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The Deans'

Pompey legends had a ball at Horndean Football Club charity night

28 March 2018

Legends has netted £1,500 for a local good cause.

Alan Knight, Andy Awford, Alan McLoughlin and Kev ‘The Kit Man’ McCormack found themselves on the receiving end on Saturday as they took part in a question and answer session at Five Heads Park.

The event, in aid of Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal (HHHA), was compered by ‘Touchline’ Tony and attracted around 70 guests.

McCormack’s financial relationship with Paul Merson, McLoughlin’s state after scoring the goal that sent Ireland to the 1994 World Cup and Knight’s OBE were discussed but Pompey’s legendary FA Cup semi-final match against Liverpool in 1992 was the biggest talking point.

“There’s a long running conversation about Awford giving away that free kick which led to the equaliser,” said Knight, adding: “I’m quite happy to accept responsibility.

“If he saved it then he should have pushed it around the post,” joked Awford, before adding: “What a goalkeeper, though.

“The fact I was man of the match and kept John Barnes and Ian Rush out for 95 minutes no one seems to remember that.”

Both Awford and McLoughlin enthused about the quality of the youngsters coming through at Pompey while the latter admitted he still wants to be at Fratton as driving past “breaks his heart”.

The event, which included a three-course meal provided by the White Hart of Denmead, was a massive success, according to organiser Lea Jackson.

He said: “The guys said it was really good. I know Macca does a bit of speaking but it was the first fime they’ve all done one together and I think the question and answer session worked really well because they didn’t know what to expect.”

Pam Marshall, who founded HHHA in memory of her daughter, thanked the “absolutely brilliant guys” at Horndean FC for “making their month”.