Meet Britain's most loyal football fan who hasn't missed a game in 49 years

Meet Britain’s most dedicated football supporter – who hasn’t missed a single game for almost 50 YEARS. Rob Shannon, 64, has watched his beloved Birmingham City more than 2,300 times in a row, both home and away, since they beat Derby County 3-2 in 1974. Before that, he only missed a game because he was too poorly to get out of bed and just the Covid pandemic has stopped him attending matches in recent years. Dad-of-two Rob has lost count of the money he has spent following the Blues up and down the country but knows it's running into "plenty of thousands". He has watched them in the old Divisions 1, 2 and 3 as well as the Premier League and Championship - plus every League Cup and FA Cup game in between. Rob, who works as a driver, first went as a four-year-old boy during the 1962/63 season and soon fell in love with the Blues, going every week. He even admits his infatuation with the club could be to blame for his divorce - from an Aston Villa fan. Loyal Rob says his favourite game over the last 60 years was watching them win the Carling Cup at Wembley, beating Arsenal 2-1 in 2011. His favourite player was the recently deceased Trevor Francis and he reckons Jude Bellingham is one of the best talents the club has ever produced. He even named his son Andrew, 32, after their home ground of St Andrew's, and he now also sits on the Birmingham City Former Players Association. Rob said: "My mum and dad took me down when I was a boy around the 62/63 season and I've loved going ever since. I was mascot for several years. "I haven't missed a game since 1974. The only thing that has stopped me going was the pandemic when obviously nobody could go. "It's become a bit of an obsession, I just follow them through thick and thin - although it's been more like thin and thin. "People say you must have seen all the ups and downs - and I joke it's mostly downs for Blues. "But I got to see them lift a major trophy in 2011 which I think most Birmingham City fans never thought we'd see. "There have been some good times really but it has been a bad few years. Although the new owners sound like they really mean business and are very ambitious. "Getting the likes of Tom Brady on board can only be a good thing so I think the future is bright and I certainly have no intentions of stopping. "I'm also happily divorced from a Villa fan, she used to say, ‘you love Blues more than me’. I always joked, ‘I love Villa more than you'." Rob, from Sheldon, Birmingham, once even discharged himself from hospital to travel to an away game at Swansea and has also missed family occasions. He added: "I guess you have to be a bit mad to be a Blues fan. I'll only stop when I physically can't get down there anymore. "I haven't added up the cost but it'll be plenty of thousands. It's best not to think about it. "I was devastated when Trevor Francis passed away, I got to know him and his sons. He is still my favourite player. "My favourite game was without a doubt the Carling Cup final, it was the best day of my life, and the European games that followed were really special too. "But any game that we beat the Villa is also my favourite. I've also seen a couple of wins at Anfield and Old Trafford, which doesn't happy very often for us. "I'm proud to now volunteer at the club as part of their Former Players Association - I get to arrange for ex-players to come back to the club for games. "I'd resigned myself to the fact I would probably never see Blues in the Premier League again but hopefully we can get back there under these new owners. "It's the hope and anticipation that kills you though - but I guess that's what being a football fan is all about."