Sligo Rovers honour 96 year old Tom Ketterick a lifelong supporter of the club.

Tom Ketterick is a co-founder of Castlebar Celtic, but for years Sligo Rovers have come first and he rarely misses a home game. A vice-president of Sligo Rovers, he has followed the team through thick and thin.

The best games he saw Sligo Rovers play were against Cobh Ramblers in 1983. He also recalls when the English footballer Dixie Dean came to play for the Rovers in 1939.

I thought he was brilliant, even at the age he was.

While soccer remains his first love, Tom Ketterick is also a keen angler, an avid card player and drives his Opel Astra on a daily basis. 

A native of Castlebar, Tom has lived with his daughter, Gaye Hendry in Ballina since 1973. She is convinced her father has a better social life than she does.

Every day he gets up and goes to half nine mass and I may not see him till dinner time.

Club Secretary Mary McGowan says Sligo Rovers has a lot of loyal supporters but Tom is a breed apart. 

There’s not many of them left around the show grounds and I’ll think we’ll make the most of him while we can.

Tom is more than happy to reveal the secret to his long and healthy life.

Don't smoke, don't drink, eat plenty of fruit.

A 'Nationwide' report broadcast on 2 September 2009. The reporter is Micheál Ó Domhnaill.