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Meet Mabel the oldest West Ham fan

Mabel1Mabel Rose Arnold is arguably one of the biggest and oldest Hammers fans on the planet. She turned 100 on the same day as  West Ham played Crystal Palace at the Boleyn ground earlier this month.

She’s met Bobby Moore, married the man who helped along a young Trevor Brooking, and has had her name sung by 35,000 of West Ham fans.

“My birthday was fantastic,” Mabel told the Barking and Dagenham Post.

“Some of my family flew in from Belfast for the day, and they arrived at the same time as the postman brought my letter from the Queen. That was lovely.”

Mabel2Mabel’s son Graham told her at the beginning of the season that her birthday coincided with a fixture against Crystal Palace at the Boleyn Ground. “I said, ‘Won’t that be a good day, if God lets me live?’”, Mabel laughed.

His late husband Richard was picked up by West Ham when a club representative saw him coaching local boys and embarked on a career with the Irons. “I went to all the games,” Mabel said. “I remember Bobby Moore coming over to me after the ‘64 final with Preston and asking for the first dance.

I said, pointing to my husband, ‘No – he’s first’, which was funny since all the girls there wanted him. But, you know, that’s all water under the bridge now.”

Mabel, who already has a seat reserved in the Olympic Stadium, said she also enjoyed a “wonderful surprise” when close to 40 family and friends joined her for a party arranged by son Graham.

 

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

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