Jack, 104, was loyal supporter since schooldays
NOTTS County will be paying tribute to one of the club’s oldest fans who died this week, aged 104.
Jack Challans was believed to be one of the oldest football fans in the world and had followed the ‘Pies since he was a schoolboy.
Notts County have said they are making plans for Jack’s funeral procession to pass by Meadow Lane stadium as well as hosting his wake.
Lewis Henry Challans was born on October 18, 1914, but has always gone by the name of ‘Jack,’ said his granddaughter Sally Wilson-challans.
Mrs Wilson-challans said her grandfather used to run from the old Arkwright School on London Road and sneak into the grounds in an attempt to watch every game.
The 44-year-old, of Bestwood, said Jack died after suffering a heart attack at Queen’s Medical Centre on December 4 - but wanted to express her thanks to the club for its support over the years.
She added: “They are all deeply saddened but they have been so supportive as they have been since he was a little boy.
“The club regularly rang and sent get well soon cards whilst he was in hospital over the last few months.
“The club has said they will accommodate the wake.
“I posted his passing on Facebook and so many people messaged me, people from the club, players, they’re always there and people have grown to love him.”
When Jack was 101 he received a birthday present from the club while he was recovering from an infection in hospital.
The present, a signed club shirt, was presented to him after he was rushed to hospital just before his birthday.
Gary White, of Clifton, has been a groundsman at the club since 2012, and first met Jack on his 101st birthday.
The 27-year-old has known the family ever since and hopes some of his ashes will be scattered on the grounds of Meadow Lane.
He said: “Towards the end he couldn’t come to any games as he kept falling ill. We were trying to organise him coming down to some games over the summer but unfortunately he never managed to.
“We tried a few times to get him in the directors suite but it never managed to happen. It’s such a shame as I would have loved him to come one last time.”
A statement from Notts County said: “We were deeply saddened to hear of Jack’s passing and have since been in close contact with his family.
“Plans are being put in place for Jack’s funeral procession to pass Meadow Lane stadium and for the club also to host his wake, which will give club staff the opportunity to pay their respects.
“Our thoughts continue to be with Jack’s loved ones at this difficult time.”
Notts County’s oldest fan Lewis Henry Challans, known as Jack, has died at the age of 104