Family call for minute's applause at Fratton Park for Portsmouth FC fan Alan

THE son of a Cosham man who tragically died at just 51 is hoping to organise a minute’s applause for his father at the next Pompey home fixture.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 8:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th December 2019, 4:07 pm
Alan (in white) with Courtney (front left) and friends at the Shepherd's Crook Pub before a Pompey home game.

Pompey fanatic Alan Christie collapsed and died on Friday, December 13 leaving son Connor and the rest of his family ‘shocked and devastated’ by his passing.

Alan had been a season ticket holder in the Fratton End for the last nine years and had ‘hardly missed a league or cup game’ in that time. He would attend matches with son Connor and daughter, Courtney, where they would often go to the Shepherd’s Crook pub in Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea.

The family are hoping fellow supporters will join them in a minute’s applause on the 51st minute during this Saturday’s game against Ipswich Town.

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Alan Christie with daughter, Courtney, and son, Connor.

Connor, 25, said: ‘He was really passionate and didn’t miss a game and to be recognised by his fellow fans would be a fitting tribute to dad. All the family would love for it to happen.’

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Although Alan held a season ticket for nine years his love of Pompey went back to the seventies.

‘My dad loved that era,’ said Connor.

‘His favourite player was the Croatian midfielder, Robert Prosinečki, who played for Pompey in the 2001 to 2002 season. He was overjoyed when we won the FA Cup in 2008 and more recently EFL Cup last season. One of his favourite games was when Pompey won promotion from League Two against Notts County.’

Alan grew up in Leigh Park and lived in the Portsmouth area all his life. He had his own window cleaning business and was well known in Cosham, Portchester and Horndean where he did his rounds. Alan leaves behind wife, Jackie Christie, to whom he had been married for 21 years. The family now have to wait for the coroner’s report to clarify the reasons behind Alan’s death.

Connor said: ‘It came as a big shock as he had shown no signs of being ill. Hopefully we can give him a fitting send-off on Saturday.’