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CLIVE SMITH: I thought they’d finally got the date right and we’d reached Armageddon

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When we launched our first Blue Day in 2008 it plugged in to the feel-good factor with which the city was awash as Pompey prepared to meet West Brom in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

When we dreamt up the event, little did we think that we would be staging a second one a month later ahead of the cup final and then turning it in to an annual occasion.

Fast forward to yesterday’s Blue Day 12 and how times have changed for our beloved football club.

It’s not the glory of the wide open spaces of Wembley which today’s team have to contend with but the real spectre of relegation to League One amid continuing financial turmoil.

But between 2008 and this year there has been one thing that certainly hasn’t changed.

And that is the fantastic support that you continue to give to our day of fun.

As the pictures and stories in today’s paper show, you keep our annual fundraiser for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust close to your hearts.

Pubs, clubs, councils, schools, businesses and individuals young and old did us proud as they baked cakes, ran raffles and held numerous other activities.

And fair play to the hardy souls who braved the freezing downpour which heralded the start of our Big Blue Walk along the seafront

For others it was simply a case of paying for the privilege of dressing in blue for the day.

Wearing the colours was a way of having fun, raising money for a good cause and of showing a pride in your community where blue runs in the veins of many people.

Whatever the main driver for taking part, we sincerely thank the hundreds who did.

Times remain tough, but when it comes to putting your hands in your pockets you always respond.

Who can tell what state we will find Pompey in 12 months from now?

Much more certain to predict is that when we sound the rallying cry for Blue Day 13 we will once more have people clamouring to join the cause.

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