Sheffield Wednesday’s oldest season ticket holder, 100-year-old Ivy Gulson, has pretty much seen it all during the years she has loyally followed the Owls.
Ivy has been a season ticket holder at Hillsborough for 70 consecutive years – and has now been officially recognised as the oldest person to watch the Owls week-in, week-out.
The club laid on a very special welcome on Saturday to celebrate her devotion to the Owls.
Ivy – along with grandson Neville Glasby, 51, and great grandson Adam Glasby, 20 – were invited by the club to enjoy the full VIP treatment during Saturday’s season opener against Bristol City.
The family were treated to an executive box at the ground to witness new boss Carlos Carvalhal lead a new-look Wednesday side to a 2-0 win and all three points.
Adam said: “We got a phone call asking us if we wanted to come see the match from an executive box.
Ivy said: “It’s something I will never forget. It was a great day. Of course I’ll be going to the next game against Reading.”
Great grandson Adam added: “It was a really good experience. We got a three-course meal and the staff couldn’t do enough for us, especially for Ivy.
“Ivy can’t walk far because of her age but it didn’t matter as the staff got anything she wanted for her straight away.”
The family watched the game from a box in the North Stand before getting a special visit at full-time.
Adam added: “We were told not to leave straight away, but we didn’t know why. Then at full-time, the new owner Dejphon Chansiri came in to see us. He gave Ivy a signed Wednesday shirt with the number 100 on the back.
“We didn’t expect that at all.”
And Mr Chansiri was not the only one who popped in – the family, from Worksop, also got to meet Wednesday hero David Hirst.
Hirst scored 106 goals for the Owls between 1986 and 1997 and remains a fan favourite at Hillsborough.
Adam said: “David Hirst came in as well and shook our hands. We weren’t expecting that either – it was amazing.”