Tributes have poured in to a young Pompey fan who lost his fight against cancer.
Elliott Smith, 19, of Cosham, had a condition which causes tumours to grow on his nerve ends.
But the avid fan always wore a Pompey shirt and was thrilled when players and staff visited the Queen Alexandra Hospital where he was being treated just before Christmas.
Sadly, Elliott died on Sunday.
A statement by Pompey said: ‘The directors, players and staff of Portsmouth Football Club were saddened to hear about the death of Elliott Smith, who passed away this morning, aged 19, following a long illness.
‘Elliott was a loyal Pompey fan, who became a familiar face at Fratton Park over the past year.
‘He left hospital to attend almost every home game and got to know a lot of the players and staff well.
‘Our sincere condolences go to Elliott’s family and friends, especially his aunt Elaine.
‘Rest in peace, Elliott.’
As family and friends mourn Elliott, the tragic news has stunned players and fans. Defender Jack Whatmough tweeted: ‘Awful news about Elliot Smith losing his battle with cancer this morning, thoughts with his family.’
Awful news about Elliot Smith losing his battle with cancer this morning, thoughts with his familyJack Whatmough
And former star Jed Wallace, who left Fratton last week to join Wolves, said: ‘Elliott one of the inspirational people I’ve ever met, was a pleasure to become good friends with him. RIP buddy - never forgotten.’