Veteran Mannington Supporter Reaches Milestone


Mannington City Crest: The Club has seen its ups and downs, but a recent record deal with Hornimint has seen revenues rise by more than £125 per season.
Mannington City Crest: The Club has seen its ups and downs, but a recent record sponsorship deal with Hornimint has seen revenues rise by more than £125 per season.

A veteran supporter of Mannington City FC reaches a milestone today as he clocks up 95 years of attendance at the Hornimint Stadium. Mankell Biltong [103] has supported the side since childhood, witnessing the highs and lows of relegation [24 times] promotion [24 times] and numerous humiliating defeats alongside [more recently] Cup and League winning runs - many of the latter coming as a direct result of heavy investment by new owners The Abbott Denby Football Group. [See Gayle Cliché [2018] "We Left Nothing In the Dressing Room and Everything on the Park: A Funny Old Game of Two Halves" [Threadbone Press]]



Friends and fellow supporters Doris and Arnold Terrace are planning a surprise party for Mankell, though care home workers are unclear whether he will be in a mood to attend. "The trouble is, there's a tricky game against Evershot on the day of the party and if that goes pear-shaped it will be doom and gloom all round ... and doom and gloom and party celebration just don't go". "If it's anything like the defeat to Nottington a few weeks back he probably won't even come out of his room" says long-time carer and defeat-syndrome-by-proxy sufferer Lydia. "He can be a right grumpy bastard when he's a mind to ... and boy can he can sulk - sometimes for days on end", she added, remembered pain etched on her every feature.


The Hornimint Stadium, Mannington with [INSET] Mr Biltong in younger days.  "Back then I could "go" on my own.
The Hornimint Stadium, Mannington with [INSET] Mr Biltong in younger days. "Back then I could "go" on my own.

Dorset Casino outlets are currently offering decent odds on a Mannington victory given Evershot's poor home form, but as every Mannington supporter knows, Evershot are "something of a bogey team" [nickname "The Snotties"] and Mankell admits he's worried. "I'm worried", he says "as every Mannington supporter knows, Evershot are "something of a bogey team" '.


So, looking back on 95 years, what are the highlights? "Beating Todber United 5-0 at their place ... Lifting the Dorset Premiere League Trophy the first time round [beating Todber on goal difference] and having a damned good turn out last week. I'd been corked for days. Mind you, it was like playing Hamlet: a very hard piece."


A Cake of Two Halves: Mr Biltong's Celebration Cake: the upper half represents his lifelong love of Mannington City FC, the lower celebrates last week's "more private" achievement.

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