101-year-old Owls fan Jesse had a ‘fantastic’ time at Ipswich Town’s expense
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It may have been a forgettable season finish for Blues fans at Portman Road on Saturday – but one moment of magic should cheer even the most desolate of supporters.
Watching the action from the East of England Co-operative Stand was 101-year-old Jesse Webb, a lifelong Sheffield Wednesday fan who saw his team make the Championship play-offs thanks to their 1-0 away win at Town’s expense.
Mr Webb, who attended his first game at Hillsborough in 1923, is thought to be the Owls’ oldest fan and was a regular at the South Yorkshire ground, attending almost every home fixture into his 70s.
He moved to Grove Court care home in Woodbridge shortly after celebrating his century to be close to his daughter’s family in Aldeburgh.
And it was with four generations of the family – including great-grandsons Josh Taylor, 6, and Archie Ormrod, 13, that Mr Webb, a former Royal Marine, attended Saturday’s game.
Son-in-law Bob Taylor said Mr Webb had a “fantastic time” at the game – not least because he got to meet the Owls boss for a quick photo.
“He was really on the ball throughout the game and was following all of the action,” Mr Taylor said.
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“The Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal appeared from nowhere and Jesse recognised him straight away.
“He came over and chatted to Jesse and they both had their photo taken and then the manager said he’d see him in another 20 years.”
Mr Taylor said his father-in-law was most pleased to see his club make it through to the play-offs.
“He’s seen them in the top flight many times before and it would be great for him to see them in the Premiership again,” he added.
“But I don’t think it worries him too much - he just really enjoys watching them play.”
Mr Webb, who toured North Africa, Italy and Israel during the war, will be 102 by the time next season gets underway.
His daughter, Anne Taylor said Mr Webb’s memory for results and scorers is as clear as it was the day he attended games.