That was the recurring theme at last night’s Hall of Fame dinner as the Blues welcomed six more faces into their prestigious club of past greats.
And it was fitting that the players inducted would congregate together in front of the iconic wall of photographs they now adorn at a packed-out Victory Lounge at Fratton Park.
One honoree was missing for the pre-dinner photocall, though, as FA Cup-winning goalkeeper David James was delayed in traffic.
But nothing was going to stop the man voted the Blues’ best in successive 2007 and 2008 campaigns from taking his place among the esteemed class of 2015.
And as ever, the event proved an occasion to savour.
Fans’ favourites George Ley, Kevin Dillon and Billy Wilson were also present as their commitment to the Blues was recognised, with Ley flying in from the USA.
There were also posthumous inductions for double championship-winning forward Ike Clarke, received by daughter Christine Burrows, and Olympic gold medalist Arthur Egerton Knight, whose grandson Keith Knight accepted his award.
An overjoyed Ley said: ‘To be voted among the cream of the crop at Pompey is my proudest moment in football.
‘But internationals, or not, these fans are very appreciative of players who roll their sleeves up, get stuck in and try to win games.
‘To know they appreciate you is the ultimate honour.’
– JEFF MARSHMAN
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