Every day a Sheffield Wednesday for 100-year-old Owl

Gertrude Wilson celelbrating her 100th birthday at Tinsley Community Cente
Gertrude Wilson celelbrating her 100th birthday at Tinsley Community Cente
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That’s Gertrude Wilson a lifelong Owl who still follows the Hillsbrough club’s fortunes at the grand old age of 100.

Gertrude celebrated her big day with a party for family and friends – every one of them a Wednesdayite.

Born in Tamworth, Staffordshire, Gertrude moved to Sheffield to live with her grandma when she was eight.

That’s when, says her daughter Jennifer, she started following Wednesday and she has been a fan ever since.

Said Jennifer: “Sheffield Wednesday has always played a massive part in life for all our family, especially mum.”

Gertrude grew up on the Manor and attended Carbrook County School.

She fell in love with Edward and the couple married and lived in Tyler Street, where they lived for many years.

They had five children Brian, Jennifer, June, Maureen and John.

A widow since 1977, Gertrude, worked as an office cleaner and waitress at Sheffield Town Hall for 36 years where she often waited on tables for VIPs and dignitaries including Princess Margaret.

She has 13 grandchildren, 20 great granchildren and 14 great, great grandchildren.

Jennifer said: “Mum has always believed in hard work and that, along with a tot of whisky in her tea every morning and another at night, is the secret of her long life.

“She has always been a very active lady.

“Her grandson Mark, who came back to Sheffield for her birthday, lives in Thailand and she went to visit him at the age of 95.

“And although she doesn’t get to the ground these days, she still follows Wednesday.

“It makes her day when they win and always has.”