Pompey arrange Burnham date

Ryan Bird, right.  Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Bird, right. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Fixture unveiled as part of agreement which took Ryan Bird to Fratton Park
  • Matches against Hawks and Bognor already confirmed this summer

Pompey have announced a friendly with Burnham as part of their pre-season programme.

However, the August 4 fixture has been given a Pompey XI status rather than the full first-team.

The Blues had been scheduled to play the non-league side since July 2013 under terms of Ryan Bird’s arrival.

As part of the deal with Burnham for their prolific striker, then-manager Guy Whittingham agreed to send a side for pre-season.

That was originally meant to happen last summer, only for it to be scrapped on the eve of the August fixture with Pompey having injury concerns.

Andy Awford opted to pull the plug to ease the workload on those players available to him and, as a result, the match was delayed a year.

Despite Bird having left Fratton Park in September 2014 following 25 appearances and three goals, the club will honour the fixture.

Now the Blues will travel to The Gore on Tuesday, August 4 to play a side relegated from of the Evo-Stik League Southern this season.

Tellingly, it has been officially labelled by the club as a Pompey XI, suggesting it will be a mixture of Paul Cook’s playing squad.

Regardless, the match (7.30pm) will offer the Fratton faithful the chance for a trip to Burnham, which is near Slough.

That represents one of three pre-season fixtures currently confirmed by the Blues.

As ever, the pre-season programme will kick off at the Hawks on Saturday, July 11 (3pm).

That will be followed by a trip to Bognor Town on Friday, July 17 (7.30pm).

With Fratton Park undergoing pitch renovations for a second successive summer, none of the proposed six pre-season matches will take place at home.

Of the others, a fixture with Gosport Borough has also been lined-up, although the exact date has still to be finalised.

Pompey are awaiting confirmation on three other matches they want to form part of their pre-season.

The current programme has been put into place by Gary Waddock and Paul Hardyman, who have since both left their first-team roles following Paul Cook’s arrival as manager.

Meanwhile, Burnham have announced tickets for the August fixture can be purchased on the night.

They are priced £6 for adults, £4 for seniors and £2 for under-16s.