Diehard Subiaco Lions fan turns 100

Les Wearne outside his Doubleview home in 1986.
Les Wearne outside his Doubleview home in 1986.

DOUBLEVIEW resident Les Wearne celebrated his 100th birthday on Tuesday with recognition from his beloved Subiaco Football Club, where he is the oldest member.

Subiaco Football Club chief executive Peter Capes and board member Basil Fuller presented Les with a birthday card signed by the board, coach and players.

Les’ son Peter said his dad had been a member of the club for about 60 years and was first introduced to the game by his own father.

Les Wearne on his birthday with Subiaco FC board member Basil Fuller and chief executive Peter Capes

He said his dad used to go to Subiaco Oval with his father when he was young.

“He says he’s been to every premiership that Subiaco has won,” Peter said.

Last year the Subiaco Lions had a massive win in won the WAFL grand final and became the first team in 72 years to go undefeated throughout the season.

Les Wearne in 1944 when he married his late wife Eslpeth

Peter said his dad described the moment as “one of the best days of his life”.

Les had a crack at the game himself in his younger years, playing at minor league, but his real passion was cricket and he played first grade for Subiaco.

“AFL was the only winter sport in those days, at his age when he was growing up everybody followed football in the winter and cricket in summer,” Peter said.

Les played first grade cricket for Subiaco

Les has five children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.