Tributes to superfan who didn't miss a home game in 20 years
A DEVOTED Swans fan who saw every home game for 20 years has died.
Tributes have been paid to the East Stand stalwart Gordon Huxtable from his family, fellow fans and Swansea City players.
Gordon’s love affair with the Swans began in 1939 when he saw his first match, aged just eight. He watched his side through thick and thin and made each of the club’s four trips to Wembley.
Since 2005, Gordon and his son Paul have sat in the same East Stand seats at the Liberty for every home game. Until last season Gordon was a regular at away games.
He died on August 23 aged 82.
Over the summer break he had repeatedly asked his three children to buy him the latest Swans shirt as his birthday present. He will wear that shirt for his final journey to Morriston Crematorium. Take me to the Vetch Field will also be played at the funeral.
Gordon’s son Paul said: “He just loved the Swans and loved their football.”
Gordon, from Sandfields in Swansea, worked as a carpenter. He survived his wife Beryl, who died 12 years ago. He was diagnosed with a brain haemorrhage in July and was taken to Cardiff for treatment. Even in his hospital he was asking his family to update him about his team’s start to the season.
Five weeks later he returned home but a second bleed was then discovered and he slipped into a coma and died nine days later.
The family say they have been touched by the tributes sent from fellow fans and Swans players.
Garry Monk tweeted: “Just heard the very sad news that big swans fan Gordon Huxtable passed away! Not missed a game for over 20+ years!? #onceajackalwaysajack”
The players also sent a card to Gordon during his hospital stay.
Fellow fans have also paid tribute online including those who sit near Gordon and Paul.
“We know everyone who sits around us and everyone was devastated because we have all been there since the ground opened in 2005,” said Paul.
Gordon met several of the players through Paul, who has installed Sky TV for many of the stars.
Gordon would take a seat in his son’s van and travel with him so he could meet his heroes.
Paul said the tributes from fellow fans and players have been “comforting” to him and his siblings Mike and Pam.
“We want to thank Huw Lake and Sue Eames of Swansea City for their support during this tough time, and all the players for their messages of support, and also thank the players for the lovely card which the players sent to my dad during his time in hospital,” said Paul.
The family would like any of Gordon’s friends to attend the funeral on September 5 at 11.30am at Morriston Crematorium and anyone who wants to is welcome to wear their Swans shirt.