Former Pompey star Jimmy Stephen has been invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his services to football.
The defender is one of the last surviving links with the great Pompey side that won back-to-back top flight titles in 1949 and 1950.
Stephen joined Pompey from Bradford in 1949 for £15,000, then a record fee paid for a full-back.
The Scotland international, whose daughter Lesley is a Fratton Park season ticket holder, made 104 appearances for the Blues before joining Yeovil.
He played alongside Pompey heroes like Jimmy Dickinson, Len Phillips, Peter Harris, Jimmy Scoular, Jack Froggatt, Reg Flewin and Duggie Reid.
Stephen, now 89, is not well enough to go to Buckingham Palace on May 29 for the event hosted by The Queen.
But a garden party is being thrown for him where he lives locally instead.
Jimmy recently featured in an 80-player series of Fratton Heroes in Pompey’s matchday magazine.
Portsmouth Football Club would like to congratulate Jimmy on his royal recognition and thank him for his sterling service to Pompey.