Tickets put a smile on face of Pompey fan

Joshua Heath
Joshua Heath
The presents, alongside the bag they fell from the car in. Picture: Cathy John

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WHEN Joshua Heath broke his arm, it put a dampener on his six-week summer holiday break.

So imagine his delight when he found out he would be watching Pompey play Newport County today after getting free tickets from The News.

The nine-year-old, from Uplands Road in Rowlands Castle, was nominated by his nan Marie Graham, who was set to accompany him to Fratton Park.

Joshua, who broke his arm while out playing in woods, said: ‘I feel chuffed. Pompey is my home team. I’ve been to watch Pompey three times now.’

Mrs Graham, 55, said: ‘My husband has been a Pompey supporter for years since he was about seven. He saw the story in the paper and suggested we nominated Joshua.

‘He broke his arm right at the beginning of the holidays. We were going to take him swimming and do lots of things but he hasn’t been able to do any of it.

‘But he’s still got a smile on his face.’

Mrs Graham said she was thrilled her grandson had won the competition.

‘It’s brilliant,’ she added. ‘I’m over the moon. We never win anything so this is good. He’s chuffed to bits.

‘He does support Pompey but he doesn’t have the chance to go.

‘He loves playing for a team, too. It will be lovely to take him to the game. We don’t spend a great deal of time together so it will be nice.’

Mrs Graham said it was good to offer fans an opportunity to get to games.

‘There are a lot of children out there who don’t get the chance to go to games because of the cost. It’s good for everybody.’

The News giveaway offers a pair of tickets to each Pompey home game this season to supporters who may not be able to afford to go, or who have done something extraordinary and deserve recognition.

To nominate someone, e-mail