Valencia honour fan by erecting bronze statue of the late supporter who attended every game even after

Valencia have honoured one of their most avid supporters by erecting a statue in the seat he sat at in their home ground the Mestalla Stadium.

Vicente Navarro Aparicio was Valencia CF member no.18 and watched every home game at the Mestalla while also travelling to away games.

Vicente will always be at the Mestalla

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Vicente will always be at the Mestalla

He witnessed their 1967 Copa del Generalisimo – now the Copa del Rey – final win over Athletic Bilbao.

However, his life turned upside down when he lost his sight at the age of 54 due to a detached retina and was unable to see his favourite team but his support never waned.

Vicente continued to attend with his son to feel the atmosphere and would follow the game by having events on the field described to him.

He passed away two years ago and the club have honoured him by putting a statue of him in his seat. His bronze figure sits in seat 164 of row 15 in the Tribuna Central section.

Vicente attended Valencia matches his whole life, even after turning blind

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Vicente attended Valencia matches his whole life, even after turning blind

Modern technology has enabled more blind fans to still enjoy attending football matches.

Ian Wood, a Liverpool supporter who has been blind since the age of five, watches his beloved Reds play using a £600 vision helmet.

It works by enhancing the images from a high-definition camera and playing them on a screen held over Ian’a eyes.


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“This has changed my life. I’ve been a fan since I was a boy and remember going to a match in the 1990s and they didn’t even have audio-commentary, so this is amazing,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“After years of listening from the sidelines, I can actually shout to the ref ‘that was never a penalty’ if I don’t like what I see.

“I can’t read the names on players’ shirts, but I can tell who has the ball. I get so much more from the game than I did before.”