Care home resident receives Preston North End signed shirt after a lifetime of passion for football

Posted on - 10th August, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston North End, Sport
Pictured left to right: Jonathan Caunce (Preston North End stadium manager), John Burton (resident), Ian Watson (Home Manager) and Stephen Hoppe (Healthcare Assistant)

A lifetime fan of Preston North End Football Club, who suffered a stroke a year ago and now receives round-the-clock specialist care, was thrilled to receive a signed shirt from his favourite team’s players, presented by a club official.


77-year-old John Burton has supported the club since he was six-years-old, and his favourite pastime is discussing the team’s performance with friends and family – and anyone else who shares his passion for the ‘beautiful game.’

The home’s nursing director, Christine Stringfellow, contacted Jonathan Caunce, PNE stadium and facilities manager, who organised a squad shirt signing and presented the shirt to Mr Burton, a resident at Cleveland House since November 2020.

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John suffers from a brain injury after suffering the stroke, and is currently on a ventilator.

Rachael Skinner, activities coordinator and rehabilitation assistant at Cleveland House, said: “The visit was a special surprise for John and he absolutely loved it. He used to go to games with his dad, and supporting the club brings back very special memories.”

Christine took the initiative to contact the club to ask if they could do something special for him as a dedicated fan. The club was more than happy to help, and came up with this idea.

John has decided to keep the shirt in a frame and displays it with pride.

Ian Watson, home manager, said: “I am so pleased for John. He was so happy with the shirt and it’s a gesture from the club that he will cherish for a long time. I want to thank the club for everything they have done. I wish them well for the new season.”

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