Macca thanks Fratton faithful turnout

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Former Pompey midfielder Alan McLoughlin thanked the Fratton faithful after his Q&A evening was a roaring success.

Around 300 fans turned up at the Victory Bar on Monday night for the event, which also doubled up as an opportunity to buy his new autobiography.

Andy Awford, Alan Knight and kitman Kev McCormack were present as McLoughlin regaled the audience with his footballing stories.

Also in attendance was Bryce Evans, the author of McLoughlin’s book and a Pompey fan.

And the man affectionately known as ‘Macca’ was delighted with the turnout.

He said: ‘I thought it was an excellent. In fact, I was really surprised at the size of the turnout.

‘I had agreed to be involved in a Trust event anyway and then John Kimbell put the idea to me about incorporating the night with my book coming out.

‘I left it down to them really because it was their night, not my night, it was a Trust event and hopefully was something different which everyone enjoyed.

‘From my point of view, I enjoy speaking and obviously the focus point was the book and there were lots of questions about it.

‘Plenty of people bought a book on the night, which unfortunately is not for sale in the club shop because it would have meant the book going to Milton Keynes to be processed.

‘That’s not the club’s fault, it is Sports Direct who run the shop and it is their policy.

‘So it was the only time you could buy it unless you got it online and purchased it in one or two pubs such as the Shepherds Crook.’

McLoughlin’s book – A Different Shade of Green – was last month nominated for the Irish sports book of the year.

It was up against stiff competition – with Brian O’Driscoll, Roy Keane 
and three others on the shortlist.

Rugby union star O’Driscoll’s The Test was declared the winner, yet it was still a prestigious nomination for McLoughlin.

He added: ‘It was tremendous being nominated for an award.

‘Brian O’Driscoll eventually won that – I don’t know why! Who is he? In all seriousness, though, well done to him.

‘Even to be nominated was something unexpected. It was read by a panel and deemed good enough to be in there so we are delighted about that, it has been well received so far.

‘I don’t want to blow my trumpet about it but I enjoyed putting it together and hopefully people will take it for what it is.

‘It’s not just a football book, it’s a life story and a human story, hopefully it ticks a lot of boxes.

‘If you want to pick up a book and read something which hopefully people will find interesting and stimulating then it might be the one for you.’

A Different Shade of Green – the Alan McLoughlin Story is on sale at amazon.com, bookdepository.com or irishbooksdirect.ie