Jonnie is guest for match of the day

Jonnie Simm with wife Betty and his Bolton Wanderers team-mate Tommy Banks

A former footballer was given a day to remember as he was a special guest of honour to watch two of his former clubs play.

Jonnie Simm was joined in the platinum suite at Bolton Wanderers by members of his family and staff at the care home where he lives to watch the Trotters play Bradford City on Saturday.

The occasion was particularly fitting as 86-year-old Jonnie, who is looked after at Dean Wood Manor in Orrell, started his career at Burnden Park in 1947 and finished his playing days with the Bantams.

The visit to the Macron Stadium, which saw Jonnie, wife Betty and daughter KathrynPeet together with care home staff watch a 0-0 draw, was organised as Dean Wood Manor manager Denise Hampson knows Boyd Crossley, who is Bolton’s mascot.

The group also met Jonnie’s former team mate Tommy Banks and relatives of ex-Wanderer Vince Dillon who has recently died.

Jonnie’s daughter Kathryn said: “As soon as dad heard’s Tommy’s voice he was smiling and winking. It was lovely.”

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