Newcastle football fan Keith ‘beefy’ Roberts fears he may not be able to continue to watch Newcastle United at St James’ Park due to his weight.
The 52 year-old fuel tanker driver, who has been a regular at St James’ Park since the age of 9, has found it increasingly difficult to walk in recent times and now his knees are so worn that he is struggling to get to his seat at the stadium.
The 24-stone Geordie is often shown on TV with his top off, cheering on his beloved team – in fact he became so well known that four years ago, the club even began selling t-shirts with a picture of his body on.
Beefy, who has ‘NUFC’ tattooed across his front, is known to drink 30 pints on match-days but now is unable to join his friends on the regular pre-match pub crawl.
He told the Daily Star,
For home games I used to be out of the door at 10am for a 3pm kick off so I could go on a pub crawl with the lads.
I’d do a tour of quite a few of the bars in Newcastle, have something to eat before the game, go boozing after it and arrive back home with a curry takeaway, chips and some cans at 10.30pm to watch Match of the Day.
Around 30 pints of lager over the day. Perfect.
But now I just can’t do a pub crawl, it’s awful.
The father of two’s diet regularly consisted of fried breakfasts, pies and chips for lunch and late-night takeaways. But he has tried to lose some weight in the past.
He managed to shed 8 stone through dieting and exercise but admits that he let things slip, resulting in the weight piling itself back on.