Pompey hero Linvoy Primus rubs shoulders with Prince William at MBE ceremony

Linvoy Primus was made an MBE by Prince William. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Linvoy Primus was made an MBE by Prince William. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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  • Former Pompey defender receives his MBE
  • Linvoy set up charity Faith and Football 12 years ago
  • Sporting legend asks Prince William how he feels about the FA Cup final
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FOOTBALL is at the centre of his life so it was only fitting he asked Prince William about his team making the FA Cup final.

Former Pompey defender and Faith and Football founder Linvoy Primus was invited to Windsor Castle so he could be made a Member of the Order of the British Empire today.

Pompey hero Linvoy Primus with his MBE for services to Football and Charity in Portsmouth. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Pompey hero Linvoy Primus with his MBE for services to Football and Charity in Portsmouth. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

His medal was presented to him by Prince William, who is an avid Aston Villa fan.

Linvoy said: ‘The whole thing was much more breathtaking than I ever would have imagined.

‘I was totally blown away by the setting – the castle looked fantastic and words can’t capture how great it all was.

‘There was a chance to talk to Prince William as you go to get your medal, instead of asking him about the new baby, which I thought loads of people will have done, I asked him about the cup final.

The whole thing was much more breathtaking than I ever would have imagined.

Linvoy Primus MBE

‘He was a bit taken aback but he answered in good spirits.’

Linvoy added: ‘You obviously know why you’re there, so it was great to speak to other people and find out what they had done.

‘I spoke to people that were nominated for charity like myself, and also those who have served the country.

‘There were four sets of 18 people whose names would be read out, meaning you would go through.

Linvoy Primus was made an MBE by Prince William during the ceremony at Windsor Castle. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Linvoy Primus was made an MBE by Prince William during the ceremony at Windsor Castle. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

‘My name was in the last set and at one point I was wondering if I had turned up on the wrong day or something.

‘But then when I heard my name being read out I stepped into the room and it was all very real.’

Linvoy attended the ceremony with his wife Trishia and parents Pauline and Newton ‘Tony’ Primus.

He was recognised for setting up the charity Faith and Football, which he started 12 years ago.

It was initially created to help children with exercise and school work in Paulsgrove but has since branched out to help 20 schools in Portsmouth, and even some in Birmingham and Plymouth.

The ex-defender joined Portsmouth Football Club in 2000 and was part of the promotion-winning team in the 2002-03 season.

In the same year he went on to win the PFC’s Fans’ Player of the Season and the Professional Footballers’ Association Fans’ Player of the Year.

During his time at Pompey he made 219 appearances for the club.