Bristol Rovers supporters, young and old alike, will be heading to Wembley on Sunday afternoon for the Vanarama Promotion final when Darrell Clarke’s side take on Grimsby Town.
During the season we brought you news of Kitty Thorne, who celebrated her 100th birthday in January, and who still comes to the Memorial Stadium for our home games.
Sunday afternoon will see at least three supporters in their nineties making their way to London hoping to see Rovers regain their place in the Football league.
Ernest Hall is one of them. The 97 year old, who lives in Kingswood, will be travelling up with his son, Nick.
Ernest has quite an interesting story to tell, as he played football for the English Army Football team when he was stationed in India during the Second World War and we will be speaking to him over the summer, not only about his trip to Wembley, but about his experience when representing his country.
Two more nonagenarians, Edna and Robert Townsend will also be cheering on the boys in blue and white on Sunday.
In fact, Edna’s love of Rovers has kept her alive! Following a fall, she incurred head injuries and a bleed on the brain. No one was sure if she would recover, and surgeons were reluctant to operate because of her age.
However she continually told the neurologist about her support for the club and so convinced were her team of specialists that she had something to live for, the operation went ahead. Consequently Edna and her husband Robert, both aged 92, will be in the stand at Wembley and in their usual seats in the Lancerscott West Stand when the new season kicks off in August.
We will also be speaking to Edna and Robert, who have already renewed their season tickets, in the summer, seeing what their thoughts are for the new campaign and their favourite moments following Rovers.