Toddy set for Fratton return

Former Pompey striker Svetoslav Todorov
Former Pompey striker Svetoslav Todorov

Svetoslav Todorov will next week make an emotional Fratton Park return – and refused to rule out a permanent stay.

The Blues’ goalscoring hero has agreed to feature in a Supporters’ Trust fundraising match on April 16 between a Pompey XI and Hermann Hreidarsson’s IBV side.

Player/manager Hreidarsson and David James will also turn out for the Icelanders as they continue their pre-season preparations.

Others pencilled in include Steve Claridge, Linvoy Primus, Darren Moore and Darren Anderton.

Todorov, though, represents a surprise name and one sure to capture the imagination of the Fratton faithful.

The Bulgarian fired Pompey into the Premier League, with 26 goals in the 2002-03 campaign.

Currently without a club, he was linked with a Blues comeback in January.

He will, however, be playing at Pompey next week to help bolster funds of the club’s potential new owners.

Todorov told The News: ‘I was invited to come and play and told them I would love to.

‘It would mean a lot to me to play at Fratton Park again, just to hear those fans.

‘I care for the club, it helped my football career and gave me my best moments.

‘Getting promoted, staying in the Premier League, great times. I only remember the good stuff!

‘It is my favourite club – and anything I can do to help I will.

‘With all the changes that have happened over the years, the big thing is the fans’ support and they are still backing the club, which is unbelievable.

‘That is why the club is so special and it needs to look forward.

‘If all goes well with the court case and the fans can take over, it will be a bright future. I am sure of that.

‘I’m coming over to England for a week and it will mean a lot to play for Pompey again.

‘I hear there are some legends playing, but don’t call me one of them. I am still playing!’

Todorov left Pompey in the summer of 2007 after 33 goals in 83 matches.

He also scored three crucial goals during the Great Escape run-in and started in the crucial 2-1 win at Wigan.

Currently aged 34, his contract with Ukrainian side Hoverla Uzhhorod was cancelled earlier this year.

Todorov had been in tentative talks over a move to Pompey at the time.

Now he is a free agent, training with former club Litex Lovech in Bulgaria.

He added: ‘My Ukraine team had financial issues with me so I have cancelled my contract.

‘Of course I would love to come back to Pompey.

‘There was talk but I could not end my contract before the transfer deadline in January. Everything was sorted out after that.

‘There’s a chance of me playing somewhere next season.

‘Whether it will be Pompey or not, I cannot say no, that is for sure.

‘Wait and see.’