan’ who has died

PUBLISHED: 17:13 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:48 01 February 2018

Norwich City fan Michelle Dack in Lisbon. Picture submitted.

Norwich City fan Michelle Dack in Lisbon. Picture submitted.

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Tributes have flooded in from Norwich City supporters and players for a Canaries ‘superfan’ who has died.

Norwich City fan Michelle Dack who has died. Picture submitted back in 2011 when she was nominated for fan of the year.Norwich City fan Michelle Dack who has died. Picture submitted back in 2011 when she was nominated for fan of the year.

Michelle Dack, who had worked as a Golden Goal seller at Carrow Road, passed away on Tuesday after a battle with a rare form of cancer.

The 52-year-old, from Norwich, had been to 908 consecutive Norwich City matches and has been described as a ‘superfan’ by the club.

Her partner Ian Mitton, a Norwich City season ticket holder, said he was a “broken man” as he tweeted the news of Michelle’s death.

He wrote: “I am a broken man. In the early hours of this morning my beloved Mrs M passed away. To say I’m overwhelmingly heartbroken would be an understatement. She was my rock, my love, my best friend and I shall miss her terribly. Sleep well now Michelle. Love you forever.”

Since the message was posted hundreds of people have been in contact with Ian to offer their condolences.

Norwich City midfielder James Maddison said: “So sorry to see this Ian. If there’s anything I can do let me know.. tickets? Signed boots? Completely up to you. RIP Michelle.”

Former City keeper Bryan Gunn wrote: “Such terrible news, my thoughts are with you, family & friends at this very sad time!! #OTBC.”

And the Norwich City Football Club tweeted from its official account: “Everyone at Norwich City is deeply saddened to hear of your loss, Ian. Michelle was a real superfan, and summed up what supporting City is all about. Our thoughts are with you and everyone who knew and loved her.”

Television presenter Simon Thomas, who recently lost his wife to cancer, also offered his condolences to Ian.

“I just want to say I am so so sorry to hear about your wife. This is beyond heartbreaking and a pain of loss that right now you can’t even begin to comprehend. All I can say is hold on and God Bless you,” he wrote.

Messages have poured in from football fans across the country. They included;

• @GaryKioussis: “Sorry to hear of your loss - stay strong , there are no colours in Football at a time like this , best wishes I am sure from all #itfc fans.

• @PeterRogers73: “So sorry to learn of your loss Ian. Michelle was loyal member of matchday staff for many years and a one of @NorwichCityFC’s most dedicated supporters. Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.”

• Caroline Low: “So sorry to hear of your loss, condolences from an Aberdeen fan and the whole football family.”

• Pete Free: “She was such a happy smiley lady at Aviva, she will be sadly missed. Terribly sad news Ian, my condolences.”

• @MaxAdams7: “So sorry to hear about your loss. Safe to say we brought hundreds of golden goal tickets off her in the many years she saw us in the N&P boxes! Always stopped for a chat, always smiling, a true credit to everyone associated with the yellow and green. Always #OTBC.”

• Jeff Stanfield: “At a lose for words, but I know that all Southampton supporters send their sincere condolences to you at this sad time. Take care mate.”

• Tim Key: “Ian I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked closely with Michelle when at NCFC in her years as a Golden Goal seller. She was a wonderful lady and will be sorely missed. R.I.P.”
• @philcanary69: “Fly high Michelle, the world is a poorer place with you gone. From our teenage years spent on Club Canary to the last time I saw you at CR, your smile and friendliness always shine through. Thought are with you and yours at this sad time Ian.”

• Kevin Moseley: “Please take solace & strength from your friends, family & even us lot, your ‘Norwich Twitter’ family, thoughts are with you mate.”

In responses to all the messages Ian tweeted: “After a night of broken sleep, woke to see a list of notifications as long as a very long thing!

Some wonderful thoughts from people across the land. I salute and thank you all, it provides some solace and provides some light in the darkness of grief. Much love.”

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