Secretary of Corby Town FC Gerry Lucas will miss his first Steelmen game for almost 30 years when he attends another important match in Japan.
The big occasion that will drag him away from the team’s first game of the season on Saturday, August 17, is the wedding in Tokyo of his son Simon, 33, to Mini Kuboike.
But Gerry will be making up for his absence when he arrives back in Britain on Tuesday, August 20, at 2.30pm.
The first thing he’s planning to do after the plane touches down is travel to Hemel Hempstead for the Steelmen’s game which starts at 7.45pm – and then he’ll hitch a lift home on the team bus.
Gerry, who has been club secretary for 20 years and a fan of Corby Town since he was 10, said: “I haven’t missed a game in almost 30 years, but it can’t be helped.
“I did ask my son to try to arrange the wedding for July but apparently August 17 is considered to be a very lucky date in Japan.
“My son’s wedding really has to come first.”
Gerry, 69, who lives on the Ise Lodge estate, in Kettering, moved to the town with his family in the early 1960s.
He said: “When I lived in Corby I used to walk to all the matches in the town and I carried on supporting the team after we moved to Kettering.
“There was another occasion, more than 30 years ago, when I missed a game because of a relative’s silver wedding celebration.”
Gerry, who will spend 10 days in Japan, is travelling to Tokyo with his partner Veronica Murdoch and his other son Martin and his daughter-in-law.
Veronica said: “We’re excited about the wedding but I’m not really looking forward to trying some of the Japanese food.”
Gerry’s role as Corby Town secretary is a voluntary position and he ensures all the players are correctly signed up and registered, as well as carrying out other duties.
The loyal supporter and club official said: “Simon works in banking in Tokyo and I visited him four years ago.
“We are all looking forward to the wedding and to having a marvellous time.
“We were relegated last season and it was heartbreaking. I’m also looking forward to the club going back up.”