by Johnny Moore
From Vince Hiliare in his chequered Rupert Bear suit, to Kevin Dillon in his more sober open-necked white shirt, the Pompey boys of ‘87 still cut an impressive sight a quarter of a century on.
Along with Lee Sandford, Billy Gilbert, Mick Tait and Paul Wood those who contributed to taking Pompey back to the promised land of the first division after a 28-year absence marked the anniversary with a get together.
That notable anniversary was chosen to compliment another as Linvoy Primus’ charity Faith & Football celebrated its tenth year.
Organised by Jake Payne, one of the key people behind Pompey’s Hall of Fame, the event at Port Solent’s Marriott Hotel proved a resounding success.
There were regrettable and unavoidable absences. Mick Kennedy, who was always in the heat of battle and epitomised the ‘never die spirit’ of that Pompey side, was unable to get over from his native Ireland.
Life has inevitably moved on for others. Noel Blake and Kenny Swain were both on England youth duty in their respective roles for the under-19s and 17s.
Mick Quinn, in his second life as racehorse trainer, was otherwise engaged at Lingfield, while Alan Knight, Paul ...