Charity match for Pompey figure

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A charity match in memory of popular local figure Ken Woodford will be held this weekend.

The well-known newspaper seller died in August last year at the age of 92.

For decades he was a fixture in Commercial Road and outside Fratton Park, recognisable to generations of Blues followers.

Woodford had no family and upon his death had no will, insurance or money to fund his own funeral.

Instead, John Westwood paid for the ceremony.

Now a charity match will take place on Sunday at Westleigh Park (kick-off midday).

Tony Male has agreed to field a strong Pompey veterans side, which will include the likes of Alan Knight, Lee Bradbury, Guy Whittingham, Darren Anderton, Andy Awford and Linvoy Primus.

They will face a Ken Woodford XI consisting of supporters who are each paying £30 for 45 minutes against their Blues heroes.

In addition, the Newcome Arms have been holding collections and donations have been well received.

Donations have reached more than £1,000 so far, with organisers hoping to hit a target of at least £4,000.

And one of the organisers, Kevin Ryan, is hopeful Pompey fans will come out and support Sunday’s match.

He said: ‘People have generously made donations but we still have a long way before we get to our target.

‘So we are hoping for a crowd between 500 and 1,000 to watch the match.

‘It should be a great day enjoyed by everyone, which would give us all a fitting tribute in honour of Ken.’

Entrance is by programme, with a suggested donation of £2 for adults, while children under-14 get in free.

There will also be a donation bucket during the game.