Funds appeal for Pompey ex-players association

From left: Colin Garwood, Barry Cook, Alan Knight, Terry Brisley, Colin Sullivan and Lyn Powell  Picture: Mick Young
From left: Colin Garwood, Barry Cook, Alan Knight, Terry Brisley, Colin Sullivan and Lyn Powell Picture: Mick Young
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THE Pompey Former Players Association are seeking to enlist local sponsors to enable them to achieve their aims.

Last month a quiz night was staged at Fratton Park, while future events include dinners, charity football matches and raffles.

Next year’s Hall of Fame on March 27 will donate its proceeds to the PFPA, with a number of charities having benefitted financially from the popular event in the past.

It is part of the drive to boost funds to help ex-Blues players who have fallen on hard times or require medical assistance.

The association also seeks to help with funeral costs, which has proven to be a problem for families of some Pompey footballers in recent times.

And Peter Jeffs, who is treasurer of the association, is hoping there are sponsors who may be willing to join forces.

He said: ‘John Milkins is in a great deal of pain with his hip, which is very much as a consequence of that service to Pompey.

‘Alan Knight has problems with both his hips, Ray Crawford has had a knee operation this year and 
there are many also others affected.

‘We are trying to help them along the way.

‘We would also be looking at helping with funeral costs of our former players, which has sometimes been problematic for their families.

‘So the prime objective is to raise funds.

‘We have got a few 
hundred pounds already but have only been going a few months.

‘We will be looking to hold events, gain more sponsors and work hard to raise the money we can to support people for.

‘It’s quite sad. When you come across these guys it’s unbelievable they gave such good service and are now struggling.

‘They deserve our help and we are hoping others out there also recognise that.’

The PFPA replaced 
the Ex-Professional 
Reunion Club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

With the need to reboot 
the association, in February 2014 the PFPA was launched, with Alan Knight as chairman.

Membership of the PFPA is given to every player who has represented Pompey in any era, at any level, irrespective of whether he is classed as a star.

Free membership is also available to Pompey supporters, former and current employees of the club and others who can demonstrate they can assist the association.

Aside from Knight and Jeffs, Jake Payne is secretary of the association.

Joining them on the management committee are Paul Weld, Roger Higgins, Johnny Moore, Tony Male, Vince Hilaire, Barry Cook, Roger Holmes, Keith Viney and David Reid.

In addition, Lyn Powell is honorary president and Pat Neil honorary vice president.

For more information visit the association’s website at pompeyfpa.org