Taking on a team of Pompey legends in the name of charity

LINE-UP Antony Davis organised a charity legends football match between former Pompey players and players from Havant & Waterlooville in aid of the Rocky Appeal.    Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113067-1)
LINE-UP Antony Davis organised a charity legends football match between former Pompey players and players from Havant & Waterlooville in aid of the Rocky Appeal. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113067-1)
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POMPEY legends took to the pitch in a charity match organised by a 16-year-old fundraiser.

Hundreds turned up to watch former stars including Alan Knight, Guy Butters and Steve Claridge take on the Havant and Waterlooville Legends and a team raising money for the Rocky Appeal, Muddles United.

The tournament at Havant and Waterlooville’s West Leigh Park ground raised around £3,000 for the charity and donations are still flooding in.

Organised by 16-year-old Thomas Ingram and his uncle Antony Davis, the charity day also featured a bouncy castle, face painting and stalls to keep youngsters entertained.

Having lost his mum, Karen, to bowel cancer when he was just 13, Thomas moved into his grandparents home only to lose his grandmother, Janet Davis, to breast cancer two years later.

Thomas, of Chatsworth Avenue, said: ‘The Rocky Appeal is run from the same hospital that looked after my mum so this was a way of giving something back to everyone that cared for her.

‘It was a really fun day and I’m chuffed with how much we raised because I know it will help a lot of people.’

Antony, 39, also of Chatsworth Avenue, Cosham, added: ‘It was a fantastic event and the support we got was just incredible. Everyone worked hard to make it a great day.’

Thomas also appeared in a bear costume as Muddles United’s mascot Muddles to entertain the 500-strong crowd on Sunday.