Widow of Pompey hero
backs club takeover bid by supporters’ trust

21/08/12''Sylvia Harris from Hayling Island who's late husband Peter Harris played for Pompey, pledges her support for the Pompey Supporters Trust.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (122793-2)
21/08/12''Sylvia Harris from Hayling Island who's late husband Peter Harris played for Pompey, pledges her support for the Pompey Supporters Trust.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122793-2)
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IT’S what Peter would have wanted.

Those are the heartfelt words of the widow of Pompey hero Peter Harris after she pledged her backing to the Pompey Supporters’ Trust.

Fomer Pompey player Peter Harris

Fomer Pompey player Peter Harris

Sylvia Harris, who was married to the legendary winger for 48 years before he died in January 2003 aged 77, popped her cheque in the post amid hopes the fans’ group can take over.

Mrs Harris, 80, who lives on Hayling Island, says she will do all she can to try to save the club.

She said: ‘Peter was a one-club man.

‘He had 15 years with Pompey and was very loyal.

‘If he were here, the first thing he would do would be to put his hand in his pocket and do anything to try and save the club.

‘Thank goodness he is not here to see the state they are in at the moment.’

Mrs Harris said she was given the idea to pledge towards the trust’s takeover bid by friend Harry Kempster.

She recalls that Mr Kempster, in his younger years, was admitted to hospital and asked a doctor what the Pompey score was after rousing from surgery.

News of his post-treatment request made its way to Fratton Park and led to a visit from Peter and fellow Pompey icon Duggie Reid.

‘Harry said some time ago that the club was struggling and asked if there was anything I could do,’ added Mrs Harris.

‘I think Peter would have been pleased with anything that could be done to keep the club going.

‘I had a lovely letter from Milan Mandaric saying I was welcome at Fratton Park any time.

‘But I just couldn’t force myself to go and watch the players come out of the tunnel knowing Peter wasn’t one of them.

‘It would be tremendous if the trust take over.

‘This might just spur people to say they loved watching Peter play as a player, and if he wanted to do it, let’s do it.’

Trust spokesman Colin Farmery said: ‘This is a fantastic gesture by Sylvia and the trust is extremely grateful.

‘It just goes to show how deep the roots of the Pompey family go.

‘The word legend is used too lightly but Peter was certainly a Pompey legend and Sylvia’s gesture is a fantastic one that we hope will encourage people to pledge because ultimately that’s what’s going to help the club.’