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Five-a-Side Football Tournament is Big Success

 
Posted: June 1, 2011 Time: 1:14 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

Pompey legends turned out in force to raise money for The Rainbow Centre on Sunday May 29th. The Rainbow Centre held a football tournament with former Fratton favourites including Alan Knight, Sammy Igoe, Keith Viney and Jamie Laidlaw taking part. They were joined by 75-year old Dick Borthwick, who is the UK’s oldest playing footballer.

Pompey Legends with players from Rainbow Rangers
Pompey Legends with players from Rainbow Rangers

Footballers keen on going head-to-head with the players were invited to buy a raffle tikcet. The winners then formed a team which suffered a defeat at the hands of the Blues legends, who won 7-3.

The football tournament raised more than £3,000 for the Rainbow Centre, which helps youngsters with cerebral palsy.

Pompey’s ‘Touchline’ Tony Male, who also played, said: “It was absolutely brilliant. The whole thing was so well organised. It was a well-played game and it was good fun.

“We played like Barcelona played at the weekend, there was some very smooth passing. We have got a busy year lined up but hopefully we will be back here again next year.”

Fareham Town Football Club, in Palmerston Drive, gave the use of their facilities and pitches for free.

Simon Strickland, from Soberton, had the chance to play the legends in the charity match. He said, “Our team supplied the goalposts for the event so we thought we would enter a team. It was great playing the Pompey Legends, it was an absolute privelege. It’s all for a good cause.”

As well as the Legends match, a total of 18 teams also took part in a tournament. The Centre’s community and events fundraiser, Julie Woodward, said “The day was really wonderful. Last year we had a World Cup theme but this year we got the Pompey Legends down and they were amazing. We’re hoping to grow this event so it gets bigger every year.

Special thanks to Adrian Knight, Jack and the Grassroots team from Express FM who did an amazing job of all the match commentary.

Boarhunt Garage, the Winning Team of the A Cup with Ollie
Boarhunt Garage, the Winning Team of the A Cup with Ollie
The Winning Team of the B Cup, Warner Goodman
The Winning Team of the B Cup, Warner Goodman