Even more names have been added to the team sheets for next years massive charity match at AFC Portchester.
Andrew Terry "Andy" Awford (born 14 July 1972) is an English football coach and former footballer who was most recently the caretaker manager of Luton Town. Prior to this, he was the manager of Portsmouth, a club where he spent the vast majority of his playing and coaching career. Awford was hand selected by The FA in 2012 to participate on their new level 5 qualification, The FA Professional / Elite Award, which he successfully completed and graduated in June 2013 at St Georges Park.
Awford began his career at his home-town club Worcester City where he became the youngest player ever to appear in the FA Cup, aged just 15 years 88 days, when he came on as substitute in a tie at Boreham Wood.
He went on to sign professional terms with Second Division side Portsmouth in 1989 at the age of 16, making almost 400 first-team appearances in an 11-year career. Awford was part of the Pompey side that reached the FA Cup semi-final in 1992, losing to Liverpool in a penalty shootout. In his time at the club, he also played ten times for the England under-21s.
In 1994, Awford suffered a succession of injuries, including a broken leg, which kept him from playing for 14 months. He went on to play in subsequent campaigns, but further injuries throughout the 2000–01 season led him to retire from professional football at the age of 28. His last competitive appearance for Pompey came against Queens Park Rangers on 4 November 2000.
After retiring, Awford took up the position of chief scout and later reserve team manager at Portsmouth. In April 2006, he was appointed the first team coach at Oxford United under his former Portsmouth manager Jim Smith and in June 2008 became assistant manager of Bognor Regis Town. Awford resigned along with manager Mick Jenkins in January 2009.
He obtained a UEFA 'A' Licence and worked as a PE Teacher in Petersfield before returning to Portsmouth as the club's Academy Manager in February 2011. Following Michael Appleton's move to Blackpool in November 2012, Guy Whittingham was made caretaker manager of Portsmouth with Awford appointed as his assistant. Despite being given only temporary roles, the pair remained in charge for the rest of the 2012–13 season. In June 2013 Awford successfully graduated from The FA Professional / Elite level 5 accreditation. In November 2013, Whittingham, who had been named as permanent manager, was sacked and Awford named as caretaker manager. On 9 December, Richie Barker was named as permanent manager with Awford returning to work with the club's academy.
On 27 March 2014, Barker left on mutual terms and Awford was named caretaker manager until the end of the 2013–14 season. Awford won his first five matches in charge to ensure Portsmouth would avoid relegation from The Football League. Awford subsequently won April's League Two Manager of the Month.
On 1 May 2014, it was announced that Awford would be appointed as Portsmouth manager on a permanent basis on a one-year rolling contract. Awford won the League Two Manager of the Month award for February during the 2014–15 season following an unbeaten month, guiding the club to four wins and two draws. However, a poor run of form in the next ten games led to Awford leaving Portsmouth by mutual consent on 13 April 2015, with the club sitting in 14th position in the table.
On 26 June 2015, Awford joined Luton Town as Youth Academy and Development Manager. Awford took over as caretaker manager following John Still's sacking in December 2015, leading the club to one win, a draw and two losses. Awford returned to his academy role following the appointment of Nathan Jones as permanent Luton manager in January 2016.
Hermann made 313 appearances for Pompey, scoring 3 goals.
Christopher Jeremiah "Kit" Symons (born 8 March 1971) is a professional association football manager and former Welsh international footballer. As a professional player, he had lengthy spells at Portsmouth, Manchester City and Fulham as well as earning 36 caps for the Wales national football team.
Symons was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire.He made more than 100 League appearances for each of his first three clubs – Portsmouth, Manchester City and Fulham. He played for Fulham until December 2001, when he was signed by Crystal Palace for £400,000, the club at which he finished his playing career after 60 senior appearances.
International career Edit
Symons won 36 caps for Wales, scoring twice.His first appearance was against the Republic of Ireland on 19 February 1992 and his last appearance was on 6 October 2001 against Belarus. Symons qualified to play for Wales because his father was from Cardiff.
Coaching and management
He became caretaker manager at Palace, and following the subsequent appointment of Iain Dowie he combined the roles of player and assistant manager, as the club gained promotion to the Premier League.
After Peter Taylor was dismissed as Palace manager on 8 October 2007, Symons was confirmed as caretaker manager before the appointment of Neil Warnock three days later. Palace did not play during this time. Following Warnock's appointment, Symons stepped down from his position of assistant manager and left the club on 15 October 2007.
Symons joined Colchester United on 16 January 2008 following Micky Adams' resignation as assistant manager the previous week. He was appointed as Colchester's caretaker-manager on 22 September 2008 after the departure of Geraint Williams. He led the club to two wins in five games, in the process becoming the bookie's favourite to get the job full-time. However, he left the club after Paul Lambert took over as manager on 9 October 2008.
Symons was subsequently employed by Fulham as Senior Scout and Academy Coach.
In January 2012 Symons was appointed to the Wales national team coaching staff under team manager Chris Coleman.
On 18 September 2014, Symons was confirmed as caretaker manager of Fulham following the departure of Felix Magath. On 29 October 2014, after a string of good results (5 wins in 9 games), Symons was announced as the full-time manager of Fulham. Symons stated that it was "no secret this is a club that is very close to my heart and this is a job I've always really wanted to do." Khan also stated that Symons' "passion for everything that Fulham represents came through loud and clear."
Symons was sacked by Fulham on 8 November 2015 the day after a 5–2 defeat by Birmingham City at Craven Cottage.
Kit made 160 appearances for Pompey, scoring 10 goals.
David Robertson (born 17 October 1968 in Aberdeen, Scotland) is a retired Scottish footballer who played as a left back. Throughout his career, Robertson played for Aberdeen, Rangers, Leeds United and Montrose.
Robertson began playing football with Deeside Boy's Club (now Banks O' Dee FC) before he started his football career by signing an "s" form with local club Aberdeen in 1986, where he won a Scottish League Cup winners medal against Rangers in 1989 and a Scottish Cup winners medal in 1990 against Celtic in a match which led to a thrilling 9–8 penalty shoot out, Robertson being one of the scorers in the shoot out.
Robertson moved to Rangers for £970,000 in 1991. With Rangers, he helped the club to a record nine championship titles in a row. During his time at the club, he won three caps for Scotland. Robertson signed for Leeds United in 1997 for £500,000, but recurring injury problems curtailed his spell in England and he played only 26 league matches in four years at Elland Road.
Robertson retired from football in 2001 but was back playing in 2002 when he was appointed player/assistant manager of Scottish Football League club Montrose. He scored his first and only goal for Montrose in a 3–2 defeat at Cowdenbeath in the Scottish League Cup. His playing career with Montrose was cut short, however, due to one of his Achilles tendons snapping during a match against Greenock Morton in the same year.
Robertson had a brief spell managing Elgin City. In September 2006, Robertson was appointed manager of Montrose but he resigned just four months later. He now resides in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is Director of Boy's Coaching at Sereno Soccer Club. Robertson was Head Coach of Phoenix FC of the USL Pro League in 2013.
David made 183 appearances for Rangers, scoring 15 goals.
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