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Farewell to our oldest fan Jack Jones

'Bomber' pays tribute to the fan who saw it all

ALBION are saddened to report the death of the Club's oldest fan Jack Jones, who has passed away peacefully yesterday at the age of 108.

Jack was a guest of honour at The Hawthorns in February 2015 to celebrate his 107th birthday and watched his beloved Baggies beat Southampton 1-0.

He was born in 1908, just 30 years after the Club was formed and one year before W.G. Richardson, one of Albion's most revered early figures. 

Jack's longevity ensured he was a first-hand witness to some of the Club's most celebrated moments but he enjoyed none more than that last visit to The Hawthorns which included a meeting with one of his all-time heroes, Tony Brown.

Nischa Pritchard, care manager at Tudor Manor Care Home where Jack had resided since 2013, said: "Jack was given the VIP treatment on that last visit to The Hawthorns and he even got to meet Tony 'Bomber' Brown which brought a lot of pleasure and conversation to Jack and all his friends at Tudor Manor.

"Jack always enjoyed talking about his memories supporting the Albion."

When informed of Jack's passing, Tony said: "He was a delightful man, a great man and tremendous character who was Albion through and through.

"Talking to him about Albion was special because he had seen and experienced so much history. I'm so sad to hear of his passing - it is a sad day for the Club."

Everyone at the Club offers their condolences to Jack's family and many friends - and offers its deep gratitude to Jack for his near century of support.