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Boardroom Renamed In Honour Of John Jenkins MBE

Pompey pay tribute to club stalwart and D-Day veteran

1 February 2020

John Jenkins MBE Boardroom

Portsmouth Football Club have paid tribute to John Jenkins by renaming the boardroom in his honour.

The John Jenkins MBE Boardroom was officially opened ahead of Pompey’s League One victory against Sunderland.

The D-Day veteran sadly passed away just before Christmas, having celebrated his 100th birthday in November.

Jenkins – who began supporting the club back in 1928 – had worked as boardroom steward at Fratton Park for many years.

He is one of the few fans to watch the Blues lift the FA Cup at Wembley in both 1939 and 2008, and played a key role in the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day last summer.

Pompey chairman Michael Eisner said: “My family and I enjoyed talking with John whenever we were at Fratton Park.

"He spent much of his time at the club in the boardroom and so it is a fitting tribute that it has now been named in his honour."

Michael Eisner

“We were always struck by how much love he had for this football club and Eric, in particular, developed a great friendship with him.

“He spent much of his time at the club in the boardroom and so it is a fitting tribute that it has now been named in his honour.

“John will be missed by so many people from the city and further afield, so it’s wonderful that his name lives on in the John Jenkins MBE Boardroom.”
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Chief executive Mark Catlin added: “It is fitting that one of the ways we are paying tribute to John is by renaming the boardroom as the John Jenkins MBE Boardroom. This was an area that he managed with pride for so much of his time at the club.

“Our chairman Michael Eisner and his family developed a warm relationship with John and it’s great that they were over to unveil this commemoration to him.”


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