Terry’s wish was for us to play his beloved club

Terry Kimber
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POMPEY veterans will put police officers through their paces at a charity clash in memory of a much-loved detective.

Ex-Pompey stars including Alan Knight and Linvoy Primus will test the skills of Hampshire Constabulary’s team to raise cash for The Rowans Hospice where Terry Kimber died.

Friends and colleagues leapt into action after Detective Constable Kimber, who served with the force for 20 years, lost his two-year battle with cancer last October.

The football-loving dad-of-two, who would have celebrated his 50th birthday last Wednesday, played for Hampshire Police FC and Hampshire Veterans FC and was a devoted Pompey fan.

Partner Debbie, 53, from Merlin Drive, Hilsea, said: ‘I’m so touched that they are doing this. I can’t find the words to describe what it means. They are doing a wonderful thing.

‘Terry loved his football, and he loved Portsmouth. He was an ardent supporter so the fact that Pompey veterans are playing means a lot. He will be up there with a big grin on his face.’

Det Con Kimber played his last match for the force’s veterans team in October 2009, when he was diagnosed with rare bile duct cancer.

After undergoing surgery to have part of his liver removed, it was hoped he would recover. But his condition deteriorated and Det Con Kimber died at The Rowans in Purbrook in September last year.

Detective Constable Gary Steward, manager of the Hampshire Police Football Team, said: ‘Terry was a long-standing police officer and detective. He was heavily involved with football in the police and was well known in the Portsmouth area. His last game for me was in Dorset in October 2009. Within a year of that he had died. He touched quite a few people’s hearts. He had a lot of friends and was well respected.

‘The match was due to be played at Havant and Waterlooville FC in November. Terry passed away before the match could be played and then it was postponed due to the weather. I saw Terry two weeks before he died and his wish was that if we were to do anything that we played a football match against his beloved Portsmouth. I hope people can come and support us.’

The match will be at Gosport Borough FC’s ground at Privett Park, in Privett Road, Gosport, at midday on Sunday.