Tribute to Norwich City Football Club superfan Lil Kemp

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Posted:
12:40 December 21, 2021



Update:
13:09 December 21, 2021

A popular Canarian superfan who has avidly supported the club for over 60 years has died after battling illness in hospital.

Lilian Kemp, 91, of Tuckswood, had been attending Norwich home and away games since he was 21 in the early 1950s.

Tributes poured in for the former season winner who was affectionately known as Lil.

A statement from Norwich City Football Club said: “The club are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of their staunch supporter Lilian Kemp.

“A former fan of the winning season and a fan of the home and away team for 60 years, Lil was a canary through and through.

“Rest in peace, Lil.”


Lil Kemp with ex-Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke
– Credit: contributed

Lil was well known for helping run coaches for away fans to attend games over the years.

She was also a regular face following the club on tour, even appearing as an interviewee on Sky Sports Germany during Norwich training camp at Harsewinkel in 2018.

BBC Radio Norfolk Norwich City commentator Chris Goreham was also on the tour and met Lil and other fans on the trip.

He tweeted: “Sad to hear about Lil. Remember meeting her in a German village in 2018 when Norwich was about to play a preseason friendly.

“She was deciding which player name to put on her jersey for this season.”


Lil Kemp pictured with the late Pat Howard who often traveled to Norwich City games together

Lil Kemp pictured with the late Pat Howard who often traveled to Norwich City games together
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BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Rob Butler said Lil was a regular on the show and a “much-loved fan of Norwich City”.

He added, “We will truly miss the wonderful Lil Kemp.

“There will never be another like her.”

Lil initially supported Leyton Orient while growing up in London, but was invited to a Norwich match with her future husband Alfred, known locally as Steve, during a visit to the city.


Norwich fan Lil Kemp is interviewed by Sky Sports Germany during Norwich City training at Hotel-Resi

interviewed by Sky Sports Germany during training in Norwich City at the Klosterpforte Hotel-Residence, Harsewinkel
– Credit: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ltd

She became a fan of the Canaries from that point on and was named Fan of the Season twice.

Most recently, she received her award at the Carrow Road pitch ahead of a game against Cardiff City in 2018 with a beaming smile on her face.

Lil could often be seen wearing a Norwich scarf covered with badges on both sides, and she was a season ticket holder in Lower Barclay.


Norwich City superfan Lil Kemp has died

Norwich City superfan Lil Kemp has died
– Credit: Norwich City FC



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