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100 up for Dons fan Jack

Wimbledon through and through

28 April 2023

Club News

100 up for Dons fan Jack

Wimbledon through and through

28 April 2023

“It still upsets me when we lose,” admitted long-time Don Jack Mott just days after his 100th birthday.

After receiving a letter from King Charles and a call from the chairman of the Blind Veterans’ Association, there aren’t many other gifts that could make Jack’s celebrations any better – apart from one!

Earlier today we rewarded his loyalty with a 2022/23 home shirt, fittingly adorned with ‘Mott 100’ on the back, in recognition of his unwavering support after all these years.

Jack was born in Wimbledon and has lived most of his life in Hersham. When Stephen Crabtree and Mick Pugh went to interview Jack 18 months ago, he recalled watching Wimbledon play in the 1920s and not only could he describe the old stadium in detail but he also proceeded to name the players and their positions!

In 1942 he signed up for the new branch of our armed forces, R.E.M.E., and served with distinction. He later became President of Walton Casuals and wrote their 50th and 60th Yearbooks. His interest in the Dons has never diminished and the AFC Wimbledon scarf that Mick previously presented to him remains a treasured possession.

Watch Jack receiving his shirt below.

Although now too frail to visit the stadium, Jack has followed our progress back home with enthusiasm. He today recalled arriving at Plough Lane in 1939 to find military vehicles on the pitch and in the car park ahead of War being declared the following day.

He also spoke with great enthusiasm about why he is still fond of his club all these years later:

“Firstly I was born in the area. I used to be sent a copy of the Borough News in the post. On the back there was always a written report on Wimbledon’s last game. Me and my older brother used to read it and that’s how we got passionate about the club. I started work when I was aged 14 and began going to games at Wimbledon.

“I used to walk from the train station to Plough Lane and pay a sixpence (equivalent to £1) to get into a game. I remember being fascinated when I first went to the stadium. I was hooked!”


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