Fans, players and officials at high-flying Salford City FC gave Broughton House resident Andrew ‘Ossie’ Osborne a standing ovation when he attended a match as a special guest to mark Remembrance Week.
Ossie, 91, was applauded by the crowd of nearly 3,000 when he presented the match ball to referee Marc Edwards before kick-off at The Peninsula Stadium.
The occasion was a Vanarama National League clash with Aldershot Town, which Salford City won 4-0 to lift the club to second in the table.
Ossie and Broughton House also featured in a full-page article in the match-day programme.
The visit was organised by Peninsula, a main sponsor of Salford City.
Peninsula is a Manchester-based business which provides human resources, employment law, health and safety and employee well-being advice and services to companies across the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Ossie, a former member of the Parachute Regiment, was accompanied by carer Donna Anderson, his grandson Stefan Veevers, great-grandson Korven Veevers and Broughton House’s fundraising and marketing manager Rhys Edwards.
The group enjoyed pre-match hospitality in the sponsors’ lounge, where Salford City co-owner and former Manchester United and England legend Gary Neville popped in for a chat.
Rhys said: “We had a fantastic day. It was great to see Ossie presenting the match ball and deservedly being given a standing ovation by everyone in the ground, including the players.
“We were able to watch the game from the warmth of the lounge and were delighted to see Salford City put on a great display.
“Hopefully this will be the start of a great relationships between Broughton House and Salford City, as we begin our journey to becoming the north west’s first Veterans Care Village.”
The club said it was honoured to have Ossie as its special guest to mark 100 years since the end of World War One and Remembrance Week.