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Pompey Celebrates Former Players and Nostalgia on Founders’ Day at Fratton Park



It was a day of celebration and nostalgia at Fratton Park as Portsmouth Football Club welcomed supporters for the annual Former Players’ Day, honoring past heroes who graced the pitch.

The exciting Sky Bet League One fixture against Shrewsbury Town saw Pompey fans gather to acknowledge their team’s history and pay tribute to the players who once donned the blue and white.

Owen Moxon’s spectacular debut goal against Derby in the recent match was a shining moment for the club, underlining the spirit and determination that pervades the Portsmouth squad.

The ground staff, led by Neil Stephenson, worked tirelessly to ensure the pitch was playable despite challenging weather conditions, displaying dedication and commitment to the club’s success.

Founders’ Day also highlighted the 125th anniversary of Portsmouth FC, with notable inductions into the Hall of Fame such as Hermann Hreiðarsson, Dave Coyle, and the legendary Bob Blyth.

The week saw the unveiling of a stunning mural by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust featuring club greats like Alan Knight, Paul Merson, and Kanu, encapsulating the rich history and tradition of the club.

Marlon Pack’s nomination for League One Player of the Year at the upcoming EFL Awards, along with John Mousinho’s recognition for Manager of the Year, underscored Portsmouth’s stellar performance this season.

Piglet’s Pantry, in collaboration with Pompey, was also acknowledged for its efforts in enhancing fan engagement and matchday experience, earning a nomination for the Fan Engagement Award.

Pompey Women, led by Jay Sadler, aim to clinch the National League Southern Premier Division title with an upcoming match against Plymouth, promising an exciting culmination to a successful season.

The academy team’s Youth Alliance Cup final against Preston at Fratton Park adds to the club’s busy schedule, offering fans more opportunities to support the aspiring young talent within the Pompey ranks.

As Portsmouth looks ahead to crucial fixtures against Bolton and Barnsley, the unwavering support from fans and the collective efforts of players, staff, and the community stand as pillars of strength in the club’s journey towards success.

Rachel Adams

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