Owls’ ‘oldest fan’ Jesse Webb, 101, to attend Championship clash with Ipswich Town

101-year-old Jesse Webb at the Pro-Celeb football match held at Woodbridge Football Club in aid of t

101-year-old Jesse Webb at the Pro-Celeb football match held at Woodbridge Football Club in aid of the Jude Brady Foundation last year. Picture: SIMON PARKER

As Ipswich Town take to the field against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow afternoon, one diehard Owls fan will be hoping the team he has followed since the 1920s can return to South Yorkshire with an away win.

Jesse Webb receives a Sheffield Wednesday shirt on his 100th birthday from his oldest great-grandson

Jesse Webb receives a Sheffield Wednesday shirt on his 100th birthday from his oldest great-grandson, Teddy, on behalf of all his great-grandchildren. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Among spectators in the East of England Co-operative Stand will be 101-year-old Jesse Webb, who attended his first game at Hillsborough in 1923.

Jesse Webb enjoying a kick-about at 70. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Jesse Webb enjoying a kick-about at 70. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Mr Webb, whose birthday is in July, moved to Grove Court care home, in Woodbridge, 18 months ago to be closer to his daughter’s family in Aldeburgh.

Jesse Webb's wedding to Bessie Waterfall, in Sheffield, before he went to war. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Jesse Webb's wedding to Bessie Waterfall, in Sheffield, before he went to war. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Thought to be Wednesday’s oldest fan, Mr Webb turned out for almost every home game until he was in his 70s.

Jesse Webb relaxing in Aldeburgh. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Jesse Webb relaxing in Aldeburgh. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

He will be joined at the game by Grove Court’s Doreen Pegg and members of his family, which includes four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Jesse Webb celebrates his birthday with all his great grandchildren. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Jesse Webb celebrates his birthday with all his great grandchildren. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant


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Mr Webb served in the Royal Marines during the war – touring North Africa, Italy and Israel.

Former Royal Marine Jesse Webb meets the latest generation of servicemen. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Former Royal Marine Jesse Webb meets the latest generation of servicemen. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

His daughter, Anne Taylor said Mr Webb’s memory for results and scorers is as clear as it was the day he attended games.

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The in-form Owls visit Portman Road on a five-match winning streak and can clinch a Championship play-off spot with victory tomorrow.

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