Newcastle fan and season ticket holder, the Reverend Jim Errington celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday and reflected on his time supporting the club.

His first United match was in the 1928/29 season, just missing out on seeing Newcastle United’s last league title win in 1927!

The long serving fan revealed to the Chronicle that his early visits to St. James’ Park were thanks to a schoolteacher taking the boys as a reward for playing in the school team.

The Reverend Errington being 13 when he first walked through the turnstiles at Newcastle United.

After 87 years service,  Jim has given a scathing verdict on today’s team, saying that this season is the most disappointing he has ever seen and points out that the current players have no passion or pride in playing for the club.

Reverend Jim Errington:

“The master that ran the (school) team used to take us to Newcastle United as a thank you for playing but what he didn’t know was he was showing me the way. I’ve been following that path ever since.”

“This is the most disappointing of all the seasons I’ve seen, for them to be in a relegation place…they may make it but it depends.

“We have lost the passion, the pride that playing for Newcastle and playing in the North East meant.”