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80 years of support - and now Ieuan's up for the cup

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

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AT 94-years-old you could be forgiven for not wanting to spend your Saturdays at a cold and wet Liberty Stadium.

But super fan Ieuan Jones can't keep away after picking up the football bug more than 80 years ago.

Mr Jones may well be the oldest member of the Jack Army travelling to Wembley on Sunday to watch the club take on Bradford City.

His son Nigel said: "He went to watch his first game in 1929, it was a game against Grimsby and he sat in the old double-decker stand, which was opened the year before.

"It's unbelievable he can't remember which game he first took me to, but he can remember that game.

''He can even rem- ember the name of the Grimsby striker who played.

"He still goes to a lot of the home games and has been to three of four away games this year, Southamp- ton, Reading and, I think, Aston Villa."

Mr Jones, who lives in Peniel, Carmarthen- shire, with his wife Davina, 84, was a subpostmaster and a grocer in Llanybydder for many years.

And after seeing so many great — and some not-so great teams — during his years watching the club, he is better placed than most to deliver his verdict on the current squad.

"He doesn't like to go too far away from home so we are going up and down in the day," Mr Jones said.

"It will be a long day for him, but he just wouldn't miss it for the world.

"He certainly feels the football they are playing now is the best he has seen.

"The Toshack years were brilliant but like everyone we are hoping long may this continue.

"We are looking forward to the game. We are a little confident, but we don't want to count our chickens.

"He is quite remarkable really, he is still very sprightly, he still drives.

''I just hope it is in the genes!" he added.

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  • brochadav  |  February 22 2013, 10:15AM

    Once a jack....!! I hope Mr Jones enjoys his day out and gets the result we all want.