Posted on: Wed 16 Sep 2009

Vic Flaherty, known to many, many Chelsea supporters through his work with the club, died at the weekend.

Vic, who was 57-years-old, was a lifelong fan himself and for the past 31 years was employed by Chelsea Football Club as a match day steward.

At home games he was senior supervisor in the East Stand family section while for many seasons he was a steward on the away game coaches, looking after some of the club's dedicated long-distance travellers.

On the supporters' train to and from the Stoke game on Saturday, a collection was carried out in Vic's memory with the money raised going to cancer research.

A postman until he took early retirement, Vic had Ricardo Carvalho and Hilario on his round and in recent years had taken on an additional role at Stamford Bridge.

Jill Dawson, Chelsea Football Club safety officer writes:

'Vic was without doubt a 'true blue' in that over the 31 years he had missed less than 10 games as well as being virtually ever present at domestic away, European and even friendlies in America, such was his commitment.

'Nothing was ever too much trouble where Chelsea was concerned and with retirement imminent Vic, in addition to his match day commitments, joined the "Tours Team" giving him the opportunity to impart his incredible knowledge of Chelsea to the many who visited on non match days.

'Vic will not only be missed by his many friends and colleagues within the "Chelsea Family" but by the many thousands of supporters who he has cared for on match days in ensuring that they enjoyed the experience in safety, and those who have gone away from Stamford Bridge following a tour more the wiser as to why Chelsea is so important to us all. Vic, to his friends, will always be remembered as 'our special one'.

Chelsea Football Club sends our condolences to Vic's family.