Club honours its 100-year-old fan

Jordan Whitbourn celebrates his 100th birthday with daughter Pauline Lambert and sons David Whitbourn, John Whitbourn, Alan Whitbourn, Michael Whitbourn and Tony Whitbourn.
Jordan Whitbourn celebrates his 100th birthday with daughter Pauline Lambert and sons David Whitbourn, John Whitbourn, Alan Whitbourn, Michael Whitbourn and Tony Whitbourn.

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Pompey fan Jordan Whitbourn received a very special 100th birthday present from the club.

To mark his impressive milestone, Pompey sent four free tickets for the directors’ box.

Jordan, from Leigh Park, was also treated to a party, organised by his family.

About 80 people turned up to the special occasion at Denvilles Club in Havant.

They included daughter Pauline, who came all the way from Perth, Australia with her daughter Ayleen.

Jordan’s nephew Neil also travelled from his home in New South Wales to join the celebrations.

The delighted centenarian said: ‘It’s been exciting because I’ve got everybody here. I’m enjoying it and feel very grateful.

“I’ve got good health at the moment, no trouble in that respect.’

Jordan was born in Canada but his parents moved back to the UK when he was a toddler.

During the war he served in the Royal Engineers and was sent to France in the second wave of troops after D-Day.

Jordan was married to his late wife Dora for more than 60 years.

He has seven children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He worked as a painter and decorator for his entire career and in his spare time was keen on cycling.

When he turned 80, Jordan received a bicycle as a birthday present and managed to impress everyone by continuing to cycle right into his early 90s.

He puts his long life and health down to the fact that he has never smoked and enjoys a regular breakfast – mushrooms, eggs and sometimes bacon.

He also likes the occasional brown ale.

Son Dave says: ‘He’s always had a sense of humour, often laughing before he gets to the punchline of a joke!

“Unfortunately sometimes he likes to tell the same jokes but everyone laughs.

“He is a much-loved character within the family.’