FOOTBALL royalty will be taking on a former pub team to challenge for the Ali Peart Cup and raise cash for a children’s cancer charity.
Portsmouth legends old and new are set to take on Manor Old Boys, a former Sunday League team for the Manor House pub, in memory of Ali Peart, from Cosham.
Ali was only 22 years old when she died from a brain tumour in 2012.
Friends of Simon Mead, Ali’s cousin, were shocked at her death and decided to set up a charity football match to support CLIC Sargent – a children’s cancer charity.
Ross Turner, one of the founding members of the fundraiser, said: ‘It’s amazing that we’re now in our third year of the Ali Peart Cup.
‘In our first game, we were lucky enough to get AFC Porchester to come down which was a massive coup.
‘Last year we managed to sell 100 tickets, but this year has been incredible – we’ve already sold 250.’
Ex-professionals, including the likes of Linvoy Primus, Dave Waterman and Alan Knight, are going to be turning out for the Pompey charity squad.
Ross said: ‘Primus is the one I can’t wait to face as he is a legend around these parts, so coming up against him is going to be incredible.
‘When Touchline Tony Male sent us the list I just looked through and it was like a who’s who of players I have watched growing up – it’s unbelievable.
‘We’re under no illusions about the game, we know it’s going to be tough.
‘The team trained for the first time a week back and hopefully we got the rusty touches out of the way, but I think we’ll give them a good game and hopefully be able to retain the Ali Peart Cup.’
The game will kick off at 11am on Sunday at Havant & Waterlooville’s Westleigh Park.
Tickets will be available at the door for £3, with under 18s free.
Tickets bought in advance will be entered into a prize draw with a signed Pompey shirt up for grabs and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.