A 93-year-old football fan is getting the surprise of her life today.

Peggy Oke has been a Swindon Town supporter all her life and was a regular in the stands at the County Ground.

But in recent years ill health has forced her to cut back on going to matches.

Now staff at the Bluebells care home in Moredon, where Peggy lives, have arranged for her to attend today’s home match against Bury as a surprise.

Peggy used to watch the Robins with her dad and sisters Rita and Mavis since she was a child, taking her place in the Stratton Bank, where home and away supporters would mix. She first went to matches before the Second World War, when a ticket cost sixpence, which equates to about £2 in today’s currency. She soon developed a passion for the game, and for her home town club.

Peggy said: “I used to love watching my team Swindon play, it was always the highlight of the week for me.

“I started going before the war, but when that broke out it meant we had to stop. But when it was over I made sure I went all the time.

“I’ve really missed being able to go and see them play. I can’t even remember the last time I watched them, it’s been that long.”

She first got involved with watching the sport when she cheered on her father who played for amateur side Swindon Victoria. And then she fell in love with Swindon Town.

Since then she has watched Town for her entire life, until she became unwell and her mobility was restricted, which meant she could no longer watch her team play.

Peggy recalls the Town End and the Stratton Bank used to compete with singing songs, with her favourite chant being Come On You Reds.

She belted this out herself when she went to her most memorable match - the 1969 League Cup Final, when Third Division Swindon beat the mighty Arsenal from the First Division 3-1. “The whole town celebrated that win, it was brilliant to be a part of,” says Peggy.

Her favourite player, local legend Don Rogers, scored two goals in that game.

“He was a fantastic winger who was tricky and great to watch,” Peggy said.

And Don was full of praise for his admirer.

He told the Adver: “It is great to see that Peggy is getting the chance to go and watch Swindon play again.

“I feel honoured to be her favourite player.

“I hope she has the best time and hopefully we win and bring back three points for her.”

One thing that has never changed for the die-hard fan is that she dislikes Bristol City and Bristol Rovers – something most Swindon fans will have in common.

A 93-year-old woman will be surprised today as she gets to watch her beloved Swindon Town FC after missing years of watching them due to ill health.

The league two football club has generously given the elderly woman a scarf to wear to the match against Bury.

When she first started going back in the 1920’s it used to cost sixpence a ticket which would equate to £2 in today’s currency.

She remembers chanting this at her most memorable football match in 1969 when they were triumphant against Arsenal winning 3-1.