This pair of sprightly brothers might not look it, but they have almost 200 years of life experience between them.
And Frank and Horace Wheater know the secret to happiness is good food – served with a tot of whisky.
Sheffield United’s oldest fan Frank celebrated his 100th birthday with brother Horace – who turned 98 last Thursday – by his side, at a party in Park View care home, Shiregreen.
The great-grandfathers both served their country during the war, Frank by making bullets and ammunition and Horace as a soldier protecting Britain’s coastal defences.
Relatives and friends toasted the ‘survivors’ before Frank was presented with a Blades shirt, bearing his name and the number 100, by former Blades left-back Ted Hemsley.
Lifelong Star reader Frank, who battled back from an infection which left him needing hospital treatment to enjoy the party, said: “Turning 100 doesn’t make a massive difference. It feels lovely, really.”
Asked if there was a secret to a happy life, the former moulder said: “Go about your business, mind your own business, and get along with what you’ve got to do. And the occasional whisky in my tea has helped.
“I’ve had a lot of happy times, those with my wife were number one, but I also enjoyed Attercliffe boys brigade, where I was a captain.
“I was about eight when I went to my first United match and I’ve supported them ever since, so I’ve good memories there.”
Frank was entertained by an Elvis impersonator at his party and attended last night’s United game as a VIP guest.
Former foundryman Horace – who drove until the age of 95, and now lives in a care home in Clay Cross, Chesterfield – said Sheffield had ‘changed for the better’ since the boys were born on Birch Road, Attercliffe.
He said: “I think we’ve lived so long because of good bread, food, and looking after ourselves properly. Everything makes me happy.”
Diehard Blade Frank once worked at the club and also lived near Bramall Lane for 60 years, on Edmund Road.
The keen darts player and fisherman only moved to his care home last summer.
His 72-year-old son Frank, of Doncaster, said: “They are both survivors. My dad was a ‘6am while 6pm’ man, he worked hard.
“He is a character. I always remember that one day he was cobbling in the garden and a police officer came to the doorway and told him to get out quickly.
“An unexploded bomb had been discovered. They blew the fuse of the bomb to make it safe – and blew his windows out.
“Without any complaint he went to a glazier, bought the glass and put it back.”
Horace’s son Paul, 65, said: “They are marvellous and have done really well.
“Dad was a soldier during the war, based in Dover on coastal defences. He always said Hitler didn’t come to England because he was scared of him!
“He went to Cyprus when he was 95 and drove until that age – he was proud he never had an accident.”