Farewell To Gateshead's Oldest Fan
Gateshead Football Club's oldest fan, 100-year-old Adam Robson, sadly passed away this morning.
Adam saw Gateshead's first game in the Football League against Doncaster Rovers way back in 1930 and has followed his hometown club ever since.
He was also on the terraces in 1953 in a capacity crowd that saw Gateshead lose 1-0 in the quarter-final of the FA Cup against Bolton Wanderers.
The wheelchair-bound centurion, honoured by the club during the summer, was fittingly at the International Stadium last night to see his beloved Gateshead's first Conference Premier home game of the season.
Gateshead chairman Graham Wood paid tribute to Robson who followed the club over eight decades.
"Following the euphoria surrounding Gateshead's 4-1 demolition of Mansfield Town, everyone at the club was brought quickly down to earth by the sad news that life long fan Adam Robson had passed away on Wednesday morning," said Wood.
"Adam, who had recently celebrated his 100th birthday, was present at Gateshead's first ever Football League match in 1930.
"He also attended Tuesday night's match just a few hours before his death.
"Whilst it's regrettable that Adam didn't fulfil his wish to see Gateshead playing in the Football League again it's gratifying that the team put on such a great performance for his last game.
"Our sympathies go to Adam's family at this difficult time."
Manager Ian Bogie said: "Adam gave Gateshead great support for 80 years, which was much appreciated, and his passing is very sad..
"I am delighted that he was able to attend the Mansfield game and that the players did him proud with an excellent display and result."
The club will hold one minutes applause for their oldest fan before Saturday's Blue Square Bet Premier game against Forest Green Rovers at the International Stadium.