The oldest Hatters fan in Luton celebrated his 97th birthday at home on Saturday after eight months in hospital recovering from an accident.
Roy Wightman from Leagrave was run over by a reckless driver while doing his neighbour’s Christmas shopping last year and was trapped, conscious, underneath the car as firefighters worked to free him.
He had to undergo a number of major operations on his leg but the resilient footie fanatic pulled through.
Mr Wightman said: “I’m a fighter. I will never give up.”
The nonagenarian celebrated his birthday by enjoying a lunch party with friends and neighbours, which his son Tony Wightman said meant a lot to him.
Mr Wightman junior said: “My father is remarkable. He’s on the winning stretch now which is good to see. His carers and friends visit but he lives on his own and does what he can for himself.
“He’s following Luton Town still, that’s keeping him going.”
The Luton News organised for Luton Town Football Club players to pay a surprise visit to Mr Wightman in hospital before Christmas with some Hatters-themed presents.
The driver was prosecuted for driving with undue care and attention.