Centurion Jim graces Goodison turf

30 August  12 Comments  [Jump to last]

A 100 year-old Everton fan has been given the opportunity to live out a lifelong dream by stepping on to the hallowed turf of Goodison Park.

Jim Rogerson, originally from Waterloo but living in Barrow-in-Furness, was the guest of honour before kick off as he was presented with a commemorative framed programme, from the first game he attended, by Everton's leading post-war goal scorer Graeme Sharp.

The World War II veteran attended his first Everton game at Goodison Park 88 years ago at just 12 years-old. The fixture played on 1 September 1928 saw the great William Ralph ‘Dixie' Dean score his second hat-trick of the season in a 4-0 victory over Portsmouth.

Jim recalled “I remember leaving the ground and the fans talking about how Dixie could break the 60 goal record he set the season before.”

Over the years Jim passed on his passion for the Club on to his children and grandchildren and was delighted with being able to live out one of his dreams at the age of 100.

"It really has been a dream come true. I have been coming to Goodison Park since I was a boy and have always looked forward to it but today was extra special as I got to walk out on the pitch. I've not been able to come back much lately but every time I have come back it brings back fond memories of watching some true Everton greats play including Dixie Dean, Alan Ball, Alex Young and of course Graeme Sharp who I met today. Everton really are the People's Club and giving me and my family this opportunity is a big example of why.”

Jim brought his family to the game and was pitchside with his proud daughter Julie and nephew David.

David added “The entire family has been excited about today. From the moment we accepted Everton's generous offer to celebrate Jim's birthday he has had a new lease of life. It has been a truly memorable day and thank you to all at the Club who have helped make it happen.”

 

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Derek Thomas
1 Posted 31/08/2016 at 04:17:19
Those who know etc etc. Nice move by The Club.
Ian Burns
2 Posted 31/08/2016 at 08:58:11
Well done EFC – sometimes we get it right on the money!

I thought I had been watching the blues for a long time – crikey, 1928 for his first game. Fantastic stuff.

David Booth
3 Posted 31/08/2016 at 10:18:25
What an Evertonian. Heartwarming story.
Gerry Quinn
4 Posted 31/08/2016 at 10:40:39
He looks in brilliant nick for an Evertonian that age - better than most of us! All the best to Jim the Centurion - WOW, 1928...
Kevin O'Regan
5 Posted 31/08/2016 at 15:14:20
I like it. Don't dare ever lose these touches, Everton.

No matter what money is floating around, what managers we have, what ambitions we have, and what it takes to get us there. These kind of stories & people are what makes a club. It's not hard, but it's priceless and everlasting.

Jack Convery
6 Posted 31/08/2016 at 16:02:34
100 years watching EFC – he deserves a bloody medal!

Well done EFC.

William Cartwright
7 Posted 31/08/2016 at 16:56:25
100 years and an Everton supporter and still has a good head of hair. I pulled all mine out 20 years ago! Simply brilliant!
Nick Entwistle
8 Posted 02/09/2016 at 00:36:52
Wow, a Centurion! That makes him, what, well over 1,500 years old. Sure he'd still look good in sword and sandals.
Brian Denton
9 Posted 06/09/2016 at 15:25:11
Gerry Quinn (4) – he looks in incredible nick – I've seen 60-year-olds look older than him. And he probably fought a war too.

My dad would be 102 now - unfortunately he died 34 years ago!

I really hope that guy is in a final salary pension scheme – he would have got his money's worth...

Brian Denton
10 Posted 06/09/2016 at 15:58:14
Nick, I thought I was ToffeeWeb's resident pedant! You are correct of course - the proper term is 'centenarian' but, having said that, anyone who has put up with Everton for that long probably has the fortitude of a centurion.
Tony Kost
11 Posted 08/09/2016 at 20:53:02
The People's Club doing us proud again. Well done Everton FC. Jim looks so pleased – that Cumbrian air must be very special! I wish I had a decent head of hair like his.
David Greenwood
12 Posted 09/09/2016 at 21:06:36
Great story.

The club do things like this brilliantly.

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