Sam became a Pompey fan the moment she attended her first match at Fratton Park, however it was Alan Knight's Testimonial in '94 that turned her blood blue! Ever since then she has been an ardent fan, attending matches regularly.
However, it was only four years ago, with the PST taking over the club, that Sam managed to become a season ticket holder as she had been on a long waiting list for an accessible seat.
Sam has four grown up children and recently celebrated the arrival of her first grandson. She has had a varied career which has included teaching assistant, hospitality management, various catering roles and has also been a school Governor.
Her continuing journey with her health and Portsmouth Football Club has given her a real understanding of the challenges many fans face and she genuinely feels that being a PST Board member allows her to support these fans more easily.
Sam is heavily involved with Pompey in the Community and regularly volunteers with children's events, older person's activities and also numerous fundraising events including the high profile Victorious Festival.
In 2013 Sam was instrumental in setting up the Pompey Disabled Supporter's Association (Pompey DSA), and through successful funding bids and sheer hard work they now have an active and vocal DSA that is a life-line for many fans.
The DSA is also a mechanism through which they regularly communicate and hold high profile events with PFC and PiTC to ensure that all fans including all groups feel that they are welcome and included.
The successful relationship they have cultivated with the club to bring an Audio descriptive service at home matches as well as for the first time lead PFC ensuring accessible coaches for wheelchair dependent fans will be available for all away league matches.
Sam hopes to build on this relationship over the coming years, and being a PST Board member will only strengthen and broaden the opportunities available to not only disabled supporters, but fans in general.
Sam can be contacted at [email protected].