Pompey legends set to play in memory of tragic cancer pair

MEMORIAL Mike Scobie with his daughters, from left, Honnie, Hope and Hallie
MEMORIAL Mike Scobie with his daughters, from left, Honnie, Hope and Hallie
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POMPEY legends will play a football match in memory of two special men who died from cancer.

Father and son Colin and Nathan Jeffery, from Havant, Leigh Park, have organised Sunday’s match between their former football team, Athletico Porto, and former Pompey stars.

The match is in memory of Colin’s father – and Nathan’s grandfather – James Jeffery, who died of prostate cancer, aged 86.

While putting together the teams he discovered former Athletico player Michael Scobie, a 27-year-old father of three, had died from testicular cancer in 2010.

Nathan said: ‘This resolved our minds to the thought that it was an event that had to happen.

‘Our aim is to raise awareness of the disease and much-needed funds to help with research for treatment.

‘We also want to bring local people together who have gone through similar circumstances and emotions in a remembrance day to contemplate and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.’

Michael, from Waterlooville, died in 2010 two years after falling ill with cancer.

Speaking about him his brother Chris said: ‘He was an amazing son, brother, father to three beautiful girls, husband and friend to be proud of.

‘Michael, or simply Scobie as he was known to everyone, lived every day at full speed, with such a passion for life that he rarely came up for air. Anyone who knew Michael would agree he was born with a gift to be able to light up a dark room with his natural energy.’

Colin, of Mill End, Emsworth, said: ‘My father always had time to stop and help anyone who needed it.

‘He was a great organiser who worked hard and spent most of his life making sure we were all okay.

‘He still found time, with my mother, to do a lot of work for community youth clubs and help organise events during the village carnivals when they were younger.’

Former Pompey players Vincent Pericard, Guy Butters, Alan Knight and Joe and Jamie Laidlaw will be joined by staff from Express FM.

The games is at Havant and Waterlooville Football Club’s ground, in West Leigh.

Gates open at 12.30pm and kickoff is at 2pm.

Entry is £2. There will be lots of family activities and a memorial balloon release.