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A 94-year-old man who has dementia was invited to fulfill a lifelong dream by scoring a penalty in front of Notts County’s home fans. A spokesperson for the club said Roy Prentice, from Chilwell, was a “massive County supporter” who wanted to score a goal in front of Meadow Lane’s Kop end before he died.
The event took place at half-time on Saturday during the Magpies’ home fixture against Crewe Alexandra. Alice Kelk, fan engagement executive, said: “It was a beautiful moment. His family were watching and were very emotional”.
Roy Prentice was given a hero’s welcome on Saturday when he was helped to the penalty spot by carers from Landermeads Care Home in Nottingham. After steadying himself and taking off his flat cap, the crowd in Meadow Lane’s Kop waited in anticipation as he kicked the ball towards the goal, willing him the strength to score.The retired engineer’s first chance went wide, but this was never going to be a day to fail with the man wearing the 94 Roy Notts County shirt. Roy then toe poked the ball into the corner of the net, sending the compliant keeper the wrong way and the crowd into rapture. Roy’s knees buckled with the emotion of the moment, thankfully his carers were there to keep him up. He had scored a goal at Meadow Lane before he died, which was all he wanted from the day.
Notts County FC tweeted the action yesterday and the post has quickly gone viral with over 650.000 people watching the epic moment. Roy was also cheered on by his family who had traveled from Spain to see his special moment, which was organised by Dementia Is A Team Game.It looks like same heart beats in Roy as when he was 14, 24, 34 and 94. The same things fill him up and make him happy. We need to think of the older generation they’re not old men. They’re men, who are old. Many took to social media to praise Notts County FC and Mr Prentice, calling it a beautiful moment.