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AN ONLINE auction of Pompey goodies was sold to raise money for a war memorial fund.

Two footballs – one signed by the FA Cup-winning team of 2008 – and 12 T-shirts signed by current players were donated by Portsmouth Football Club.

The items were sold on eBay and raised £500, which will be contributed to a fund aimed at remembering Portsmouth people who died in the Second World War.

Jean Louth has been campaigning to raise £80,000 so that around 3,500 names of servicemen and women and civilians from Portsmouth killed during the Second World War can be added to the city’s war memorial, in the Guildhall.

It costs £30 for a name to be inscribed.

So far more than £22,000 has been collected.

Mrs Louth, of Wakefords Way, Havant, said: ‘I would like to say a big thank you to the football club for their kind donation – it was very generous of them.

‘It’s quite important that those people who died during the war are remembered.

‘Every town and village has a named memorial for those that lost their lives, so Portsmouth should have something too.

‘I know there is the memorial, but I want it to have names on it.’