Former Portsmouth F.C. Players Visit Gracewell of Fareham

Gracewell  |  October 16, 2019

Residents and team members at Gracewell of Fareham were delighted to receive a visit from former Portsmouth Football Club players – along with the EFL Trophy.

Gracewell carer Teresa Ingolotti has close links to the club and knew that as the home’s closest team, many residents are big supporters. Teresa was determined to arrange the very special visit.

Thanks to Teresa’s efforts, Gracewell of Fareham played host to Alan Knight MBE, former goalkeeper for Portsmouth from 1978 – 2000. Alan holds the record for the most appearances for a single club by a goalkeeper and, after Portsmouth achieved promotion to the first division in 1986, has represented the club in all four divisions of the national football league.

Alan kindly visited Gracewell with Tony Male, widely known as ‘Touchline Tony’, a commentator and avid fundraiser. With them, they brought the EFL (or Checkatrade Trophy) which was won by Portsmouth in March after the team beat Sunderland in front of a competition-record crowd at Wembley. The knockout competition is open to the 48 clubs in Leagues One and Two.

Gracewell residents had the chance to meet and chat to Alan and Tony, hold the trophy and have their photographs taken. The home has also been donated signed photos which it will raffle off at this year’s Gracewell Christmas Fete on 30 November.

Kate Heggarty, Home Admissions Advisor at Gracewell of Fareham, said:

“This was a wonderful day for our residents, many of whom are huge Portsmouth fans! A big shout out to Teresa for making this happen.

“We would like to thank Alan and Tony for bringing a smile to so many of our residents’ faces and giving them the chance to lift Portsmouth’s very own trophy. We look forward to our Christmas raffle later this year and seeing who will be lucky enough to win the very special signed photographs.”