Jack, 104, was loyal sup­porter since school­days

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By JOSEPH LOCKER [email protected]­plc.com

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

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