Arsenal.com has announced the passing of one of their most committed supporters.
Maria began following Arsenal when she was 12 years old and remained a devoted fan for the rest of her life.
She was a regular at men’s first-team, reserve, and youth team games, and when Arsenal Ladies were formed in 1987, she embraced them and became synonymous with the Boreham Wood club.
Maria has so many memories: cup finals with the Women’s team, being visited by Ray Parlour with the FA Cup during the pandemic, singing her Beth Mead song with ‘Meado’ herself.
Regardless of who she was with or which Arsenal team she supported, every image of Maria was lit up by her wonderful smile – and the smiles of everyone around her, energised by her infectious positivity and the twinkle in her eye.
Hearing the news , this is what head coach Mikel Arteta had to say:
We are all really sorry to hear the news. She was an integral part of our support and our community. The way she transmitted Arsenal values and the feeling of this football club was something I have never seen before. She was everywhere, every single week and she will be missed. Big time.