Sheffield United to treat fan mugged after match

Pensioner Mavis Whitworth, 79,  in the alley where she was bashed on the head with a weapon and mugged minutes from her home after the Sheffield United match on Friday night'6 August 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
Pensioner Mavis Whitworth, 79, in the alley where she was bashed on the head with a weapon and mugged minutes from her home after the Sheffield United match on Friday night'6 August 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
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Like birds of a feather the Blades stick together.

And when Sheffield United officials read in The Star that one of their most loyal and devoted lifelong fans had been mugged after attending a game at Bramall Lane, they were quickly on the phone.

Pensioner Mavis Whitworth, 79, was bashed on the head with a weapon and mugged minutes from her home after the Sheffield United match on Friday night'6 August 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk

Pensioner Mavis Whitworth, 79, was bashed on the head with a weapon and mugged minutes from her home after the Sheffield United match on Friday night'6 August 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk

They asked us if we could put them in contact with Mavis Whitworth, aged 79, who was attacked and robbed as she made her way home from the Blades’ first game of the season against Notts County last Friday.

Her attackers sneaked up behind the frail pensioner as she walked home down a gennel off Eastern Avenue in Abourthorne at around 10.30pm.

They bashed her about the head with a weapon before making off with her handbag - which contained her season ticket, purse and cash.

Dripping with blood, she picked herself up and hobbled back to the home on Algar Road where she was born and has lived all her life.

And, after calling a neighbour for help, Mavis was taken to the Northern General Hospital where doctors administered seven stitches to a nasty wound in her head.

After reading about her ordeal, United’s directors wanted to contact Mavis to see if they could lift her spirits.

We telephoned her nephew, Gary Bristow, in Stratford-upon-Avon, with whom Mavis had been recovering.

And Gary was delighted when we gave him the news that United wanted us to pass on his details so they might contact Mavis themselves.

He said: “My aunt will be over the moon to hear from Sheffield United.

“She has supported the Blades all her life, having first gone to the Lane with her dad Fred when she was five years old.

“There’s nothing that keeps her away from her seat on the Kop when United are at home.

“In fact I had to drive her up from Warwickshire for Tuesday’s game with Burton Albion!

“And - although she was obviously disappointed by the result - Mavis really enjoyed herself.”

Mavis is due to have her stitches removed tomorrow - but Gary said she was still shaken and would be heartened by United’s support.

A spokesman for Sheffield United said: “We value our loyal supporters and Mavis is as loyal as they come, a real Blade.

“We have a treat in mind for her and we want to talk to her about it as soon as we can.”

Mavis was one of two women attacked on the same street by thugs who bashed them about the heads and stole their handbags.

Denise Richardson, aged 42, was knocked unconscious and her eye socket, nose and cheekbone fractured when she was mugged on Eastern Avenue on Sunday.

A 16-year-old Sheffield boy has been charged with her robbery and arrested and bailed in connection with the attack on Mavis. A 14-year-old boy has been questioned over both attacks.