Ferry dedicates Pompey win to Jack

A minute's applause for Jack Robinson was held before Pompey's game against Hartlepool on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler
A minute's applause for Jack Robinson was held before Pompey's game against Hartlepool on Saturday Picture: Joe Pepler

Simon Ferry dedicated Pompey’s victory over Hartlepool to Jack Robinson.

Adam Webster’s maiden Blues goal provided a thoroughly-deserved 1-0 win over Pools on Saturday as Andy Awford’s side continue their on-going battle to avoid relegation from League Two.

Before the Fratton Park kick-off, there was an emotional tribute to Jack, after the Denmead youngster passed away on Tuesday following a brave battle against a brain tumour.

The four-year-old’s twin brother, Liam, released a balloon into the sky before a minute’s applause was held.

Skipper Ferry was one of those Pompey players who visited Jack in Southampton General Hospital at the end of January.

The youngster’s plight touched the Scot, who made a shock return to the first-team against Hartlepool, after 14 games out with a back injury.

And, following the win, he paid his respects to the Pompey fan.

Ferry said: ‘That win was for Jack.

‘When you saw his brother come out before the game it really was an emotional moment and you see how much the fans care for people in the community.

‘The least we can do is go out and fight for him as well.

‘We went up to the hospital in January to see him and he was full of life and cracking jokes, it’s such a shame.

‘A few of the boys were saying it’s only when you have your own kids that you realise how tough it must be because he was a bubbly little kid with a lot of personality and character, and it’s a horrible loss.

‘Everyone came in the morning after it was announced he had died and we were speaking about it. It’s a horrible thing, especially when we had seen what a character he was, this funny, wee guy!

‘When we saw him we thought there was a chance he might get better, but that’s what happens in life and it’s just so sad.

‘It’s unimaginable that something like that could happen. Obviously, the boys’ condolences are with the family and we are going to get a sponsor sheet going for the Ride To Bury (charity bike ride) and hopefully make a wee difference.

‘It’s the least you can do. You get paid well to do a great job and you see what the fans have done to save the club. It’s only right we go and do things outside the club as well.’

A crowd of 15,273 produced a magnificent atmosphere as Pompey recorded successive league wins for the first time since March 2013.

And Ferry thought the result was thoroughly deserved.

He added: ‘We’ve not had back-to-back wins this season, which is embarrassing.

‘But we knew the crowd would be on our side after last week, so if we could start well we knew Hartlepool would go into their shell.

‘I think if Tayls (Ryan Taylor) had scored the penalty we would have battered them.’