It’s a family affair for slick Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales and their local supporters. Picture: Mick Young 111029-11
Prince of Wales and their local supporters. Picture: Mick Young 111029-11
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It really is a family affair at Portsmouth Sunday League division two side Prince of Wales.

Not only are the players roared to success from the sidelines by a loyal band of supporters – men, women, children and even babies – but they are particularly grateful to one player’s family.

If it wasn’t for the mum of right-back Sam Redman, the players at Prince of Wales would not have a place to drink, let alone a team to play for.

And that does not bear thinking about as pub life is a key ingredient for the impressive pre and post-match spirit engendering.

Manager Steve Ferre takes up the story. He said: ‘Our right-back Sam Redman’s mum bought the pub a couple of years ago and built it back up as it was down to the ground a bit.

‘Then someone said “how about a football team as I don’t think the pub has ever had one” and I said “I’ll manage it.” Then I thought “What am I doing?!’

Ferre need not have worried. He has enjoyed a successful two seasons in charge and he believes the close-knit nature of the side, fostered over many a pint in the pub, has been crucial.

He added: ‘We all go to the same pub and there is an amazing team spirit among everyone’ said Ferre.

‘We do the same thing every week, we all meet at the pub for 9.30am, go to the game and then straight afterwards we go back to the pub and, of course, the players’ relatives are always welcome.

‘We get food put on for us and everything. It’s great.’

Everyone involved seemed to have a smile on their face and with the banter flowing from the touchline to the pitch, it was obvious Ferre’s side were enjoying themselves.

And the performance in the 6-0 drubbing of Drayton FC showed just why the team have been forging such rich times.

‘In our first year, when we started in division three, we finished joint second and got promoted,’ said Ferre.

‘Now in this league we’re fourth and in the final of the London Cup, so it’s been a pretty good season.’

This game was an example of the team’s impressive chemistry.

Ferre’s men took the lead within the first five minutes when top-scorer Josh Lee smashed home from 18 yards.

Soon it was 2-0. Winger Jack Higgs latched on to Redman’s through ball before seeing his cross fly straight in, despite the best efforts of Drayton keeper Dave Cullington.

The shot-stopper had only just picked the ball out of the back of his net before he was beaten again, Lee heading in his second to give his side a comfortable three-goal lead at half-time.

After the break, despite a spell of Drayton pressure, Prince of Wales made it four when Dan Cole stroked home from 10 yards.

With 15 minutes remaining four became five.

Higgs turned in his second after Lee had struck the post.

Cole completed the rout shortly afterwards, heading home an excellent Dan Chester cross at the far post.

With three points in the bag, what better way for Ferre and his clan to celebrate than return to the pub for a drink, a bite to eat and maybe a couple of songs on the jukebox.

Perhaps the Sister Sledge classic We Are Family would have been a good choice.