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Tom Ferrett celebrates his 100th birthday with Glentoran director John Moore and Nicola Glover at Palmerston Nursing Home

Tom Ferrett celebrates his 100th birthday with Glentoran director John Moore and Nicola Glover at Palmerston Nursing Home

Tom Ferrett celebrates his 100th birthday with Glentoran director John Moore and Nicola Glover at Palmerston Nursing Home

It wasn't just NHS fundraising hero Colonel Tom Moore who celebrated a 100th birthday yesterday.

Glentoran FC made sure another Tom's special day was marked with a special visit.

Palmerston Nursing Home resident Tom Ferrett hit the century on Thursday and club director John Moore paid a visit to the Belfast home.

Tom's father, George, had played in Glentoran's victory in the 1914 Austrian event which involved all of the major cup winning sides in Europe.

Tom was presented with a photograph of his father holding his Irish Cup medal from the same year.

"He was in great spirits," said John.

"We had a good laugh about the midfield three his dad was part of at Glentoran, Ferrett, Scraggs and Emerson. The other two went off to play in England and his dad had an offer as well, but George was dating a young girl in Belfast and decided to stay.

"It's just as well for Tom that he did. They got married."

Tom also took delivery of a birthday cake in Glentoran colours and John presented the nursing home with a gift of 150 face masks.

Belfast Telegraph