Pompey for a pound is a perfect present from schoolgirl Shay

MUM'S THE WORD! From left, Alexis Adams, nine, Shay Adams, 10, and their mum Maurica Richards, 30.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (120901-6140)
MUM'S THE WORD! From left, Alexis Adams, nine, Shay Adams, 10, and their mum Maurica Richards, 30. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120901-6140)
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WHEN schoolgirl Shay Adams found out that cheap Pompey tickets were going on sale at her school, she knew they would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

And the 10-year-old snapped up a pair so her and mum Maurica Richards could go and watch Pompey play Bristol City at Fratton Park on Saturday.

And the generous idea is all thanks to Pompey and its Supporters’ Trust, which handed out tickets costing £1 each to schools so families could pack the park the day before Mother’s Day.

Ms Richards, 30, whose daughter goes to Medina Primary School, in Wymering, said: ‘We received a letter from the school which said tickets for Saturday’s game were being sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Shay thought it would be a brilliant idea for us to go.

‘She’s a big Pompey fan – she gets that from a lot of the men in the family. We couldn’t say no when the tickets were £1.

‘It’s fantastic value for money. This is going to be the first game we’ve been to all season so we’re really excited. The atmosphere should be brilliant.’

Ms Richard’s other daughter Alexis, nine, also has a ticket for Saturday’s game.

Alexis, who uses a wheelchair, is waiting to hear from the club whether there is a space available for her in the stadium’s disabled access area.

Ms Richards said: ‘We all feel passionately about the club.

‘It’s so important it stays afloat – match day brings together people from all walks of life.’

So far 600 tickets have been sold in 11 schools.

These are: Miltoncross, City of Portsmouth Boys, Northern Parade Infant, Medina Primary, Cottage Grove Primary, Mayfield School, Solent Infant, Harbour, Cumberland Infant, Northern Parade Junior and Corpus Christi Catholic Primary.

Clare Martin, director of community projects at Pompey, said: ‘This is all about us wanting to pack the park and doing something special for mums.

‘A pound is just pocket money to most children.’

The News is calling on readers to regularly pack out Fratton Park to support crisis-hit Pompey.

Bob Beech, of SOS Pompey, said he was behind the club’s Mother’s Day initiative. ‘Fans need to get out there, support the team and hope for the best,’ he said.

‘I keep hearing from various fans that they are the best in the world at getting behind the team under the circumstances. It’s time for them to prove it. It’s us against the world.’