Soccer-mad May Manville is 101

May Manville celebrates her 101st birthday at Netherhayes care home in Seaton. Photo by Terry Ife re

May Manville celebrates her 101st birthday at Netherhayes care home in Seaton. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhs 2488-21-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on myphotos24 - Credit: Archant

Arsenal fan celebrates her birthday with a party at Seaton’s Netherhayes care home

Soccer-mad May Manville achieved another goal when she celebrated her 101st birthday at Seaton.

The dedicated Arsenal fan marked the anniversary with a party at Netherhayes care home.

May, who has lived in Seaton since 1995, told staff she had enjoyed “the best day ever” surrounded by family and friends.

A keen Arsenal supporter since 1935 she received a signed pictured from manager Arsene Wenger when she reached her ton last year. She was also presented with a signed team shirt by her family.

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Today. she still enjoys watching football on TV and is also a quiz show fan.

May was born in Islington, London, and was the second of five children.

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In 1935 she married Edwin (Ted) Manville and went on to have three children Rex, Susan and Stephen.

Her husband worked as a wireman at the Nestle hairdressing appliance factory, which was owned by the Prichard brothers Sidney and Stanley - who later created the Peco model railway brand.

During World War Two, May and her family had a lucky escape after their house was destroyed in a bomb blast forcing them to move into temporary lodgings.

The family later moved to Branscombe after the Prichard brothers relocated their factory to the village in 1941.

By the end of the war, the family had grown to like the quiet village life and decided to stay in Devon.

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