Fratton Park will tonight host three charity matches – and each is to feature Pompey players from the past.
Pompey in the Community (PitC) is to be the beneficiary of an all-star fundraising event, with the Pompey Legends at the heart of it.
Pompey in the Community is a terrific charity which puts a lot into the local community and this is our chance to help themTony Male
Alan Knight, Linvoy Primus, Chris Burns, Darren Anderton, Keith Viney, Joe Laidlaw, Guy Butters, Keith Viney, Liam Horsted and Dave Waterman are to lace up their boots once again from 6.30pm.
They will face three different Covers sides during three 30-minutes fixtures on the treasured turf.
The timber and builders merchants invited 33 customers from their Portsmouth, Gosport and Chichester depots to take part for a recommended £60 donation per player.
And tonight they will line-up against many familiar Pompey faces, with proceeds heading to PitC, a charity aimed at improving education, healthy living and sporting achievements for young people aged nine to 25.
Steve Weston, director of sales at Covers, said: ‘Our customers jumped at the chance to raise money for such a great cause and it’ll be something to look forward to after work tonight.
‘They will not only enjoy the privilege of meeting and going up against some past Pompey players but will also get the chance to play on the hallowed pitch at Fratton Park.’
Members of the public are invited to watch the matches, with free entry into the ground.
However, they are being urged to donate through buying a programme or putting money into one of the many buckets available.
Those present will also get the opportunity to take part in a crossbar challenge, while afterwards an auction and raffle will take place, with a signed Pompey shirt among the memorabilia.
‘Touchline’ Tony Male, manager of the Legends, is anticipating a good evening of football.
He added: ‘This is the Legends’ last match of the season and we’re looking for as many people as possible to come down to the Park and cheer us on.
‘Pompey in the Community is a terrific charity which puts a lot into the local community and this is our chance to help them.
‘Pompey fans will recognise many of our players and there is the opportunity to come over and have a chat and a photo as well if they want.
‘It should be a cracking evening.’