Final farewell to Pompey fans’ group founder

Pompey fans' champion Tony Goodall's coffin was draped in a Union Flag
Pompey fans' champion Tony Goodall's coffin was draped in a Union Flag
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MOURNERS filled Portchester Crematorium to say a final farewell to popular Pompey fan Tony Goodall.

Well-wishers turned out in force for the funeral of the 49-year-old.

Tony Goodall

Tony Goodall

Mr Goodall, who died on March 17, was a well-known figure among Pompey supporters for his tireless work on their behalf.

His close friend Tony Chamberlain, 47, of Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘He was a fantastic and devoted father to both his sons.

‘Tony always maintained a strong bond with them both.

‘Words used to describe Tony were that he was generous, kind, thoughtful and passionate.

‘He was a great friend and always put other people first.

‘He will be greatly missed.’

He was a key figure in setting up Pompey fan groups.

Mr Goodall, who lived in Old Portsmouth, was spokesman and co-ordinator for the Pompey Independent Supporters Association.

And he also helped to set up the Pompey Supporters Trust (PST).

PST chairman Ashley Brown said: ‘His enthusiasm and ideas for how to energise the trust will be sadly missed by the whole board.

‘He had both energy and enthusiasm and a wish to do something and a belief that it could be done.’

Former Pompey commercial director Lucius Peart and well-known fan John Westwood were also at his funeral.

Johnny Moore, fans’ liaison for Portsmouth Football Club, said: ‘Tony was someone who showed how a football club should be run with the fans sitting around the table.

‘He was a great Pompey fan.’

Mr Goodall’s coffin was draped in the Union Flag to honour his role as a senior executive officer in Whale Island.

Commodore Bill Walworth, head of the Royal Fleet of Auxiliary, said: ‘Tony was widely known and admired.

‘His management skills were at the highest order, yet he socialised at all levels and had the respect of everyone.

‘He demanded great professionalism from people, while still recognising the importance of work, rest and play.’

Mr Goodall died in hospital after suffering a stroke.

He is survived by sons Sam, 16, and Nick, 12.