Former Pompey and Saints stars to line up for Locks Heath church fundraiser

STARS Alan Knight and, inset, Guy Butters
STARS Alan Knight and, inset, Guy Butters
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POMPEY and Saints legends are lining up for a charity match to help a church.

They will play on Sunday in a fundraiser for Locks Heath Free Church’s ambitious plans to expand into a new £4.2m building.

Guy Butters

Guy Butters

Among those expected to line-up at Locks Heath FC’s ground in Warsash Road, Locks Heath, are Alan Knight, Linvoy Primus, Lee Bradbury, Joe Laidlaw, Guy Butters and Keith Viney for Pompey.

Dave Beasant, Paul Jones, Jason Dodd, Francis Benali, Gordon Watson and Rod Wallace are expected for Saints.

Church member and one of the organisers Peter Jeffs said: ‘It was a joint idea between us and Locks Heath FC. The chairman Dougie Leask had something in mind about hosting a charity match at the ground and I had approached the Pompey side about doing something as well.

The day will feature a barbecue, bouncy castle, face painting, penalty shoot-out competition, football speed kick challenge, raffle and an auction of football memorabilia.

The new building will be on the field next to the existing church building in Hunts Pond Road and will include a sports hall, a coffee shop and community rooms as well as a 500-seat auditorium.

‘We already have about 700 to 800 people coming through our doors each week for various reasons,’ said associate minister Tim Hancock.

‘This will enable a lot more groups to use the facility.’

The plans have been submitted to Fareham Borough Council.

Kick-off is at 1.30pm, and programme donation at the gate is £5 for families, £3 for adults, and £2 for under-16s.