Legends to roll back the clock in aid of brave Emily

Alan Knight during his Pompey days
Alan Knight during his Pompey days
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Alan Knight will lead Pompey vets into a weekend round-robin tournament at Fratton Park to raise funds for a young battler diagnosed with spina bifida.

The Blues veterans’ side will take on Hawks vets and local league outfit Bosmere Rangers on Saturday in an effort to help Emily White.

White was diagnosed with spina bifida three days before she was born, as well as water on the brain.

The four-year-old has had to undergo continued hospital treatment, including an operation when she was only a day old. That has been a recurring pattern through her life.

But the little fighter has shown her determination to lead a normal existence and now attends mainstream school.

Knight, and the vets side run by ‘Touchline’ Tony Male, have now stepped in to hold the weekend event to raise funds for her.

That will give Bosmere Rangers, who have close links with White, the chance to walk out at Fratton Park and take on their heroes.

And there will be plenty of faces familiar to Hawks followers and those who know the non-league scene in the visitors’ old-boys ranks.

Knight is calling on Pompey fans to turn out and lend their support to the event.

He feels it could be an ideal occasion for a Saturday football special after the FA Cup final – as well as backing a worthy cause.

Knight said: ‘Once I heard about Emily, we all wanted to do everything possible we could to help her. Getting this tournament on at Fratton Park seemed the perfect way to help.

‘It’s a chance to raise some money for her and it will also be a good evening of football.’

Bosmere Rangers boss Gary Boltwood has been working hard to help make the charity event a success.

A disco and auction will also take place as part of the occasion

Boltwood said: ‘Emily needs money for medical equipment.

‘We thought, maybe, we could even raise some money towards a holiday for her.

‘We want everyone to come along and have a look. Let’s do it.’

The Pompey vets v Hawks vets v Bosmere Rangers round-robin tournament will get underway from 6.30pm on Saturday at Fratton Park.

Entry is free, with contributions being taken to support Emily White.