Anyone planning on attending the Lee Rigby Memorial Cup is urged to snap up their tickets to ensure they will be at the event.

Organisers have been overwhelmed by the show of support for the fundraising match being staged at AFC Portchester on May 23.

Only a few hundred tickets are still available for the event and pre-match hospitality sold out in little over 24 hours after it went on sale.

Tickets are being purchased from all over the country for the highly anticipated event - from the Midlands up to Scotland and everywhere in between.

The popular charity match is being played between the Lee Rigby ‘Rangers Select’ and Pompey Charity squads and is kicking off at 2pm at the Crest Finance Stadium. 

The special event is set to attract a host of former Rangers and Pompey stars, with the likes of Mark Hateley, Keith Gillespie, Marco Negri, Hermann Hreidarsson and Svetoslav Todorov already confirming their attendance.

The event will be raising money for the Lee Rigby Foundation, which works to provide a support network for bereaved military families, veterans families and serving military families through respite therapy in whatever form works for those affected.

AFC Portchester chairman Paul Kelly has been stunned by the rate of ticket sales so far and is urging anyone wanting to be sure of their place at the event to buy their tickets as soon as possible.

Paul said: “The amount of ticket sales we have had so far in advance of the event has been amazing and people are coming from all over the country to AFC Portchester on May 23.

“Tickets are being bought via our website at all times of the day and night - it really has been amazing to see so many people book their places at this special day so early. 

“It shows just how popular this event has been in the past and how it will be great again this year.

“It really is a special day - we are so proud at AFC Portchester to be hosting the Lee Rigby Memorial Cup and we look forward to welcoming you all to the Crest Finance Stadium in a few months time.

“However, make sure you will be attending on the day by heading to our website and buying your tickets as soon as you can. 

“We are all looking forward to honouring the memory of Lee Rigby and supporting the foundation set up in his name at what is sure to be another special memorial cup event."

As well as the match itself, the day will also include plenty of other entertainment - from marching bands to opportunities to meet the star players who will be taking part. 

Portsmouth FC Women’s team will be providing the pre-main match entertainment on the pitch by playing opponents to be confirmed.

After the game there will be free live music provided by Portsmouth band The Rotaries and there is a special evening event with former Rangers, Pompey and England striker Mark Hateley and Newcastle United, Leicester City and Northern Ireland player Keith Gillespie. 

Tickets for the legends evening cost £25 and include your first drink free.

Tickets for both the match and the evening event are available to purchase now from the AFC Portchester website - go to www.afcportchester.co.uk/rangers-tickets

You can also purchase your tickets from the clubhouse at the Crest Finance Stadium in Cranleigh Road, Portchester, PO16 9DP, on weekdays between 9am and 2pm and on first team matchdays.

Tickets are also available to buy in the following pubs: The Delme Arms in Fareham, The Old House at Home in Milton and The Seagull in Portchester.


AFC Portchester
The Crest Finance Stadium
Wicor Recreation Ground
Cranleigh Road
PO16 9DP

+44 (0) 1329 233833