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.’