Staff at Neale Court Care Home in North Hykeham arranged for 82-year-old Lincoln City fan Ray Inman to attend a league match against Fleetwood on Saturday 27th August at home. The outing was arranged as part of Country Court’s Make a Wish initiative. Residents are given the opportunity to tell staff about somewhere they have always wanted to go or a special activity they always wanted to do. Ray’s passion for football started at a young age and he has lots of fond memories of watching Lincoln City. He would regularly go to his Grandparent’s house, and they would all watch the game together or listen in on the radio. He would often shout “COME ON RED IMPS!” These days Ray usually watches sports on TV, but the staff at Neale Court were keen to make his wish to see them play happen for him.
“Ray loves his football and is a huge Lincoln City fan.” said Wellbeing Coordinator Becky Bourke “He loves reminiscing and telling us all about when Bill Anderson was the Manager and Andy Graver all-time best goal scorer. His day was made very special as his daughter Karen and his son-in-law Matthew and grandchildren Jack, Lewis and Amelia joined him to watch the match. Ray was in his element. We would like to thank the team at Lincoln City who helped to arrange tickets.”
Ray was born on 22nd January 1940 and loves to talk about his childhood, particularly his school days which he loved. After he finished school, he became an engineer and worked at Ruston and Hornby, a well-known manufacturer of narrow and standard gauge diesel locomotives. Later, he had a change of career, spending seventeen years working for the Royal Mail. Every day he would get up at 4 am to deliver mail in Branston, cycling back to Lincoln post office at the end of his rounds.
Ray is married and has a daughter and five grandchildren, all of whom are very important to him. He has lived at Neale Court Care Home since 2020, he enjoys regular visits from his wife Pat. The staff team at Neale Court love to listen to them reminisce and talk about the past, especially dancing at Park Street every Friday.