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22 July 2016

Blues legend looking forward to benefit match

Alan McLoughlin was a fans’ favourite during his years with Pompey.

The former Republic of Ireland international scored 68 goals in 361 appearances for the Blues, and was part of the side that reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1992 and then came agonisingly close to promotion the following season.

He later returned to Fratton Park as part of the academy set-up before becoming first team coach.

‘Macca’ is now in charge of the under-18s at Swindon, but will be returning to the south coast on Saturday.

Fans will get the chance to give thanks for his contribution to Pompey when Bournemouth visit for the midfielder’s benefit match.

Tickets can be bought online here or from the Frogmore Road ticket office. They will also be sold from the booths behind the Fratton End on Tuesday.

McLoughlin is grateful to be offered such an honour and is looking forward to mingling with supporters.

He said: “I was approached by the club, saying there had been a chat at boardroom level and it caught me on the hop.

“I’m delighted that I can go out at Fratton Park on Saturday and I have to thank Paul Cook, who’s been very accommodating.

“I never wanted to interfere with his preparations, with old pros getting together and going on the pitch for half an hour.

“People will come out and see a very good Bournemouth side and it will be a tough test for Pompey.

“I’m sure that Paul will also field a strong team and I’m looking forward to the game – and sampling the atmosphere again at Fratton Park.

“Once I’ve said hello, I’ll probably go and sit in the Fratton End because I’ve never sat there before.”

Watch McLoughlin talk about Saturday’s game below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for the full 30-minute interview.

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