Fans’ day will be a fun day for all the family at Pompey stadium

BIG DAY Manager Guy Whittingham promotes the Pompey Fans' Day at Fratton Park. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131699-1)
BIG DAY Manager Guy Whittingham promotes the Pompey Fans' Day at Fratton Park. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131699-1)
Pompey were crowned league champions on this day in 1949. Picture: Pompey History Society

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HISTORICALLY, it’s offered the chance to get those in charge thoroughly drenched – and this year’s Pompey Fans’ Day will be no exception.

Pompey chairman Iain McInnes will be among those in the dunk tank at Saturday’s event, run to tie in with Pompey’s pre-season friendly against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

And the club’s away kit will also be unveiled on the day, which has been organised by the Tony Goodall Fans’ Conference.

The event will get under way at 11am in the club’s car park behind the Fratton End, when Mr McInnes and Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt will officially open proceedings. The new kit will be revealed at 11.15am, modelled by some of the squad.

Organiser Tom Dearie said: ‘The fans conference is proud to be hosting this event for the second time.

‘It’s a perfect example of the community coming together and using football as a means to help others within our local community and beyond.

‘The football club understand what this day is all about and have fully supported us from day one.

‘I’d like to thank all those who have come forward and supported us – Portsmouth Community Football Club, Jobsite, Covers, Pompey Supporters’ Trust, The Betting Room, Strong Island, Team Locals, The Southsea show, Central Branch Supporters club, The Shepherds Crook, and Speedyhire in Fareham.

‘It’s appreciated by everyone involved in organising what we hope will be a great day.’

Some of the activities include games, music, stalls and facepainting, as well as a bouncy castle, beer tent, challenges and refreshments.

Challenges including Grab a Grand, Football Rodeo and Sumo table football, bungee run and a Bat Attack game.

Tom added: ‘Special thanks go to Steve Tovey, Carl Paddon, Johnny Moore and Steve Hudson for the hours of hard work they have all put in to pull this all together.’

He added: ‘It’s been a great team effort and hopefully encapsulated the community ethos we are trying to build and promote as we move forward together.’


DON’T forget there are still 10 nights of live music and entertainment to enjoy as the Play Up Pompey Music Festival continues.

The city is rocking as the festival hits venues around Portsmouth, continuing tonight with two gigs being held, both free. The RMA Tavern will host Nick Courtney presenting Secret Smile and The Planes, while Durty Roots Reggae will play at the Fat Fox.

Friday sees another double-hander. As well as a ska night at Fratton Park, featuring The Racketeers, Skaraman and more, The Cellars in Eastney will host a mod night.

To coincide with fans’ day, U.S.E.D will be playing Bar 56 in Southsea, where entry is free of charge, Club EQ will host C.O.R with a £5 entry, and the Festing Pub at the bottom of Albert Road will be holding the Festing Fest Fest, where entry is free.

Sunday will be no day of rest, as the fun continues in the Festing, with the continuation of its own mini festival, but Milton Village Hall will also be joining in the celebrations.

Pompey favourite Shep Woolley will be performing, as will Reet Petite. Entry is free.

Monday will be manic, with The Cellers in Eastney the venue for performances from 21 Days, Platoon and Willy Cricket. Entry is £5. On the same night the Fat Fox on Albert Road will be hosting The Uncountables, and entry there is £3.

All money raised at the gigs will go towards the Pompey Supporters’ Trust, and its majority stake in Portsmouth Football Club.