Portsmouth FC fan Leslie celebrates 105 years

C140799-1 Chi Lesley Smith  phot kate'Web SUS-140608-171443001
C140799-1 Chi Lesley Smith phot kate'Web SUS-140608-171443001

DETERMINED not to stop at one birthday card from the Queen, 105-year-old Leslie Smith can now boast a collection.

Leslie, who could be the oldest ever fan of Portsmouth Football Club, has celebrated his birthday in style at the Abbas Coombe Care Home in Chichester.

Joined by the mayor and mayoress of Chichester, John and Cherry Hughes, and his son Brian, Mr Smith enjoyed a Portsmouth FC-themed birthday cake and wore a hat to mark the occasion.

“He had a lovely day,” said Jenner Lally, manager of Abbas Coombe Care.

“The mayor and mayoress were here for about an hour-and-a-half.

“We got him a birthday sash and a Portsmouth FC t-shirt and had a little garden party – there was another birthday that day, too. He celebrated with other members of Abbas Coombe.”

Mr Smith has been at the care home just over two years.

He arrived when he was 103 and had been living at his home in Chichester until then.

Mr Smith has been a fan of the football club for about 100 years and bought a ticket for his first match for a shilling.

Last year he was visited by representatives from Portsmouth FC who interviewed him about supporting the club over the years. Mr Smith showed them pictures of his younger years.