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Oldest TRFC fan attends game aged 104!

19 August 2019

Tranmere Rovers Football Club welcomed 104-year-old supporter Wilfred Cobain to Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon as he was a guest in the boardroom for the 5-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.

Wilfred, who was born on 22nd June 1915, grew up just yards from Prenton Park in an address on Temple Road.

His first-time watching Tranmere live came at the age of seven-years-old in a local Wirral derby against New Brighton, with his father lifting him over the hoardings.

Wilfred, who Birkenhead Institute and Birkenhead Park High School, has followed the fortunes of Tranmere for 98-years and recalled his time watching Rovers having been invited to attend to Bolton by chairman Mark Palios and vice-chairman Nicola Palios.

Wilfred said: “I lived 300-yards from the ground, so it was a part of my life growing up as a school lad.

“I think one of my first games would have been a local derby against New Brighton, who were the other Wirral club. And I used to go to those, Chester were in the same division as well and they were always great days out.

“Dixie Dean was my favourite player, he was a brilliant player and was at the start of his career and I used to enjoy watching Tom “Pongo” Waring, he came for one season and he got them into the second division and as a schoolboy everything about it was magic.”

Having seen Micky Mellon’s side put five past Bolton, Wilfred is confident that Rovers can enjoy a positive campaign in Sky Bet League One and that they can push on.

He added: “I have a feeling they look promising. They put on a good performance and I liked the way they played right until the end and that they didn’t tail off, they piled up the goals which could be very important at the end of the season and it was a very good result.”


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