Margaret Curtis admits she was reduced to tears when Ger Cunningham awarded her and her husband, Tony, with the Fyffes Supporter Recognition Award at the Lisdoo on Saturday night.
Margaret and Tony have been running buses to away games for many years and their work was recognised at the club’s end of season awards night.
Margaret spoke to The Dundalk Democrat afterwards and she dedicated the award to their son John who cheered proudly as his parents collected the trophy.
“I’d dedicate this award to John,” she said. “I was away from Oriel Park for a while and he took me back. He has cried bitter, sad tears for the club over the years and his passion for the club is unbelievable.
“It’s a very proud night for us,” she added. “We never expected to win anything like this. It’s hard work sometimes but I love every minute of it. This has made the trips to places like Gortakeegan over the years well worth it.”
Margaret’s favourite memory of an incredible season was Dundalk’s trip to Croatia in July where she watched her beloved Lilywhites silence 18,000 fervent Hajduk Split fans with a 2-1 victory at the magnificent Stadion Poljud.
“That is the most historic moment from my time supporting Dundalk,” she said. “I said that night that the players deserved to be the champions of Ireland and they’ve proved they are. These young lads have given this town everything. No matter what road they take in the future, I will never forget what each of them has done for us.”
Margaret also had special words of praise for Chris Shields who picked up the Players Player of the Year award, the Player of the Year award and the Travel Club Away Supporters Player of the Year award.
“I would have been a critic of Chris back in 2012,” she admitted. “He is the most improved player I have ever seen.
“I met his mother on the trip to Split and she is one of my best friends now. It is the same with the Masseys, the Boyles, the Towells, we have never had this sense of closeness at the club ever before. To me they are all my babies.”