Brother's pride as Pop stars win Jon Hankey Memorial Cup at Horndean FC

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A TOURNAMENT launched in memory of a football-mad Royal Marine from Clanfield has raised more than £9,000 for a trio of good causes.

The fourth Jon Hankey Memorial Cup event at Horndean Football Club was the biggest and best yet according to participants, fans and organisers.

Saturday’s competition was also the most poignant as Jon’s brother, Alan, lifted the trophy after his Pop Inn side beat The Heroes to win their first title.

Mr Hankey was just 41 when he suffered a massive heart attack while working in West Africa in 2014. His friends, including his best man Lea Jackson, and Portsmouth Football Club announcer, ‘Touchline Tony’ Male, decided to launch a tournament in his honour.

Players from Jon’s previous sides, The Pop Inn, The Heroes and The Crows’ Nest SMS, have competed every year with a Pompey Legends side, which this year included the likes of Guy Butters, Shaun Gales and Dave Birmingham.

“This year’s tournament was the biggest and best one yet but it gets bigger every year,” said Mr Jackson. “I reckon we had about 400 people turn up.”

He added: “Altogether we’ve raised more than £9,000 but that’s been building up for a while. For instance my son, who was Jon’s godson, plays for Horndean under-10s and they and the under-eights side did a sponsored walk from Waterlooville to the ground which raised £3,100.”

Ex-Portsmouth goalkeeper Alan Knight brought the Football League Two championship trophy to the ground and there were plenty of Pompey prizes in the raffle.

Further highlights for families included face painting, a bouncy castle and rodeo bull. Proceeds from the event will be split between Help Our Wounded Royal Marines, Naomi House and Jack’s Place and Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal.

“It was an unbelievable day,” said Mr Jackson, who thanked Robbie Welsh of NA Curtain Walling and many other helpers.