Borough all set for arrival of Pompey

Alex Pike
Alex Pike
Gosport have taken a lift from Craig McAllister's leadership. Picture: Keith Woodland

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Gosport Borough welcome Pompey to Privett Park for the official opening of their new Harry Mizen stand tonight (7.45pm).

In September 2004, president Harry Mizen, who had served the club for over 50 years, died.

He used to watch every game from a small shelter, erected by him and his friends after a previous one fell into disrepair.

The shelter, opposite the main stand, subsequently became known as ‘Harry’s Shed’.

When Mizen died it was decided a new stand named after him would serve as a fitting memorial.

The club, along with Fareham Town and Fleetlands, helped raise funds for the new stand by organising a ‘Harry Mizen Memorial Night’ at Privett Park.

Work finally began in July 2011 and the stand, completed in September 2012, will be opened by Pompey manager Michael Appleton.

‘It will be a night of celebration at the club,’ said manager Alex Pike.

‘Attention usually centres around the players and results at the club.

‘It is sometimes forgotten there are a lot of volunteers working hard in the background to make things possible. Harry Mizen was one of those unsung heroes and tonight is dedicated to those people who we must not forget.

‘It will be a welcome break for us from league and cup action and give us the chance to pitch up against a professional club.’

Pike added: ‘We will set out to enjoy the occasion and it will remind us of what football is really about – enjoyment and entertainment.

‘Hopefully the local community will turn out in force and it will prove a fitting tribute.

‘Portsmouth have indicated there will be first-team squad members in their side.’

n Bob Brady’s United Services edged into the next round of the Wessex League Cup with a 1-0 triumph over Stockbridge at Burnaby Road last night.

Ben Booker blasted home the winner six minutes from time. Russ Stanley teed him up after twice going close himself.

The game did not start well for the hosts, though, and only the heroics of keeper Pete Houkes kept them in the tie before the break.

He twisted this way and that to deny the visitors three or four goals in the first half.

Mike Barker headed wide for Stockbridge after the break, too.