HE’S a Pompey match-day favourite whose passion for sport has seen him raise more than £50,000 for worthy causes.
Now ‘Touchline’ Tony Male – whose nickname comes from his role as a compere at Fratton Park – will compete in the Bupa Great South Run for the 21st consecutive time.
Over the years he has taken part for The Rowans Hospice, GetKidsGoing! and the Alzheimer’s Society.
And this time Tony, of Hollam Road, Milton, Portsmouth, will raise money for Christian charity Faith in Football, which was founded by Linvoy Primus in 2002.
Tony will be joined by the Pompey legend as well as the club’s former left-back Jamie Vincent during the 10-mile run, which begins on Southsea seafront on Sunday.
Tony, 52, said: ‘When I first took part in the Great South Run there were only about 1,500 people running with me.
‘Now we’re looking at 20,000 participants. It’s incredible. I’ve run for a lot of charities and I must have raised more than £50,000.’
Tony manages ‘Pompey Legends’ – a team made up of former Pompey stars – and presents competitions on match days at half-time.
‘A lot of people in Portsmouth know me,’ Tony said.
‘Every year when I run you get people who chant “Play Up Pompey” and “come on Tony” to me.
‘Faith and Football is in its 10th year so Linvoy asked me if I wanted to do the race for the charity with him.’
Tony, who has also competed in 12 London marathons and two New York ones, says he won’t ever get fed up of the Great South Run – and plans to do it for another 21 years.
‘I do it every year because I love running and the crowds are superb, they really make it,’ he said.
‘As long as I have breath in me I won’t stop.’
After the run, at 2pm, Tony and his team will meet in The Three Marines pub, in Highland Road, Eastney, where proceeds from an auction selling Pompey pictures and signed shirts will go to their charity.