Tom Wharton – the first superfan

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Tom Wharton
Tom Wharton
Tom Wharton
Tom Wharton

Story by Kevin Stapleton | Photo courtesy of Sheffield Wednesday FC

Sheffield Wednesday historian, Jason Dickinson, and a host of other keen Wednesday fans have launched a crowdfunding campaign for one of the clubs biggest fans, who is buried in Wardsend cemetery, on the edge of Burngreave.

While interviewing ‘Little’ Frank Ronksley for the clubs official history in 2017, that Jason’s attention was caught by an interview with a Wednesday fan who had “only missed one home match in 46 years and been to no less than 19 FA Cup Finals, including watching his side in the 1890 final.”

Tom Wharton passed away in

1933, and he lies in an unmarked grave, alongside his wife and son, George. After meeting with Howard Bayley, of the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery, the grave was located and Jason vowed to restore it.

Together with fellow Wednesdayite Glenn Poulton, they decided to raise money for a proper headstone and memorial “befitting a man who would have witnessed first -hand the club turn professional in 1887 and would have been stood on the terraces as Wednesday FC played their first home FA Cup tie, hosted their first game at Olive Grove, made their debut at Owlerton and lifted their first league title in 1903.” They have started a JustGiving page, hoping to raise £1,500 to buy and install a granite headstone for Tom, complete with Wednesday FC badge, and erect an information board that tells his story.

To support the appeal visit: https://www.justgiving

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