Pompey supporter given place in Blues squad

New Pompey squad member Stu Carpenter
New Pompey squad member Stu Carpenter
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POMPEY fan and dad-of-two Stu Carpenter has won an honorary place in the Blues’ squad.

The 37-year-old fireman, from Rattigan Drive in Whiteley, will be presented to the Fratton faithful tomorrow ahead of Pompey’s home game against Wycombe.

Stu won the spot in Andy Awford’s squad in a free prize draw organised by business communications provider OneCom and has been given his own Blues squad number – 44.

The avid Pompey supporter, who works as a fireman at Heathrow Airport, will be given a full Pompey kit, listed in every match programme and have his name displayed on the big screen for all Fratton Park matches.

Tomorrow, Stu will also be introduced to Blues boss Awford.

Stu said: ‘My wife entered me in the draw so I didn’t know I was even in with a chance.

‘When I got the phone call to say I’d won it took me a while to realise what had happened.

‘I’ve never won anything before. The kids are very excited – they think I’ve signed for the club and am going to play on Saturday.’

Whiteley-based OneCom paid £5,000 for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with all funds going towards PFC’s £250,000 Tifosy Pompey Academy appeal.

OneCom, along with local radio station Express FM, used social media to invite fans to sign up for the chance to win the unique prize.

- Pompey preview in the back pages of The News today.