Fratton Park added to FIFA 16 to honour Pompey fan

A scene from FIFA16 showing the wreath at Fratton Park
A scene from FIFA16 showing the wreath at Fratton Park
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Computer games giant EA Sports has honoured a Pompey fan by including Fratton Park in the latest version of its popular FIFA football game.

Simon, the creative director of the top-selling FIFA series and a lifelong Pompey supporter, died from cancer earlier this year at the age of 45.

In a touching gesture, his colleagues have not only added the League Two ground to a list dominated by some of the biggest and best stadiums in the world of football, but have also included a computer-generated wreath in the corner of the goal at the Fratton End.

Ashley Brown, director of the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, said the tribute in FIFA 16 was a fitting way to honour the lifelong fan.

‘Simon was well-known among Pompey fans, his love of life, humorous and caring character ensured he was loved by all who met him’ he said.

‘His passion for Pompey, the FIFA game and football in general, was infectious and as such he leaves a legacy of having made a hugely positive impact across all three.’

‘Everyone at Pompey is honoured that Fratton Park will appear in FIFA 16 and I know Simon would be ever so proud to see his club featured in this way.

‘He would no doubt hope that it helps spread the word about his beloved club.’

Simon, who lived in Vancouver, Canada, but was originally from the Isle of Wight, was a popular member of the Pompey Anorak Brigade and the London Blues.

He moved to Canada 11 years ago to take up his dream job as part of EA’s FIFA team, becoming creative director in 2011, but attended Pompey games whenever he was back in the UK.

I know Simon would be ever so proud to see his club featured in this way

Ashley Brown, Pompey Supporters’ Trust