“The Owls is what keeps me going,” says Sheffield Wednesday’s oldest fan as he turns 101.
Owls-mad Jesse Webb went to his first match at Hillsborough in 1923 and attended almost every home game until he was in his 70s.
Even after turning 101 this week, the super-fan still keeps close tabs on his beloved team – watching every game and keeping up with coverage in The Star.
Jesse, who was born and raised in Walkley, has an encyclopedic knowledge of his team and has ‘high hopes’ he’ll live to see Wednesday in the Premier League again.
He said: “I was disappointed with the play-off result. But Wednesday have a great manager who is doing some amazing things.
“I have high hopes that I’ll live to see us in the premiership again. The Owls is what keeps me going, I’ll always need to know how they’ll do next season.”
Jesse said the golden years for Wednesday were from the late 20s.
He recalled Wednesday winning the league in 1928–29, starting a run which saw the team finish lower than third just once until 1936.
Jesse said his favourite player of all time was Ernie Blenkinsop.
He said: “I’ve always loved the Owls, from being a lad of eight to sitting here at 101. It’s always good to watch them play.”
Jesse, who lived in Walkley until World War Two broke out, joined the Royal Marines in 1940 and toured North Africa, Italy and Israel.
Shortly before going to war he married true-love Bessie Waterfall at St William’s Church on Ecclesall Road.
Jesse and Bessie went on to have a son and a daughter and lived in the Greystones area. He is now a grandfather of four and a great grandfather to 12.
Jesse, who moved from his house in Sheffield to a care home in Suffolk last year, said relatives in Sheffield send him Owls cuttings from The Star every week.
On the secret to a long life, Jesse said being passionate about something is key – especially the Owls.
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