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Step Into Pompey's Past At Latest History Day Event

Fratton Park tours also available on Sunday

24 October 2017

Alan Knight during his England under-21 days

Pompey’s rich tradition of international players is the theme of the club’s latest History Day, which will take place on Sunday (October 29).

Organised by the Pompey History Society, the biannual event, which incorporates the programme and memorabilia fair, will be held in the Victory Lounge from 11am-3pm.

Tours are also being offered for £10 and provide an opportunity to have your photo taken with the League Two trophy in the Boardroom.

A family-friendly deal means that accompanied juniors go free with a paying adult. Click here for details of how to book a tour (taking place at 11.15am, 11.45am, 12.15pm and 1.15pm).

From the pre-First World War international career of Arthur Egerton Knight, through to the more recent exploits of David James, Sol Campbell, Glen Johnson and Co, the society are assembling an array of memorabilia, including shirts, caps and programmes.

There will be items belonging to legends Jimmy Dickinson and Len Phillips on display, while current staff members Alan Knight (England Under-21) and Mark Kelly (Republic of Ireland) have also found some interesting items to display from their personal collections.

Colin Farmery, chair of the society and manager of history and archiving projects at the club, said: “These history days have proved to be very popular and they also establish firmly the idea that our club deserves a permanent museum to house its archive. The society is actively working in partnership with the club to try to achieve this goal.

“We have some great international stories to tell. AE Knight’s story is an amazing one and in the early 1950s the likes of Dickinson and Phillips were stalwarts.

“More recently we have the story of the Jamaican Reggae Boyz – Fitzroy Simpson, Darryl Powell, whose shirt we have to display and Paul Hall – and also our Australian contingent, including John Aloisi.

“Fratton Park has also hosted a number of internationals, including an England Women’s fixture against Portugal in 2002 that once held the record attendance for a game of that category.”

To find out more about the event and the history society’s activities, email history@pompeyfc.co.uk or call 07766 305676.


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