A fan born when Syd was King and who lived at Upton Park has celebrated his 105th birthday with a special West Ham card.

One of West Ham’s oldest living supporters has been marking another year as a Hammer – bringing his total to 105!

West Ham were founded in 1895 and Joseph Keane was born just 22 years later meaning he has, quite literally, seen it all in his time as a Hammer.

Joseph has been celebrating his 105th birthday at a care home in Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes, having moved there from Upton Park, right on the doorstep of West Ham’s beloved former Boleyn Ground home.

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Fan born when Syd was King and who lived at Upton Park celebrates 105th birthday with special West Ham card

West Ham left the Boleyn during a memorable season back in 2016 and now reside in Stratford – where Joseph married his wife Mary back in April 1948.

The Hammers fan was born in 1917 when Syd was King and lived at Upton Park as he now celebrates his 105th birthday with a special West Ham card.

Syd King was West Ham manager back then while another Syd – Puddefoot – was leading the line on his way to 102 goals in 158 games of his first spell with the east Londoners.

Lifelong Hammer Joseph says there is no secret to a long life and that ‘you just have to try and be as healthy as possible’.

Joseph Keane celebrates his 105th birthday with special West Ham themed card – www.mha.org.uk

Joseph received plenty of cards from family and friends including his West Ham themed card.

The card features legendary Hammer and World Cup winner Bobby Moore, fans enjoying some jellied eels, the old Boleyn Ground and the new London Stadium as well as Mark Noble – who will return to the club as sporting director in January after retiring back in May.

There was plenty of singing and dancing to celebrate his birthday along with a special birthday cake and surely a rendition of the West Ham anthem ‘Bubbles’.

Speaking after his party Joseph said: “I really enjoyed my birthday, especially the dancing. It was a nice day, one which I really enjoyed, and I really like living at the home.

“There are no secrets, I used to work outside when I was younger, and you just try and be healthy.”

Joseph Keane celebrates his 105th birthday with special West Ham themed card – www.mha.org.uk

Julie Roche, the MHA care home manager, said: “Joe had six sisters and one brother and talks about his father and mother quite a lot. 

“As a child Joseph also liked fishing, collecting stamps and gardening.

“After school he worked as a paver. He met his wife, Mary after the war and they were together for 50 years.

“They were married in April 1948 in Stratford and had three children, one of them his daughter, Catherine lives across the road from the home.

“Joe still loves to chat and will happily speak about his life, he loves his food and snacks almost 24 hours a day!”

Let’s hope West Ham can turn their season around after the World Cup break to give Joe plenty more happy memories.

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