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Pictured: Centenarian Kartz enjoys VIP treatment at Villa Park
Harry Kartz in B6.
2nd Dec 2013
Pictured: Centenarian Kartz enjoys VIP treatment at Villa Park


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Prince William wasn't the only VIP at Villa's match against Sunderland.

The club were also delighted to welcome Harry Kartz, who was Villa's chairman from 1978 to 1980 - and who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

Proudly wearing his commemorative tie from Villa's 1982 European Cup triumph - when he was Ron Bendall's vice-chairman - Harry watched the match with his son John [right], grandson Greville and great grand-daughter Emilia.

Born in Hockley on October 26 1913, Harry served as a front gunner on Wellington bombers during the Second World War.

In December 1968 he joined forces with Doug Ellis, Harry Parkes and Bob Mackay to form a new Villa board after Pat Matthews bought what was described as a club in decay.

He served on the board until 1983 but is still active as he reaches his century, driving every day from his Solihull home to the town centre.

Dorothy, his wife for 72 years, died 18 months ago, but he has two sons, John who is 68 and Graham, 65, plus five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Ironically, the first game of the season after he helped oversee the European Cup triumph saw Villa defeated 3-1 at home to Sunderland.

At least we took a point this time around.

Kartz thoroughly enjoyed his return to B6 and the club were delighted to see him.

Chief Executive Paul Faulkner said: "It was great to see Mr Kartz at Villa Park on Saturday.

"He's a true Villa man and we were delighted that he took up our invite to attend a match.

"He was there with his nearest and dearest and, from what he told me, it was an afternoon to remember as he spent time at his favourite football club with his family."

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