Fans’ day is the start of a new community era

Promoting the Pompey Fans Day is manager Guy Whittingham at Fratton Park  Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131699-1)
Promoting the Pompey Fans Day is manager Guy Whittingham at Fratton Park Picture: Paul Jacobs (131699-1)
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POMPEY fans are being invited to kick off the Blues’ pre-season home game early by joining in with a fans’ day.

Entertainment and competitions will be held at Fratton Park on July 20, before Pompey’s friendly against Charlton Athletic.

It will also be the day the team’s second strip is revealed to fans for the first time.

The day has been organised by the Tony Goodall Fans Conference – a group made up of different supporters’ organisations named in memory of the late Mr Goodall, one of the founders of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

Organiser Tom Dearie has said this year’s event will be ‘bigger and better’ than its predecessor, which was held in 2011.

He said: ‘Pompey is now a community-run club, so what better way to show that than to have a fans’ day with lots of local bands performing, local businesses trading and by raising money for local charities?’

The first fans’ day raised almost £5,000 for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust and Pompey in the Community.

This time four charities including Pompey in the Community, Tom Prince Cancer Trust, Asthma UK and Oakley’s Walking Fund are being supported alongside raising money towards community share purchases for Pompey Supporters’ Trust, with the aim of doubling the amount raised to £10,000.

Taking place from 11am until 2pm, it will again be held in the car park behind the Fratton end.

Families are encouraged to come down and join in the fun before heading off to the match, which will kick off at 3pm.

There will be a return of the popular dunk tank, bouncy castle, five-a-side football, bungee racing and much more.

Anyone who wants to donate raffle prizes or offer sponsorship should get in touch via 
pompeys12thman.co.uk.