107-year-old Percy went to first Saints match aged 7

Daily Echo: CELEBRATION: Percy Purkiss, centre, on his 107th birthday with, from left, son Ron, Lisa and Mark Stewart, and daughter-in-law Brenda. CELEBRATION: Percy Purkiss, centre, on his 107th birthday with, from left, son Ron, Lisa and Mark Stewart, and daughter-in-law Brenda.

IT’S official. Percy Purkiss has clocked up an amazing 100 years as a Saints supporter.

After going to his first match as a seven-year-old, Percy has now celebrated his 107th birthday, making him probably the club’s longest serving fan.

Although he has not been to see his beloved side since he was 99, Percy still follows the goings-on at St Mary’s thanks to the Daily Echo.

Percy was born the year of the first aeroplane flight in Europe and the opening of the first cinema.

The great-grandfather-of-three celebrated the milestone on Sunday with family at his home in Copythorne.

Percy said “being looked after well and keeping active” was his secret to long life.

However, the Saints supporter always has a glass of hock, a sweet German white wine, before he goes to bed.

Born in 1906, the youngest of 11 children, Percy was raised in Cadnam and has lived in the area all his life. He went to Copythorne School and played cricket and football for Cadnam.

He married Wilmer, from nearby Winsor, in 1930 and they were together until her death in 2006 – they had two children and rented the same house in Winsor for 72 years.

Percy, who has four grandchildren, worked for Hughes convenience store in Cadnam as a delivery worker, first on a bike then in a van, until the Second World War.

During the war, he served for five years in the Royal Army Service Corps in Egypt and Italy.

He later returned to work at Hughes, then went on to drive lorries for building firm AA Morgan and Hampshire County Council.

In retirement, he was a part-time gardener at Bartley School. Percy received a card from the Queen and a telegram from Work and Pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith, while his granddaughter Lisa Stewart made him a cake with a photograph of him on it.

Long life runs in the family – Percy’s sister Florence lived to 104.

Percy’s son Ron, 81, said: “It’s great, he’s been a good father. I’m proud of him.”

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3:32pm Tue 22 Jan 13

warrens 76 says...

He looks 67 good work fella..UTS...stay around we want you to see us in the Champoins League..
He looks 67 good work fella..UTS...stay around we want you to see us in the Champoins League.. warrens 76

4:58pm Tue 22 Jan 13

999medic says...

Southampton Football Club, should send a taxi for every home game and give him a complimentary box for him . Well done Sir, we salute you.
Southampton Football Club, should send a taxi for every home game and give him a complimentary box for him . Well done Sir, we salute you. 999medic

6:53pm Tue 22 Jan 13

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

You look great Percy keep enjoying life and supporting the boys in RED & WHITE , we want you to see the SAINTS rise up the league . very best wishes for another 100 + years
You look great Percy keep enjoying life and supporting the boys in RED & WHITE , we want you to see the SAINTS rise up the league . very best wishes for another 100 + years SPIKEISLANDTRADER

7:33pm Tue 22 Jan 13

apm1954 says...

once a saint always a saint, come on mr cortesse invite this special guy to st marys for a day you could do with some good publicity , happy birthday percy
once a saint always a saint, come on mr cortesse invite this special guy to st marys for a day you could do with some good publicity , happy birthday percy apm1954

8:23pm Tue 22 Jan 13

billythesaint says...

Lives round the corner from me.Top bloke. Happy birthday.
Lives round the corner from me.Top bloke. Happy birthday. billythesaint

8:27pm Tue 22 Jan 13

ShakeyWiffles says...

He does NOT look 107! Good on you Percy :)
He does NOT look 107! Good on you Percy :) ShakeyWiffles

8:33pm Tue 22 Jan 13

gladbachsaint says...

I am only 40 but it FEELS like i have supported Saints for 100 years - does that count?
I am only 40 but it FEELS like i have supported Saints for 100 years - does that count? gladbachsaint

8:46pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Lockssmart says...

Good man.
Good man. Lockssmart

9:49pm Tue 22 Jan 13

One Heart....One Vision says...

Congratulations Percy....107 years young.
Congratulations Percy....107 years young. One Heart....One Vision

10:12pm Tue 22 Jan 13

weall8leedscum says...

Well Done Percy.

Your banning order is up in 2 years after you ironed those 3 skates out.

Looking forward to seeing you back at the stadium.

The "Firms" not been the same without you.

On a more serious note, The man should be guest of honour in the Directors box
.
Get it sorted N.C.
Well Done Percy. Your banning order is up in 2 years after you ironed those 3 skates out. Looking forward to seeing you back at the stadium. The "Firms" not been the same without you. On a more serious note, The man should be guest of honour in the Directors box . Get it sorted N.C. weall8leedscum

7:56am Wed 23 Jan 13

Tirau Dan says...

Respect Sir! FAN -tastic
I'd like to join the others in hoping SFC will guest you as a VIP to a match.
I hope someone in So'ton will contact the pr dept at sms if they haven't already caught on....

Ring out a chant - Percy 100 Percy 100 Percy 100
Respect Sir! FAN -tastic I'd like to join the others in hoping SFC will guest you as a VIP to a match. I hope someone in So'ton will contact the pr dept at sms if they haven't already caught on.... Ring out a chant - Percy 100 Percy 100 Percy 100 Tirau Dan

8:00am Wed 23 Jan 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Tirau Dan wrote:
Respect Sir! FAN -tastic
I'd like to join the others in hoping SFC will guest you as a VIP to a match.
I hope someone in So'ton will contact the pr dept at sms if they haven't already caught on....

Ring out a chant - Percy 100 Percy 100 Percy 100
I have to say, Dan, I totally agree. When people go on about this player or that player deserving free seats to matches, I get a bit annoyed; where does it start and where does it end?

Percy, however, is in a different class, and guest of honour for this fantastic achievement would be very fitting.
[quote][p][bold]Tirau Dan[/bold] wrote: Respect Sir! FAN -tastic I'd like to join the others in hoping SFC will guest you as a VIP to a match. I hope someone in So'ton will contact the pr dept at sms if they haven't already caught on.... Ring out a chant - Percy 100 Percy 100 Percy 100[/p][/quote]I have to say, Dan, I totally agree. When people go on about this player or that player deserving free seats to matches, I get a bit annoyed; where does it start and where does it end? Percy, however, is in a different class, and guest of honour for this fantastic achievement would be very fitting. Strasbourg Saint

10:47pm Wed 23 Jan 13

florida saint says...

nice one percy, well done to you, you must be a great man to withstand all the stress of being a saints fan for 100 years, i wonder if he has ever witnessed such a brutal sacking of a saints manager as has just happened to nigel, good luck to you and hope you get that call for a vip day at st marys,
nice one percy, well done to you, you must be a great man to withstand all the stress of being a saints fan for 100 years, i wonder if he has ever witnessed such a brutal sacking of a saints manager as has just happened to nigel, good luck to you and hope you get that call for a vip day at st marys, florida saint

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