ONE of Dewsbury Rams’ most dedicated long-distance fans will be representing the club in the unique fans’ choir at the Challenge Cup final at Wembley next week.
Mandy Fentem, 53, sings in the church choir at her home town of Matlock in Derbyshire every Sunday, before joining husband Michael on the 60-mile trek to Owl Lane, to watch the Rams in action.
She will be joining Batley Bulldogs stalwart Jim McVeigh and representatives of other clubs in leading the 80,000 crowd singing the Rugby League anthem, Abide With Me, before the final between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves on Saturday, August 27.
Mandy was nominated for the choir by her husband, who got involved with the Rams when he was the visiting preacher at the Mt Tabor Church in Dewsbury.
Members of the church sponsored a Rams player and minister and Rams club chaplain Chris Battye invited Michael along to a game – and the couple have been hooked ever since, being season ticket holders for seven years.
Every week Mandy makes cakes for the executive club and this season has volunteered in the club shop and served after-match meals to the players.