One of the fans that will be at next Saturday’s Fred Keenor statue unveiling will be George Thomas Dupe who has penned a special poem about Cardiff City’s FA Cup winning skipper.
George, who is 87, has supported the Bluebirds for a fantastic 74 years.
Born in Llanedeyrn, George family’s wooden house was burnt down when he was just five and the family moved to Albany Road, Castleton and, finally, Rumney.
George was taken to his first match by his Uncle Billy in 1938. He had gone to the 1927 FA Cup Final and seen Keenor lift the cup and told George the story of that fantastic day.
A season-ticket holder in the Canton Stand for 16 years in the 1950s and 1960s, he used to organise coaches for away matches on a regular basis. George once told a friend that he couldn’t be his best man because “City are playing that day”.
He gave up his season ticket after getting married in 1963, moving to Newport because of work, and having three children. He worked as a delivery driver for a wholesale chemist for around 25 years.
George took his daughter, Ceri, and son Kevin to their first games in 1970 when Kevin was just five, standing on the Bob Bank. Ceri and Kevin are now season ticket holders themselves, along with Kevin’s son Max, who is 15.
Click on the Keenor poem link alongside to read George’s tribute Keenor poem