WEST BRIDGEWATER — He was there when Patriots fans fled as the stands burst into flame, and when they tore down a goal post and hauled it out of the stadium. He cheered at the Snow Bowl, gaped in wonder at the Snowplow Game, and claimed victory in a snowball fight with the Minnesota Vikings. He has sat through more losing seasons (16) than recent arrivals on the Patriots bandwagon would imagine possible.
Long before “New England” became a synonym for “perennial football juggernaut,” Charles Underhill of West Bridgewater stayed true to a hapless team that bounced from venue to venue like a barnstorming vaudeville act. Underhill, 73, became a season ticket holder in 1966, the franchise’s seventh season. In those 47 seasons, Underhill says, he has attended every playoff and regular season game played at home — save one, for reasons beyond anyone’s control.