SHE’S the passionate fan who wants to save Pompey in memory of her sister.
Gladys Minter, known as Rusty to her friends and family, has pledged her support for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust by buying a £1,000 share in its takeover scheme.
But the gesture was on behalf of her late sister Pat Dodsworth, who passed away in 2004.
The sisters would visit Fratton Park as children and were in the crowd to witness the league-winning sides in 1949 and 1950.
And now the 75-year-old has shown her true colours by giving her sister the chance to have a lasting legacy with the club she adored.
Mrs Minter, of Leigh Park, Havant, said: ‘She would have loved to see them do well.
‘When I heard there was going to be a chance to buy a share, the first thing I thought about was doing it for Pat.
‘In current circumstances, some people who buy shares might have their name on a board of honour somewhere and I do hope the trust get there.
‘I found myself divorced six years ago and managed to save a bit of money.
‘When I saw the news that the trust were looking at people to back them, I thought why not?
‘I don’t smoke or gamble and I was able to send them a cheque.
‘I’ve never written such a big cheque in my life.’
Although she is now unable to attend matches due to health problems, Mrs Minter has fond memories of seeing Len Phillips, Jimmy Dickinson and Jack Froggatt wowing the Fratton faithful.
‘The atmosphere was fantastic’, Mrs Minter said.
‘I used to go and stand as close to the front as I could as I was quite small back then.
‘Pat used to love it. If she was still in the world she would have done anything she could to buy a share.
‘I have done this because Pat would have done it.’