THE victim of a verbal attack before a Huddersfield Town game thanked the three rival fans who helped her court case.
Carlisle United supporter Margaret Cartmell was on her way to watch her team’s home game against Town on February 16 when Alan Hodgson launched a tirade of abuse at her.
She and her son Paul, 27, had parked outside his house on Warwick Road, near Brunton Park stadium before Town’s 2-1 win.
Three Town fans, whose names she still does not know, gave witness statements to police at the time.
They then travelled to Carlisle last Thursday to give evidence after Hodgson was charged with using threatening words or behaviour.
In the end the trio, who had a funeral in Manchester to go to later that day, did not have to speak in court after Hodgson pleaded guilty and was fined £300.
But Mrs Cartmell, 59, said she was touched they had made the effort.
“Football fans get such a hard time, but they came all the way from Huddersfield to help me,” she said.
“Without them, I don’t think we would have had a case. I still don’t know who they are but I want them to know we’re extremely grateful.”