On Monday, May 9, 1960, the stars came to Fratton Park to play in a charity match in aid of the lord mayor’s appeal.
The team sheet features names who were or would become big stars.
Sean Connery turned out, as did Des O’Connor. And at outside right for the Southern All Stars was none other than the great Ray Crawford.
Ray was a Portsmouth-born player who went on to play for England after Pompey manager Freddie Cox told him there was no future at Fratton for him.
I asked Ray what he remembered about the match and he said there was a good gate of about 10,000 and all the celebrities turned up. How many times do you go to these affairs only to find Z-list replacements trotting out of the tunnel?
Ray said Sean Connery was a good bloke to meet as was actor/comedian/singer Dave King.
‘A useless footballer, but what a personality and he always turned out for the Showbiz XI if he was free.’
No-one received payment for the games, although some might have got expenses. But I doubt it.
‘People were different in those days,’ says Ray.
The Southern All Stars looked like a team from the Pompey XI who had won back-to-back championships just a dozen years earlier, although Jimmy Dickinson was still playing at this time.
If you attended this match and can remember the score please let me know.
Ray Crawford’s book, Curse of the Jungle Boy is worth a read if you want to know about football in the late ’50s early ’60s.
Ray was born in a flat in Fratton Road and played for Pompey between 1957-58.
It was only Jimmy Greaves who stopped him making more appearances for England.