Pompey tour diary: Help a not-so-wise old Owl

Ashley Westwood in action against Pompey in 2001
Ashley Westwood in action against Pompey in 2001
Pompey midfielder Stuart O'Keefe is on a season-long loan from Cardiff Picture: Joe Pepler

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Ken and June Brazier had the shock of their lives as they prepared to take aim on the Benahavis golf driving range.

For there, training on the football pitch behind them, were their local team from back home.

The Farlington couple are currently spending two weeks staying in their daughter’s house in the picturesque village in southern Spain.

They could never have anticipated bumping into Pompey, who are located in the area for their 10-day training camp.

Ken, from Woodfield Avenue, is a staunch West Bromwich Albion supporter, with midlands accent to match.

Nonetheless, he has always kept an eye out for the Blues and is now contemplating heading to Gibraltar to watch them in their first friendly on Friday night.

Although it seems the chance to meet former Baggies coach Michael Appleton is the overriding attraction.

At the age of 36, Ashley Westwood’s memory is dimming and he requires help from the Fratton faithful.

It seems back on April 12, 2003, Pompey’s new first-team coach was turning out for Sheffield Wednesday at Fratton Park.

What’s more, he scored.

His 76th-minute goal helped cancel out Lee Bradbury’s Blues opener – then Michael Reddy snatched a last-gasp winner for the Owls.

It was a shock victory for Wednesday, who would get relegated a month later while Pompey marched on into the Premier League.

But despite his heroics for the Yorkshire club, poor Westwood cannot actually remember anything about netting at the home of Pompey.

‘I was playing right wing-back at the time and I believe I got the wrong side of Kevin Harper. But I can’t remember how I scored,’ said Westwood.

‘I have no idea whether it was with my head or a shot or whatever. Although I do remember scoring.

‘Is there any archive footage out there that can help?’

So, Pompey fans, if you can lend a helping hand in jogging Westwood’s memory, please get in touch at neil.allen@thenews.co.uk or

@pn_neil_allen and I’ll endeavour to enlighten him.