17/11/2013 08:30, Report by Mark Froggatt

A lifelong passion

Lots of United fans devote their lives to United, following the team around the country and across national borders, but few can boast the level of commitment shown by John Butterfield.

The Northwich-based supporter has supported his beloved Reds since watching his first match in 1940, a 6-0 drubbing of New Brighton in the Regional War League, and celebrated his 80th birthday at this month's 1-0 win over Arsenal.

Incredibly, John still travels both home and away, even attending European matches on the continent. In fact, he’s only missed two matches in recent years; Fenerbahçe away due to a car crash and CSKA Moscow because of the weather. 

To honour this unrelenting devotion, John’s son John Butterfield jnr. spoke to to shine a light on his remarkable father: “Dad is an inspiration and a great example to generations of other supporters,” he explained.

"It’s incredible to think about how many great players he’s seen - he insists Duncan Edwards was the best of the lot! He also cites United’s first post-Munich match and the 1999 Champions League final as his favourite games.

“To be 80 years old and still following the club around the world is something special. To be so positive about his club and to still have that passion is also amazing. I hope he enjoys his birthday today and here’s to many more years of cheering on United.”

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