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Pompey Legend Surprises Fan

Alan Knight visits 101-year-old supporter Joan Geary

3 March 2022

Alan Knight

Lifelong Pompey fan Joan Geary could not quite believe it when Blues legend Alan Knight arrived at her Cowplain door recently.

Her friends had contacted Fratton Park to tell us about her 101st birthday in January and her love of the club.

So former Pompey keeper Knight was on hand to deliver a copy of the matchday magazine, which featured a birthday announcement and was signed by all the players, along with a special message from head coach Danny Cowley.

The year Joan was born, the club were competing in the Football League for the first time following their election into the newly formed Division Three.

"What a lovely lady! It was so nice to see her looking surprised when we came in."

Alan Knight

Star players included Arthur Knight, Shirley Abbott and Percy Cherrett, while Frank Stringfellow was top scorer with 13 goals.

When Knight made his Pompey debut at Rotherham in 1978, Joan was a sprightly 57. By the time he hung up his gloves in 2000, she was 79.

After visiting with club representatives to toast her good health, the man who made 801 appearances said: “What a lovely lady! It was so nice to see her looking surprised when we came in.

“Joan is a remarkable woman and the fact she clearly remembers a dinosaur like me is very uplifting.

"It’s great to go out and visit supporters and it’s always incredibly rewarding to meet members of the Pompey family.”

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