Ex Miner given a suprise of a lifetime by Apollo Property Maintenance.
Posted on 13 September 2017
Disabled ex-miner Billy Bell was moved to Tears when he came face to face with footballing hero Bobby Moncur on a VIP visit to St James' Park. The 59 year old has been a die hard Magpies fan since his teens, but has not been able to attend a match since suffering a devastating stroke 2002. Ever since his stroke Billy has been living in a care home in Sutton in Ashfield, near Nottingham, where his room is a shrine to the Magpies. It was when a North East firm (Apollo Property Maintenance) visited the home to do some maintenance work that they met Billy and decided to suprise him with a truly memorable day. Staff at Apollo Property Maintenance organised for Billy to spend the day at St James' with a tour, a seat in the executive box to watch the match against West Ham which the Magpies won 3-0 and also an emotional visit from cup winning former captain Moncur. Billys first matchwas the 1974 FA Cup semi-final at Turf Moor, where he saw his all time hero Malcolm Macdonald for the first time. Billy later moved to Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, but cheered on his beloved team at many away matches over the years. "Today has been absolutely amazing - it's like a dream. " I knew I was going to the match, but all this - the tour, the box and meeting Bobby Moncur has been amazing".