Pompey favourites reunite for Baffins’ stand launch

Pompey hero Paul Walsh
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A host of familiar Pompey faces will be dusting off their boots and coming out of retirement to mark the unveiling of Baffins Milton Rovers’ new clubhouse.

The Wessex League premier division outfit have spent £100,000 on new facilities, including a bar and kitchen area, a spectator seating area and toilets.

Baffins Milton Rovers manager Louis Bell

Baffins Milton Rovers manager Louis Bell

And the likes of Paul Walsh, Andy Awford, Darren Anderton, Alan Knight, Sean Davis, Linvoy Primus, Patrick Agyemang and Chris Burns will be taking part in a charity match during the opening on Sunday.

Also in attendance at the Kendall Stadium will be Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin and defender Matt Clarke.

The ambitious Eastern Road-based club were only formed in 2011, yet have risen from the Saturday league through to reach their present level.

As part of Sunday’s proceedings at the Kendall Stadium, a Pompey Charity squad will take on a Baffins Milton Rovers XI (1pm).

And with the club aiming to raise funds to aid their blossoming youth set-up, it is hoped for a good turn out from football supporters.

‘Touchline’ Tony Male is the club’s commercial manager and has been working alongside Steve Cripps and Gary Haynes to ensure their new stand is ready for the occasion.

He said: ‘Baffins have risen fantastically quickly through the leagues and we have also been working hard to get the club ready off the pitch.

‘Myself and Steve Cripps have built the club with the help of PMC Construction and other companies and on Sunday our new stand is to be opened.

‘In terms of the football side, Louis Bell has done a superb job as manager and it shows you the quality of players we have in Portsmouth.

‘There are still five, six or seven of the side which started out six years ago, including my son Tony, who is the goalkeeper.

‘Through the event we are hoping to raise money for our junior teams, funding kits, footballs and tracksuits for different age groups.

‘Mark Catlin is coming to open the clubhouse and there will also be a match involving a strong Pompey Charity team, with a lot of recognisable names.

‘Hopefully we’ll attract a good turnout.’

Baffins Milton Rovers received a £20,000 grant through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) to enable the construction of their new stand.

It will be opened by Catlin at midday, ahead of the charity match.

Entry to the Kendall Stadium is priced at £5, with concessions £3.