Fans organise charity football match

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Pompey fans are organising a charity match in memory of popular newspaper seller Ken Woodford, who died in August last year at the age of 92.

For decades, Woodford was a fixture in Commercial Road and outside Fratton Park, well-known to generations of Blues fans.

Woodford first attended Fratton Park in 1934, many of them being as a season-ticket holder in the disabled section.

He also regularly attended away matches until his health deteriorated two years ago.

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.

In addition, he had many friends in the Newcome Arms and collections and donations have been well received.

Now a charity match will take place on Sunday, February 5 at Westleigh Park, with a midday kick-off.

Tony Male has agreed to field a strong Pompey veterans side which will include Alan Knight, Guy Butters, Gavin Maguire, Vince Hilaire and Lee Bradbury.

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

Donations have reached £970 so far, with organisers hoping to reach a target of at least £4,000.

There will also be an auction in which Liam Lawrence has donated a signed pair of boots.

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.