Defiant Sheffield United fan Mavis Whitworth says she will not be put off attending Bramall Lane again - despite being attacked and robbed as she made her way home from the Blades’ first game of the season.
Mavis, aged 79, was bashed about the head, robbed and abandoned in an alleyway just minutes from her Sheffield home.
She was making her way home from Sheffield United’s first game of the season against Notts County on Friday when she was approached from behind, struck on the back of the head, and shoved to the ground.
Muggers then stole her handbag - which contained her season ticket, purse and cash - before running off and leaving Mavis lying on the ground.
Dripping with blood, she picked herself up and hobbled back to her house before calling a neighbour for help.
Mavis was taken to the Northern General Hospital where her head injury - believed to have been caused by a weapon - had to be sewn together with seven stitches.
The attack took place in an alley off Eastern Avenue - a moment’s walk from the home in Algar Road where Mavis was born and has lived all her life.
Distraught nephew Gary Bristo and his wife Kaye made a mad dash from their home in Warwickshire to be at her bedside.
Kaye, aged 50, told The Star: “She goes to all the home games. She caught the bus with her friend and they both went their separate ways at the bus stop - then this happened.
“The gash on her head was massive, she was hit with something. We just can’t believe it.
“Mavis is really popular in the community. Everyone knows her, and everyone is disgusted by what’s happened.
“She was born in that house and this happened right next to it.
“She’s had a horrendous time. We just can’t believe it.”
Mavis has been staying with Sheffield-born Gary, 52, her closest relative, as she recovers from the ordeal.
Kaye said: “She’s very independent and absolutely determined to go to the next game.
“Mavis has hardly complained at all - we’re amazed.”
Police confirmed they are investigating a robbery at 10.30pm on Friday, in a gennel between Eastern Avenue and Algar Road.