Pompey fan amazed that his ‘selfie’ shot has gone round the world

Bradley Saunders with his friend Harvey Hoile and Scunthorpe keeper Same Slocombe
Bradley Saunders with his friend Harvey Hoile and Scunthorpe keeper Same Slocombe
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The Pompey fan whose ‘selfie’ picture with an opposition goalkeeper became an internet hit says he’s amazed at the response.

Seventeen-year-old Bradley Saunders took the shot of Scunthorpe keeper Sam Slocombe during a stoppage in play during Saturday’s match.

Bradley, who was at the game in Scunthorpe with his friend Harvey Hoile, 16, said that the goalie took advantage of an injury hold-up to dart behind his goal and grab a drink.

‘He sat on the wall next to the Pompey fans and me and Harvey just leant across and I took a picture. It was a proper spur of the moment thing and I don’t really think he knew it was happening.’

Slocombe went back to his goalkeeping duties, conceding a late Pompey consolation strike in his team’s 5-1 win.

‘At the end of the match we said thanks to him and took another picture of the three of us together.

‘We tweeted out the first picture and I am amazed at the response. I’m even getting messages from Australia about it. I’ve had more than 3,000 retweets myself and there have been thousands of likes on Facebook.’

Bradley, who along with Harvey has been to every Pompey match home and away bar two this season, said it was his memorable moment so far watching the team.

‘It didn’t really cheer up a bad day though because we go for the laughs as much as the football. I don’t agree with going away disheartened and even if we lose we come away happy that we have given the lads good support.

‘Me and Harvey will be at Fratton Park for the Accrington match tomorrow and lots of people have been asking if we will try to get a selfie with their keeper - but I don’t think so.’