THE mum of a murdered Newport County fan says it is “divine intervention” that she inherited the club’s old phone number, meaning she is fielding calls from fans wanting tickets for Wembley.

Lemy Bullock, from Pill, was a loyal Newport County fan, following the Exiles home and away, and now his mum, Gwenda, said her son will be “smiling down” on them when they head to Wembley to face Wrexham in the Blue Square Bet Conference Promotion final on Sunday.

Mrs Bullock said “divine intervention” meant she inherited the club’s old Spytty Park phone number.

Mrs Bullock, 64, moved back to Newport in March after living in Devon since shortly before her son’s murder.

But when her phone was installed in her new home in the Gaer it began to ring almost immediately after the win over Grimsby at the weekend.

“I thought it was a wind-up to start with, but I realised I had the old number for Spytty Park. I’ve even had a physio ringing up asking to speak to the Newport County physio,” Mrs Bullock laughs.

The four calls a day have exploded into more than 20 people phoning her since Sunday, but far from being annoyed Mrs Bullock has enjoyed chatting to fans.

“I feel like I’m meant to have the number, like it’s a sort of divine intervention,” she laughed.

“I went to his grave when it all started and I said to him, ‘I know this is you winding me up, isn’t it?’” Mrs Bullock says she would love to be at Wembley but isn’t sure whether she’ll be able to go.

“It was eight years since Lemy died in March and I would love to go on behalf of my son. It would keep his memory alive. But I’m coming up 65 and well, I don’t know whether I’ll be able to.

It is expensive too.” Mr Bullock was stabbed to death in Harvey’s, in Pill, on March 15, 2005.

When asked what it would mean to her son to see his beloved County reach the football league, Mrs Bullock said: “He would be elated, over the moon.

“If they win I am going to take a black and amber bouquet to his grave.”