Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Happy Birthday to the 90-Year-Old Who Has Read the M.E.N. Every Day since 1942

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Happy Birthday to the 90-Year-Old Who Has Read the M.E.N. Every Day since 1942

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A GREAT-GRANDFATHER who has read every copy of the M.E.N since 1942 celebrated his 90th birthday this weekend.

Alfred George Ryan may have read as many as 24,000 copies of this newspaper since he moved from Middlesbrough to Newton Heath aged 16.

The Man City fan bought a copy of the M.E.N on his first day in the city, according to his daughter, Pauline Wray, and has not missed an issue since.

Pauline, 60, said: "He reads every issue back to front, there's not a column he misses. I just think he has got to be one of the oldest readers and has read more copies of the paper than anyone."

Alfred weighed less than a bag of sugar when he was born and spent the first month of his life in an incubator.

Pauline said: "He weighed just a pound-and-a-half, so they had to incubate him, but in those days it was basically a tin box. …

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