A WINCHESTER care home resident was given his perfect day out when he went to see his favourite football team play in London.

Brentford FC fan Tony Day, 90, was taken by staff at Brendoncare St Giles View to see the team play its local London derby match on May 4 against Fulham at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Accompanied by his daughter Susanna and care assistant Stuart Weatherall, Tony was given the VIP treatment, the club featuring a photo and a quote from him in the match day programme.

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While the match was a goalless draw, Tony had a great time, saying: “It was overwhelming in a good way. It was so interesting to see the new stadium and all the people at the match. I now plan to go to another game.

“I am really grateful to Stuart who worked very hard to make my visit such a pleasurable one. He was very helpful and supportive. I have not seen my daughter look so happy for ages sharing this day with me.”

Hampshire Chronicle: Tony Day at the matchTony Day at the match (Image: Brendoncare)

Tony used to live in south-west London: he, his dad and granddad were all fans of Brentford.

He first saw them play in the 1946/47 season when, he recalls, they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1. His favourite players were forward Jimmy Brooks, goalkeeper Joe Crozier, half back Ken Coote and forward Jimmy McAdam.

At Christmas, he received a signed shirt from the club as a present.

His football match visit is part of Brendoncare’s Perfect Day project, which aims to enable residents to enjoy days out.

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Another St Giles View resident, Norma Watts, was also treated as part of the programme, spending a day being pampered at a spa in Berkshire.

These days are being made possible through funding from The McClay Dementia Fund.

Rebecca Spicer, Brendoncare’s wellbeing manager, said: “We are so thrilled we can make dreams come true for our residents. Creating special memories for them is so important, and we know Tony had the most fantastic time watching his favourite team play.

“We have several more surprises lined up for our residents at Brendoncare St Giles View and we cannot wait for them to enjoy their perfect days with us.”