Sales encouraging for Macca’s Pompey benefit

Alan McLoughlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
Alan McLoughlin. Picture: Joe Pepler
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POMPEY have reported an encouraging response to opening-day ticket sales for Alan McLoughlin’s benefit fixture.

The Blues’ only Fratton Park pre-season friendly takes place on Saturday, July 23 (3pm).

The occasion against Bournemouth will also serve as a benefit game for the ever-popular McLoughlin.

Macca, as he is affectionately known, made 361 appearances and scored 68 goals for Pompey before leaving in December 1999.

He would later serve as a coach in both the first-team and also the Academy.

Yet before this summer, McLoughlin had been deprived of a testimonial event originally promised by then-manager Alan Ball.

Now tickets have been on sale since 10am at Fratton Park yesterday, with the uptake brisk so far.

And Pompey are expecting purchases to quicken as pre-season nears.

A club spokesman said: ‘We have been really encouraged by the early take-up of tickets having gone on sale yesterday.

‘The match is still five weeks away, so obviously there is plenty of time, but the ticket office have reported brisk business – and we expect that to get even better as the date nears.’

Seats against the Premier League side are priced at £10 for adults, £5 for seniors (62-plus) and young persons (17-22), and £2 for juniors (17 and under).

They can be bought by calling 0345 646 1898 or in person from the Frogmore Road ticket office.

A family ticket of two adults and two juniors can also be bought for £20. However, the North stand will not be open, unless demand calls for it.

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have agreed to donate their share of gate receipts for the fixture.