Pompey heroes don whites to honour Manns

Kim Manns, third from right, in his Pompey days with, from left: Bob Moffat, George Ley, Norman Piper, Albie McCann, Ray Pointer, Billy Wison and Dave Munks
Kim Manns, third from right, in his Pompey days with, from left: Bob Moffat, George Ley, Norman Piper, Albie McCann, Ray Pointer, Billy Wison and Dave Munks
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Pompey heroes of yesteryear are set to don their whites for a charity cricket match in memory of popular sportsman Kim Manns.

Andy Awford and Lee Bradbury are among those who will walk out at Ridge Meadow as Hambledon host an Ex-Professionals XI on Sunday, July 5 (1pm).

Dons stalwart Ian Turner will skipper the home side, while Simon Barnard will lead a team of former football and cricket stars.

Awford and Bradbury will be joined by the likes of Guy Butters, Jason Dodd and ex-Hampshire heroes such as Kevan James.

Entry is free, while a barbecue, bar, raffle and auction will be laid on.

Among the auction lots are shirts autographed by Hampshire and Middlesex, while another has been signed by David Gower, Ian Botham, Ian Smith, David Lloyd, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton and Michael Holding.

All proceeds from the day will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) in the name of Manns, who died this year at the age of 61.

Manns was a much-loved man at Hambledon, he was on Pompey’s books in the early 1970s and played more than 300 games over 20 years for Waterlooville Football Club. He was also boss at Petersfield and coach at Denmead, Southwick United and Moneyfields.

He helped raise more than £30,000 for MND research and was the leader in getting Portsmouth City Council to sign a charter pledging to support MND patients.

For more details on the charity day, email ianjohnturner@gmail.com or call 07513 592279.