A FORMER soldier and loving partner have been picked as the winners of two pairs of Pompey tickets.
Justin Talbot and Carl Harman are the lucky winners after being nominated by their families.
This season, The News is giving away free Pompey tickets to home games in association Pompey’s 12th Man Pay4aPompeyPal scheme.
Justin, from Cosham, was nominated by his partner Sarah Verne, who wanted to do something special for him after he was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer last year.
Sarah said: ‘Three months before Christmas, Justin had heartbreaking news that he has lymphoma cancer which is incurable.
‘Not only this but he lost his job a month later when the dockyard laid off all their staff.
‘As you can imagine this really knocked him down.
‘But winning the tickets for him has made my day.
‘It will mean so much to him, he’s going through a hard time at the moment and this will really cheer him up.’
The second winner of the tickets is former soldier Carl, from Gosport.
He was nominated by his dad Grahaem Harman after being injured by a booby trap while working in an IED team in Afghanistan.
One of his comrades was killed and another severely injured.
Grahaem said: ‘Since this incident Carl has worked hard to rebuild his life although he has recently been discharged from the army.
‘He has met a nice girl and last week they moved into their first home together.
‘Throughout his time he has always tried to remain positive and has been a credit to his service and family.’
He added: ‘Carl been a Pompey fan since a kid, and I wanted to give him the tickets to thank him for being such a great son.
‘He’ll be over the moon.’