Sheffield Wednesday's oldest fan celebrates team securing play-off place

Jesse and Webb and Carlos Carvalhal (Picture: Ipswich Star)
Jesse and Webb and Carlos Carvalhal (Picture: Ipswich Star)
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A 101-year-old Sheffield Wednesday fan celebrated with fellow Owls when he watched his team secure a play-off place at the weekend.

Jesse Webb, a life-long Owl, was taken to watch his beloved Sheffield Wednesday play Ipswich Town on Saturday and was greeted by manager Carlos Carvalhal who spotted him in the crowd at the end of the match.

Mr Webb, who watched his first game in 1923, is thought to be Wednesday's oldest fan and was a regular at Hillsborough - attending almost every home fixture - into his 70s.

He moved to a care home in Ipswich shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday, to be closer to his daughter's family and when Wednesday played there on Saturday he was taken to the game as a treat.

Mr Webb, a former Royal Marine, will be 102 by the time next season gets underway.

When he turned 100 he told The Star, 'The Owls is what keeps me going'.

Relatives in Sheffield send him Owls cuttings from The Star every week.

Mr Webb's son-in-law, Bob Taylor, said: "He was really on the ball throughout the game and was following all of the action.

“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 he hopes his father-in-law gets to see Wednesday in the Premiership.

“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.”