Sales encouraging for Macca’s Pompey benefit

Alan McLoughlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Alan McLoughlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Fan-funder Steve McLenaghan cuts the ribbon to officially open the Tifosy pitches at Pompeys Copnor Road training base. Also included are, from left, James Pollock, Tifosy, Blues chief executive Mark Catlin, manager Kenny Jackett, academy boss Mark Kelly and Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Ken Ellcome. Fans were also present at the opening ceremony

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POMPEY have reported an encouraging response to opening-day ticket sales for Alan McLoughlin’s benefit fixture.

The Blues’ only Fratton Park pre-season friendly takes place on Saturday, July 23 (3pm).

The occasion against Bournemouth will also serve as a benefit game for the ever-popular McLoughlin.

Macca, as he is affectionately known, made 361 appearances and scored 68 goals for Pompey before leaving in December 1999.

He would later serve as a coach in both the first-team and also the Academy.

Yet before this summer, McLoughlin had been deprived of a testimonial event originally promised by then-manager Alan Ball.

Now tickets have been on sale since 10am at Fratton Park yesterday, with the uptake brisk so far.

And Pompey are expecting purchases to quicken as pre-season nears.

A club spokesman said: ‘We have been really encouraged by the early take-up of tickets having gone on sale yesterday.

‘The match is still five weeks away, so obviously there is plenty of time, but the ticket office have reported brisk business – and we expect that to get even better as the date nears.’

Seats against the Premier League side are priced at £10 for adults, £5 for seniors (62-plus) and young persons (17-22), and £2 for juniors (17 and under).

They can be bought by calling 0345 646 1898 or in person from the Frogmore Road ticket office.

A family ticket of two adults and two juniors can also be bought for £20. However, the North stand will not be open, unless demand calls for it.

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have agreed to donate their share of gate receipts for the fixture.