SOS Pompey organiser Harry Garcia dies aged 89

Harry Garcia pictured in 2008
Harry Garcia pictured in 2008
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a Pompey fan who helped save the club in the 1970s.

Harry Garcia died on Saturday at the age of 89.

He was best known for setting up SOS Pompey, which was backed by The News.

The appeal raised more than £35,000 to keep the club alive back in 1976.

Club director Mick Williams said: ‘I was involved in the SOS Pompey appeal back in those days. He was one of the leading figures. He was pushing to try and save the club at that time.

‘It’s a sad day. I have great admiration for him. It was his determination that galvanized a lot of different people to do different things to raise money.’

Club liason officer Johnny Moore added: ‘I got to know him in the last few years. He will be remembered for the fact that he started SOS Pompey under The News.

‘He played his part as many have since in saving Pompey and paying off its debts. He was devoted to the club and always wanted to see it in safe hands.’

Harry also owned a popular confectionary shop in North End called Chocolate King.