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Europcar’s Arsenal ‘Fan of the Season’ receives hero’s welcome as new Premier League season kicks off

Ernie Crouch enjoys VIP treatment for club’s first game, courtesy of Europcar 

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Europcar’s Arsenal ‘Fan of the Season 2014/15’, Ernie Crouch, was given a hero’s welcome for Arsenal’s first match of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign this weekend against West Ham.
As the winner of the inaugural ‘Fan of the Season’ competition launched by Europcar, the Official Car and Van Rental Partner of Arsenal Football Club, Ernie travelled to and from Emirates stadium from his Finchley home in the comfort of a Europcar chauffeur-driven car. And he was entertained with lunch in the club’s executive dining suite, The Foundry, where he met Arsenal legend, Charlie George.
“This has been a magnificent day, and one I’ll never forget,” said Ernie. “I never expected any recognition for supporting a club that has given me so many great memories throughout the years. Nevertheless, I’m extremely grateful to Europcar for the experience and I’m very proud to be named as Arsenal’s Fan of the Season.”
Life-long Arsenal fan, Ernie won the Europcar competition by an overwhelming majority after being nominated by his close friend Maryanne Spence. At the grand old age of ninety, Ernie has managed to attend all but a handful of matches, home and away, as well as every Youth, Reserve and Ladies’ team game.
It was this sort of tireless commitment to the club which Europcar set out to reward when it launched the competition last season as Europcar UK Group Managing Director, Ken McCall, explains: “Ernie personifies the type of relentless, unwavering, loyalty that makes fans of the Premier League clubs the best in the world. He’s been attending matches since he was eight years old, yet his passion for the game has never dwindled.
“Being a football fan is never easy. Supporters like Ernie that stick with their team through thick and thin, year after year, are the real superstars of their clubs,” concluded Ken McCall. “It has been a pleasure to give something back to a supporter as humble and deserving as Ernie, and we can’t wait to do the same again this season.”
Europcar is hoping that Ernie’s story will encourage other fans to go one better in a bid to win the ‘Fan of the Season’ crown for 2015/16. It will be launching details of the competition later in the year and fans can look out for information @EuropcarSport.
Please feel free to use accompanying photography:
Charlie George and Ernie Crouch
Ray Parlour and Ernie Crouch
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About Europcar
Europcar is one of the leading mobility players in Europe. Present in over 140 countries, the Group provides customers with one of the largest vehicle rental networks through its own operators, franchisees and partnerships. Europcar Group operates worldwide its own brands Europcar® and InterRent®, which is its low cost brand. The group puts customers at the heart of its mission whether it is innovation or service. All the employees of the group are committed to delivering customer satisfaction. Europcar is actively promoting Corporate and Environmental social responsibility. Europcar has been awarded again in 2014 for the 6th consecutive year, by the World Travel Awards (« World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company »). Europcar was also designed « Leading Car Rental Company » in Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Australia. Europcar is owned by Eurazeo, one of the leading listed investment companies in Europe.

Contacts
For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office Ed McCambridge, Madeleine Roles or Wendy Harrison on 020 8977 9132. europcarukteam@harrisonsadler.com

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