Pirate meets players

Craig Bryden, the Pompey Pirate at the Pompey training ground with manager Paul Cook 

Picture: Colin Farmery
Craig Bryden, the Pompey Pirate at the Pompey training ground with manager Paul Cook Picture: Colin Farmery
(Back, l-r) Nurses Linda Page and Laura Cleverley and doctors Becca Allan and Anne Hounsell, with (front, l-r) chaplain Carol Gully, doctor Katie Jerram and nurse Mellissa Bell             Picture: Vernon Nash

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POMPEY pirate Craig Bryden spent the day meeting the people he hopes to inspire – Portsmouth FC players and coaches.

Navy veteran Craig, who has lung cancer, found internet stardom when he went to his first chemotherapy session at Queen Alexandra Hospital dressed as a pirate in the hope it would make people smile.

He was spotted by a woman on the bus who took a selfie with him and posted it online, which was shared thousands of times.

Now the 56-year-old has been asked to walk his favourite football team on to the pitch for their home game against Plymouth on Saturday as the team’s mascot.

Craig, a plasterer and decorator, spent yesterday at Pompey’s training ground in Copnor meeting the players and manager ahead of his appearance.

Colin Farmery, from the club, said: ‘He had a good time, we’re looking forward to Saturday.’