WEST Bromwich Albion are extremely sad to report the passing of much-loved and devoted supporter Les James.
Les, at the age of 91, was the Club's oldest away season-ticket holder and a familiar face to so many at The Hawthorns and on the road.
An avid follower since 1948, the Smethwick resident was Fans' Champion for last season's 4-0 Premier League victory at home to Burnley.
Having been nominated by fellow Baggies supporters, Les was pre-match guest of honour and delivered the matchball to the plinth on the hallowed turf.
He sadly passed away in hospital on Monday morning surrounded by family and friends.
Les will be sorely missed by everyone at Albion.
Supporters' Club Chairman John Homer said: "Les was simply a lovely, caring and considerate man who followed Albion through thick and thin.
"He always had a smile on his face and never grumbled about the team, whatever the result.
"He was a shining example of a true supporter of the football club and a tremendous example of what a supporter should be.
"Les had so many friends among Albion supporters and at the football club, he's going to be very, very sorely missed."
Close friend and Albion season ticket holder Helen Allport added: "Les supported the team home and away, his last match was Swansea away on the final day of last season.
"If you ever asked Les what the score would be, he would always say 2-1 to Albion.
"I'll miss him terribly."
Rest In Peace, Les.