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31 March 2016

Former players' day this weekend

Pompey are holding their second former players’ day on Saturday.

The players will hold a reunion in the Warrior Lounge before the match against Carlisle and will be presented to the crowd at half-time.

There will be 52 former Blues stars attending, representing different eras of the club’s rich history.

Bill Albury and Ivor Evans are both 83 and will be the oldest of ex-players returning to Fratton Park, while others who graced the turf in the 1950s included Ray Crawford, Pat Neil and Colin Osmond.

The 1960s and 70s will be represented by Eoin Hand – who is travelling from his home in Ireland – John McClelland, John Milkins, David Munks, Tony Priscott and Billy Wilson.

There will be a large presence from the team that won promotion from the old fourth division in 1979/80, including Terry Brisley, Steve Davey, Colin Garwood, Alan Rogers, Derek Showers and Keith Viney.

Pompey enjoyed two promotion-winning campaigns in the 1980s and players from that era attending are Alan Biley, Noel Blake, Vince Hilaire, Alan Knight, Colin Sullivan and Paul Wood.

The 1990s saw the Blues experience two epic FA Cup semi-final clashes with Liverpool and narrowly miss out on promotion to the Premier League.

Returning stars from that decade include Darren Anderton, Chris Burns, Stuart Doling, Martin Kuhl, Darryl Powell, Kit Symons, Dave Waterman and Guy Whittingham.

There are also two players who had a massive role in the club’s rise into the Premier League in 2003 – defensive rock Linvoy Primus and goal machine Svetoslav Todorov.

One of the greatest names in Pompey history will also be represented, with Jimmy Dickinson’s son Andrew and his wife Michelle attending.

Also one of the clubs greatest players with be represented with Jimmy Dickinson’s son Andrew and his wife Michelle attending.

Meanwhile, Noel Blake will be signing copies of ‘Played Up Pompey’ before Saturday’s match.

The popular central defender will be joined by Alan Rogers and long-serving kitman Barry Harris in the Victory Lounge from 12.30pm-1.30pm.

The trio all feature in the book written by The News’ chief sports writer, Neil Allen, which focuses on some of Fratton’s favourite figures.

‘Played Up Pompey’ is priced at £16.99 and is also available from Amazon and Waterstones.

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