They’re the die-hard Pompey fans who together are one in a million.
A syndicate has helped the Pompey Supporters’ Trust reach the magnificent milestone of £1m raised through fans’ pledges.
The group, featuring friends and season ticket holders, each put in £100 to make up the £1,000 needed to buy a share in the trust’s community takeover of Pompey. Adam Redman, Matt Blake, David Knight, Roger and Keir Hostler, Karl Davies, Ashley Edwards, Matt Austwick, Nicholas Tregoning and Kevin Ray-Moneypenny scraped the pennies together in their attempt to save the club.
Adam Redman, 31, from North End, said the landmark could spur other fans on to pledge towards the scheme.
He said: ‘I was surprised we got that amount so early on and the fact it was us is brilliant.
‘Once it’s at £1m you know it’s real then.
‘For us it was a case of if you were sat in a pub three years down the line chatting to someone after they’ve gone bust, and they say what did you do about it, at least we can say we tried.
‘It’s a special club but there’s something about Pompey that makes you keep coming back and the city would be a poorer place without it.
‘It’s very encouraging. When Colin Farmery from the trust phoned me I was surprised it had got that high already. Ours is only one snippet but I would say to anyone that any little helps.’
Roger Hostler, 61, who attended games with his son Keir and Mr Redman, said: ‘It’s fantastic to get to a million so quickly.
‘Like many people I’ve got the interest of the football club at heart. I’m a third-generation supporter and my son Keir is Adam’s best friend – we wouldn’t see the club go down.
‘We would all like to put £1,000 in but that’s not really possible at the moment, so a syndicate is the least we can do.’
Trust director Mark Trapani said: ‘This is another of the many milestones for the trust and Portsmouth Football Club and to achieve what we have achieve so early on has been a testament to the amount of hard work that has gone in by the trust board, and by an awful lot of supporters.
‘We had a number of mini-milestones to achieve and set ourselves a target of getting the money in.
‘Anyone who’s say on the fence, come and talk to us.
‘With the whole of the fanbase pulling together we’ll get there.’