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HEART TOUCHING: Family pays tribute to avid Watford Football Club supporter 

 Published on: 3rd March 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

The family of a man formerly from Garston have paid tribute to a “truly loving and wonderful person”.

The family spoke to GarstonNews about Ian Armstrong, who sadly passed away on January 13.

They said he became an avid Watford Football Club (WFC) supporter after moving to Watford at a young age.

The family mentioned: “Ian worked hard and spent all his wages on Beatles records and tickets to watch Watford. He met and married our mother Linda aged 16 and had us three children Lisa, Angela and Paul. 

“My mother often joked that she got a job at WFC as my dad spent so much time there. 

However as a family we were lucky enough to be able to attend Elton John’s Garden parties and had strong links with the club and players through the 1980’s.”

Former footballer Luther Blissett was on vicarage road to pay his respects to Ian on his last journey on February 23.

The family added: “He came to Vicarage Road on dad’s last journey to pay his respects. What a lovely tribute to my father indeed. 

“A real celebration of his life and loves, we all wore WFC shirts with our nicknames on the back that our dad had given us when we were young.

“There were WFC balloons, flowers and flags. It was a fitting send off for an amazing man. Dad’s last match was in 2018 where four  generations of his family attended with him.”

Luther Blissett also took to Facebook to pay his tributes to Ian. He wrote: “Yesterday I got to meet Ian’s team out to pay their respects.  Led by his son, Paul Armstrong this was a team proudly wearing their colours and on the backs were the nicknames Ian had given them over the years!  As they approached Vicarage Road bringing traffic to a halt in front of us people could be forgiven for thinking they were witnessing a festival.  Well of course, it was indeed a celebration,  of a Hornet’s life well lived.”

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