Pirate meets players
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.’