Norwich City fan who saw side play at The Nest dies at 102

Jack Boast with letter from Queen on his 100th birthday. Jack Boast with letter from Queen on his 100th birthday.

David Bale david.bale2@archant.co.uk
Monday, April 28, 2014
2:49 PM

Tributes have been paid to one of Norwich City’s oldest fans, who has died a few weeks short of his 103rd birthday.

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Jack Boast died at the Old Rectory care home in Norwich Road, Acle on April 12.

Care home chef Gary Stride said that Mr Boast told him that he had been a City fan ever since his father took him to The Nest, the club’s ground before Carrow Road, when he was a young boy.

His love of the Canaries continued right up until a few weeks before he died, and he would listen intently to the match commentary on the radio.

Mr Stride said: “Despite his age, poor sight and being hard of hearing he asked me every week who Norwich were playing, whether home or away and he could remember how many points they had.

“Even though he could barely hear anything the games were played on his radio in his room and he always got excited when they won. He was very proud of their promotion to the Premier League.”

Mr Boast never had children and his closest relatives, nephew and niece Ken and Janet Stratton, helped take care of him before he moved to the care home. They welcomed him for Christmas lunch for nearly 30 years.

Mrs Stratton, who lives in Hillcrest Road, Thorpe St Andrew, said: “He was always interested in Norwich City’s results. It was quite hard for him, as his hearing was going, and he could not see the TV. But he always enjoyed hearing the results and the match commentaries, and he liked to know where Norwich City were in the league. He would listen to the commentary on the radio in the care home and would get excited if Norwich won.”

Mr Boast lived in New Road, Reedham before he moved to the care home. His wife of 31 years, Gladys had died in 1983, so he lived alone. He had been a clerk for about 30 years for the East Anglian Real Property Company in Cantley.

Mrs Stratton added: “He was always very independent. He was careful about money, which I think stemmed from the fact that he was out of work in the Depression before the Second World War. He was interested in a lot of things, but was quite an obstinate character.”

As a young man Mr Boast played for Reedham cricket club as a wicketkeeper and he also played bowls. He was a keen gardener. The cremation will be held on what would have been his 103rd birthday, at 10.15am on May 2 at St Faith’s.

Do you know a Norwich City supporter older than Mr Boast? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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