Football fan is rewarded for 80 years of support

Wilf Hankins with the picture presented to him for 80 years loyal support
Wilf Hankins with the picture presented to him for 80 years loyal support

A pensioner who has been a Grimsby Town fan for an incredible 80 years has celebrated the milestone by having a special picture taken with the entire team.

89-year-old Wilfred Hankins from Middle Rasen has been a firm supporter of the team through their trials and tribulations - and was thrilled to join The Mariners on the Blundell Park pitch for a photograph with the current squad.

Wilfred said: “It felt great going across the pitch - I felt like I was walking across Wembley.”

Of all the matches Wilfred has watched, he says his favourite was game was against Wolves many years ago - and it is because it is the only one his wife Vera has been to with him.