DOZENS of fans streamed through Pompey’s car park into the third annual fans’ day celebration before the home match against Cambridge began.
A beer tent and fun and games kept children and adults entertained before the whistle was blown.
The day was put on to say thank you to fans and raise money for Jack’s 1st Steps Fund, the Elizabeth Foundation and the Patey Day Centre.
Bands including Kill Casper entertained the crowds before kick-off.
Derek Moss from Fratton and Tim Quagga, who lives in Southsea, were there to see their friends perform.
Derek said: ‘It’s my first time at Fratton Park, even though I’ve always lived nearby. The fans’ day is great. I am here to support my friends’ band, Kill Casper. They opened up the stage in the morning. They were very good.’
Tim added: ‘I have been to the last few fans’ days before matches. It is my love of the club that has brought me back every time, and my friends’ band has been playing to add to the fun.’
Councillor Julie Swan was helping recruit new members of the Pompey Lottery.
She said: ‘Fans have been giving money to the club to fundraise and everyone is giving their time for free. The fans’ day shows the support of the fans to the club and local charities.’
Tom Dearie, one of the organisers, said the first two events raised £20,000.
He said: ‘The first event was when the club was saved from administration and last year was the first when the supporters owned the club.
‘This is a continuation for that and a thank you from us as the supporters’ trust. We have been raising money for local charities.
‘We have said we understand that we won’t raise as much this year because the fans have given so generously to our own fundraising.’