A lifelong football fan's dream came true after one of her heroes dropped by for a surprise visit.

Frances Kiggins was left feeling over the moon when former Arsenal and Colchester United winger Perry Groves showed up to meet her at The Oaks Care Home.

Groves who starred for the Us before moving to Highbury for £50,000 in September 1986, helped Arsenal to win the old First Division during 1988/9 and 1990/1 seasons.  He was left feeling truly humbled after visiting The Oaks, so much so he agreed to become an ambassador.

For Frances, who is in her 80s, it was a memory that she will treasure forever, having grown up opposite the now demolished Highbury stadium in North London.

Margaret, one of our Activity Co-ordinators  said the whole home was delighted by the star's visit.  She said "Frances' family were all big Arsenal fans and they used to let the fans park on their driveway so that they could get to the home games".

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