Football fan celebrates amazing milestone

Pompey fan Leslie Smith celebrates his 104th birthday with a handmade cake by care home group manager Eileen Bolton''''Picture by Louise Adams C131098-1 Chi Leslie Smith
Pompey fan Leslie Smith celebrates his 104th birthday with a handmade cake by care home group manager Eileen Bolton''''Picture by Louise Adams C131098-1 Chi Leslie Smith

A FOOTBALL-LOVING Cicestrian, who may be the oldest fan of Portsmouth Football Club in the world, has celebrated his 104th birthday in style.

Leslie Smith celebrated the impressive milestone at Abbas Coombe Care Home in Chichester on Tuesday.

Joined by three representatives from Portsmouth Football Club, mayor of Chichester Alan Chaplin, Mr Smith’s son Brian and his daughter-in-law, Mr Smith spoke of his childhood as a Portsmouth FC fan.

Jenner Lally, manager of Abbas Coombe Care, said: “He has been a fan for 100 years – not many people can say that!

“Leslie has been at the care home for just over a year. He came here when he was 103 – he was living at home until then.

“He said he has had a lovely day, he seems to have really enjoyed it.”

The mayor of Chichester Alan Chaplin spent some time talking to Mr Smith about his long life, and time in the war.

The 104-year-old was also interviewed by the PR team from Portsmouth FC.

“They wanted to know all about his first football match,” said Ms Lally.

“He told them it cost him a shilling to watch.”

Mr Smith also showed the revellers pictures from when he was younger.

The team at the care home made Mr Smith a birthday cake, and he was toasted by the other residents of the home with a glass of champagne.

“We have also had two other birthdays in the care home today so it’s been a whole day of celebration,” said Ms Lally.